Vindaloo! Vindaloo! England take on Tunisia tonight in their first game of the 2018 World Cup, and need a win to kick off their tournament in the best possible way. Here at Hartwell we’re ready for the match, and our lovely mascot Hugo is too! He’s wearing an England flag as a cape and a couple on his head, not to mention his brilliant Union Jack bandana.
Our dealerships are also about to break into a verse of Three Lions. Many have put up loads of decorations and flags to show their support for the team in Russia. Let’s just hope England make it out of the group stage! These photos are from our Abingdon, Hemel Hempstead and Watford Ford garages, which have all gone the extra mile with flags and challenges. Visit our Abingdon dealership and you can try your hand at our goal-scoring challenge! Channel your inner Harry Kane and kick the ball into the load bay of one of our Transit vans.
Before every tournament, England fans will say that they feel like this is their year and that they’ve got a strong chance of winning. Ditto for this World Cup. But England should beat Tunisia, especially as the fans expect it. The African country shouldn’t be written off, but England won’t want to have to win against Belgium to stand a chance of going through.
This time, there’s optimism once again – but perhaps for good reason. Gareth Southgate has taken an incredibly youthful side out to Russia, and they’ve performed well in the warm up games. Each fixture is challenging but not impossible to win, so it’s just a case of whether everyone shows up and plays the way we’re expecting them to.
I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you that England won the World Cup, but that was an awful long time ago now. Tunisia, on the other hand, have only appeared in the tournament four times, and have never progressed past the group stage. If history’s anything to go by, then it’s England’s to lose.
England come to the tournament having been unbeaten throughout the qualifying process and their recent friendlies. Tunisia also managed an unbeaten qualifying campaign, highlighting just how close this game might be. The only time the two countries have previously met in a competitive fixture was in the 1998 World Cup, from which England came out victorious.