SPIRITS aren’t flagging at a South Tyneside pub – despite England drinking in the last chance saloon at the World Cup.
A Luis Suarez brace for Uruguay put the nation’s footballer on the brink in Brazil on Thursday, with the 2-1 loss leaving them with only a slim hope of securing a place in the last 16.
Italy’s win over Costa Rica last night kept home hopes alive for another few days.
England must now see off Costa Rica and Italy must defeat Uruguay in the group deciders on Tuesday to have a chance of staying in the tournament – and even then goal difference will be the deciding factor.
The Robin Hood pub, in Roman Road, Jarrow has been gripped by World Cup fever with landlord Norman Scott decking out the venue with the flags of all 32 nations taking part.
Norman served up spaghetti and Moretti beer to cheer on the Italians.
He vowed to take down the flags of those teams knocked out at the end of each round of the competition – and England will be no different.
Mr Scott said: “It has to be the same rule for everyone. Once you are out of the competition, your flag comes down.
“I am waiting until the last 16 teams are confirmed, then the flags of those teams knocked out will be taken down at the end of the group stage.
“Trade has been really good, the pub has captured the imagination and caught people’s eye.
“It’s been a bundle of fun and brought the community together.
“I only wish the England team had as much enthusiasm as I have.”
If England are eliminated on Tuesday, Norman says the World Cup party will carry on regardless.
He added: “The pub has become a World Cup venue.”