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‘Might the perfect workforce win’: British-Swedish household will get prepared for Euro semi-final


household of British-Swedish soccer followers has been cut up down the center as they prepare for the Euro 2022 semi-final.

England’s Lionesses will tackle Sweden at Bramall Lane in Sheffield on Tuesday night.

Damion Potter, 47, stated he would be the “lone particular person within the England shirt” as he prepares to look at the sport whereas on vacation visiting his spouse Susanna’s prolonged household in Jonkoping, Sweden.

The previous diplomat instructed the PA information company: “We nonetheless have to work out a wager between my spouse and myself however thus far we’re pondering somebody has to leap within the river for whichever workforce loses.

“I shall be cheering for England and hoping the Lionesses go all the way in which.

“Everyone else, apart from me and probably my children relying on the outcome, shall be cheering for Sweden so I shall be the lone particular person within the England shirt.

“Might the perfect workforce win.”

Regardless of the couple’s competitiveness, the stress is off their three youngsters Elliot, 18, Zackary, 17, and 14-year-old Maya.

Spain’s Athenea del Castillo and England’s Leah Williamson (proper) battle for the ball through the UEFA Girls’s Euro 2022 quarter remaining (Gareth Fuller/PA) / PA Wire

Mr Potter stated: “When England performed Sweden within the males’s World Cup in 2016, it was humorous watching our three children initially cheering for Sweden and by the tip of all of it three of them have been cheering for England.

“The excellent news for my children is that whoever wins within the semi remaining, they’re going to have a workforce within the remaining.”

For the Potter household, soccer has all the time created memorable occasions – even with the household rivalry.

Mr and Mrs Potter have been married 21 years and on the day of their wedding ceremony in November 2001 England performed towards Sweden.

The sport ended with a one-all draw which Mr Potter described as a “good diplomatic outcome”.

The excellent news for my children is that whoever wins tomorrow evening within the semi remaining, they’ll have a workforce within the remaining.

Regardless of being a sports activities fan because the age of 10, it was after the beginning of his first little one that Mr Potter watched his first girls’s World Cup.

He stated: “My eldest son was born on the finish of September 2003, two weeks earlier than the World Cup and wasn’t sleeping at evening so I did the evening shift and ended up watching nearly each sport.

“The participant who gained the golden boot that 12 months was Sweden’s Victoria Svensson and he or she did the upkeep job within the British embassy in Stockholm the place I additionally labored.

“After that, I used to be hooked on girls’s and males’s soccer, particularly for the large tournaments.”

Sweden’s Victoria Svensson (entrance) through the UEFA Girls’s European Championship in 2009 (Niall Carson/PA) / PA Archive

Mr Potter added that he hopes the “momentum and pleasure” across the girls’s video games will proceed sooner or later.

“It’s now not like once I was in school, the place there weren’t many ladies or women who would play soccer,” he stated.

“It’s vital for me as a father with teenage boys and a 14-year-old daughter that she’s in a position to play soccer in school.

“I imply, there’s nonetheless an extended technique to go however I’m actually happy that within the UK we’re seeing this 12 months’s Euros on primetime tv, the again pages are displaying the lionesses doing nicely, and the stadiums are full across the UK.

“I feel it helps that we’re hosts however I hope that that carries on similar to it has with all this momentum and pleasure.”



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