Coventry football fans say same thing about England's chances of winning the Euros

Patrick (left) and Martin outside The Flying Standard  pub in Coventry
-Credit: (Image: Coventry Live)

While the sun wasn’t shining in Coventry, the demeanour of residents after England’s victory in the semi-finals of the Euros would’ve fooled anyone. Shoppers in the city centre were on a high after England clinched a 2-1 victory over the Netherlands in Wednesday’s semi-final match.

The victory came from a 90th minute goal from Ollie Watkins, and with a place in the final secured against Spain fans are bracing themselves for either a victory like 1966 or a painful disappointment like 2021. Coventry Live spoke to football fans across the city centre about the historic win after England made history reaching back-to-back European Championship finals- and what they think England's chances of winning the final are.

Martin and Patrick spoke to us outside The Flying Standard pub in Coventry. Chatting about the latest win, Martin said the atmosphere at his local community centre was “mad.” He told us: "It was up and down with that early goal but I knew we’d get back. We were all over them in the first half. The second half Southgate had to keep adjusting the team to get it."

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As for how we will fare on Sunday, Martin added: "Spain are a good side. Everyone is talking them up and it’s gonna be a tough game but I think we can win it.” He spoke highly of Southgate and described him as “the best manager since we won the World Cup”, adding: "We’ve always been a nearly team.

"We’ve been to the semi-final of a world cup, we got to the final or the Euros and we should’ve won that. We were too defensive but Gareth’s changed the tactics so I think we’re gonna go for it.”

By the cathedral, John Kelly was rushing through town. After watching the match at home last night, he called it “their best game of the tournament".

He told us: "The first half was excellent. They tired a bit in the second half and Holland came into the game more but it was a great performance.

“I think Gareth Southgate is a decent man and he’s proving to be a good manager. He’s taken a lot of criticism but he’s created a strong bond in the team. They didn’t really impress in the group stage so I was a bit sceptical but to get to the final is better than I expected.”

John said for him, Bukayo Saka and Kyle Walker had been standout players this tournament. He is planning to find somewhere to watch the game on Sunday.

“If we win, the mood will be really uplifting. I think it’ll be very celebratory with a lot of relief and pride as well.”

On a bench beneath the Godiva clock, Sandra Oswin was taking a break during a shopping trip to town. She’d watched the match the night before at home and spoke highly of Gareth Southgate.

“People put him down when things aren’t going our way but now, everyone’s saying we’re going to win it. My son-in-law was very happy about the second goal being scored by an Aston Villa player."

Sandra said she wasn’t sure about England’s chances going into the final, given that players like Jack Grealish had been left out. But she said she was impressed by younger picks like Ollie Watkins and Jude Bellingham.

“Wouldn’t it be something if we win," she added. "I think the mood in the country would be ecstatic.”

England play Spain in the final of the Euros on Sunday, July 14 at 8pm.