As England prepare for the World Cup semi-finals the manager of a popular pub has decided to rename his bar to pay homage to the team’s manager.

The Southern Cross pub on Langley Road in Watford is backing the England squad in its own unique way ahead of the game against Croatia tonight by changing its name to the “Southgate Cross” instead.

The pub, which is just a “stones throw” from where Gareth Southgate was born, is also encouraging punters to suit up in likeness to the manager’s iconic waistcoat for the chance to win a free pint of beer.

Danilo Levato, general manager

Hillingdon Times:

The pub said that all people need to do to claim a complimentary beer is throw on a waistcoat and say “Football’s coming home” when ordering at the bar.

Danilo Levato, general manager at the newly named ‘Southgate Cross,’ said: “What a tournament it’s been for England so far. The atmosphere for every game has been unbelievable and we can’t wait to keep the momentum going for tonight’s game.

“This year’s England team has a real shot of making it to the final, so we wanted to commemorate the man who has made it all possible. Southgate was born only a stone’s throw away from the pub, so for us it was a no brainer to rename ourselves in his honour.

“It’s going to be great to see a pub full of people donning their very own Southgate waistcoats as we watch Gareth and his boys make history – come on England.” 

The complimentary ale on offer was brewed by sporting legend, Chris Kamara, as part of Greene King’s summer of sport campaign. The limited edition beer has been aptly named, “Un-BEER-lievable”.

Football fans visiting other Greene King Season Ticket pubs across the country can also get their hands on a free pint of Chris Kamara’s beer by downloading the free Greene King Season Ticket app. The loyalty app gives fans access to 10% off drinks one hour before, during and one hour after sports matches, as well as exclusive offers and discounts.

Free pints will be given away at the Southgate Cross at the bartender’s discretion and subject to availability. Guests will be eligible for one pint throughout the duration of the game, England vs Croatia. For full terms and conditions, please visit

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