ENGLAND may be heading to the semi final, and possibly even the World Cup final this Sunday - but there are no plans for open air fan zones to come to Redditch.

The town will not be following the lead of cities such as Leeds, Sheffield and Newcastle in organising a place for fans to watch England matches in public areas.

Footage of fans celebrating goals in zones, and in pubs and bars, has been shared across social media as England have progressed through the tournament but Redditch Council has ruled out any organised zones in the town.

With Gareth Southgate's team continuing their run with a dominating display against Sweden on Saturday, and reaching their first semi final of the World Cup since 1990, Advertiser readers have suggested Arrow Valley Park as the perfect location for an open air football fan zone.

But in a statement, the council has confirmed there will be no open air fan zone for the historic Croatia match, or a possible final against Belgium or France.

John Godwin, head of leisure and cultural services, said: “It’s not something we’re able to do, at these timescales it’s just not logistically possible to set up such an event safely at the country park.

"Venues across Redditch have of course fully geared up to offer all the matches in this world cup, and now we have a semi-final featuring England it will be a huge day for them and the local economy."