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Sir Bobby Robson would have been proud of England getting to World Cup semi-final, says his widow

Lady Elsie Robson says her late husband Sir Bobby would have been thrilled at England's progress at the World Cup.
Lady Elsie Robson says her late husband Sir Bobby would have been thrilled at England's progress at the World Cup.

Former England manager Sir Bobby Robson would have been "thrilled" by the progress of the current side at the 2018 World Cup, his widow has said.

Lady Elsie Robson said the former manager would be willing Gareth Southgate and his team to win the tournament "with every fibre of his being".

Sir Bobby Robson was the last man to take England to a World Cup semi-final, 28 years ago at Italia 90.

Sir Bobby Robson was the last man to take England to a World Cup semi-final, 28 years ago at Italia 90.

It is 28 years since Sir Bobby led his England squad to the semi-finals of the World Cup in Italy, where they were knocked out on penalties by West Germany.

Lady Elsie said: "Bob would be thrilled by the progress of this talented England team.

"Representing his country as a player and a manager meant the world to him and I know he would be enjoying every minute of this World Cup."

She added: "Bob was immensely proud to reach the semi-finals at Italia '90 and bitterly disappointed not to go further.

Lady Elsie Robson, left, with members of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.

Lady Elsie Robson, left, with members of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.

"He would be willing Gareth Southgate and the England team to go all the way in Russia with every fibre of his being."

Last Saturday, Lady Elsie launched the 10th annual Sir Bobby Robson Foundation walk, which saw participants journey 16 miles from Ovington, Prudhoe, to Newburn, Newcastle upon Tyne, and back.

Before the event, fundraisers had already raised £16,200 for the foundation, which finds more effective ways to detect and treat cancer.

Lady Elsie said: "It is marvellous that this fundraising event has supported our Foundation since our launch 10 years ago.

The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation continues to raise money in the former England manager's name to help the fight against cancer.

The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation continues to raise money in the former England manager's name to help the fight against cancer.

"They have raised a very significant amount of money in that time and we are grateful to everyone involved. And I am glad that the sunshine made it a perfect day for walking."

The work funded directly benefits cancer patients in the North East and Cumbria and plays a significant role in the international fight against the disease, the Foundation said.

Prior to his death from cancer in 2009, Sir Bobby described the charity as his "last and greatest team".