Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 29 July 2014

England fans vow to out-sing Swedes

England fans will be outnumbered by their Swedish counterparts for the Euro 2012 clash

England fans have vowed to out-sing Swedish supporters at Friday's crucial Euro 2012 match, despite being heavily outnumbered.

Around 20,000 fans are set to cheer on the Scandinavian team in Kiev, compared to just 5,000 backing Roy Hodgson's side.

Fans of the Three Lions claimed the difference in numbers was because Sweden's schedule has them playing all their group games in the Ukrainian capital, whereas England have been forced to travel from Donetsk.

Sam Shethran, 28, from Wimbledon, south London, said: "Sweden have got so many fans because all their games are here.

"But England play better away from home than at Wembley. The supporters thrive when we're in the minority."

Darren Smyth, 38, from West Ham, east London, said: "It's very unusual for us to be outnumbered to this extent. The logistics of travelling in Ukraine are very difficult and the hotel prices put a lot of people off.

"Having that number of fans will give Sweden a slight advantage, but we have the better team. The fans will rise to the challenge."

Kiev is the largest city in Ukraine in terms of population and size, and is the country's centre of business.

It has plenty of attractions to entertain fans looking for culture between matches, with more than 100 museums, 33 theatres and 141 libraries.

But England supporters chose to set up base at a pub next to the Uefa fan zone in Independence Square. They filled the venue and enjoyed filling their own glasses from four-feet tall beer towers at each table.

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