Jessica Copeland


​British Airways giving out free Southgate Waistcoats for customers flying to Moscow

It's coming home.

British Airways are giving out 300 waistcoats to customers flying from Heathrow to Moscow ahead of the crucial England World Cup semi-final.

They gave away the Marks and Spencer waistcoats, as worn by England boss Gareth Southgate, to some of the 860 people flying with them to Moscow on Wednesday.

BA said it had loaded extra champagne and ale – said to be Southgate’s favourite drink – on all of its Moscow-bound flights.

Crew on board one flight adapted the usual safety demonstration in honour of the semi-final, holding up scores predicting a 3-0 win, and joking:

“If anyone feels overwhelmed by the magnitude of this moment, oxygen will be provided.”

Signs at Terminal 5 showed customers where to “ChecK-ane” for the 8.45am flight, with fans being offered St George’s Flag face painting and special-edition boarding passes with the name “Football” and destination “Home”.

Meanwhile, public transport bosses have been showing their support for the Three Lions on buses and trains.

On the Tube, at Southgate station, someone has added “Gareth” above the sign.

In Manchester, Stagecoach buses had “It’s Coming Home” on the front display.