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Community prepares to cheer Three Lions to victory in Russia

PUBLISHED: 19:05 07 July 2018 | UPDATED: 19:05 07 July 2018

Donna and Mark Crake with their World Cup bear Picture: RUSSELL COOK

Donna and Mark Crake with their World Cup bear Picture: RUSSELL COOK

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As the nation prepares to roar the Three Lions to victory this afternoon, a community in Bury St Edmunds is proudly showing its support for the England team.

Mark and Donna Crake are backing the Three Lions to win against Sweden Picture: RUSSELL COOKMark and Donna Crake are backing the Three Lions to win against Sweden Picture: RUSSELL COOK

Houses on the Moreton Hall estate are decked in flags ahead of the crunch World Cup quarter final, with Gareth Southgate’s men hoping to reach England’s first semi-final since 1990.

Moreton Hall residents Mark and Donna Crake, and their two children, George, 13, and Sam, 11, have decorated their garden with flags and a World Cup bear and say the estate is brimming with World Cup fever.

Donna, 40, said: “I think it’s good to get behind the team and we’ve already talked about having a street party if they reach the final.

A house decked out in England flags on the Moreton Hall estate Picture: RUSSELL COOKA house decked out in England flags on the Moreton Hall estate Picture: RUSSELL COOK

“The kids love it and we’ve been having a bit of fun with our neighbours over the road trying to outdo each other.

“The estate is renowned for it, and it’s just really nice that people have shown that community spirit.”

Mark, 50, said: “The response has been really positive. We’ve had a few cheers from people walking by.

England manager Gareth Southgate has the hopes of the nation on his shoulders Picture: AARON CHOWN/PA WIREEngland manager Gareth Southgate has the hopes of the nation on his shoulders Picture: AARON CHOWN/PA WIRE

“Our next door neighbour has a goal in his garden and everyone has got into the spirit.”

So how will the Three Lions fare against Sweden?

Mark said: “I’m going for 2-1 to England and I think it will be an England v Belgium final.”

Harry Kane is hoping to add to his World Cup goal tally against Sweden Picture: ADAM DAVY/PA WIREHarry Kane is hoping to add to his World Cup goal tally against Sweden Picture: ADAM DAVY/PA WIRE

Donna also plumped for an England win: “I’ve got to be positive but I think it will be close so I’ll say 1-0,” she said.

“But I think if you give Sweden the chances that Colombia had in the last game, then they will take them.”

The couple said they will be watching the game at the Moreton Hall Community Centre and will be hoping to cheering the Three Lions to a famous victory.

How much do you know about Sweden?

England have met Sweden twice before in the World Cup, with both matches in the group stages of the competition in 2002 and 2006 ending in a draw.

But how much do you know about the country which gave us Abba and Ikea?

With a population of around 10million people in a country of more than 450,000 square metres, and 86% of Swedes living in cities, much of Sweden is untouched natural beauty.

According to the official Sweden.se website, there are 95,700 lakes and in summer, in the northernmost reaches, it has 56 days of continuous daylight and 32 days of darkness in winter.

It is the country that gave the world flat-pack furniture behemoth Ikea, safety-conscious Volvo, which invented the three-point seatbelt in 1959, and the Nobel Prize awards for human brilliance.

An estimated two million meatballs are eaten every day in Ikea’s 340 stores worldwide, the country’s website says.

• We will be sharing coverage live on our Facebook channel later today, log on to see how the county reacts to each goal.

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