Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart has hailed the England fans for truly making an impact at Euro 2012, particularly when the Three Lions needed it most against co-hosts Ukraine on Tuesday evening.
England had to secure at least a draw against a spirited Ukraine side at Donetsk’s Donbass Arena, which was packed with over 50,000 home fans.
However, a traveling party of almost 4,000 English supporters cheered on loudly as Roy Hodgson’s men went on to proceed to the quarterfinals with a 1-0 win.
Wayne Rooney’s early second half goal was greeted with loud celebrations in the away section of the stadium and although a cheerful atmosphere was maintained throughout the match thanks to the discipline of both sets of fans, England fans certainly made themselves heard.
As they prepare for Sunday’s quarterfinal against Italy, English players are truly thankful to the support they have received in the tournament thus far.
“Walking out against Ukraine the other day to see that one corner of England fans bouncing with all that noise – that means the world,” Hart told the FA’s official website.
The 25-year old added: “I know from first hand that it’s difficult for people to out here and it does go a long way for the players.”
Italy’s Daniele De Rossi also admitted that England has the advantage in terms of fan support at Euro 2012, which puts all the more pressure on the party that travels to Kiev on Sunday.