Scottish fans cheered against the Three Lions as hundreds of England supporters descended upon the country’s fan zones and pubs ahead of the blockbuster Euro 2020 semi-final showdown.
Scores of defiant England fans were seen arriving to an outdoor fan zone in Glasgow, Scotland, today as Scottish supporters cheered against the Auld Enemy.
The scenes came as internet searches for Danish flags surged in Scotland, as scores of fans north of the border choose to support Denmark.
Scottish fans took to the internet to search for a Danish flag ahead of tonight’s game at Wembley, according to Google Trends, with the expectation that many of the flags could be wielded by Scots watching the game tonight.
Searches made in Scotland for the red and white flags of Denmark have increased by nearly 10 times pre-Euro 2020 levels, the figures show.
After crashing out at the group stage, scores of Scots have shunned the idea of neighbourly love and have instead turned to supporting England’s opponents in the knock-outs.
England supporters celebrate their team’s first goal at an outdoor fan zone in Glasgow, Scotland, today
Scores of England supporters cheer their team on at a fan zone in Glasgow Green tonight
Football fans watch with anticipation as England drew level with Denmark during tonight’s game
Football fans descend upon a fan zone in Glasgow Green to watch the England v Denmark match
Now Scotland fans have rushed to show their support for the Danes, who will be hoping to spoil the party when they face England tonight at Wembley.
Today ex-Three Lions defender Rio Ferdinand left one Scottish fan red-faced after he tweeted him stick over his belief that England could win the tournament.
The former Manchester United defender retweeted the Scottish supporter’s message from two weeks ago calling him ‘arrogant’ for saying that England could win Euro 2020.
Ferdinand said: ‘Hi Freddie… Hope your still enjoying watching the highlights of England vs Scotland at home 2 weeks later.’
However, there has been support from some Scottish celebrities, including ITV chat show host Lorraine Kelly and the Krankies.
And, through gritted teeth, former Labour spin doctor Alastair Campbell – a lifelong ‘Anyone But England’ cheerleader – admitted he was backing England – but only because ‘he liked Gareth Southgate’.
Scottish fans have taken to the internet searching for a Danish flag ahead of tonight’s game at Wembley, according to Google Trends
The West-Yorkshire born Scot, 64, made the comment after he butchered the song ‘Three Lions’ with a bagpipe rendition on the ITV show earlier today.
As the rest of the GMB cast and production crew stood and watched, a masked Dr Hilary Jones was left covering his ears.
It came as Rio Ferdinand took on a Scottish fan on Twitter. The Scot tweeted a video of the former Manchester United and England star saying he believed the Three Lions could win Euro 2020.
The fan, who tweeted after the England v Scotland group game last month, said: ‘Dear Rio, when you have removed your arrogant head from your a****e, maybe you’ll want to re-think things like this.’
But yesterday the retired defender hit back, with his tweet mocking the fact that Scotland have since been knocked out of the tournament, while England remain in the hunt for the trophy.
Meanwhile, Danish pop diva Whigfield attempted to recruit the Tartan Army into supporting Denmark tonight.
Scottish fans had been singing the ‘Saturday Night’ by the star, real name Sannie Charlotte Carlson, during their brief Euro 2020 campaign.
The star, 51, aid: ‘We need all the support we can get. It would be amazing if Scots can back us at home or even in the stadium.
‘My dream is that Denmark win 2-1 and Scotland fans sing Saturday Night at Wembley again.’
Danish pop diva Whigfield (pictured right in 2019) attempted to recruit the Tartan Army into supporting Denmark tonight. But Scottish TV presenter Lorraine Kelly (pictured left) showed her support for England
Scottish journalist Gordon Smart said he hoped the pain was ‘as severe as possible’ for England fans
Alastair Campbell, 64, said he would be supporting England, but only because he ‘liked Gareth Southgate’, after butchering the song ‘Three Lions’ with a bag-pipe rendition on Good Morning Britain
Scottish TV duo the Krankies are also backing England, telling Good Morning Britain that they are ‘British and Scottish’
Scottish journalist Gordon Smart and the Krankies meanwhile gave contrasting views on tonight’s game.
Speaking to Good Morning Britain, Smart, 41, the former editor of the Scottish Sun, said: ‘Of course we want the pain to be as severe as possible. Get through the semi-final and lose on penalties in the final, that’s the best result.’
However, the Scottish TV duo the Krankies had a different view, with Jimmy telling Good Morning Britain: ‘We are British and Scottish. I’ll stick behind Britain, whether it’s England, Ireland or Wales we are all one. It’s against the Europeans, we want to win.’
Meanwhile, Scottish TV presenter Lorraine Kelly, 61, also showed her support for England, saying: ‘Listen, I’m supporting football.
‘To be honest, Denmark is an amazing story but of course I’ll be wanting England to do well. Of course, why wouldn’t I? It’s a great thing.’
Meanwhile, no-nonsense football pundit Graeme Souness, joked that his son had adopted England as his national team to support.
Speaking in the ITV studio, he said: ‘My son goes to the games with his England shirt on singing ‘Football’s Coming Home’ – it’s hard at home at the moment!’
It comes after the former football, who earned more than 50 Scotland caps, begrudgingly stated that Three Lions are set to win Euro 2020, saying that the ‘stars had aligned’.
However scores of Scotland fans today remained in the ‘Anyone But England’ camp and admitted they were supporting Denmark tonight, with one saying: ‘Cmon the Danes! From Scotland.’
Another added: ‘I’ll be supporting Denmark in the England v Denmark Euro semi-final. Giving my backing to a fellow North Sea country, and a country that didn’t take Scotland’s EU citizeship away against Scotland’s will.
‘Yeah, I know, but all sport is politics.’
One Scottish fan also retweeted a picture of a young Kasper Schmeical posted by his father Peter Schmeichel – the former Denmark and Manchester United stopper.
Retweeting the picture, the fan wrote: ‘Whole of Scotland is with yous. Come on Denmark.’
Another added: ‘Do this for Denmark, Scotland and the World!!!’. And it’s not just Scottish fans that are supporting Denmark, Irish fans are too.
Irish born Stoke midfielder James McClean provoked fury from England fans when he pictured himself wearing a Germany top ahead of England’s clash with the Die Mannschaft last weekend.
And the anti-English sentiment from the Irish continued today, with Dublin Airport tweeting its support for Denmark.
In the tweet, it said: ‘We’re stilling mastering the basics, but the phrase you are looking for might be: ‘kom nu Danmark’ (Come on Denmark’
Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel had earlier mocked England with a well-timed joke about the song Three Lions.
He was asked by a journalist what it would mean to ‘stop football coming home’, and replied: ‘Has it ever been home? I don’t know, have you ever won it?’
Denmark, who are currently ranked 10th in the Fifa world rankings, have previously won the European Championships.
Against the odds, they lifted the trophy in Euro 1992 – when Kasper’s father Peter was playing in goal for the Danes.
England’s national team have never won the European Championships, with the 1966 World Cup win their only major international triumph.
Gareth Southgate’s side have a chance of making history, by becoming the first England side to reach the final of a European Championship if they win tonight.
A total of 60,000 fans will be at tonight’s game, which is being played at Wembley.