Sunderland lit red and white to cheer on England in the Euro semi-finals

England will take on Denmark on Wednesday night in the semi-finals of the Euros- and Sunderland is right behind them

The whole city of Sunderland is showing its support for England ahead of their Euro semi-final match on Wednesday evening by lighting up landmarks red and white.

Landmarks including Penshaw Monument, the Northern Spire bridge, Keel Square, Fulwell Mill, the white lighthouse at Seaburn and the Beacon of Light, which are National Trust owned, are all being lit up.

It’s hoped the illuminations will also spur on Sunderland lads midfielder Jordan Henderson and goalkeeper Jordan Pickford as they take on Denmark in the semi-finals of the Euros.

The landmarks were lit up on Tuesday night and will be lit up again on Wednesday night and again on Saturday night if they make it through to the finals.

The leader of Sunderland City Council, Councillor Graeme Miller, said: “We’re delighted to be lighting Sunderland landmarks to cheer on our homegrown heroes and the England team in the semi-finals.

“There’s a huge sense of excitement and anticipation across the whole of England in the run-up to Wednesday but even more so here with Sunderland lads Jordan Pickford and Jordan Henderson both playing a starring role in the England squad.

“They’ve both had a fantastic tournament with Jordan Henderson scoring his first ever England goal on Saturday and Jordan Pickford yet to concede, so we have even more reasons to cheer England on.

“We want them to know that their city is both immensely proud of them and right behind them when they take to the pitch at Wembley.

“But whatever the result, I’d urge everyone watching the game on Wednesday and the final on Sunday to continue doing their bit by making sure that they do so safely.”

Chronicle Live – Sunderland