Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Becks Backing Three Lions with Russia Trip

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Becks Backing Three Lions with Russia Trip

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GARETH Southgate has encouraged more England fans to follow David Beckham's lead and join the World Cup party in Russia.

England usually have one of the largest groups of travelling fans at international tournaments but uptake was relatively low this time around with numbers in Volgograd and Nizhny Novgorod smaller than usual.

Estimates suggested as few as 2,000 England fans came to each game, though more are expected for tonight's Group G decider in Kaliningrad.

Fears of violence, racist abuse and an anti-English sentiment fuelled by diplomatic tensions between the two nations have not been mirrored by events on the ground thus far and England's confident qualification for the last 16 has created a buzz around Southgate's side.

That will only intensify with the arrival of ex-United midfielder and former England captain Beckham - who is expected at tonight's game. …

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