Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

C'mon England; WILLIAM'S RALLYING CRY TO THE NATION AHEAD OF EURO 2016 KICK-OFF CAMERON: TEAM WILL MAKE US PROUD IN CELEBRATION OF FOOTBALL 'FEARLESS' YOUNG SIDE CAN GO ALL THE WAY, SAYS STRIKER KANE Get Behind Us and We Can Win It, Kane Tells Fans

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

C'mon England; WILLIAM'S RALLYING CRY TO THE NATION AHEAD OF EURO 2016 KICK-OFF CAMERON: TEAM WILL MAKE US PROUD IN CELEBRATION OF FOOTBALL 'FEARLESS' YOUNG SIDE CAN GO ALL THE WAY, SAYS STRIKER KANE Get Behind Us and We Can Win It, Kane Tells Fans

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Byline: Benedict Moore-Bridger in Marseille, Robert Jobson and David Churchill

PRINCE WILLIAM today issued a passionate "C'mon England" rallying cry ahead of Euro 2016 and called on the country to get behind Roy Hodgson's team.

He said he would be watching tomorrow's clash with Russia and sent a message of support to captain Wayne Rooney and the Three Lions as they made their final preparations for the match in Marseille.

The Duke of Cambridge, who is president of the Football Association, said: "Like millions of fans across the country, I will be tuning into the opening game against Russia on Saturday night.

"We are all looking forward to watching some great football over the coming weeks, with the incredible atmosphere that a major tournament can provide."

William, an Aston Villa fan who plays park football with friends, added: "I know the Continued on Page 2 Continued from Page 1 FA is sending the message to supporters everywhere that we are Together for England, so please join me in showing support to the team. C'mon England!" Tens of thousands of British football fans were heading to France today for the tournament, which kicks off at 8pm when the host nation plays Romania in Paris. England start their campaign tomorrow at 8pm amid an unprecedented security operation.

David Cameron voiced his support for the British teams, saying: "I know the whole nation will join me in wishing England, Wales and Northern Ireland every success in Euro 2016 it will be a fantastic celebration of football.

"The players have worked incredibly hard to get to this stage, and I know they will give everything they've got during the tournament to make us proud."

Tottenham and England striker Harry Kane declared: "We can win it." The 22-year-old said Roy Hodgson's young side were "fearless" and that the support of the crowd would be crucial. He told the Standard: "If fans get behind us like I know they will, then it'll be great. I think we can win it. I think other teams are probably more favourite [to win] than us, but we're happy with it, we're confident, we're fearless. …

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