100,000 fans sign petition demanding bank holiday if England win World Cup

More than 100,00 people have signed a petition calling for Monday to be made a bank holiday if if England win the World Cup.

Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions will secure a spot in Sunday’s final if they see off Croatia in Wednesday’s last-four clash.

The petition, on the UK government and Parliament website, will now considered for debate in the House of Commons.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said there would be "a lot of happiness around" and it would be a good idea to have a public holiday to help people celebrate.

He said a bank holiday could be a "celebration of sport for all".

"I’m old enough to remember ’66, it was wonderful then, watching it on a black and white television," he told reporters on a campaign visit to Grays, Essex.

"If England win the World Cup there’s going to be a lot of happiness around and a lot of people are going to enjoy themselves – some of them may even drink quite a lot, I personally don’t drink at all so it’s not going to bother me.

"But we have suggested ‘why not give us a public holiday for that day, just to celebrate something’.

"Those footballers, look at them. They have come from all kinds of places, all kinds of backgrounds, they have all played at all levels.

"So let’s make it a celebration of sport for all and football for all. They have played at very little-known clubs, on grotty old pitches and they are now playing at the highest level. Well done them."

Budget supermarket Aldi announced on Monday that if England reach the final, it will shut all of its stores early on Sunday so staff can make it home in time for kick off, reports the Manchester Evening News.

The chain posted on Facebook : “We’re pretty sure it’s coming home right?

“Well, if England reach the World Cup Final – sorry, when England reach the World Cup Final – we’re gonna close all our stores in England early at 3pm on Sunday 15th July.

“We want our colleagues to be the 12th man cheering on the lads. #BringItHome.”

Fans are also being urged to dig out their waistcoats for ‘Waistcoat Wednesday’ in honour of gaffer Gareth Southgate.

Since the competition started, Marks and Spencer has reported a 35 per cent spike in sales in the item of clothing favoured by the England boss.

To sign the petition visit HERE.

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