World Cup: English supporters in Australia down but not defeated

The fans packed the pub in central Sydney to cheer on the English team as it went against the Italian side in their World Cup opening game.


Many watchers were took a punt after the first half.

“I reckon we’re going to be all right. Second half we’ll blitz them,” one fan told SBS.

God Save the Queen. English #worldcup supporters in strong form in Sydney CBD a few minutes to kick off @SBSNews pic.twitter佛山桑拿网,/KL4U4UXmY5

— Helen Isbister (@HelenIsbister) June 14, 2014

But the final result did not favour the British. 

Some English supporters in central Sydney finding it hard to watch as Italy leads 2-1#worldcup @SBSNews pic.twitter佛山桑拿网,/xBQlZmAd1k

— Helen Isbister (@HelenIsbister) June 14, 2014

“Today we’re still in the challenge it doesn’t really matter. Next few games we’ll win the Group,” another fan said.  

“We’re English, we got heart, we challenge I tell ya. That’s what we’re going to do, we’re going to challenge it.”

And the defeat did not dampen celebrations among the English supporters.

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Statistician Nate Silver, who correctly predicted the winner in all 50 states at the last US presidential election, says England still has a chance of advancing from Group D.

Sitting behind Costa Rica (66 per cent) and Italy (74 per cent), he calculates England is in with a 35 per cent chance.