England may be receiving a boost from the World Cup hosts ahead of their semi-final clash tomorrow, as Russian fans seem to be switching allegiance in the hope of seeing Croatia’s downfall.
In addition to some bitterness about being knocked out by Croatia, Russian fans are also furious after Croatian defender 11 was filmed shouting “Glory to Ukraine” in a now-viral clip celebrating his team’s win.
The video of the former Dynamo Kyiv player declaring the anti-Russian slogan alongside his former teammate Ognjen Vukojević has circulated online and angered Russian fans.
Many are now looking to support England in the semi-final on 11 July, which might give them the edge against Croatia.
English fans have been largely absent from the celebrations in Russia, with one of the lowest number of applications for World Cup tickets. The support of the home nation might transform the atmosphere at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium into that of a home game for England.
especially after the words ‘Glory to Ukraine’ on the video by the two Croatians”.
Local fans have tended to support England in the World Cup because of their familiarity with Premier League stars. Many Russians have attended England games wearing the team’s national strip or else in shirts of clubs like Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool.”
Russia fans on Twitter have also been announced their new allegiances.
This isn’t going to go down well with Russian fans. After #RUSCRO, Ognjen Vukojević and Domagoj Vida celebrate with a “Slava Ukrayini” video message and dedicate the victory to Ukraine. pic.twitter.com/UePKTdbFVJ
– Dario Brentin (@DarioBrentin) July 8, 2018
I was thinking of supporting Croatia after we (Russia) lost, but now I’m thinking of supporting England 🤔
– Анжелика (@angelbag) July 8, 2018
I’m definitely supporting England now. I hope they win and that will be our revenge 😄 🇷🇺❤️🏴 👍🏼 ➖ 🇭🇷 👎🏼
– Лорина (@LorinaKC) July 8, 2018
LOL stupid!Home game for England and more pressure for croatia!Congrats to England for the final!
– Berkay (@BerkayScouting) July 8, 2018
What’s Russian for ‘it’s bloody coming home’?
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