Across the UK, you may be forgiven for thinking that there’s a sudden new fashion trend: waistcoats. England’s football fans are rejecting football shirts in favour of the old-fashioned attire in homage to the country’s team manager Gareth Southgate and his signature style. A poorly-spelt #WaistcoastWednesday is even trending on Twitter ahead of the big game against Croatia.
On Wednesday, England plays Croatia in the World Cup semi-final – the first time the country has reached the semi-final since 1990. Most members of the current team weren’t even born at the time. And the last time England won a semi-final was back in 1966, in a 2-1 victory over Portugal. Suffice to say, it’s a momentous occasion, and England fans are taking every opportunity to celebrate the squad having got this far – and a chance to undo what now comes up to 48 years of hurt.
Except… In true British bumbling style, the trending hashtag has a whopping spelling mistake in the middle of it, with most people using the hashtag #WaistcoastWednesday.
England's manager Gareth Southgate in all of his glory.
Even England's schools got involved.
"C'est #MercrediVeston à la cantine de l'école aujourd'hui !"
And some of the country's morning news channels didn't miss an opportunity to get kitted out too.
Here's to the country's enthusiastic fans, who are hoping that Wednesday will be the day that football comes home, waistcoat and all.