Welsh now allowed to cheer England in pubs

England fans in Wales will now be able to watch the team in a pub. Credit: Edmond Terakopian/PA Archive

Welsh people can now officially get behind the England football team this summer, after the government extended late pub opening hours to the country for the Three Lions' World Cup games.

The Home Secretary announced in March that licensing hours could be extended across England to allow them to screen the team's opening game against Italy, which kicks off at 11pm on June 14.

England's two other group matches against Uruguay and Costa Rica kick off at 8pm and 5pm respectively, but if the team reach the knockout stages with 9pm kick-offs, the relaxation could come into play again in the event of extra time.

After receiving complaints that pubs in Wales should be able to stay open as well, regulations have been laid to allow premises in Wales to apply for a temporary event notice for England's World Cup games.

Crime prevention minister Norman Baker said: "We want everyone to get behind the England football team this summer."