And this week fans have been sending their good luck messages to Steven Gerarrd and co via our Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/RipleyandHeanorNews or by email at [email protected]
They have also been giving their predictions on how England will get on.
You can do the same and read more comments by going to our Facebook page. We also have a FREE World Cup match guide for you to fill in inside today’s paper (pages 10 & 11).
It comes as two pals from a Ripley sports charity project, Georgie Hind,15, and Lien Lee-Ray, 16, were chosen to lead England out on to the pitch in their opening clash.
They were chosen after being recognised by Coca-Cola Great Britain for an outstanding contribution to junior football in their community. Georgie is a junior coach at SportingFutures, which is supported by StreetGames. Lien is a fellow StreetGames participant.
World Cup fever kicked off in Amber Valley with official mascot Fuleco visiting and the incredible news the two teenagers will have the eyes of the world upon them when the Three Lions get their campaign under way against Italy.
We’ve been inundated with support for the Three Lions. Turn to page four to read some of your comments – keep them coming and come on England!
Good luck England, you can do it! - Horsley Woodhouse Primary School
I wish England the best of luck and I’ll be watching! We need a repeat of 1966. - Cllr Chris Emmas-Williams Come on England! Bring home the trophy for everyone after all these years - Rokia Brown, Codnor Castle Heritage Trust Good luck lads, let’s hear the roar of the Three lions this time instead of the purr of the kittens - Ian Sharpe
Mrs Sea’s Fish and Chip Shop would like to wish England all the best in Brazil. COME ON ENGLAND! Come on England! We hope you do your best in Rio from everyone at Clarkes. - David Clarke
Good Luck England! from all at SCB Logistics Heanor.
I’ll be watching as many games as possible and supporting England! - Derek Stafford
nrhn horsley woodhouseCaption: Young England fans from Horsley Woodhouse Primary School cheer on the Three Lions.