An Englishman who works for Admiral has swerved a day of merciless piss taking at the hands of his colleagues.

Chippenham born Pete Bowen, who works in inbound sales at the company who has at some stage employed most of Swansea, was dreading his Wednesday shift until England managed to score more penalties than another team for the first time in 28 years.

Bowen said: “I came into work like a proper proud football fan today, let me tell you.

“I’ve got my St George’s cross on my car, my Italia ‘90 shirt on and I’ve thrown a chair at the receptionist on the way in and given her a Nazi salute while necking a Carling.

“When it went to penalties I went into autopilot and assumed defeat, so I was delighted when four of our players managed to hit the target from 12 yards.”

Pete’s colleague Theresa Connell said: “I’m gutted England won, not because I’m anti-English, I was supporting them in fact. I just wanted to call Pete a wanker.

“It’s the optimism that gets me, if England is football’s home like Pete says, why has it been avoiding it so much?”

Pete’s supervisor Rob Gray added: “I don’t like football, but I don’t like someone singing that ‘Harry Kane is one of our own’ in a sales meeting even more.

“All I know is that Wales beat Belgium and reached a semi final, judging by Pete’s demeanour this morning I’m guessing England did the same?”

Pete added: “If we lose to Sweden it’ll be on my day off, so hopefully we’ll just get knocked out then.

“If anyone says anything I’ll revert to Plan B and ask how Wales’s tournament and the Tidal Lagoon are going.”

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