Dad receives threats of window-smashing for flying 23 England flags for Euros

A footie-mad dad who plastered his home with 23 St George's cross flags has been threatened to have his windows smashed.

Chris Woods, 42, said he put the red and white flags up on his West Bromwich home for Euro 2020 but has suffered "nasty" online abuse and threats, BlackCountryLive reports.

The Manchester United fan said: "I didn’t do it to offend anyone – I just wanted to make people smile.

"I haven’t missed a single match since the Euros have started. I don’t drink so I don’t go to pub gardens, I just watch it from home with the family.

"Neighbours seem to love it and said well done but a few people said nasty things online and threatened to smash my windows.

"I’m not a hooligan, I’m just a friendly person, anyone from any nationality can come. The other day a bloke from Weymouth came to take pictures of the house.

"Whenever there is a tournament like the Euros or World Cup I’ll stick the flags up. It’s not expensive, just a couple of quid per flag.

"I like to see people smile, drivers have been beeping their horns and it makes people happy as they drive past."

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The England fan’s love of the sport started at the age of 12 and he said he had been “football-mad” ever since.

His array of flags cover the brickwork and gate of the family home, as well as flag-themed car mirror accessories that have been draped across the house.

"If I could afford to I would love to put up bunting of all the flags from the countries taking part in the tournament. I just want people to be happy and smile.

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"I don’t do it for attention, I don’t want to be popular, I just love football and want people to enjoy.

"My eldest son loves football too but the others say: ‘Dad, you’ve embarrassed me’. They won’t walk through the front door and use the backdoor to get into the house."

It comes as Gordon Strachan believes Scotland can beat England on Friday four years after he almost shocked Gareth Southgate's side at Hampden Park.

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Strachan told Daily Star Sport that the key to a dramatic Wembley upset lies with a solid back-three and a target man.

The ex-Scotland boss was in the dugout when Harry Kane scored a late equaliser to make it 2-2 in a 2017 World Cup qualifier.

He said he was forced to change tactics midway through the game, and believes current boss Steve Clarke must do the same if they are to topple the "Auld Enemy".

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