England fans spend £350m on booze in pubs as they drown their misery as Three Lions are eliminated from the World Cup

ENGLAND fans embarked on a huge World Cup party last night – but drowned their misery as France triumphed.

There were desperate scenes as Gareth Southgate’s side were eliminated from the competition by the defending champions.

Fans think it's all over as another decision falls against the Three Lions

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Fans think it’s all over as another decision falls against the Three LionsPhoto credit: Jake Lindley / Story Picture Agency
Kyle Walker's girlfriend Annie Kilner can't take the pressure

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Kyle Walker’s girlfriend Annie Kilner can’t take the pressureSource: World Cup News Pool (WCNP) – England vs France
David Beckham looks down and out as the game comes to an end

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David Beckham looks down and out as the game comes to an end

The players had packed 30,000 pubs across the country and spent £350million during the quarter-final match, according to research firm GlobalData.

Pubs and clubs opened their doors to the knockout game as beer sales soared 50 per cent on the busiest day for drunkards since December 2019 – before the Covid pandemic.

Around 23 million tuned in to watch England’s showdown with Didier Deschamps’ France side – the biggest TV sports audience since last year’s Euro 2020 final, in which 31 million saw the Three Lions lose to Italy on penalties.

The British Beer and Pub Association said the 7pm kick-off encourages punters to fill their locals earlier and stay longer.

The surge in pub sales came despite a “big freeze” which prompted the RAC to tell fans to avoid streets and go to their local instead.

Meanwhile, thousands of fans flooded special screenings of the game across the country.

But a Birmingham bar was mocked online after it blew up red, white and blue balloons – the shades of the French tricolor – for the event.

England fan Harry Barnes said: “Walkabout in Birmingham are releasing balloons in the French colors with the words ‘It’s the Union Jack’.

“It’s like the staff didn’t realize it was England playing, not Great Britain.”

Former Three Lions stars Teddy Sheringham, 56, and David Seaman, 59, were among the guests at the fan zones, and fans belted out karaoke hits like Gala’s Freed From Desire before kick-off.

Around 7,000 spectators filled Manchester’s sold-out Road to Victory fan zone, while 2,000 fans flocked to Boxing Park in Wembley, west London.

Over 1,300 fans in Newcastle queued for hours in freezing conditions, having gathered as early as 1pm, six hours before the game.

Fan Zone manager Tom Brodie, 28, said: “We ordered extra beers especially for the game. Most of it has been spilled on the ground. We had already sold more than 3,000 pints before the game even started.

“There is a party atmosphere here all day long. The only downside is that all our England flags have been stolen!”

Pints ​​finally flew when captain Harry Kane smashed home a thunderous penalty in the 54th minute.

The goal made Kane the all-time leading scorer in England alongside Wayne Rooney – with 53 goals.

But he failed to repeat the effort, missing a second penalty and even leaving former England captain David Beckham dejected in the stands.

Wags, including Kyle Walker’s friend Annie Kilner – all dressed in England shirts to cheer on their boys – couldn’t hide their disappointment.

But Paris erupted last night as the crowd celebrated the win over England.

Performances of the national anthem La Marseillaise and Allez Les Bleus could be heard on the freezing cold streets of the capital.

Caroline Milou, 30, had tears of joy running down her cheeks, marked by the red, white and blue of the tricolor.

She said: “If we beat England, we win the trophy. We love Britain but this is our night!”

Caroline celebrated at the Frog & Rosbif Pub, which was packed with around 300 fans from both countries during the game.

Luc Roncayloco, 21, said: “It was our night! I’m so happy. Mbappe was great, but so was Giroud. That was a great achievement.”

England fan Autumn Lumb, 26, was in the pub with an England flag draped around her.

Unable to hide her disappointment, she said: “I knew as soon as Kane came up for the penalty he would miss.”

George Pittard, 26, from London, said: “It’s really disappointing but expected. Kane scored but then missed – it’s Spurs, isn’t it?

Meanwhile, hundreds of French fans flocked to central London to cheer on Les Bleus with an app called Frogs in London.

The lifestyle app held a special screening at the Zoo Bar in Leicester Square, which was “taken over” by more than 700 French expats.

Tricolors hung on the walls while drunken suitors ate French food and drink.

Yohann Proveur, 29, who lives in South Kensington, said: “I live in England and have English friends, but I have to be French through and through today.”

An England fan walking past a venue packed with French fans warned: “We’re going to beat you up.”

But it shouldn’t be.

Croydon fans hold their breath as England miss another chance against France

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Croydon fans hold their breath as England miss another chance against FranceCredit: PA
A Blackpool fan gasps as another decision comes against England

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A Blackpool fan gasps as another decision comes against EnglandPhoto credit: Rex
An England fan wearing a number 22 shirt finds it all too difficult to see

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An England fan wearing a number 22 shirt finds it all too difficult to seePhoto credit: i-Images
A Three Lions fan holds his head in his hands after further World Cup torture

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A Three Lions fan holds his head in his hands after further World Cup torturePhoto Credit: Jamie Lashmar/Story Picture Agency

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