England fans must lift themselves again for Tuesday night's final Group D clash with Czech Republic.

Fans turned up in great numbers again at the Paddy Power fan park on the Quayside with most of them filled with enthusiasm and excitement after the encouraging 1-0 win over 2018 World Cup finalists Croatia.

Despite whipping up another superb pre-game atmosphere, helped by former Newcastle star John Beresford who warmed up the crowd, England fell short.

The biggest cheer of the night came when John Stones crashed a header off the upright but by the end, fans filed home in disappointment as audible boos from Wembley could be heard after the stalemate in the capital.

Yet it hasn't dampened spirits on the Quayside too much and the fan park is a complete sell-out for Tuesday's game.

OK, as it stands, we are all probably feeling a little bit of tournament fatigue after a wholesome diet of group games but the knife-edge stuff is now upon us.

A lot has been made of whether England finish first or second and why they must avoid France or Germany in the last 16.

But winning the group is still important in my mind as home advantage at Wembley should never be underestimated.

If England are serious about getting to the latter stages they are going to have to face one of the big boys anyway and Hungary showed France are not indestructible.

Around 300 England fans were at the Paddy Park in Newcastle
Around 300 England fans were at the Paddy Park in Newcastle

My updates from the fan park on Friday night certainly offered a barometer in terms of feeling.

Maybe I got a little bit carried away before the game and posted a pic on Instagram with just four minutes played captioned: "Coming home?"

And while it did get a like from former Toon and England squad members Warren Barton and Lee Clark (Tournoi anybody?) those who were quick to tell me it had "no chance" of coming home any time soon somehow must have known we were in for a disappointing night.

The positives so far? Not many but there are some.

Four points in the bag and two clean sheets, but the negatives are we are yet to see Harry Kane get off the mark and the service levels have been dire for the frontline.

You wonder how England could seriously push on if they play like they don't know how to deliver a decent ball into the box and Kane should be furious about it.

Former Newcastle United defender John Beresford
Former Newcastle United defender John Beresford

Before the tournament, I never really thought the Czech Republic would be much of a threat (they are ranked 40th in the world rankings) but - just like Euro 96 - they have shocked us all and here they are on the brink of winning the group.

If they do it means England's next game will be in Copenhagen on Monday, June 28 but if the Three Lions can take the three points it's a 5pm kick off at Wembley a day later.

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