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Gaffer: England success can inspire the next generation

12 July 2018

Manager Gary Johnson admits he hopes England’s success in the World Cup will inspire the next generation – and bring new fans to the home of the Robins.

Johnson believes the manner of England’s performances in the showpiece event in Russia has helped unite a country behind the sport and also given young footballers a hosts of new role models to follow.

"The performances have made us all proud of our national football team again,” he said.

"They've all done so much in this World Cup to bring the country together, that includes the supporters, the media, the players.

"You've got that wave of enthusiasm and support, and not too many dissenting voices, and that is a good way forward.

"The character of the manager and how he has come over has been a positive too and everyone is singing from the same hymn sheet.

"They have shown themselves to be real role models and that is good for the nation and youngsters,” he added.

"It's been great to see all the fan parks packed out and the yougn fans with face paint on. It's good for youngsters to see this side of football; the competitive side but also a humble side.

"Even though we have lost a semi-final that humility has come across.

"We're all disappointed, but there have been no aggressive comments about how poor they were or they didn't try.

"They have come across very well and it makes you proud to be English.

“I hope it makes even more youngsters want to get involved with football - they have great role models to follow - and it would be fantastic to see even more young fans come and support the Robins too. We'd love to see them.”

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