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Gareth Southgate's England could give us all an extra Bank Holiday off work if they win the World Cup in Russia

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Over 117,000 England fans have signed a petition calling for a Bank Holiday if Gareth Southgate's men win the World Cup in Russia - triggering a Parliamentary debate.

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Gareth Southgate. PIC: PA

Gareth Southgate. PIC: PA

Football supporter Liam Betson launched the official petition to the Government, for the day after the World Cup final to be designated a Bank Holiday, and has - at the time of writing - attracted over 117,000 signatures.

Breaking the 100,000 barrier meant that MPs in the Houses of Parliament now have to, by law, debate in Parliament whether July 16 should be a day of no work across the UK.

George Elek, spokesperson for the petition, said: “If football does come home does that mean we too can stay at home?

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“The fact that it will now be officially debated in parliament does give the public substantial hope of a day off work after the final.

“That could be the case if this petition comes off, but England do have a couple of games of football to win first.”

Southgate's men take on Croatia in their semi-final tomorrow evening, with several players from our region set to be involved.