London Big Screen Event: Nations League Semi-finalView 30 photos
Paul Ince & Dennis Wise
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The fabulous St Pancras Renaissance Hotel was the venue for our London Nations’ League semi-final event where we were joined by two former England stars. Former Man Utd, Liverpool and Inter Milan midfielder, Paul Ince, was joined by Chelsea legend Dennis Wise as our pre and post-match analysts, along with our regular London event host for the day, Sky Sports host Pete Graves.
Joining us from late afternoon, our 200 guests enjoyed a delightful three course dinner before the match, with the complimentary bar running for 4 hours until the 8pm kick-off. There was a great atmosphere in the room as Paul and Dennis shared their thoughts on the match, as England took to the field in the hope of reaching a first major Final since 1966!
We heard from Paul about his experiences playing for England on over 50 occasions including being a key player in the brilliant run to the semis at Euro ’96, playing with Gazza at his best and the infamous antics when celebrating that legendary goal against Scotland! With lots of Man Utd and Liverpool fans in the room as usual, there was some good banter from one of the few men to play for both clubs. As major player in the era when Man Utd established their dominance in English football, it was fascinating to hear about the early days of life under Sir Alex Ferguson.
Chelsea legend Dennis Wise was also very popular with the London crowd, and always has plenty of great stories to tell. Known as Mr Chelsea, he captained the club to 2 FA Cups, a League Cup and a Cup Winners’ Cup, being the club’s most successful skipper until being overtaken by another Stamford Bridge legend. John Terry. With both men being recognised as midfield hard men there were some juicy anecdotes shared by both Dennis and Paul about some of their clashes!
By the time the match kicked off there was great anticipation of a victory for an England team which had been performing so well for the last couple of years. In the event the Three Lions came up just short despite gaining the lead through Marcus Rashford’s first half penalty. Dutch skipper Matthijs De Ligt equalised deep into the second half, before the men in orange turned on the style with two goals in extra time to snatch a late victory. It wasn’t meant to be but everyone had a great time and a few further beers after the match!