A PROUD Poolie exile has helped fly the Hartlepool United flag to an audience of millions of people.
Robert Muller is originally from Hartlepool but has been living in Miami, in the United States, for the past 15 years and was amongst the crowd at England’s final friendly match ahead of the World Cup finals in Brazil.
The world’s biggest football tournament kicks-off on Thursday night, with Brazil versus Croatia, while Roy Hodgson’s men kick-off their Group D campaign on Saturday night against Italy.
England’s final warm-up match against Honduras finished goalless at the weekend at the Sun Life Stadium, in Miami - and Poolie Robert was in the crowd.
He was there with Dominic and Alex Moriarty, whose mum Jane is from Hartlepool originally and lives close to Robert in the States.
As well as watching the game - and displaying their Hartlepool Mail Proud to be a Poolie poster - the group also managed to display their Hartlepool United flag inside the stadium.
Robert, who has lived in Miami for 15 years, was impressed with some of the play from Hodgson’s team but said they wasted too many chances to score.
He told the Mail: “A few of the England players showed real promise but for the majority of the game it was the England most of us know with opportunities squandered.
“I was at the match with Dominic and Alex Moriarty, their mum Jane is originally from Hartlepool and lives close by me.
“Us Poolies stick together - even over here,” added Robert who wished all his friends and family well back home.
Football-mad England fans across town have been getting into the spirit of Brazil, hoping to see the Three Lions go all the way in the competition.
Patriotic schoolchildren have been showing their support for England in recent days along with members from town charity Red Dreams, which is based in Whitby Street South.
The Mail has produced a Come on England poster and shops and groups across town have also been showing their support for Roy’s Boys by proudly displaying it.
Make sure you have the Mail’s poster on display in your home, shop or pub and let us know as we will be out and about on the lookout for the posters around the town.
Don’t forget to let us know about your plans for the World Cup.
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