Euro 2020: Fans erupt in Stroud as England beat Croatia

Celebrations erupted across the county after England beat croatia 1-0 in their opening game at the European Championship.

Fans at the Queen Vic and the Carlton Club and Sports Bar cheered as Raheem Sterling tucked the ball passed Croatian keeper Dominik Livaković to carry England to victory in his first tournament goal.

On behalf of the SNJ, photographer Simon Pizzey was out capturing their reactions on camera.

Three years on from the heartbreaking World Cup semi-final loss to Croatia, the Three Lions exacted some sort of revenge by giving Zlatko Dalic’s men a bloody nose at the start of Euro 2020.

It was an ideal start to Group D but Southgate knows the challenges continue, with Scotland next up at Wembley on Friday night.

“This is the big challenge for us now because of course we’re delighted with the win and the players are happy,” the former defender said.

“It’s a positive step in terms of qualification, but one of the hardest things in sport is to come back to that point you were at before the kick-off for the next game.

“You can get a bit of a glow of the win and a bit soft, a bit puddingy when you poke your finger in the belly.

“We’ve got to make sure that we’re ready for what is going to be an incredible game against Scotland and a huge challenge.”

England will play Scotland on Friday, June 18 at 8pm.

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