English fans celebrate in St Lucia

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:34 IST

The World Cup is a global spectacle, which means something for more than a billion people across the world.

English fans celebrate in St Lucia
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St Lucia:

The World Cup is a global spectacle, which means something for more than a billion people across the world. So, while the action may be on in Germany, when England took on Paraguay in their opening match, there was football fever 3000 miles away on the tiny island of St Lucia in the Caribbean. The English football fans trooped into the Old Cats Whiskers Pub in St Lucia to watch England's opening World Cup match against Paraguay. They proudly displayed team colours on jerseys, hats and shirts. "My wife was in England two months ago. She was buying flags and hats," said Hitch, the co-owner of the pub. "So we planned it from back then because we knew that people would watch the World Cup, as it happens after every four years," he said. Tensed moments Despite England scoring very early, the tension was evident. After all it has been 40 years since England last put their hands on the World Cup trophy. But as the final whistle was blown, the cheers resounded all around the pub. "I wanted England to win, so it is great. I am really happy. I love St Lucia and a lot of my friends here, but I love England," said Mel, co-owner of the pub. The party of course does not stop here. England's next match will be even more eagerly anticipated in the Caribbean as they take on first timers Trinidad and Tobago on Thursday. England expect every man to do his or her duty. That of course was Lord Nelson's famous command during the Battle of Trafalgar over 200 years ago. Today on the island of St Lucia Mel and Hitch seem to be doing just that.

Topics : Football ICC World Cup, 2011
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