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Euro 2020: Suffolk wishes England luck ahead of semi-final clash against Denmark




Local figures across Suffolk have been sending their messages of support to England manager Gareth Southgate and his team ahead of this evening's semi-final showdown versus Denmark at Wembley.

While one highlighted how significant a moment this is for the England team as they remarked 'they will never have a better chance of winning', another pointed out how an England win would actually avenge for what the Danes did to a medieval Suffolk figure.

"It's crunch time now and the team have to stand up and deliver for the country," said Newmarket trainer, and former Newcastle United centre forward, Mick Quinn who predicted a 2-0 win for England.

Newmarket trainer Micky Quinn, pictured in 2017. Picture: Mark Westley
Newmarket trainer Micky Quinn, pictured in 2017. Picture: Mark Westley

"They will never have a better chance of winning not just on Wednesday but the whole competition," said Mick.

"They look very together team spirit wise which is a big bonus and out of the four teams left, they look the freshest.

"We have had the best squad we have had for a long time and I think we will beat Denmark but they certainly won't be a pushover."

Meanwhile Mark Cordell, chief executive of Our Bury St Edmunds Business Improvement District, said the match would prove an opportunity to get back at Denmark for a centuries-old wrongdoing if England won, as King Edmund of East Anglia - who Bury St Edmunds was partly-named after - was captured and killed by the Danes in the 9th Century.

He said: “Here’s wishing Gareth and the squad all the very best for the semi final against Denmark.

Mark Cordell chief executive of Our Bury St Edmunds Business Improvement District. Picture by Mark Westley
Mark Cordell chief executive of Our Bury St Edmunds Business Improvement District. Picture by Mark Westley

"It’s a chance for revenge over what the Danes did to St Edmund!"

And the team at Newmarket Racecourses said they were hopeful England could continue with their success in tonight's game.

“Everyone at Newmarket racecourses would like to wish Gareth Southgate and the team the best of luck against Denmark," a spokesman said.

England manager Gareth Southgate
England manager Gareth Southgate

"The team’s brilliant performance so far has been fantastic to watch, and here’s hoping they can go all the way!”

Darren Old, chairman of the Bury branch of the National Market Traders' Federation, gave his well wishes to the England football team, with high praise for manager Gareth Southgate, who he classed as the 'Alf Ramsey of our generation'.

Darren Old, chairman of the Bury branch of the National Market Traders' Federation. Picture by Mark Westley
Darren Old, chairman of the Bury branch of the National Market Traders' Federation. Picture by Mark Westley

"He seems to be a fantastic person, level-headed, down to earth and I wish him and his team all the best," Darren said.

He added: "He was disregarded in his time before he became professional and he's just proved everybody completely wrong.

"He's an inspiration for people who think they cannot do something."

Bury Town FC Ladies have also sent their support to the England team with a video of their players doing keepie uppies to Baddiel & Skinner & The Lightning Seeds' Three Lions.

And the public's feelings were summed up by Newmarket's Golden Lion manager Daniel Howse, who said: "We are all hoping it's coming home! We've got our fingers crossed for the boys.

"C'mon England!"

The England vs Denmark semi-final kicks off at 8pm this evening.

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