As the country is gripped by World Cup fever, we’re balancing our time between desperately trying to stay cool and keeping on top of England’s success over in Russia. While the chants of ‘Three Lions’ can be heard far and wide, some fanatics are putting all of their eggs in the England basket, certain that it’s coming home…
The Dogs Trust in Shrewsbury received a cohort of puppies from unwanted litters last week and, in the spirit of the World Cup, named them all after members of the England football team.
Following their incredible 2-0 victory over Sweden On Saturday July 7, the entire nation is behind the team, eagerly anticipating their semi-final game against Croatia tonight (July 11). If England wins, it’ll be their first time in a World Cup Final since their last victory against West Germany in 1966.
Clearly hopeful that the current team can give a repeat performance, staff at the centre gave the litter some very appropriate names.
Here’s the current England team, and their four-legged counterparts:
Harry Kane – – Harry Canine
Jordan Pickford – – Jordan Pupford
Dele Alli – – Dele Allisation
Jamie Vardy – – Jamie dig up the Yardy
Marcus Rashford – – Barkus Rashford
Harry Maguire – – Hairy Maguire
Eric Dier – – Eric Deerhound
Kieran Prippier – – Kieran Terrier
Jordan Henderson – – Jordan Hounderson
Phil Jones – – Phil Bones
Jesse Lingard – – Jessie Linguard-dog
Danny Welbeck – – Danny Wellbark
Ruben Loftus-Cheek – – Ruben Wooftus Cheek
Jack Butland – – Jack Russel Butland
Ashley Young – – Ashley (slobbery) Tongue
Danny Rose – – Great Danei Rose
Nick Pope – – Nick Pup
Gareth Southgate – – Grr-eth Southgate
During the current spell of hot weather that the UK is experiencing, charities have noted an increase in the number of dogs being abandoned and are begging owners to take their pets to animal charities and shelters instead.
The puppies will, of course, be put up for adoption as soon as all of their vaccinations and health checks have been completed.
If England carry on the way that they are, we don’t think it’ll be long at all before they’re all snapped up…
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