Will fanzone be set up for England World Cup matches at South Shields' Bents Park?

Bents Park is welcoming large crowds this summer as part of the Sunday concerts programme.
Bents Park is welcoming large crowds this summer as part of the Sunday concerts programme.

South Tyneside Council has responded to calls for a fanzone to be set up at Bents Park for the finale of England's World Cup campaign.

The Three Lions will compete in the semi-finals of the competition on Wednesday as they take on Croatia.

There had been calls for a fanzone - similar to this one set up in Sunderland - to be introduced in South Shields ahead of the World Cup semi-final.

There had been calls for a fanzone - similar to this one set up in Sunderland - to be introduced in South Shields ahead of the World Cup semi-final.

The winners will take their place in Sunday's final in Moscow, and there had been calls for a fanzone to be set up at Bents Park so fans could watch the game on a big screen.

However, the council says this will not be possible.

A statement from South Tyneside Council said: "We have received a number of requests over the weekend to host a fan base in the Bents Park.

"Hosting a fan base in the Bents Park is subject to planning and working with our partners at Northumbria Police and the emergency services to manage issues around staffing, resources, safety, security and crowd control.

"Unfortunately, it is not possible to host such an event due to the additional pressures it would place on all partners.

"We understand this is disappointing but this is beyond our control.

"For those fans who want to watch the match in public, the games are already being shown at a number of local venues.

"It's fantastic people are getting behind the England team and want to show their support.

"The council will be joining the rest of the country on Wednesday (and hopefully Sunday) to cheer the England squad on!"