It seems like the whole country has gone football mad and that excitement reached fever pitch when Former Chesterfield schoolboy Harry Maguire headed England in front in their World Cup quarter final against Sweden.
Beers went flying and fans went crazy as Maguire, who attended St Mary’s Roman Catholic High School and often returns there to give inspirational talks, powered a header into the corner of the Swedish net on the half hour to help the Three Lions secure their first semi-final since 1990.
But for one Sheffield United supporter, the ball hitting the back of the net was met with a mixture of emotions after he pledged to have a tattoo of the former Blade on his chest if he scored. Matt Benton, 26, of Doncaster, tweeted before the game: “If @HarryMaguire93 scores against Sweden, his face is getting tattooed on my chest!! #itscominghome #twitterblades #sufc.” And almost as quick as beer went flying in bars across the country, Matt was bombarded with tweets calling on him to fulfil his promise - which, of course, he did.
On Monday, Matt tagged Maguire in a tweet that showed the tattoo had been done, and it caught the Leicester City defender’s attention. He retweeted the post and wrote: “Cant’ believe what I’m seeing... Great effort.”
Maguire, who watched England as a fan at Euro 2016, told Matt he would sent him a signed shirt from the squad.
Gareth Southgate’s team face Croatia in Moscow on Wednesday (7pm) for a chance to play in Sunday’s final. France and Belgium play on the other side of the draw first, with their game scheduled to take place on Tuesday (7pm).