Thousands of tennis fans make early Wimbledon getaway on England's big night

Fans celebrate in Bristol as England scored its second goal against Sweden on Saturday

Fans celebrate in Bristol as England scored its second goal against Sweden on Saturday Credit Matt Cardy Getty Images Europe

An ever bigger clash awaits if England reach their first final since winning the World Cup in 1966 because the men's Wimbledon final would likely overlap with the decider in Moscow.

The men's final is scheduled to take place at 2pm on Sunday while the World Cup final starts two hours later at 4pm.

In a concession to the World Cup mania that's sweeping England now that its national team has reached the semifinals for the first time in 28 years, Wimbledon is loosening its ban on the use of mobile phones in the stands.

France booked a placed in the final on Tuesday after pipping Belgium 1-0 in the semi-final clash.

The Wi-Fi worked brilliantly, that's an indication we are supporting it, we're not turning the strength of the signal down.' Recalling what happened last weekend with England playing at the same time when matches were being played at Wimbledon, Lewis added: 'Saturday was a fantastic day at the championships, one of the best days I can remember.

On Saturday, a stream of ticket-holders left the tennis club for nearby pubs to watch England's triumphant quarter-final after Wimbledon bosses opted not to show the game on the big screen, while others gathered around iPads and phones on site.

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"I´m more concerned the World Cup final will have issues because the Wimbledon final is going on", said the eight-time champion after seeing off France´s Adrian Mannarino in straight sets on Monday.

Wimbledon's big screen hasn't shown any England games since Euro 1996.

A national survey of 1,633 internet users by market research company, GlobalWebIndex, reveals 63 per cent of the United Kingdom will be watching the World Cup final on July 15 (presumably even more if England are involved) - in comparison to just 25 per cent who will be watching the Wimbledon Men's Final.

"I was out and about around the grounds and you could tell when England had scored.it was wonderful".

"We had superb tennis going on and we were benefiting from modern technology where people were able to follow the football and enjoy it, without disturbing other people", he told the paper. "They'll hear every point, wow, love-15, 15-30", he said.

"The (football) players are going to look up in the crowd and not understand what's going on at Wimbledon".

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