England fans celebrate after Germany crash out of World Cup
Fans cheered loudly as South Korea scored two goals to knock Germany out of the tournament.
England fans in a bar in Kaliningrad revelled in Germany’s misery as the holders crashed out of the World Cup.
A group of Three Lions supporters took over a pub in the centre of the Russian city, which was a German city called Koenigsberg until it was captured by the Soviets in 1945.
They cheered loudly as South Korea scored two goals to knock Germany out of the tournament.
Geoff York, from Kings Cross in London, was among them and was delighted a potential stumbling block for England had been removed.
The 64-year-old, who has followed England to every group game so far, said: “I don’t know what it is about Germany – England have got that mental block against Germany, apart from 1966 obviously.
“But since then we’ve had so much back luck against them. The other night they only just blinking got through.
“To see them go out – I love it. I’m made up.”
Joshua Pain, 24, from Putney, south west London, said: “We’re pretty happy, I’m not going to lie – it makes winning it a lot easier.
“It’s good that they’re knocked out.”
Aaron Blakey, 28, from Retford, in Nottinghamshire, also could not hide his satisfaction.
He said: “It’s good for us and good for the tournament.
“I think everybody wanted them out. They didn’t deserve to be in it, they haven’t played well.”
Confidence was running high after the result, and many fans believe England need to keep winning rather than try and settle for a potentially easier route to the final.
If England top Group G they will end up in the same side of the draw as France, Argentina, Portugal and potentially Brazil.
But Mr York said: “There’s a lot of lads saying happy coming second in the group to get an easier route but as we’ve just seen against Germany there’s no easy route.
“It’s the World Cup and there’s been a few upsets and we don’t want to be an upset.
“I don’t want to see England lose, we want to keep the momentum going.
“This is my third World Cup now, been to the Euros and I’ve never felt so confident.
“I’ve got a ticket for the final – if we get there touch wood.
“I’ve never felt so confident about getting to a final.”
Michael O’Brien said Belgium held no fear for him.
“The whole squad’s strong for England so I think easy win,” the 26-year-old from Croydon, south London, said.
“100% definitely we can go all the way.”
Mr Blakey said: “I think Belgium are a good side but I don’t think they are going to play their full side though are they?
“But I think we should still go out to win the game, a lot of people saying we are going to try and finish second but I think we should beat everybody in front of us and then you know you’ve beat the best.
“Win seven games you win the World Cup.”
“We’ve played the best football so far.”
England take on Belgium at 7pm UK time at Kaliningrad Stadium.
Mr Pain, 24, from Putney, south west London, said he wanted England to top the group and said: “I reckon 2-1 England, Belgium will score.
“We’ve only been to this game in this city but it’s cool. If you explore even a little bit beyond the fan park you discover a lot of culture.”