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American Football Wembley felt like home for the victorious Seahawks

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS coach Pete Carroll would relish a return to Wembley after his team received a rapturous reception in a 27-3 victory over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.

A crowd of 84,922, the largest for an NFL fixture at England’s national stadium, saw Russell Wilson’s three touchdown passes inspire Seattle to a comfortable win.

Oakland, officially the “home” team, were booed onto the field for their warm-up by a crowd heavily favouring the Seahawks.

Seattle head coach Carroll said in a video on his team’s official website: “This whole ordeal of coming over here for the trip, I’m so proud of our players. We had a great time.

“Our players’ attitude towards it was incredible. They practised hard, they worked hard, they rested well. 

“As we got closer to the game, we realised how much energy there was for the Seahawks here. That was a great crowd.

“Playing at Wembley was great and, if anybody says anything different, then they don’t know.

“The whole experience culminating in a game where we played a really complete football game just makes it a special week.

“It felt like a home game and so, if we come back again, I’m looking forward to it.”

Oakland Raiders’ boss Jon Gruden said in a video on his team’s website: “Although the game was obviously lopsided, it was a great experience.

“It’s tough when you kick the ball to them and they possess the ball for one-half of the first quarter and come away with a touchdown. It’s a bad way to start.

“We did not play well today, that’s for sure.”


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