Here’s three slots to play to celebrate England’s fine World Cup!

English football fans at Russia 2018

You would probably have to be living on a different planet to not realise that the last few weeks has seen the 20018 FIFA World Cup taking place in Russia. For England fans, this tournament originally began with a faint hope that the team may qualify for the Knockout Stage, but little else was expected of a young, inexperienced team, managed by Gareth Southgate.

However, after qualifying from the group and following victories over Colombia and Sweden, England now find themselves in a World Cup Semifinal for the first time since 1990 and for only the third time in English football's history. Their opponents on Wednesday night at 7pm in Moscow will be Croatia, who battled past Denmark and hosts Russia, both on penalties, to claim a last four spot.

England's surprising but very welcome progress has led to a new belief that the World Cup is coming back to the home of football for the first time since 1966 and the refrain "It's Coming Home" is now on the lips of every England fan across the globe.

There's still Croatia to beat of course, and then if England get through that, they face a tough match against France in the final on Sunday afternoon (4pm) but having already surpassed all expectations to get this far in the tournament, England fans are riding high on a wave of new found optimism.

So what better time to use the down time in between these crucial games to enjoy a few spins on some of Microgaming's best football-themed slots. We've highlighted three below that we feel will be a perfect match for England fans as they dream of seeing their team lift the golden World Cup trophy on Sunday afternoon.

You can play these, and more, at Spartan Slots - claim 25 Free Spins plus a 200% Welcome Deposit! Or go to the Where to Play page and pick your bonus.

Football Star

  • Reels - 5
  • Pay lines - 243
  • Minimum Bet - 0.50
  • Maximum Bet - 250
  • Free Spins? - Yes

The popular Football Star slot is one of a number of games in Microgaming's 'Star' series all of which focus on a different sport, but which tend to have a very similar set up and jackpot size in each game. This is a 5-reel slot which has 243-ways to win instead of pay lines, but the good news is that you can play from just 0.50 per spin.

Set against the backdrop of a football stadium, the reels are adorned with many different symbols of footballers in action, as well as a number of different pieces of football kit including soccer shirts, football boots, the referee and more. The kit is the lower value symbols while the players in action are the higher value symbols.

One of the big features of the slot is Rolling Reels, which means that when you win, the symbols involved in the win will disappear and be replaced by new symbols dropping down from above. This can trigger additional wins from the same spin.

The Football Star Wild symbol is stacked on the third, fourth and fifth reels and landing these reels stacked, with similar symbols on the first two reels can lead to some massive wins in the base game too. There's also a Striking Wild feature which is randomly triggered in the game and which can turn any of the middle three reels Wild to give you a guaranteed win.

Three, four or Five Scatters will award you a nice cash prize, as well as triggering 15, 20 or 25 Free Spins respectively and this bonus also features rolling reels, but also a multiplier trail which increases with every successive Rolling Reels win you trigger from the same single spin, up to a maximum of 10x the standard win.

With a mid to lower variance and a jackpot of up to 525,000 coins available to be won, it is easy to see why Football Star is one of Microgaming's most popular soccer themed slots.

Shoot!

  • Reels - 5
  • Pay lines - 50
  • Minimum Bet - 0.50
  • Maximum Bet - 500
  • Free Spins? - Yes

If, like me, you are one of those football fans that can remember back to a golden era of football when the likes of Johan Cruyff, Diego Maradona, Pele, Franz Beckenbauer were showcasing their talents on the World Stage, then the Shoot! Online slot will certainly be of interest to you.

The slot is named after the famous magazine of the 1970s and 1980s that was hugely popular at the time and which was required reading for true football fans. This slot uses this era as its inspiration and has 50 lines in play, with a minimum bet of 0.50 and a large maximum bet of 500.

As well as the football icons on the reel, there are also a number of other football related symbols including the famous Adidas Tango football, a pie and a football rattle. Players featured include those listed above, as well as Kevin Keegan and George Best. The Shoot symbol is Wild and substitutes for all symbols apart from the Scatter.

There are a couple of bonus features that will be of real interest to football fans, especially the Trade'em bonus where landing three of the Trade'em Symbols will launch the bonus. Here you can pick from a screen of 12 players from the 60s, 70s and 80s and you can pick four to reveal either a cash prize, or a further bonus. One of these is the Magazine Bonus, which allows you to pick from 12 collectable magazine covers to reveal a larger cash prize. In the Trade'em Bonus you can also enter a Free Spins round where you can win between 10 and 35 Free Spins with all wins doubled.

If you love your soccer slot based on real players from the golden era of football, then the Shoot! slot is certainly one to take a closer look at.

Soccer Safari

  • Reels - 5
  • Pay lines - 30
  • Minimum Bet - 0.30
  • Maximum Bet - 120
  • Free Spins? - Yes

Many years ago, when I was a young child, I remember watching an animated film called Animalympics, which saw a group of animals competing in Olympic events. Well, Microgaming have adopted a similar approach to their Soccer Safari slot, which celebrates the beautiful game by imagining what would happen if teams of creatures you'd normally see on an African safari, decided to take up the game.

This slot features a number of different animals either playing or watching or involved in football in some way and the prize range from 4 coins up to a maximum prize of 2,000 coins in the base game. 30 lines can be played (although you can select fewer) and the Soccer Safari logo is the Wild symbol substituting for all symbols in the game bar the Scatters.

There are two Scatter symbols on the reels to look out for and each triggers its own bonus feature. Land the referee Scatter on the first and fifth reels on a single spin and you will receive 5 Wild Free Spins which will see the first and fifth reels expand to become entirely Wild and the remaining three reels will spin five times. After the final spin, the centre reels are held, and the two outer reels are spun again, giving you a chance of re-triggering the bonus.

Land three of the Scatter trophy symbols and you can play the Go for Goal Bonus game, which has a potential jackpot prize of 60,000 coins and which allows you to pick where your animal of choice should aim their penalty shot. If they score, then they can win you a decent sized cash prize.

So with England on the verge of making history, why not warm up for the big games facing Gareth Southgate's men by enjoying a few spins on any of this trio of fantastic footballing themed slots and maybe, just maybe, you'll be a winner too!

You can play these, and more, at Spartan Slots - claim 25 Free Spins plus a 200% Welcome Deposit! Or go to the Where to Play page and pick your bonus.

Byline: This article was published by Mega Moolah expert Henry. Media and other enquiries.

Next article: If I bet more on Mega Moolah do I stand more chance of winning?