World Cup dreams dashed as Italy beaten by Costa Rica

England football fans watch the World Cup match against Uruguay in Millennium Square, Leeds.
England football fans watch the World Cup match against Uruguay in Millennium Square, Leeds.
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ENGLAND’S World Cup dream may be over – but that doesn’t mean the summertime football fun is going to stop in Leeds.

Italy’s failure to beat Costa Rica tonight ended all remaining hopes of the Three Lions qualifying for the knockout stages of the tournament in Brazil.

However, council bosses in Leeds confirmed that England’s third and final group game would still be shown on the giant screen in Millennium Square in the city centre.

A spokesman for Leeds City Council said gates at the site’s viewing arena would open at about 3.30pm on Tuesday, ahead of the match’s 5pm kick-off time.

He also stressed that key games involving foreign nations would continue to be shown on the screen through the tournament, although not between July 4 and 6 because of the Tour de France’s visit to Yorkshire.

Thousands of people packed into Millennium Square on Thursday night to watch England’s 2-1 defeat to Uruguay.

The result left fans heartbroken – but it hasn’t deterred them from putting their money where their mouths are when it comes to support for Steven Gerrard and co.

Figures today showed that 92 per cent of bets placed with William Hill in Leeds on Tuesday’s Costa Rica fixture have been for an England win.

Bosses at Leeds-based supermarket giant Asda are also staying loyal to the cause.

A spokeswoman told the Yorkshire Evening Post there were no plans to slash the price of England-related merchandise.

England’s defeat by Uruguay drew one of the highest TV audiences for some time, it has been revealed.

As the game reached its climax at 9.45pm, 20.3 million people were watching the coverage, which ITV said was the highest peak audience on British TV since the London 2012 closing ceremony.

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