Thursday 8 December 2016

Captain England's message to Fabio

Published 17/06/2010 | 16:06

Hundreds of British soldiers from the Yorkshire Regiment send a message of support to the England team
Hundreds of British soldiers from the Yorkshire Regiment send a message of support to the England team

Fabio Capello has been sent a special World Cup message - from Captain England.

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But it was not another hotshot manager vying for the football boss's job, it was Captain Gary England, of 1st Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment, who was sending a message of good luck to the team in South Africa.

Addressing various television cameras at Imphal Barracks in York, he said: "I'm Captain England and I've got a message for the captain of England on behalf of The Yorkshire Regiment."

Then around 50 soldiers lifted aloft their regimental caps and started a deafening chant of "Come on England! Come on England! Come on England!" while holding tightly on to a banner, in the team's colours, emblazoned with the same words.

Around 600 soldiers from The Yorkshire Regiment were at the barracks taking part in a dress rehearsal for the presentation of new Colours by the Duke of York on Friday.

They have so far spent 56 hours, excluding three hours in the sweltering sunshine on Thursday, going through the drills so they do not put a foot wrong on the big day.

After all their hard work comes to fruition on Friday, they are sure to be looking forward to relaxing and supporting England in their match against Algeria.

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