Football's coming home: Sheffield Council leader calls for any World Cup homecoming parade to be held in Steel City
Support is growing for Sheffield to host England's World Cup homecoming celebrations after council leader Julie Dore wrote to the Football Association suggesting any such part be held in Steel City.
England manager Gareth Southgate has opposed the idea of a national public parade to celebrate England reaching the semi-finals for the first time since 1990.
But fans - and perhaps more importantly, Sheffield Council leader Julie Dore - want to celebrate the fact that a quarter of the 23-man squad comes from South Yorkshire.
Harry Maguire grew up in Mosborough, Kyle Walker lived in Sharrow, John Stones originates from Penistone, while fellow defender Danny Rose comes from Doncaster.
Jamie Vardy is also from the Steel City and used to play at Stocksbridge Park Steels and Gary Cahill is from nearby Dronfield.
Coun Dore wrote to FA chief executive, Martin Glenn, before the Three Lions' semi-final defeat to Croatia on Wednesday inviting the organisation to hose any 'welcome home' part in Sheffield.
The England players were due to return to Birmingham airport from Russia on Sunday and it is hoped that any reception could be held before the start of the Premier League season on August 10.