Croats going back with odd souvenirs

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The Independent Online
Among the souvenirs taken home by Croatia's fans after their quarter- final defeat by Germany at Old Trafford last weekend were some Blackburn Rovers shirts.

The reason for this unusual choice of attire was a practical one. After struggling to make their wishes known in the bars of Manchester, Nottingham and Sheffield, where their heroes played their games, they hit upon an inspired plan.

Donning the famous blue and white halved shirts, they strolled with renewed confidence to the bar and simply pointed to their chests. Several pints of McEwans lager duly followed...