SUNDERLAND gave its full support to the Three Lions as they made it through to the quarter-finals at Euro 2012.
The Chesters pub was full of England fans backing Roy Hodgson’s men.
The one-nil win over co-hosts Ukraine saw England top the group with Wayne Rooney heading in from close range after a cross by captain Steve Gerrard.
In doing do they avoided facing tournament favourites Spain, and instead will take on Italy on Sunday night.
However, Wearside football fans were just happy to see the nation progress.
“I’m happy with that,” said 58-year-old John Pullan, from Sunderland.
“It went the way I thought. We got the breaks for a change.”
He added: “It doesn’t matter who you play now, you’ve got to beat them all.”
John’s friend Derek Goldsbrough, also 58, said he was pleased with England’s progress, but not optimistic about their chances of glory in the competition.
He said: “I don’t think we’ll win it. We’re not the best team in it.
“I’ll be back to watch the quarter-final, though.”
The atmosphere in the pub before kick-off was tense.
But punters went wild in the second half when Manchester United forward Rooney scored.
The header was his first goal in an international tournament since Euro 2004.
Fans’ joy was shared on Twitter by SAFC star Connor Wickham.
The striker wrote: “Rooney Rooney!!!”
That was followed by “Yes sebba,” when his Black Cats team-mate Seb Larsson scored for Sweden against France.
The Swedes’ 2-0 win helped England top their group.
The Czech Republic play Portugal on Thursday in the first of the quarter-finals.