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We flew 1,300miles to watch Lionesses smash Spain in their own backyard, says England fans descending on Magaluf | The Sun

TWO die-hard football fans flew 1,300 miles to Magaluf ahead of today's Women's World Cup final to watch "Spain get smashed in their own backyard".

Adam Hague, 33, and father-in-law, Henry Morgan, 68, knew exactly where they wanted to be to cheer on the Lionesses and witness history being made.

Ahead of today’s final where history is waiting to be made in the wings – one particular Brit holiday destination is feeling the buzz.

Bars up and down of Magaluf have geared up for an avalanche of Brits taking over during the blockbuster final of England versus Spain.

The England team made history by booting out the Aussie team on their home ground in a hard-fought 3-1 victory to represent England in the first World Cup final since 1966.

Now, immortality is in their grasp and they aim to lift the cup after more than five decades.

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But for Brits enjoying some summer sun abroad in the home of their rivals, their location does not look set to dampen their World Cup fever.

In fact, Adam and Henry flew specifically to Spanish soil full in the belief that the Lionesses will bring it home.

Adam said: "We came to Magaluf yesterday and fly out tomorrow, we're here only to watch the game.

"We wanted to see England smash Spain in their own backyard."

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Football fans have been busy taking over the coastal town with their football shirts, cheers and good spirits today.

The Sun also caught up with a dad, daughter and niece all dressed head-to-toe in England gear and on the hunt for a Brit-filled bar to watch this morning's historic game.

Tim Drugan, 36, was out early his niece, Lucy, 16, and daughter, Tia, 11, share a love of football and believe England will walk away with the trophy.

"We think it'll be a 2-1 finish for the Lionesses and our favourite player is Russo," Tia said.

Tim added: "Yes, we're very excited and headed to a bar to watch now, which we expect will be full of British [fans]."

Surrey family, Hayley, 40, her husband, Rich, 47 and children Isaac and Honor, 11 and 9, are roaring and ready to watch the game from abroad.

"We've watched every single Women's World Cup match. The Lionesses have inspired us all," said mum Hayley.

"Ella Toone is my favourite player," said Isaac, while Honor shared that Lauren Hemp is hers.

Manuel Pozauco, 41, a Majorcan local who has worked at Lineker's bar for six years has seen plenty of big football tournaments come and go.

“This one will be big, crazy, we expect a lot of people,” he told The Sun outside the sprawling sports bar owned by ex-footballer Gary Lineker's brother Wayne Lineker.

“There will be flags, drink deals with sponsors, plenty of energy. I don’t expect any Spanish to dare set foot in here."

The Brit hotspot straddles Magaluf’s infamous strip and he predicted there will be a roaring atmosphere as delirium takes hold of the town.

“Women's football has a lot of attention in here. When the bar’s full of Brits and we have men’s and women’s games on, I see the men watching the women’s.

“We played the England women’s world cup matches on the screens recently at the same time as a Liverpool game and all the boys were leaning over to watch the Lionesses.”

Fellow Lineker's bar staff, Brits Nicola, 37, and Carla, 40,expect the bar to be rammed very soon.

"Come on England," Carla, who has worked at the bar since 2004, loudly cheered.

"Go Lionesses."

A DJ at Mulligans bar, a treasured spot for Hen and Stag do’s, said they are decorating the whole place with England merch ahead of the expected storm.

“The bar staff will be dressed up and all the waiters and we will probably play football drinking games and keep the energy high.”

The same liveliness is expected at Jokers bar, which is famed for its huge screens that constantly screen footie. 

Two British waitresses told The Sun they hoped it would be a very good day for the establishment.

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“Even if they pretend not to, the young lads are always watching the women’s football," they said.

“We hope it will be big. And we hope they will get out of bed after their large nights and get down here to support the girls.” 

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