SALISBURY football fans could be set for disappointment as it emerges that plans for a big screen showing the next England game in the city centre will not go ahead.

A source close to Salisbury City Council confirmed there will not be a screening in the market square on Wednesday night to show England’s World Cup semi-final against Croatia, or for the final on Sunday (June 15), should the Three Lions get there.

The Journal understands that concerns over public safety, licensing, and sourcing the required number of door staff are the three major issues stopping an event from taking place.

The decision not to host the event, supported by both the council and Salisbury BID, comes after numerous discussions proposing the idea on social media, with many calling for a public showing to boost morale in the city.

Councillor Atiqul Hoque, who was in favour of the proposal, said: “This would’ve been the perfect opportunity after what we’ve been through to unite the city. It would allow us to show the positive side of Salisbury."

Salisbury Independent Shops were also firmly in favour, writing on Facebook on Saturday: “We would love to have a big screen in the market square. Salisbury Council need to support this to show that Salisbury is safe and alive, and that you can visit the city”.

England defeated Sweden 2-0 on Saturday to reach their first World Cup semi-final since 1990, with goals from Harry Maguire and Dele Alli, as well as a string of excellent saves from goalkeeper Jordon Pickford.

Many pubs in Salisbury were at full capacity as people flocked to town to catch the big game.

Delighted England fans then took to the streets and continued the celebrations long into the night.

England vs Croatia kicks off at 7pm on Wednesday and is live on ITV.