Wimbledon could detract from cup final, jokes Roger Federer

Fans celebrate in Bristol as England scored its second goal against Sweden on Saturday

Fans celebrate in Bristol as England scored its second goal against Sweden on Saturday Credit Matt Cardy Getty Images Europe

After Gareth Southgate's side booked a semifinal berth against Croatia, which will take place in Moscow on Wednesday, calls have grown for Wimbledon to adjust the start time for the men's final.

Roger Federer saw the amusing side of a possible World Cup-Wimbledon final clash and was more concerned about what effect the tennis could have on the viewing ratings of the football.

However, chief executive Richard Lewis confirmed earlier Monday there were no plans to move the men's final and that both the World Cup semifinals and final would not be shown on any big screen, as has been the club's policy since the beginning of the tournament.

Lewis said he had not asked Federation Internationale de Football Association to consider moving the World Cup final to a different time.

England go up against talented opponents in Croatia who stand as thriving dark horses in a very competitive World Cup in Russian Federation. It'll be very interesting to see come Thursday morning if England win tomorrow night!

The All England Club was asked to rethink its 2 pm (6.30 pm IST) start time for Sunday's men's singles final as the football showdown Moscow will be kicking off at 4pm in the United Kingdom (8.30 pm IST).

Lewis said the tournament had learnt its lesson after showing the 1996 European Championship semi-final between England and Germany, which was decided on penalties, on the big screen.

Wimbledon rules state phones, tablets and radios must be switched off "in and around the courts in play".

'What will happen next Sunday is Centre Court will be packed for the men's singles final and I'm sure people will be able to follow the World Cup final, ' Lewis told Independent.

"I was out and about around the grounds and you could tell when England had scored.it was wonderful".

"People followed the football on their devices thanks to modern technology without disturbing other spectators".

"We didn't have one single complaint of anybody here feeling that the football interfered with their enjoyment of Wimbledon".

Wimbledon chiefs once again stuck to their guns, refusing to show the football on the big screen in front of the hill. [Football fans] will hear every point, 'Wow, 0-15, 15-30.' The players are going to look up to the...

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