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British expat with £20 ticket to World Cup final says ‘crushed’ Aussies supporting Spain

A British expat in Sydney says she’s “on cloud nine” watching the England women’s football team make the World Cup final, after buying tickets for every game 10 months ago.

Alison Barnes, 59, a lecturer in visual communications at Western Sydney University, spent A$40 (£20) on the tickets for the final in a multi-match package in October.

“At that stage, the only definite England game we knew we had was the game against Denmark at the group stage,” Dr Barnes, an Arsenal supporter originally from Cambridge, told i.

“I knew that if we won the group then we would have the quarter-final, semi-final and final, if we were to get that far, so yeah, we had them all in the bag and have been waiting for it to come round.

“We are so lucky to have tickets, whoever wins that final will win the World Cup for the first time, it will be history for either team – hopefully it will be England.”

Dr Barnes and her partner, Cath Millen, watched England beat Australia on Wednesday at the Accor Stadium in Sydney, describing the atmosphere as “intense”.

Australian newspaper front pages lamented the loss, with some having harsh words for the English team for their “rough” tactics.

On the first half tackle on Australian captain Sam Kerr that earned England’s Alex Greenwood a yellow card, the Australian tabloid newspaper Daily Telegraph said: “They harped on about the spirit of the game during the Ashes series when English wicket keeper Jonny Bairstow was fairly stumped when he left his crease but it appears that ethos doesn’t carry over to football after English players bent the rules in a fiery first half.”

Dr Barnes said she suspected a lot of Australians will be supporting Spain in this Sunday’s final.

“I had a message from someone at work today saying, ‘I would normally support England but I don’t know if I can bring myself to on Sunday.’ Because they’re so crushed,” Dr Barnes added.

“I think it will be similarly hostile in the final. No one’s been super hideous to me but I’m not trying to crow too much.”

Still, Dr Barnes is elated to be a part of history, saying she was “on cloud nine”.

“Weirdly the only thing I can equate it to – it’s exactly how I felt when Labour got in in 1997, I’d been to see Billy Bragg the night before and I woke up the next morning… It just feels really immense,” she said.

“I’m in WhatsApp groups with friends back home and so they’re all watching on TV and I’m in the stadium and we’re all trying to communicate, I really like that, it really connects me with the people back home.”

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