FIRED-UP England fans have let off flares and climbed buses as they descend on Wembley – while millions have packed in pubs for tonight’s historic Euro 2020 final.
Supporters have been belting out It’s Coming Home as the Three Lions prepare to take on Italy in our biggest game in 55 years.
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England fans packed out Leicester Square todayCredit: Reuters
Fans climb on buses in London as wild celebrations already get underwayCredit: PA
Flares have been let off outside WembleyCredit: Reuters
Thousands of England fans gathered at Leicester Square in London todayCredit: Getty
Fans pose for pictures near Trafalgar SquareCredit: AP
Rowdy England fans at Leicester SquareCredit: LNP
An England fan dressed as a knight climbed a stoplight in Trafalgar SquareCredit: Reuters
England fans on Wembley WayCredit: PA
Tom Cruise (pictured at Wimbledon) said he will be cheering England on tonightCredit: Getty
A brave England fan gets his kit off ahead of the gameCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Fired-up fans at Boxpark in CroydonCredit: Reuters
Excitement has reached a fever pitch with some eager fans queuing from 5am to get the drinks in despite the risk of torrential rain today.
Wembley is filling up with a sea of supporters.
Smoke has filled the air as flares are let off outside the stadium and in London’s Leicester Square with fans flooding the streets.
Thousands of fans descended on the square to party and share in the excitement ahead of kickoff tonight.
A smattering of rain at the fan zone in Trafalgar Square has failed to dampen the spirits of the passionate supporters in attendance.
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Excited Three Lions supporters are also roaring from the top of buses as the air crackles with anticipation.
An England fan near to Trafalgar Square, James Heath, 26, from Lewisham, south London, said: “This is absolutely the biggest day of your life if you are an England fan – nothing is bigger.
“I reckon a massive party needs to happen if we win and even if we lose – everyone should be massively proud of this country.
“Let’s just hope it comes home, to do it over a big nation like Italy would be the cherry on top.”
England supporters could be seen carrying boxes of alcohol around Trafalgar Square.
Fans walked the streets with St George’s flags painted on their faces.
Neil Rose, 23, a student from Stratford, east London, said: “I don’t care about tickets or anything like that.
“I’m here to drink, have a laugh and watch England make history.
“After the year everyone has had, that’s what we deserve.”
England fan Kate Genery, from Tunbridge Wells, Kent, said ahead of the game: “I’m feeling very pumped for the whole tournament. I’m riding on that wave.
“Considering with Covid-19, everyone’s had a s****y year. You can sense a real buzz in London today, it’s like something is about to pop.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson tonight urged the team to bring it home, tweeting: “This team has already made history and lifted the spirits of the country. Tonight, they can lift the trophy too.
“On behalf of the entire nation, good luck England and bring it home.”
An excited England fan at Boxpark in Croydon, south LondonCredit: Rex
England fans cheer at St Martin-in-the-Fields near Trafalgar Square in LondonCredit: AP
England fans are out in force across the country todayCredit: NNP
England fans enjoy a drink in Newcastle todayCredit: NNP
Fans enjoyed drinks before the final at Times Square in NewcastleCredit: NNP
An England fan holds a flag while on top of a traffic light in Leicester SquareCredit: Getty
A busy Trafalgar Square this afternoonCredit: LNP
Wembley Way was heaving with England fansCredit: LNP
Wembley Way was full of England fans hours before kick offCredit: PA
A man jumps from the Eros statue in Piccadilly CircusCredit: AFP
England fans at Wembley WayCredit: Getty
Ben McDonald, 19, attended The Lightning Seeds gig with David Baddiel and Frank Skinner at the 229 music venue in central London today.
He said: “I came for the live music. It’s been so long, and I love The Lightning Seeds, but the atmosphere with the football fans is really fun. You can definitely feel something building up.”
The 229 venue became a sea of St George flags as the crowd cheered along to Frank Skinner and David Baddiel and The Lightning Seeds’ rendition of Three Lions.
Sir Geoff Hurst, who scored a hat-trick as England won the 1966 World Cup Final, introduced comedians Skinner and Baddiel on to the stage as the crowd became ecstatic with cheers, screams and jumping along to the tune.
The mood was jubilant as the crowd danced along. England chants continued after the song was done and the audience broke out into a chorus of Sweet Caroline.
An England fan in central London said even a loss is “something to drink to”.
Simon Brown, 36, from London, told PA that he believes England “has done well to get to the finals”.
He said: “I think after coronavirus everyone just wants a reason to be happy and we all got behind it. Even if we don’t get through – we’ve done well to get to the finals. I’ll drink to that.
“I think England will win. You’ve got to get behind the team – you’ve got to. We’ve got the home advantage and the crowd will be behind them. It’s now or never.”
You can sense a real buzz in London today, it’s like something is about to pop
England fan Kate Genery
Mr Brown also said that while it was difficult to find a place to watch the game, he and his friend have managed to book a bar in Chiswick.
He added: “It would be a shame if they lose because the atmosphere is so good and everyone’s so happy and that would definitely dent it. But we’ll see.”
Gagz Cheema, 35, from London, thinks that “realistically, England won’t win”.
She said: “To be fair to get this far is such an achievement, so it’s worth celebrating anyways.
“If they do win, we’ll celebrate with tequila shots.”
At Trafalgar Square, James Butler, 25, from Neasden, north-west London, said: “The atmosphere is absolutely buzzing, the fans are buzzing and I am buzzing.
“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity, I just hope the lads can bring it home.”
King’s Cross St Pancras train station in London was temporarily closed today after smoke from flares set off by England fans went inside.
Hollywood star Tom Cruise has said he will be cheering on England tonight and doesn’t care what the score is “as long as England win”.
The actor will watch the match at Wembley tonight after attending the men’s final at Wimbledon.
Shirtless fans after scaling traffic lights in LondonCredit: AP
Passionate England fans sing loudly outside WembleyCredit: Rex
Fans at Times Square in NewcastleCredit: NNP
Crowds of England fans have gathered ahead of tonight’s gameCredit: Rex
England fans outside Wembley StadiumCredit: Getty
England supporters at a packed out Leicester Square todayCredit: LNP
England fans on top of a bus in LondonCredit: PA
England fans enjoy the atmosphere outside WembleyCredit: Getty
England fans at London’s Leicester SquareCredit: Getty
Fans are packing out WembleyCredit: PA
Cruise told The Sun: “I’ll be cheering on England later. I’m heading to watch it after the tennis.
“I don’t care what the score is as long as England win. Come on England!”
Football mad Cruise has also taken time out of his busy filming schedule to wish Harry Kane and the rest of the team good luck before tonight’s Euro 2020 final.
Rowdy England fans were encourage to “take the roof off” by hyped-up announcers at the Euro 2020 fan zone at Trafalgar Square.
Fans then bust out their best dance moves as a DJ played music – setting the scene for what England fans hope will be an unforgettable night.
Meanwhile councils fenced off areas to stop a repeat of wild celebrations that have erupted during the Three Lions’ successful campaign.
A busy square in Manchester that was the centre of euphoric scenes following England’s semi-final win against Denmark is closed off.
A small minority of fans were seen rushing in to Wembley ahead of tonight’s game.
It’s unclear whether the supporters have tickets but The Sun understands a number of people have broken into the stadium and taken seats.
Dozens of fans have been filmed running into the main entrance to Club Wembley after apparently breaking a security cordon.
After a bleak year that saw Euro 2020 delayed by 12 months, the Three Lions’ impressive run through the tournament has finally given the nation hope.
Excitement simmering under the surface has now exploded as supporters come together to make the beautiful game beautiful again.
A passionate England fan takes off his shirtCredit: AFP
England fans arrive at Wembley Stadium todayCredit: AFP
England fans braved the rain in NewcastleCredit: NNP
A trio of girls pose on top of the bus in England topsCredit: Reuters
A fan passes his mate a beer as he stands on top of a busCredit: Reuters
Two England fans enjoy a bottle of rose at WembleyCredit: Elliott Franks
The air was turned red across the country todayCredit: Reuters
Supporters have already descended on pubs near the stadiumCredit: Reuters
Fans have been climbing up traffic lightsCredit: PA
Flags flying from windows and chants of Football’s Coming Home have echoed across England as fans prove they still believe after 55 years of hurt.
Many have seen this tournament as Gareth Southgate’s redemption after his saved penalty saw England crash out of Euro 96.
The gaffer has now one-upped every Three Lions manager since Sir Alf Ramsey in 1966 by guiding his team to a spot in the final of a major competition.
His hardworking squad have become national heroes after shunning pubs and parties for swimming pool inflatables and golf.
Gone are the names of past England players – their younger counterparts who grew up in the shadow of Wembley’s famous arch now uttered on the lips of the nation.
Players such as baby-faced starlet Bukayo Saka, Utd new boy Jadon Sancho and Chelsea star Mason Mount may not remember England’s past heartache but have instead written their own history.
The trusted squad, who have only conceded one goal throughout the competition, will remain basically unchanged for tonight’s final.
The only player from the starting 11 against Denmark that will miss out is Arsenal hero Saka with Kieran Trippier taking the helm instead.
Phil Foden is also absent through injury after picking up a foot issue in training.
But the players will have to work extra hard – with England winning just eight of their 27 meetings with Italy through the years.
The Italians have also blocked the Three Lions from ever recording a victory in World Cup of Euro games.
Southgate said “phenomenal” support at Wembley and across the nation had made a huge difference.
He added: “It’s not an experience we have had for a long time.
“The players are feeling that warmth, connection and that energy.”
Even the Queen has shared her support for our boys – evoking the spirit of 1966 when she handed the World Cup to England Captain Bobby Moore after the 4-2 win over Germany.
Addressing the letter to Southgate, the monarch said: “55 years ago I was fortunate to present the World Cup to Bobby Moore and saw what it meant to the players, management and support staff to reach and win the final of a major international football tournament.
“I want to send my congratulations and that of my family to you all on reaching the final of the European Championships, and send my good wishes for tomorrow with the hope that history will record not only your success but also the spirit, commitment, and pride with which you have conducted yourselves.”
Other famous faces have also rallied around the team, with messages from Boris Johnson, Tom Cruise, Anthony Joshua and Harry Kane’s wife Kate.
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