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A dedicated Three Lions fan has undertaken an epic journey to support the team in Euro 2012.

Andrew Jolly, 45, has taken his red Ford Escort van all the way from his house in Dunstable, Bedfordshire, to see England play in Ukraine.

The supporter has already travelled nearly 3,000 miles, but he could clock up 6,000 miles if England get to play in the July 1 final.

Mr Jolly, who has been an England fan for over two decades, drove for four days to get to the team's first game in Donetsk. He travelled through France, Belgium, Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and through Ukraine, sleeping overnight inside his van.

He described his eastern European journey as the most uncomfortable, after he unwittingly bought substandard fuel and his van's suspension suffered due to driving over enormous potholes.

"It was okay until Slovakia," Mr Jolly said.

"That was like going back 60 years. Some of the potholes were six feet wide and one foot deep.

"I also got fined by the police because I didn't realise you have to have your headlights on all the time."

Mr Jolly also had a bad driving experience in the Ukraine, where he said the road signals were hard to follow.

published: 15/06/2012 17:00:00

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