Leighton football fan counts cost of England’s draw

England fans  watching the Slovakia game in Euro 16
England fans watching the Slovakia game in Euro 16

A Leighton Buzzard football fan is counting the cost of England’s failure to beat Slovakia in their final Euro 2016 group game.

The frustrating 0-0 draw cost Roy Hodgson’s men the chance to top Group B to the dismay of many fans who had had already booked flights and hotels for Paris, thinking the side would top the group and play at the Parc des Princes on Saturday.

But Wales will now end up playing in the French capital, while England, who rested a number of players, take on Iceland in Nice on Monday.

Andy Grimes, 40, from Leighton Buzzard, says he spent close to £500 on organising his trip to Paris before the tournament began.

He told the media following the Slovakia draw: “A mate and I booked everything up for Paris before the Euros. Maybe it was a bit naive but we looked at the group and thought we would get two wins and win it.

“It was so frustrating [against Slovakia] as it’s the last chance to see England in a major tournament for a while as we won’t go to Russia or Qatar.

“We are now weighing up whether we go and enjoy the trip and back Wales, but for the amount of money we may just try and sell the tickets online.

“But we’re so angry about it at the moment. We will sleep on it tonight and see how we feel tomorrow.”