With England set to play in their first World Cup semi-final since 1990, the entire country is showing their support for the Three Lions – with waistcoats.
Ahead of the side’s clash against Croatia (7pm BST tonight, ITV), fans are mimicking the wardrobe of manager Gareth Southgate in aid of Bloodwise campaign #waistcoatwednesday.
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BBC Breakfast, Sky News, Good Morning Britain and more got involved…
— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) July 11, 2018
— BBC Breakfast (@BBCBreakfast) July 11, 2018
At 6am on @skynews #Sunrise the nation gets behind @England for tonight’s huge game, the latest on the heroic #Thailand rescue and @POTUS at the @nato summit. Join us! @skynewsSam @SkyJacquie with the footy buildup and @SkyIsobel with the weather #WaistcoatWednesday pic.twitter.com/ycs4KCPEUX
— Jonathan Samuels (@jonathansamuels) July 11, 2018
— Rachel Burden (@rachelburden) July 11, 2018
— BBC Radio 5 Live (@bbc5live) July 11, 2018
Even a few pets are wearing the waistcoat with pride.
— Jo (@Jokatgocat) July 11, 2018
— Gladstone (@TreasuryMog) July 11, 2018
— one man & his dog (@manandhisdog112) July 11, 2018
Some had to improvise to show support…
.@jonhollingfm didn't wear a waistcoat today so I made him one. As you can tell he's delighted. If anyone asks it's Dolce & Gabinbag #WaistcoatWednesday #itscominghome #WorldCup #ENG pic.twitter.com/7mllGZ8gY4
— Josh Bancroft ???????? (@JoshBancroftUK) July 11, 2018
Others even made cupcakes in honour of Southgate…
Baking efforts for tomorrow’s #WaistcoastWednesday in aid of @bloodwise_uk! Top tip: waistcoat is a difficult shape to carve out of icing… I’m sure they’ll still taste good though???? pic.twitter.com/0LaHnZbvaW
— Emma Victoria Brown (@chattrboxie) July 10, 2018
The initiative was cooked up by blood cancer charity Bloodwise who turned the nation’s obsession with Southgate’s sartorial choices into a fundraising campaign:
“I asked Gareth if we could wear waistcoats for the match. He said ‘I don’t think so, Harry.’ I sneaked one into my kitbag, though. Hid it in a sock.”
— Blood Cancer UK (@bloodcancer_uk) July 11, 2018
“In honour of the England boss’s new-found football fashionista status, we’re inviting supporters to grab a waistcoat and button up to beat blood cancer,” said the organisation.
Although they probably didn’t bank on all these excited fans who couldn’t spell waistcoat…
— Charlotte Hawkins (@CharlotteHawkns) July 11, 2018
— Jamie Stangroom (@jamiestangroom) July 11, 2018
Can we all take a second to appreciate that #WaistcoastWednesday is trending.
Thankfully we're better at playing football than we are at spelling! pic.twitter.com/HjOMyKZ4TW
— kmfm (@kmfmofficial) July 11, 2018
Here’s hoping Southgate pulls out another win tonight. We certainly wouldn’t say no to a Waistcoat Wednesday national holiday.