The Archbishops of Canterbury and York are attempting to comfort the nation of England after their national soccer team lost the semi-final game of the World Cup to Croatia.
In a game that went into double overtime Wednesday, Croatia beat England 2-1. Croatia will go up against France for the title on Sunday in Moscow.
“Dear England — you have been incredible throughout this tournament,” wrote Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby on Twitter following England’s loss.
“Praying for you all — rest up for the playoff and know you’ve made the whole country proud!”
John Sentamu, the Ugandan-born Archbishop of York, shared similar sentiment.
“Dearly Beloved England — thank you very much for lifting our spirits and daring us to hope and believe in you to make the impossible possible!” he said.
“Have prayed for you daily and tweeted during all your matches. As you rest & prepare for the play-off know we’re with you.”
This was the first time since 1990 that England reached the semi-final stage in the World Cup; the nation’s soccer team will face off with Belgium — whom France bested Tuesday in the semi-finals — for third place in the tournament on Saturday. The last time England made the final round of the World Cup was 1966.
The BBC reported Thursday that “World Cup fever” had “gripped the nation” as thousands of fans gathered at outdoor screenings to watch the knockout games.
Emergency services across the England were reportedly busy, especially after the match was over.
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Source: Christian Post