Travelling England fans have never been so middle-class. Nizhny Novgorod, a city on the Volga once so sensitive it was ‘closed’ to visitors in Soviet times, was laid siege on Saturday by a small army of England fans made up of lecturers, chartered accountants, investment bankers, company CEOs and the like. Back home, millions of people will party as if it was 1966. Pubs are predicting the biggest ever Sunday drinking session while the BBC audience is anticipated to hit 25 million, four million more than watched the opening win against Tunisia. Record amounts of beer will… Or at least that’s how it appeared in bright and sunny Nizhny ahead of England’s second World Cup game against lowly Panama. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.