England Fans Lay Flowers at Volgograd World War II Memorial

England football fans laid flowers at Volgograd’s monument to Russia’s Second World War dead ahead of England’s World Cup opener against Tunisia on June 18.

Belfast Telegraph reporter Adrian Rutherford shared a clip of the fans laying flowers at the Mamaev Kurgan memorial park’s Eternal Flame, a pantheon that lists the names of more than 7,000 Russian soldiers killed during the Battle of Stalingrad, as the city was once called.

“England fans lay flowers at the eternal flame in Volgograd which honours Soviet war dead. On the wall is written (I’m told): ‘Yes, we were mere mortals, and only a few of us survived, but we all fulfilled our patriotic duty to the sacred Motherland,’” Rutherfortd wrote. Credit: Adrian Rutherford via Storyful