Thousands of England football fans have been drinking and chanting ‘Football’s Coming Home’ outside Wembley up to eight hours ahead of tonight’s blockbuster semi-final match against Denmark – as millions dash out of work and pack out pubs across the country.
Gareth Southgate’s squad face the Danes at 8pm as 60,000 spectators are expected to cheer on the Three Lions at the stadium while 30 million tune in to watch the showdown on TV, with the winners going on the play against Italy in the final on Sunday.
Huge numbers of fans are already outside Wembley, with onlookers describing scenes of ‘carnage’ as supporters drink, sing, dance, let off flares and do knee slides in the rain – while ticketless fans gathered in London’s Leicester Square ahead of kick-off.
The stadium was awash with red, white and blue as both sets of supporters filed out of Wembley Park tube station toward the famed Home of Football. It comes as MailOnline found that top tier tickets are being re-sold for up to £6,500 each on ‘touting’ websites.
If the Three Lions win, they will have sealed a place in Sunday’s final – what would be their biggest game since the 1966 World Cup. And fans were confident of overcoming Denmark in front of a partisan crowd, where England supporters will outnumber the Danes by around six-to-one.
The Met Police are ready to manage the huge crowds expected to take to the streets after the match, but the force urged fans to follow coronavirus guidelines and stay away from London if they don’t have tickets for the game or a pre-booked seat in a pub, bar or designated fan zone.
Three England fans dressed as lions said they were watching the match at Wembley with a fourth fan dressed as their ‘lion tamer’ who would ‘keep us under control if Denmark win’.
England fans show their support outside Wembley ahead of the Euro 2020 semi-final against Denmark
Fans gather outside Wembley Stadium in London, Wednesday, July 7, 2021 ahead of the Euro 2020 semi-final
Thousands of England fans have gathered outside Wembley (pictured) in scenes of ‘carnage’ as millions dash out of work and pack out pubs ahead of tonight’s semi-final showdown against Denmark
Two England fans in Leicester Square in London jump for joy as they clutch an England flag ahead of the match tonight
Gareth Southgate ‘s men face the Danes at 8pm with the winners going on to face Italy in the final on Sunday – in what would be England’s biggest game since 1966. Pictured: Fans in Wembley
Vast swathes of fans are already outside Wembley – with some seen doing knee slides in the rain (pictured). Onlookers described the jubilant scenes as ‘absolute carnage’ with four hours still to go before kickoff
The nation is right behind the Three Lions, with 30 million expected to tune in on TV, as well as 60,000 at the stadium (pictured). Top tier tickets for the clash are being re-sold for up to £6,500 each on ‘touting’ websites, MailOnline has found
Crowds of England football fans drinking at tables and on the streets of Leicester Square ahead of the Euro 2020 clash
England fooball fans drinking in Leicester Square ahead of tonight’s Three Lions semi-final clash against Denmark
Fans outside Wembley Stadium ahead of the UEFA Euro 2020 semi-final match between England and Denmark
Met Police said they are ready for the demands of tonight’s match – with huge crowds set to take to the streets whether England win or lose. Pictured: Fans at Wembley today
Fans are seen letting off flares as they drink from cans in Wembley ahead of tonight’s match. Kickoff is at 8pm
Red and white flares – the colours of England’s flag – are let off as supporters approach Wembley stadium this afternoon
The force urged fans (pictured at Wembley) to follow Government coronavirus guidelines and stay away from London if they don’t have tickets for the game or a pre-booked seat in a pub, bar or designated fan zone
England fans doing knee slides outside Wembley Stadium ahead of the UEFA Euro 2020 semi final match between England and Denmark
A fan wearing a wig and draped in an England flag is seen outside Wembley. Other supporters drink from cans around him
Meanwhile, in London’s Leicester Square, supporters without Wembley tickets were seen drinking ahead of kickoff at 8pm tonight
Supporters were seen chanting and lifting their hands in the air as they swigged beer in Leicester Square
Countless fans rushed to Leicester Square to grab seats in bars and pubs ahead of kickoff at 8pm tonight
England fans outside Wembley Stadium ahead of the UEFA Euro 2020 semi final match between England and Denmark
England fans pose with a fan of Denmark on Wembley Park Boulevard before the UEFA Euro 2020 semi final match
The Anglo-Danish clash has been friendly so far, with one England fan even revealing that he faces being sent off to sleep in the shed if England win tonight – by his Danish wife. Chris Kerin, 38, will be given his marching orders by wife Christina if Southgate’s team overcome Denmark tonight in their Euro 2020 semi-final
Danish FA flouts UK’s strict Covid rules by allowing FORTY ‘dedicated fans’ to travel for tonight’s Euros semi-final
The Danish Football Association has ignored the UK’s strict Covid rules by allowing 40 of its fans to travel for tonight’s match against England on the plane carrying its official delegation.
The DFA announced that the fans had been selected for having the greatest number of loyalty points and will travel on a plane with the partners of the footballers and other officials.
They are all members of the official Denmark football team supporters’ group and were selected for having the highest number of loyalty points from attending matches at home and abroad.
Under current rules, Denmark is on the amber list meaning anyone travelling to the UK from the country must quarantine for ten days. This has resulted in no fans officially coming to the England for the match.
But they are using a loophole that allows VIPs from a national football federation to travel to Wembley from Copenhagen without needing to quarantine.
They will land in London this afternoon after taking a negative Covid test and remain in a bubble during their 24 hour stay, the DFA says.
Ben Edwards, 43, Craig Pope, 47, Matt Glew, 38 and ‘tamer’ Laurence Page, 72, who was wearing an England flag top hat, from Maidstone, said they were confident of victory. Mr Glew said: ‘It’s our toughest test yet but I reckon we’re going to win 2-0.’
Pointing at his lion headgear, the former banker added: ‘We paid about £100 per hat but it was worth every single penny, we’ve been asked for autographs and all sorts.’
Mr Edwards, who works in cyber security, said: ‘Denmark aren’t going to win – it’s coming home.’ Mr Pope, who works in construction, added: ‘We’re going to get past our semi-final hoodoo.’
Jo Andrews, 36, a property manager from Portsmouth who was wearing an England hat and face paint, said she was ‘absolutely excited’ to be there.
She said: ‘We are definitely going to win tonight – 3-1. This is our turn, this is our chance and we are going to win tonight and we are coming back Sunday.’
Deputy Assistant Commissioner Laurence Taylor said: ‘The Met is very well prepared for the increase in fans.
‘We have a very experienced policing team in place and will continue to prevent crime and disorder and respond effectively to any incidents. We have deployed a great many officers and specialist units.
‘We want people to be able to enjoy the Euros 2020 safely and securely. London still remains in a public health crisis. There are Government guidelines in place and we ask people to follow these and remain socially distanced.
‘My message is clear: If you don’t have a ticket to the matches, fan zone or officially booked into a pub, bar or club, please do not come to London – you could end up missing the game.’
By 5pm this afternoon – three hours before kick-off – England fans were singing footie anthem ‘It’s Coming Home’ and songs about star defender Harry Maguire while drinking cans of lager and cider.
The police kept a watchful eye, but the atmosphere was good-natured as bars and cafes around the stadium were packed with people.
The Anglo-Danish clash has been friendly so far, with one England fan even revealing that he faces being sent off to sleep in the shed if England win tonight – by his Danish wife.
Chris Kerin, 38, will be given his marching orders by wife Christina if Southgate’s team overcome Denmark tonight in their Euro 2020 semi-final.
The couple from Hertfordshire will watch the tense match at Wembley together with both hoping that they get bragging rights at the final whistle.
Furniture worker Chris was today wearing a classic red England kit with an England scarf round his neck while Christina, 30, originally from Denmark’s third largest city, Odense, was draped in her nation’s flag.
Predicting a 2-1 win to Denmark while sitting on Wembley Way, nurse Christina said: ‘I think we’re going to win tonight, I think we are on a great run.
‘We have a two-year-old son back at home and I’ve convinced him to support mummy’s team so it’s two against one in our household. England are good but I think Denmark are better.’
Chris, however, predicted that England would come out on top – after extra time and penalties. He said: ‘I don’t like getting too carried away but I think we’ll hopefully go through… but it might have to be from a dreaded penalty shootout.
‘I was getting nervous last night watching the Italians and Spanish. I just hope we can scrape a win within the 90-minutes. Denmark are a very tough team and are definitely a concern, it won’t be easy.
‘I’ll be over the moon if we get through to our first final since 1966… but I’ll be in the doghouse that’s for sure. I’ll probably be spending tonight in the shed if that happens! But we’ll try and enjoy the game together, it’s been a good atmosphere so far.’
Chris and Christina were among thousands of England and Denmark football fans milling around Wembley this afternoon ahead of the 8pm kick-off.
England fans in London before watching the Euro 2020 semi-final match between England and Denmark
England fooball fans drinking in Leicester Square ahead of tonight’s Three Lions semi-final clash against Denmark
A married couple are backing opposite teams at the Euro 2020 clash between England and Denmark at Wembley
England and Danish fans arriving at Wembley together this afternoon. The nation is right behind the Three Lions, with 30 million expected to tune in on TV, as well as 60,000 at the stadium
Victory for England will see Gareth Soutgate’s men face Italy at Wembley on Sunday – the team’s first final since 1966
Spirits were high and drinks were flowing several hours before the match kicked off as fans piled into bars to soak up the atmosphere
A group of England fans pouring pitchers of beer at Boxpark Wembley this morning ahead of the semi-final match at 8pm
England fans outside Wembley Stadium ahead of the UEFA Euro 2020 semi final match between England and Denmark
England fans dressed as knights outside Wembley Stadium ahead of the UEFA Euro 2020 semi final match this evening
England fans outside Wembley Stadium ahead of the UEFA Euro 2020 semi final match between England and Denmark
England fans at tables in Boxpark Wembley several hours before the match against Denmark in the Euro 2020 semi-finals kicks off
England fans cheer and enjoy a drink in Leicester Square, London ahead of the Euro 2020 semi-final this evening
Fans in Leicester Square. Today, England take on Denmark in their first Euros semi-final since 1996 with hopes of a victory
England fans at tables in Boxpark Wembley this morning, with the nation eagerly awaiting the 8pm kick off of the semi-final
In scenes mirrored across the nation, England fans queue to enter Box Park near Wembley Stadium as the country looks forward to the Euro 2021 semi-final against Denmark this evening
A fan of England shows their support outside the stadium prior to the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Semi-final match
Alan Putman, in costume and a horse drawn carriage, on the Kirby Estate in Bermondsey, south London, where residents are showing their support for England ahead of their game against Denmark
Images from across the country showed supporters getting into the spirit, with a set of flag-waving supporters stopping traffic to recreate the famous Vindaloo video in Kidderminster, West Midlands
Fans outside Wembley Stadium ahead of the UEFA Euro 2020 semi final match between England and Denmark
Denmark football fans gather in Vinegar Yard, Bermondsey, ahead of the Euro 2020 semi-final between England and Denmark
We’re all behind you… let’s bring it home! Boris Johnson, Prince William and Wimbledon wonder Emma Raducanu lead battlecry as England prepare to face Denmark in Euros semi-final
Prince William will lead the cries for victory tonight as England attempt to reach the final of the Euros for the first time.
Anticipation for the semi-final match against Denmark was growing yesterday as the Prime Minister showed his support with a Boris No 10 shirt on the steps of Downing Street.
And British tennis star Emma Raducanu wore her England top in a round of interviews about her Wimbledon experience, declaring: ‘It’s coming home.’
Emma said she would relax after retiring on health grounds from the competition, having become the youngest British woman to reach the last 16 in the modern era, by watching the game at 8pm.
The 18-year-old, from Bromley, south-east London, said: ‘It’s been a busy two weeks so I think I’ll just kick back at home for the next few days and definitely enjoy the game. And it’s coming home, isn’t it?’ She predicted England would win 2-1.
The Duke of Cambridge will be among 60,000 supporters inside Wembley to watch the Three Lions take on Denmark.
Some England fans came dressed as knights and faced off against their Danish rivals clad in Viking outfits.
Jospeh Afrane, meanwhile, wore a St George’s flag shirt and tie, shoes decorated with the Union flag and a white suit as he held his England scarf aloft under the famous arch.
The 55-year-old from Battersea, South London, said: ‘I think England will win 2-0 and I correctly predicted the result against Germany. I’m confident they can do it. I think Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling are going to play well and team up again.
‘I hope they don’t underestimate Denmark though, as they can frighten England, especially on the break. It’s time for England to get to a final and I’ll be cheering them on all the way.’
Confident couple Lee and Steph Roberts from Medway in Kent were predicting a 3-1 win to England. Both work for McDonalds – where they met – and shelled out just over £1,000 for the tickets
Lee, 37, said: ‘I went on the UEFA website and snapped them up after the Germany game so it was a bit of a risk as I could’ve been watching Ukraine vs Sweden but luckily we got through and I’m watching England.
‘I’m quietly confident, this is the best team we’ve had in years and so far things have started to click. I don’t think anyone else has got through five games at a tournament and not conceded any goals – certainly not any previous England teams.
‘I think Denmark are a good, strong and well-drilled side and it won’t be easy by any margin but I think we’ll have too much for them.’
Steph added: ‘I think both Denmark and – if we do get through – Italy are beatable. I don’t think England need fear anyone, we’re as good as any team at the moment.’
Images from across the country showed supporters getting into the spirit, with a set of flag-waving supporters stopping traffic to recreate the famous Vindaloo video in Kidderminster, West Midlands.
One father, meanwhile, filmed himself singing ‘It’s Coming Home’ as he rushed his pregnant fiancee to hospital. Simmie Sweeney woke up this morning to find partner Amy Watts, 27, had gone into labour and as he rushed her to hospital, he decided to burst into song, singing the 1996 Three Lion’s hit while Amy squirmed in pain next to him.
The video has now been viewed more than 47,000 times, with Mr Sweeney tweeting: ‘Mrs is currently in labour – reckon I’ll be out in time for tonight?’
His excitement was shared by fans up and down the country who shared photos of themselves wearing England shirts, as others lined up outside Boxpark near Wembley stadium and flocked to bars hours before kick-off.
The Boxpark fans sang and drank throughout the afternoon, as other fans moved across Wembley Way to soak up the atmosphere.
Around 6.8 million pints are expected to be poured, with the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) saying that fans will buy 50,000 pints a minute over the course of the match.
And former England captain Wayne Rooney showed he was ready for the clash, waking up his children by blaring Three Lions through his house this morning.
The Duke of Cambridge, who is president of the Football Association, will be among those inside the ground to watch the match, which will be the first time the men’s team has made it to the semi-final of a European Championship since an ill-fated penalty shoot-out defeat to Germany at Euro 96.
England must defeat the Curse of ITV to win tonight: Fans fear that Gareth Southgate’s men will lose AGAIN on commercial channel that traditionally shows them being dumped out of big tournaments
Football fans fear England could fall victim to the ITV curse tonight as they battle to reach the Euro 2020 finals against Italy.
The channel has a curious history of showing the Three Lions being dumped out of big tournaments, with only six wins broadcast on ITV since Euro 1996 compared to 17 on the BBC.
Millions are expected to tune into ITV at 8pm tonight as Gareth Southgate’s men face Denmark at Wembley in what could be England’s biggest game since 1966.
But superstitious football fans believe the Three Lions have already been given the kiss of death from ITV, despite the BBC’s terrestrial rival showing a 1 – 0 victory over the Czech Republic earlier in the tournament.
There are also fears that ITV Hub, where tonight’s clash will be streamed, could again run into technical problems after a series of issues for fans attempting to watch Love Island and the France vs Switzerland clash.
Those awaiting the return of the ITV dating show were met with ‘Page not loading’ and other error messages as they tried to load the stream last month, while those watching the Euros claimed play was frozen on a corner kick for 10 minutes.
The incredible footage of fans recreating the Vindaloo video was filmed in Kidderminster and organised by Kiddy Lad, a local social media personality who put out a request for a ‘huge crowd’ of people to show up at around 7pm on Monday.
Several residents answered his call, with footage showing people of all ages waving flags, letting off smoke flares and holding signs as Kiddy Lad led the march on the back of a truck.
Expectations are high for tonight’s match, with England favourites to reach Sunday’s final at Wembley. However, the Danes are expected to provide a stern test, with the team riding a wave of emotion after the heart-wrenching collapse of Christian Eriksen in their first match.
And one confident Danish paper made reference to the Vikings this morning, writing: ‘We plundered you before, we’ll do it again.’
Danish ambassador Lars Thuesen was also optimistic and said today: ‘We have a lot of songs and we have prepared all of them, we know them by heart because our flag is red and white. So we are red and white, we are Danish dynamite.
‘I don’t think we are the underdogs. We have a pretty good chance there and we also have a pretty good record.’
Mr Thuesen said 8,000 Danish people living in the UK will be among the Wembley crowd on Wednesday, with numbers limited due to travel restrictions.
He also said the tournament had been a ‘huge emotional rollercoaster’ for Danes, after star midfielder Christian Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest during the defeat to Finland in their opening match.
He told Sky News: ‘It started out we were crying, we were praying, then a few minutes later, when we realised he was going to recover, we were crying (tears) of joy. There are higher things at stake than football.
‘He’s still part of the team, part of the WhatsApp group, he wanted us to participate in the tournament as though nothing has happened.’
Mr Thuesen added: ‘I think everybody in England, in the UK, understands that here I can’t be a diplomat. I’m a huge fan of my own country and I hope that we’ll win tonight.’
England fans were in buoyant mood this morning as they prepared to roar on the Three Lions in their Euro 2020 semi-final tonight.
Supporters had started to gather in central London to cheer on Gareth Southgate’s team against a tough Denmark side at Wembley. Wearing the 1966 red England World Cup winning shirt, Andy Hallett and friend Jeff Courtney were sipping coffee in a cafe in Soho.
Civil servant Andy, 34, from Bow in East London, said: ‘I’ve got the day off because it’s my birthday today and I’m hoping England are going to give me a great birthday present tonight.
‘We’ve been going great and have really grown into the tournament and now confidence is high. It’s going to be a tough game, Denmark are a very resilient side and everyone has a soft spot for them at the moment because of what happened to Christian Eriksen.
‘But I’m hoping for a 2-0 win to England this evening. I think it’s going to be a good, clean game. Last night’s game between Italy and Spain had too much diving and play acting but I don’t think we’ll see that tonight as both teams are pretty respectful.’
Jeff, 35, added: ‘I think it’s going to be close but I’m hoping England just about edge it.’
Courier Danny Arnold, 24, left his home in Stockport, Lancashire at 4am this morning to deliver pizza supplies to Rudy’s Neapolitan restaurant in Soho.
Sporting a burgundy England shirt, the Manchester United fan said: ‘I wanted to get up and do the early delivery this morning so I can get back home to watch the match.
‘It’s ironic that I’m delivering to an Italian restaurant as I really hope it’s Italy who England play next!
Fans of England enjoy the pre-match atmosphere with an inflatable beach ball outside the stadium in Wembley
People out in Soho and Leicester Square drinking ahead of tonight’s England semi final match against Denmark at Wembley
Hundreds of Danish fans have gathered eight hours before the game against England, packing out bars in the country
Danish soccer team supporters gather for a pre-match party in Vinegar Yard in south London, taking over the bar
A Danish soccer team supporter has their face painted as they gather in Vinegar Yard in south London this afternoon
An England fan outside Wembley Stadium ahead of the UEFA Euro 2020 semi final match between England and Denmark
Cheering England fans outside Wembley Stadium ahead of the UEFA Euro 2020 semi final match between England and Denmark
Spirits were high outside Wembley today with England expected to beat Denmark and advance to the final against Italy
England fans outside Wembley Fanpark ahead of the UEFA Euro 2020 semi final match between England and Denmark
A woman with her dog sits amongst England flags ahead of the match against Denmark at Wembley at 8pm this evening
Nissan has come up with the perfect tribute to Southgate ahead of tonight’s Euro 2020 semi-final clash with Denmark
The car giant has renamed one of the entrances to its Sunderland plant in tribute to the England manager, who previously managed Middlesbrough. A goods entrance at the plant has been rebranded The Nissan Southgate, with his name and face etched on a mound nearby
‘We’ve been very good in their last couple of games but we’ve also had that little bit of luck that you need to go far in tournaments.
‘I’ve been pleased with the United lads as well, particularly Luke Shaw and Harry Maguire, whose built up a really solid partnership with John Stones so far. Denmark will be no pushover but I just hope we can get to our first final since 1966.’
University friends Megan Beattie and Annie Robinson said they were both looking forward to the big game tonight.
Professional dancer Megan, 22, joked: ‘It’s coming home! It has to be – England fans have waited so long for a taste of success. I like the Denmark team but Mason Mount is my favourite player and I hope that he and the rest of the England team step up again tonight. They’ve all been brilliant so far.’
Nissan has come up with the perfect tribute to Southgate ahead of tonight’s Euro 2020 semi-final clash with Denmark.
The car giant has renamed one of the entrances to its Sunderland plant in tribute to the England manager, who previously managed Middlesbrough.
A goods entrance at the plant has been rebranded The Nissan Southgate, with his name and face etched on a mound nearby.
The entrance, which has been known as ‘The South Gate’ since the plant first opened 35 years ago, is used by thousands of staff and part delivery drivers every day.
Nissan said they wanted to show their support for Southgate as England will play in the semi-final against Denmark tonight.
Michael Jude, HR Director at Nissan Sunderland Plant said: ‘Thousands of our team here at the plant and supplier delivery drivers use the Nissan Plant South Gate every single day.
‘To show our support for Gareth and the lads for tonight we’ve renamed it the Nissan Southgate, complete with a picture of the man himself. Come on England.’
Alexander Clay who runs the MRCA club in Liverpool preparing the club ahead of tonights England Match against Denmark
Resident Chris Dowse and his dog Tinkerbell on the Kirby Estate in Bermondsey, south London, where residents are showing their support for England
A horse drawn carriage on the Kirby Estate in Bermondsey, south London, where residents are showing their support for England
England fans queue to enter Box Park near Wembley Stadium ahead of the Euro 2020 semi final between England and Denmark
Merchandise for sale outside Wembley Stadium ahead of the UEFA Euro 2020 semi final match between England and Denmark
Fan Richard Edwards told MailOnline: ‘I will be watching the game at my mates garden bar in Harrogate, The Drunken Lobster!’
England fans, Daisy, Liddie, Carla and Martha, gather bright and early on Olympic Way, hours before the match against Denmark kicks off
England fans on Wembley Way this morning ahead of the semi-final. England are attempting to reach their first final since 1966
England fans queue to enter Box Park near Wembley Stadium. Expectations are high as fans pile into bars across the country
Fans buying merchandise ahead of semi final match between England and Denmark this evening – with the nation eagerly awaiting kick-off
England fan Chris with his sons Casper and Luca gather at Wembley Stadium ahead of the Euro 2020 semi final between England and Denmark
The nation is eagerly awaiting tonight’s match, with an England win sending the team to its first major final since the World Cup in 1966
Student occupational therapist Annie, 21, said: ‘I think the team has done the country so proud and they’ve given us a much-needed lift after all we’ve been through with Covid and lockdowns. It’s like there’s a little bit of normality back in people’s lives and I’m really enjoying it.
‘But just imagine how amazing it would be if England made it to the final and actually went on to win – there’d be a massive party!’
Meanwhile, Italy fan Matteo Orletti, 28, hoped the Danes go on to meet his countrymen in the final. Matteo, who works at Caffè Nero in Soho, went to last night’s match between Italy and Spain and said: ‘It was incredible, an unbelievable atmosphere at Wembley and what a result!
‘I have to say that I want Denmark to play Italy in the final because I’m an Inter Milan fan and Christian Eriksen is one of our players. Denmark would be doing it for him. But I think England is going to win tonight and that won’t be a bad thing seeing as I’ve been living in London for the last five years.
‘Who will win the championship? Who knows! Italy have a chance and I’m going to try and see them in the final this weekend.’
Westminster Council are taking no chances with either joyous or dejected England fans tonight and have boarded up the famous Eros Fountain in Piccadilly Circus.
Hundreds of delirious supporters clambered on top of the London landmark following the wins against Germany and Ukraine.
Fans, some of whom had come down on the tube from Wembley, chanted ‘It’s Coming Home’ from the steps and others frolicked in the fountain beneath the statue until they were moved on by police.
The statue of Eros in Piccadilly, central London boarded up ahead of the Euro 2020 semi final between England and Denmark
Restaurants and shops are being boarded up ahead of the arrival of the England fans this evening, as well as other landmarks in Leicester Square
The Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain in piccadilly Circus and the Shakespeare statue in Leicester Square are fenced off
The glamorous WAGs of England’s Euro stars travelled to Wembley in style as they boarded a party bus ahead of the semi-final match today
Bars in nearby Leicester Square and Soho were this morning preparing to welcome thousands of thirsty England fans ahead of the 8pm game – although due to Covid regulations most places required supporters to book in advance.
Jack Innes, 27, who works at The Crown and Two Chairmen pub on Dean Street said: ‘We’re going to be at capacity for this game so there’ll be about 100-people.
‘It’s what we need really after being closed so long due to the Covid lockdown.
‘I’m hoping an England victory will keep our patrons in good spirits!’
Elsewhere in London, stewards were already in place at the fan zone in Trafalgar Square from 9.30am this morning despite it not opening until 5pm this evening.
One said: ‘We are letting in 900 supporters to watch the match on the big screens. It’s slightly more than the 750 who were allowed in to watch the group matches.
‘It’s free to come in but you have to enter a ballot to get a ticket. Hopefully it’s going to be a great atmosphere tonight.’
The crowd at Wembley will be the largest since coronavirus restrictions were introduced last spring, and Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said he cannot guarantee there will not be an outbreak of Covid-19 cases linked to football fans watching the game.
He told LBC radio: ‘I think we can manage this risk but to say there is no risk, if you have thousands of people in one place… there’s always risk in life.
‘I think we’re managing the risk. I’m confident there won’t be a big outbreak but we can’t guarantee that now.’
Those watching from outside venues may need to be prepared for all weathers, with sunshine and showers forecast for parts of England throughout the day, although London is expected to remain dry during the match.
Looking forward to the game, one fan wrote this morning: ‘Never been so excited/nervous for a football match but I’m ready with my shirt on ready to watch c’mon England.’
Another said: ‘Right I can’t wait any longer! Getting my first beer, so excited for tonight’s match. 3 lions, vindaloo & the great escape are going to be banged out for the next few hours.’
While a third said: ‘I am so, so excited and I really hope we win tonight. I know that sounds very basic but I’m really enjoying England doing well and want to watch the final in a pub with my best friends.’
Even the Coldstream Guards got into the action, after Prince Charles invited them to blare out renditions of Three Lions and Sweet Caroline from the gardens of Clarence House yesterday.
More than 30 million fans in living rooms, pubs and fan zones across the country will unite to cheer every England attack.
In the stadium, Prince William will be leading the cheers, though he will be without his family tonight because Kate is self-isolating at home after coming into contact with someone who had tested positive for Covid.
George is not expected at the ground, given the late start time on what is a school night. In the red corner, the Danish royal family have been given special permission to skip UK quarantine measures so they can watch the game at Wembley.
Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark, his wife Princess Mary, and their 15-year-old son Prince Christian have been given exemptions to travel to London for the clash.
Furious Denmark fans threatened to ‘come by sea like the Vikings’ after they were banned from travelling under the country’s Covid rules. Only about 6,000 Danes living in England will be at Wembley.
Boris Johnson said: ‘Gareth Southgate and the England squad have done the nation proud in the Euros, and tonight we will all be wishing them the best of luck in getting to the final. Bring it home.’
The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) believes fans will buy 50,000 pints a minute over the course of the match.
Ten million pints could be poured by the end of the day, with fans expected to pack out pubs hours ahead of kick-off.
Builders arranged the tiles on a new build house to read ‘It’s coming home’ ahead of the Three Lions crunch Euro 2020 semi-final tonight
The Band of the Coldstream Guards playing Three Lions and Sweet Caroline in the gardens of Clarence House
BBPA’s chief executive Emma McClarkin said today: ‘With England fans’ support, we hope that pubs will sell 6.8 million pints during the semi-final match.
‘If the team goes on to win, a final at Wembley awaits, which would be a huge boost to our pubs and the nation.’
‘After a long wait, the pubs we love should be restriction-free from July 19. Only when the restrictions are removed can our pubs recover, but to do so they need Government investment to build back better.’
Builders arranged the tiles on a new build house to read ‘It’s coming home’ ahead of the Three Lions crunch Euro 2020 semi-final tonight.
The patriotic labourer’s work raised the roof in Pitstone, Buckinghamshire and ocals were chuffed with the rallying cry as England prepare to face Denmark.
Demand has soared for tickets ahead of the crunch match at Wembley today – with a place in Sunday’s final at stake.
Only 60,000 people will be allowed inside the stadium, which will be at 75 per cent capacity due to Covid.
And with the remaining tickets being bought up by the FA’s official supporters group last night, it has sparked a mad rush for tickets on resale websites.
One hospitality ticket on LiveFootballTickets.com is being listed at a staggering £6,499.
But even standard tickets are selling for more than £1,000 – more than double their general sale value.
MailOnline also found people offering to sell tickets via social media, with one person offering a four ticket bundle costing £5,000.
Meanwhile, consumer groups are warning fans of potential ‘scam’ online ticket touts.