Advertisement

  1. ITV Report

England fans disappointed at 'stay away' request as team fly home

Fans have expressed their disappointment at being asked not to welcome the World Cup squad home. Photo: PA

England fans have expressed their disappointment after been asked not to welcome the World Cup team home when they arrive at Birmingham Airport.

The sqaud, who finished fourth in the World Cup following a 2-0 defeat in the third place play-off against Belgium on Saturday (July 14), are due to arrive back in the UK today (July 15).

Birmingham Airport has asked fans not to attend via Twitter:

Sorry, this content isn't available on your device.

Fans took to social media to express their disappointment.

When the England team flew into Luton Aiport following their 4th place success at Italia '90, thousands of fans cheered their arrival and a homecoming celebration, complete with open-top bus, was held in the town.

Sorry, this content isn't available on your device.

Sorry, this content isn't available on your device.

The airport went on to explain there was no suitable viewing area for the team's arrival - and that it hadn't made the decision not to arrange a homecoming:

We’re handling the flight as the FA asked and the area of the airport doesn’t lend itself to a viewing area. We understand you want to welcome the team but you’ll not be able to see them. We ask you not to come to the site.

– Birmingham Airport tweet

The team, under manager Gareth Southgate, has equalled its best World Cup performance since Italia '90.

England striker Harry Kane could still win the Golden Boot - awarded to the player who scores most goals in the tournament.

He currently leads the table with six goals – two against Tunisia, three against Panama and one against Columbia.