England get royal approval as Princes William and Harry declare: 'It's coming home'.

Chris Parsons
News Editor

Princes William and Harry threw their support behind England’s World Cup adventure as both declared: ‘It’s coming home’.

The Duke of Cambridge issued a rallying cry to Gareth Southgate’s men ahead of their World Cup clash, declaring that ‘the whole country is behind them’.

William’s brother the Duke of Sussex also backed England before their biggest night of football in 28 years.

Prince Harry, pictured with his wife Meghan Markle, was asked about England’s World Cup chances during a public appearance. (PA)
Prince Harry and Meghan , the Duchess of Sussex meeting members of the public in Dublin on Wednesday. (AP)
Three Lions supporters stroll through Moscow’s Red Square before the semi final clash. (EFE)
Raheem Sterling, Harry Maguire, Harry Kane, Jordan Pickford and Dele Alli will all be key for England on Wednesday (FIFA)

Harry, who was visiting Dublin with wife Meghan, was asked by a reporter if ‘football was coming home’ – the chant from the hugely popularly Three Lions anthem.

As Harry and Meghan posed for a picture with President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina, the duke replied laughing ‘most definitely’.

His tone was more positive than at a garden party at the British ambassador’s residence in Dublin on Tuesday night when he told Irish rugby legend Brian O’Driscoll he was not as confident as everyone else and wanted to avoid jinxing the result.

Queen Elizabeth, Meghan the Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry, Prince William and Kate the Duchess of Cambridge watch the RAF flypast fromBuckingham Palace on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

William, who is president of the Football Association, told the Three Lions the whole country is behind them ahead of the semi-final in Moscow.

The duke said: ‘A new generation is enjoying the magic of this World Cup run.

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‘The whole country is right behind you tonight. Come on England – it’s coming home!’

England fans who have jetted in for the semi-final have backed Gareth Southgate’s young team to reach the nation’s first World Cup final in 52 years.


The 23-man squad, which has an average age of just over 26 and was the tournament’s third youngest, have the hopes and expectations of a nation on their shoulders.

Police estimated as many as 10,000 England fans could be in the Russian capital for the game, which kicks off at 9pm local time (7pm UK).