Fans are happy to kick-off with draw

Fans in the Dunes pub watch the England v France at the Euro 2012 championships
Fans in the Dunes pub watch the England v France at the Euro 2012 championships
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HERE we go again!

Fans gathered around TV screens across the Fylde as England kicked off their Euro 2012 campaign with a 1-1 draw against France.

Pubs were packed to the rafters as supporters cheered on Roy Hodgson’s men in their bid for glory.

At The Dunes on Lytham Road, South Shore, Blackpool, fans are confident the team will make it through the group stages.

Lisa Dentith, 32, of Gildabrook Road, said: “I think the lads have done themselves proud tonight and this result will give them some confidence as they go into the rest of the tournament.

“A draw against France is good. We have a lot of young players which is good for the future.

“I really love the Euros when everyone gets behind England, and it has been a brilliant atmosphere in here tonight.”

Ollie Giles, 19, of Mayfield Avenue, said: “This has been a good result and I can’t wait for the next game now.

“If we can perform like that, I fancy us to beat Sweden and Ukraine. The France game was the hardest game of the group.

“If we could get through to the semi-finals, that would be brilliant.

“I love international football, as it doesn’t matter which club team you support, everyone is in it together when it comes to supporting England.”

Mel Forshaw, 58, of Squires Gate Lane, was also pleased.

He said: “It’s been a typical opening game with everyone being defensive but a draw will do.

“From what we have seen so far, England are pretty solid but they need to take their chances.”

The Dunes is among many Fylde pubs showing all the Euro games.

Manager Duncan Woods said: “It’s brilliant to see people coming out to the pub to enjoy watching the game with their friends over a pint.

“I’m an England fan so I want the team to stay in the tournament as long as possible, but obviously it’s good for business too!

“We’re raffling off VIP reserved tables to watch the games from, and also doing some fundraising on the nights as well, so it’s good all round.”