Millions England fans left distraught after piling into pubs around country to cheer on rugby heroes

MILLIONS of England fans have been left gutted after our boys lost the World Cup final today.

Supporters queued around the block and packed out pubs across the country for a boozy breakfast.
Frustrated fans were left heartbroken as England lost their grip in the World Cup Final
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A devastated fan is left in tears as South Africa are crowned winners
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England last held the Webb Ellis cup in 2003 – and were hoping to raise it once more today
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This royal family call for manager Eddie Jones’ knightship as they cheer on the men in white
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A passionate England fan cheers our heroes on from the sideline at the Yokohama Stadium
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Solidarity and Guinness come together as rugby lovers pile into a bar in Flat Iron Square, London
The tense game was getting too much for one fan, who hides his head in his hands
Guinness o’clock as fans in London cheer on the men in white
There were mixed emotions as South Africa dominated the first half of the clash
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England’s Billy Vunipola, who was cut during the match, looked distraught as the final whistle blew

But Red Roses fans watched in despair as superb South Africa outbattled our brave boys to win 32-12.
Thousands of pubs opened early for the 9am kick-off, with merry queues seen snaking through the streets ahead of the crunch match.
Meanwhile, an army of red and white knights filled Japan’s Yokohama International Stadium and the surrounding bars.
Prince Harry was in the stands with Japan’s prime minister after delivering the Queen’s team-talk.
Hopes were high after Eddie Jones’ men crushed New Zealand in the semi final.
Renditions of Swing Low, Sweet Chariot were belted out.
But supporters were left in tears at the final whistle as hopes of a second World Cup triumph were crushed by a superb Springbok side.
Fans line up for rugby with a side of breakfast at a London Bridge watering hole
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The A14 in Cambridge was deserted this morning as rugby lovers flocked to their nearest screen
Abandoned streets and roads in Newcastle this morning as rugby fans stay indoors to watch their side take on the Springboks
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Come on! World cup fans get the beers in for the final against South Africa
South Africa fans erupt in cheers as the Sprinboks take the lead at half time
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Supporters react to the British national anthem while watching the rugby World Cup final between England and South Africa
Fans too young to remember England’s 2003 victory get decked out for the 2019 clash
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Calum Peters, from Cambridge, had travelled to Japan with his parents to take in the atmosphere.

He told GWP Digital: “It’s been brilliant – the Japanese people have really taken the World Cup to their hearts.”

Dom and Kay Allen managed to get tickets online before leaving home in Burnley on Wednesday.

Dom, 46, said: “It’s such a privilege to be here. I wouldn’t sell my ticket for anything.”

It’s such a privilege to be here. I wouldn’t sell my ticket for anything

Ecstatic fan Dom Kay

Ulrich van Eck, 50, is among the ticketless hopefuls but decided to fly out from Bishop’s Stortford, Herts, to take in the occasion.

He said: “I just decided I wanted to be here. It’s the biggest game in world rugby.”

Captain Owen Farrell’s heroes go into this morning’s epic crunch clash with South Africa as favourites after smashing the mighty All Black last week.

And their final battle will be watched by millions more 6,000 miles away back home all set to drink pubs dry if they triumph.

Roar of the Roses

FLIGHT comparison site Skyscanner said searches for trips from the UK to Tokyo have rocketed by 3,534 per cent since England’s stunning 19-7 semi-final demolition of tournament favourites New Zealand last week.

ENGLAND’S No8 Billy Vunipola, 26, had a kickabout in the team’s Tokyo hotel foyer with 16-month-old nephew Jacob — son of brother Mako, a team prop — and joked: “The game might be tougher than this.”

Rugby fans dressed as knights get into the spirit of things of balls and beers
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Fans are hoping for a change of guard as England enthusiasts salute the fearless squad
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These lads are all smiles ahead of the historic match between England and South Africa
Fancy dress is the order of the day for the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup final
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England fans are praying their team will lift the Webb Ellis cup for the first time since 2003


The Queen has already hailed England’s “inspirational” rugby stars ahead of the match.

In a special written message, HRH said: “Your performances during the tournament have delighted supporters, and inspired many people throughout the country.

“Elizabeth R.”

South Africa fans in a fanzone in Yokohama
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Knights in chainmail cheer on England outside the Yokohama Stadium near Tokyo
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Let’s hear them roar! These lions are going all out for the men in white
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England fans arrive at The International Stadium in Yokohama for the final of the 2019 rugby world cup
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