Empty roads… but roads to the FINAL: Rush-hour traffic falls 20% the morning after England win


England fans spent £75,000-a-minute on booze as the team beat Denmark – a total of nearly £7million on 1.8million pints during the match – leaving millions nursing crippling hangovers with some pulling sickies or knocking off early today so they can recover.

Supporters stayed in bed leaving roads deserted and trains empty because of the extraordinary Euro 2020 celebrations up and down the country until dawn, with Downing Street urging employers to be flexible ‘if they can’ with staff who want to start late on Monday after watching the Euros 2020 final with Italy.

Trains were delayed into London and Tube lines missing services during the morning rush hour because of a shortage of staff as millions nursed tired heads after partying through the night. Others who made it into work vowed to get away early this afternoon so they could get some sleep. 

Some avoided work altogether having been egged on by ITV commentator Sam Matterface who said they could ‘have the day off’ after the Three Lions reached the final.  One Twitter user said: ‘Phoned my boss to say I’m not coming in to work tomorrow cos Sam Matterface said so’.

It came after a chaotic night of celebrations where fans climbed on to London buses and partied in Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus in huge numbers. But fighting broke out and the Metropolitan Police said 23 arrests were made across London for offences including common assault, public order and assaulting officers.

Overnight data from Revolut, a financial app with over 3million customers in the UK, that spending in the nation’s pubs surged as England fans celebrated the historic victory in the semi-final.

At its peak, England fans were spending £75,250.91 a minute which equates to 20,393 pints in any 60-second period, giving a huge boost to the economy hailed by Chancellor Rishi Sunak today. The biggest spenders were in Bournemouth, Romford and Stevanage – while English fans also out-drank their Danish rivals, figures show.

But as supporters toasted the team, congestion data from TomTom showed that up to one in five cars were missing during rush hour in many cities when compared to yesterday – with some joking they were ‘ringing in sick’ this morning and that England’s win had put the country back into a temporary one-day lockdown.

Traffic levels was as low as 20 per cent down in London and 15 per cent down in Bristol. Meanwhile in Newcastle the roads were 14 per cent less busy and in Manchester recorded similar lulls. 

More than 60,000 optimistic England fans have signed a petition demanding a day off if England win Euro 2020. However, Boris Johnson today appeared to pour cold water on plans for a Bank Holiday, saying it would be ‘tempting fate’.

Some bosses are already promising staff they can have leave on the day after the match, allowing employees to recover after tasting sweet victory or bitter defeat against Roberto Mancini’s Italian team.

And with England now facing its biggest match for 55 years on Sunday the mad rush for seats in Wembley began just after the semi-final ended at 10.30pm. Bidding for three tickets for the Italy match, worth £1,000 each, went from £6,000 to £15,000 in the 30 minutes Gareth Southgate’s heroes celebrated on the pitch last night. The bidding continued through the night, reaching £20,700 this morning.

After a rare and historic day for English football, it also emerged today:

  • 60,000 England fans sign petition demanding the Monday after Super Sunday when Three Lions play first final since 1966 is made a Bank Holiday – but Boris Johnson says it is ‘tempting fate’;
  • The Metropolitan Police said 23 arrests were made by officers across London following the match for offences including common assault, public order and assault on police; 
  • However, No 10 urged employers to be flexible ‘if they can’ with staff who want to start late on Monday after watching the Euros final. 
  • England are charged by UEFA over laser shone at Danish ‘keeper Schmeichel before penalty, fans booing the national anthem and fireworks set off by supporter;
  • Health chiefs is being warned to expect a Euro 2020-driven surge in Covid cases today, as extraordinary images show tens of thousands of jubilant fans tightly packed together leaving Wembley;
  • Italians blast English ‘bores’ while bitter Danish press insist the team was robbed, rage about the England’s fans and gloat about UK’s Covid-19 death rate;

Traffic was stopped in central London after England’s biggest win for decades on a night where Gareth Southgate’s team got to a major final and fans downed millions of pints to celebrate

These two fans removed their shirts in celebration at the packed Trafalgar Square fan zone in celebration last night

These two fans removed their shirts in celebration at the packed Trafalgar Square fan zone in celebration last night 

Spot the difference: A pedestrian and a cyclist in a deserted Piccadilly Circus this morning as England fans with sore heads stayed at home

Spot the difference: A pedestrian and a cyclist in a deserted Piccadilly Circus this morning as England fans with sore heads stayed at home

The quiet West End where two street cleaners and two pedestrians were the only people on Regent Street

The quiet West End where two street cleaners and two pedestrians were the only people on Regent Street

The empty Northern Line platform in Clapham on the morning after the night before where the national team won a semi-final for the first time since 1966

The empty Northern Line platform in Clapham on the morning after the night before where the national team won a semi-final for the first time since 1966 

Congestion data from London and Bristol shows that traffic was 20% lower than yesterday during rush hour with a similar picture in all England's cities

Congestion data from London and Bristol shows that traffic was 20% lower than yesterday during rush hour with a similar picture in all England’s cities

People took to Twitter to remark on the lack of traffic and the number of people calling in sick

People took to Twitter to remark on the lack of traffic and the number of people calling in sick

People took to Twitter to remark on the lack of traffic and the number of people calling in sick

‘Call your boss, you’re not going into work tomorrow’: ITV’s Sam Matterface is likened to 1966 pundit Kenneth Wolstenholme over his rallying cry for England fans to take today off… and supporters have done just that 

Commentator Sam Matterface embarked on an emotive post-match monologue as England fans celebrated their 2-1 extra time victory against Denmark last night

Commentator Sam Matterface embarked on an emotive post-match monologue as England fans celebrated their 2-1 extra time victory against Denmark last night

England fans last night got an unexpected treat when commentator Sam Matterface said they could ‘have the day off’ after the Three Lions reached the final of Euro 2020.

The clearly elated commentator, 43, launched into an emotive monologue as England closed in on a 2-1 extra-time victory against Denmark in yesterday’s semi-final.

But with the emotions running high his speech spilled into the bizarre, as he encouraged ITV viewers to ring their bosses and take the day off.

He said: ‘I tell you what, if this comes off, you can do what you want tonight. You’ve had a terrible 16-months.

‘Kids you can stay up, don’t you dare go to bed. The rest of you call your boss, you ain’t coming in in the morning.

‘You deserve this, England deserves this. Feel it, ride it. All that pent up emotion which is 50 seconds away. 

‘Just try to be safe and follow the rules, or I’m going to be in one hell of a lot of trouble.’  

The amusing moment was picked up on Twitter, where fans made tongue-in-cheek comments about not going into work today.

Others drew comparisons to legendary commentator Kenneth Wolstenholme, who famously uttered the immortal words: ‘They think it’s all over… it is now’, after England’s 1966 World Cup win.

One Twitter user said: ‘Phoned my boss to say I’m not coming in to work tomorrow cos Sam Matterface said so. I’m not going in an hour early.’ 

Boris Johnson said he was wishing the England team the ‘very best’ ahead of Sunday’s Euro 2020 final.

During a visit to energy company Bulb’s central London headquarters, the Prime Minister told broadcasters: ‘I congratulate Gareth Southgate and the whole team, I thought they were stunning.

‘And obviously wishing them all the very best for Sunday.’

Downing Street has said it would set out any celebrations such as a victory parade for the England team “in due course” if they win the Euro 2020 final on Sunday.

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: “I don’t want to pre-empt the outcome of Sunday’s match. Clearly we want England to go all the way and win the final and then we will set out our plans in due course.

“We will hopefully, when England go on to win, then go on to set out our plans.”

He ruled out increasing the number of fans allowed to attend Wembley, saying: “There are no plans to extend the capacity.”

But while ruling out a bank holiday, No 10 urged employers to be flexible ‘if they can’ with staff who want to start late on Monday after watching the Euros final. 

Former Three Lions boss Sir Bobby Robson would be proud of this England side, his widow said.

Lady Elsie said: ‘Bob would be so proud of Gareth and this England team. They’re very obviously playing for each other and show such great pride in representing their country.

‘To progress in a major tournament, you have to be consistently good and keep everyone focused, which really isn’t easy to achieve.

‘For Bob, managing our national side was something he cherished always and I know it will be the same for Gareth.

‘They’ve already done so much and made history by getting to the final.

‘Like every England fan, I hope they can go one step further on Sunday.’

Sir Bobby’s legacy continues to grow through the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, the NHS cancer charity he launched in 2008.

Cars were noticeably absent from the streets in major cities and some commuter services were delayed, citing the game. One motorist said: ‘Got to work in record time today. The roads were curiously empty.’ 

Another added on Twitter: ‘Roads are empty this morning lol i guess everyone is recovering from last night.’

And one joked the England match had been more effective than coronavirus restrictions for getting people to stay at home.

They quipped: ‘I was driving and roads were empty – seems like an England match is far more effective at keeping people home than a lockdown.’ 

England are charged by UEFA over laser shone at Danish ‘keeper Schmeichel before penalty, fans booing the national anthem and fireworks set off by supporter 

An England supporter shone a laser in Kasper Schmeichel's face before England's penalty

An England supporter shone a laser in Kasper Schmeichel’s face before England’s penalty

Football federation UEFA have hit England with three disciplinary charges – after a fan shone a laser pen in Kasper Schmeichel’s face before Harry Kane’s penalty.

The group – which represents the sport in Europe – are also investigating Three Lions supporters booing during Denmark’s national anthem and setting off fireworks.

The triple-whammy allegations will be investigated by UEFA’s Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body.

It is the first time a team in this tournament has been charged over fans booing rivals anthems. Punishments include fines of up to £8,000 and official warnings.

England have been fined £4,300 before for supporters disrupting another side’s national song. 

The laser pen incident saw an unmistakable green beam flickered across the Denmark keeper’s head as the England captain was lining up to take his shot. 

It appeared to hit one of Schmeichel’s eyes only briefly with the coloured light mostly dancing over his cheek and forehead.

The torch-style gadgets have been a problem at sporting events for some time, but in recent years have been rarely seen at football matches.

There is a law relating to them being used to endanger vehicles but would not cover individuals. It may be the offence would fall under an assault category.

A spokesperson for the Met Police said they were looking at whether it was something they would investigate. 

Before many jubilant fans roused from their slumbers on Thursday, street teams were out clearing up after those whose celebrations stumbled into excess.

Some streets across the nation were strewn with empty disposable plastic pint glasses, food cartons, laughing gas canisters and other detritus.

Elsewhere, there were signs of damage to street furniture.

In central London, cleaning staff were seen at dawn working to tidy up Leicester Square, where many fans congregated on Wednesday night during and after England’s 2-1 victory over Denmark.

One woman cleaning the area told the PA news agency on Thursday morning: ‘It is a disgrace.

‘People have damaged the irrigation system and some climbed up the fountain.

‘There may be an investigation launched into it as we are not sure how much damage was caused.

‘People can have fun but they don’t need to get sloshed.’

The Metropolitan Police said 23 arrests were made by officers across London following the match for offences including common assault, public order and assault on police. 

The capital also saw fans clamber on top of London buses as they celebrated the win.

England’s footballers ended their 55-year wait for a major final last night – and are just 90 minutes from Euro 2020 glory after a nerve-shredding extra-time win over Denmark at Wembley.

More than 66,000 people – joined by Prince William, Boris Johnson and a who’s who of celebrities – packed the stands in Britain’s biggest post-pandemic crowd.

And those fans played a crucial role as they roared their Three Lions heroes home – the 2-1 semi-final win coming by way of a Harry Kane goal in extra time. Gareth Southgate’s man now face Italy on Sunday.

England won a controversial penalty for a trip on Raheem Sterling and though captain Kane saw his effort saved by Danish keeper Kasper Schmeichel the striker was first to pounce on the rebound, slamming the ball home and sending fans into dreamland.

Twenty tension-filled minutes later, the final whistle sounded and Wembley – and millions watching at home – burst into a national chorus of Neil Diamond’s Sweet Caroline, with the PM and wife Carrie among those joining in.

It sets up that final against Italy, back at Wembley on Sunday evening. But for the fans, last night was all about ending the decades-long wait for a first final since the 1966 World Cup.

As the victory was confirmed, shirtless fans packed into London’s Trafalgar Square fan zone sprayed beer over each other, singing ‘It’s Coming Home’ and praising manager Gareth Southgate’s team.

Vic Richards, 22, from Croydon, south London, said: ‘I’m still trying to compute what happened, I’ve never seen England make a final.

‘It’s beautiful, it’s unbelievable, I love this country, the players gave it their all. This is an historic occasion, we may never see this again – now we can start to believe.’

Other fans collapsed onto the ground crying with joy or partied on the tables. Oliver Ways, 28, from Mitcham, said: ‘This time it’s coming home, the momentum is with us, I don’t care what anyone says. I’m so drunk but I don’t care – the game was just how we wanted it.

‘I can’t believe I’m saying this but England are in a final!’

Thousands of exuberant England fans are crammed in along Wembley Way after England made their first final in more than five decades as they try to get to the Tube

Thousands of exuberant England fans are crammed in along Wembley Way after England made their first final in more than five decades as they try to get to the Tube

People partied into the night as England gave themselves the chance of winning a major tournament for the first time since 1966

People partied into the night as England gave themselves the chance of winning a major tournament for the first time since 1966

This morning the same part of Piccadilly Circus was completely empty

This morning the same part of Piccadilly Circus was completely empty

The West End was packed until 2am as people celebrated the big win

The West End was packed until 2am as people celebrated the big win 

England are one game from glory, as they now face a final with Italy at Wembley on Sunday after beating Denmark 2-1 last night

England are one game from glory, as they now face a final with Italy at Wembley on Sunday after beating Denmark 2-1 last night

Kane celebrates with team mates after scoring their side's second goal during the UEFA Euro 2020 match

Kane celebrates with team mates after scoring their side’s second goal during the UEFA Euro 2020 match

Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge and President of the Football Association, Peter McCormick, Interim Chairman of the Football Association, Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of United Kingdom and his wife, Carrie Johnson celebrates England's victory after the UEFA Euro 2020 match between England and Denmark at Wembley

Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge and President of the Football Association, Peter McCormick, Interim Chairman of the Football Association, Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of United Kingdom and his wife, Carrie Johnson celebrates England’s victory after the UEFA Euro 2020 match between England and Denmark at Wembley

The Duke of Cambridge in the stands during the UEFA Euro 2020 semi-final match at Wembley Stadium

England manager Gareth Southgate celebrates wildly after England beat Denmark in the Euro 2020 semi-final at Wembley

England manager Gareth Southgate celebrates wildly after England beat Denmark in the Euro 2020 semi-final at Wembley

England manager Gareth Southgate celebrates wildly after England beat Denmark in the Euro 2020 semi-final at Wembley

More than 1500 fans go wild as they watch the game at the 4thefans park, Manchester

More than 1500 fans go wild as they watch the game at the 4thefans park, Manchester

England fans inside Hanger 34 in Liverpool react to the winning goal during the Euro 2020 semifinal match between England and Denmark

England fans inside Hanger 34 in Liverpool react to the winning goal during the Euro 2020 semifinal match between England and Denmark

England fans celebrate after Harry Kane scored his side's 2nd goal

England fans celebrate after Harry Kane scored his side’s 2nd goal

Traffic was stopped in central London after England's biggest win for decades on a night where Gareth Southgate's team got to a major final and fans downed millions of pints to celebrate

Traffic was stopped in central London after England’s biggest win for decades

A young woman is pulled away by police outside Charing Cross station

A young woman is pulled away by police outside Charing Cross station

Police detain a man near Trafalgar Square during celebrations after England won

Police detain a man near Trafalgar Square during celebrations after England won

England fans clambered on to the top of the famous number 9 bus in Trafalgar Square

England fans clambered on to the top of the famous number 9 bus in Trafalgar Square 

England fans soaked up the atmosphere at Box Park in Croydon last night as England beat Denmark to reach the Euro 2020 final

England fans soaked up the atmosphere at Box Park in Croydon last night as England beat Denmark to reach the Euro 2020 final

Fans in Manchester celebrate England's second goal, scored by Harry Kane, as they watched England win in the Euro 2020 semi-final against Denmark last night

Fans in Manchester celebrate England’s second goal, scored by Harry Kane, as they watched England win in the Euro 2020 semi-final against Denmark last night

The cleaners arrive at dawn after the England fans left the West End of London

The cleaners arrive at dawn after the England fans left the West End of London 

Rubbish is bagged up and ready to be taken away after a night of revelry

Rubbish is bagged up and ready to be taken away after a night of revelry 

Concerns that the Wembley semi-final could be a super-spreader event won't be allayed by pictures from Wembley Way

Concerns that the Wembley semi-final could be a super-spreader event won’t be allayed by pictures from Wembley Way 

Fireworks and flares were set off in celebrations in Old Market Square, Nottingham

Fireworks and flares were set off in celebrations in Old Market Square, Nottingham

Passengers on the bus weren't best pleased when fans went on to the roof

Passengers on the bus weren’t best pleased when fans went on to the roof

Police help a young fan down from the double decker

Police help a young fan down from the double decker

Rapper Bru-C performs on an ice cream van to England fans in Nottingham

Rapper Bru-C performs on an ice cream van to England fans in Nottingham

Police detain a man near Trafalgar Square during celebrations after England beat Denmark

Police detain a man near Trafalgar Square during celebrations after England beat Denmark

A team of stewards hold an England fan by the arms

A team of stewards hold an England fan by the arms

As the final whistle blew, fans climbed on to the roof of Leicester Square station

As the final whistle blew, fans climbed on to the roof of Leicester Square station

England fans celebrate on the street in Liverpool

England fans celebrate on the street in Liverpool

Fans singing in Piccadilly Circus last night

Fans singing in Piccadilly Circus last night

England fans in Majorca watch last night's semi-final match against Denmark

England fans in Majorca watch last night’s semi-final match against Denmark

Fans celebrate after England defeated Denmark 2-1 in Piccadilly Circus

Fans celebrate after England defeated Denmark 2-1 in Piccadilly Circus

Liverpudlians wave flags and drink beer as the semi-final ended

Liverpudlians wave flags and drink beer as the semi-final ended

Police escort fans away from Wembley as supporters try and fail to smuggle out a cone

Police escort fans away from Wembley as supporters try and fail to smuggle out a cone

A fan climbs on to the traffic lights in Leicester Square

A fan climbs on to the traffic lights in Leicester Square

England and Denmark fans in Majorca watch last night's semi-final match

England and Denmark fans in Majorca watch last night’s semi-final match

The atmosphere inside and outside the ground had been rousing and good-natured.  England players took the knee before kick-off in support of anti-racism, but no boos could be heard. ITV commentators described the ‘buzz’ and ‘sense of occasion’ which could be felt in the massive stadium.

Pubs across Britain had been packed out for the match, with 6.8million pints expected to be poured, and fans spilled out onto the streets after the final whistle. In London around 20 people were arrested.

Fans blocked roads and clambered over a stranded bus in jubilant scenes before being moved on by police to continue their celebrations.

As the result sank in, Prince William, the FA president, led the congratulations. The Duke had cheered England on alongside wife Kate and son Prince George last week but was forced to watch yesterday’s game alone as the Duchess was isolating after a covid Test-and Trace alert.

But in a tweet from the KensingtonRoyal Twitter account, the couple said: ‘What a game, what a result! A huge team effort @England. The whole country will be behind you on Sunday. #ItsComingHome.’

Mr Johnson wrote on Twitter after the game: ‘Tonight @England played their hearts out. What a fantastic performance from Gareth Southgate’s squad. Now to the final. Let’s bring it home.’

Also congratulating the England victory, Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer tweeted a picture of himself celebrating as he watched the semi-final match on TV, with the hashtag: ‘#ItsComingHome’.

In the stands, football royalty mingled with star celebrities eager to catch the action. David Beckham cheered on his former side sat near 1996 star Paul Gascoigne, who appeared to be nursing facial injuries and wore dark glasses.

Beckham chatted with former England women’s player Alex Scott before kick-off, with director Guy Ritchie and Three Lions comics Frank Skinner and David Baddiel also in attendance. 

James Corden also reunited with his family at Wembley stadium, after 18 months apart, as they cheered on England at the Euros 2020 semi-final.

The Gavin and Stacey star, 42 – who now lives in America – took to Instagram to share a photograph of himself with his parents and two younger sisters in the stands. 

And it wasn’t only British royalty cheering on. Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark, his wife Princess Mary, and their 15-year-old son Prince Christian were given exemptions to travel to London for the clash.

England captain Harry Kane and teammates celebrate after winning the Euro 2020 semi-final between England and Denmark, singing  Sweet Caroline with supporters

England captain Harry Kane and teammates celebrate after winning the Euro 2020 semi-final between England and Denmark, singing  Sweet Caroline with supporters

England's players celebrate after winning the Euro 2020 semi-final match between England and Denmark at Wembley

England’s players celebrate after winning the Euro 2020 semi-final match between England and Denmark at Wembley

England fans celebrate in Trafalgar Square after England score their second goal during extra-time in a spectacular match

England fans celebrate in Trafalgar Square after England score their second goal during extra-time in a spectacular match

England fans celebrate in Trafalgar Square after England score their second goal during extra-time in a spectacular match

England fans celebrate in Trafalgar Square after England score their second goal during extra-time in a spectacular match

Harry Kane of England celebrates after scoring their side's second goal during the Euro 2020 semi-final

Harry Kane of England celebrates after scoring their side’s second goal during the Euro 2020 semi-final

England manager Gareth Southgate celebrates with Harry Kane after the match

England manager Gareth Southgate celebrates with Harry Kane after the match

England's fans celebrate after the Euro 2020 semi-final match between England and Denmark at Wembley

England’s fans celebrate after the Euro 2020 semi-final match between England and Denmark at Wembley

England supporters celebrate their second goal during the Euro 2020 semi-final match between England and Denmark

England supporters celebrate their second goal during the Euro 2020 semi-final match between England and Denmark

Police officers stand guard at Wembley Stadium after 60,000 spectators break out into celebration

Police officers stand guard at Wembley Stadium after 60,000 spectators break out into celebration 

Fans watch the Euro 2020 semi-final match between England and Denmark from a giant screen at Vinegar Yard in London

Fans watch the Euro 2020 semi-final match between England and Denmark from a giant screen at Vinegar Yard in London

England supporters celebrate England's penalty and second goal as they watch the UEFA Euro 2020 semi-final football match between England and Denmark, at the 4TheFans Fan Park in Manchester

England supporters celebrate England’s penalty and second goal as they watch the UEFA Euro 2020 semi-final football match between England and Denmark, at the 4TheFans Fan Park in Manchester

England fans celebrate in Trafalgar Square after the Three Lions defeat Denmark and storm through to Sunday's final

England fans celebrate in Trafalgar Square after the Three Lions defeat Denmark and storm through to Sunday’s final

Supporters celebrate at the final whistle at the 4TheFans Fan Park at Event City in Manchester

Supporters celebrate at the final whistle at the 4TheFans Fan Park at Event City in Manchester

Denmark's Andreas Christensen with a dejected Joakim Maehle after the match

Denmark’s Andreas Christensen with a dejected Joakim Maehle after the match

England's Declan Rice and Mason Mount celebrate after the crunch Euro 2020 semi-final match

England’s Declan Rice and Mason Mount celebrate after the crunch Euro 2020 semi-final match

Raheem Sterling won the penalty, converted by Harry Kane, that took England to the final

Raheem Sterling won the penalty, converted by Harry Kane, that took England to the final

England's Harry Kane misses a penalty before scoring the rebound at the Euro 2020 semi-final

England’s Harry Kane misses a penalty before scoring the rebound at the Euro 2020 semi-final

Kane of England celebrates with team mates after scoring their side's second goal during the semi-final match

Kane of England celebrates with team mates after scoring their side’s second goal during the semi-final match

England players celebrate their first goal, an own goal by Denmark's Simon Kjaer

England players celebrate their first goal, an own goal by Denmark’s Simon Kjaer

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie are cheering on every England attack at Wembley

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie are cheering on every England attack at Wembley

England fans inside Hanger 34 in Liverpool react during the Euro 2020 semi-final match

England fans inside Hanger 34 in Liverpool react during the Euro 2020 semi-final match

More than 1500 fans watch the Euro 2020 semi-final game at the 4thefans fan park in Manchester

More than 1500 fans watch the Euro 2020 semi-final game at the 4thefans fan park in Manchester

England fans in Boxpark, Croydon celebrate after England score their second goal against Denmark

England fans in Boxpark, Croydon celebrate after England score their second goal against Denmark

England supporters celebrate victory at the final whistle of the UEFA Euro 2020 semi-final match at Boxpark Croydon

England supporters celebrate victory at the final whistle of the UEFA Euro 2020 semi-final match at Boxpark Croydon

England fans in Newcastle's Times Square celebrate at full time as the Three Lions defeat Denmark

England fans in Newcastle’s Times Square celebrate at full time as the Three Lions defeat Denmark

England supporters celebrate victory at the 4TheFans Fan Park in Manchester

England supporters celebrate victory at the 4TheFans Fan Park in Manchester

England fans in Boxpark, Croydon celebrate the Euro 2020 semi-final victory over Denmark at Wembley

England fans in Boxpark, Croydon celebrate the Euro 2020 semi-final victory over Denmark at Wembley

England supporters celebrate victory at the final whistle of the UEFA Euro 2020 semi-final match at Boxpark Croydon

England supporters celebrate victory at the final whistle of the UEFA Euro 2020 semi-final match at Boxpark Croydon

England football fans celebrating the national side's win partying in London's Leicester Square as police look on

England football fans celebrating the national side’s win partying in London’s Leicester Square as police look on 

England supporters climb on top of a red double-decker bus in central London after the Euro 2020 semi-final

England supporters climb on top of a red double-decker bus in central London after the Euro 2020 semi-final

England fans at BOXPARK in Croydon react to Denmark's Simon Kjaer scoring an own goal

England fans at BOXPARK in Croydon react to Denmark’s Simon Kjaer scoring an own goal

England supporters react as they watch a public viewing of the match between England and Denmark, in Croydon

England supporters react as they watch a public viewing of the match between England and Denmark, in Croydon

Denmark fans wave flags as they show their support prior to the Euro 2020 match between England and Denmark at Wembley

Denmark fans wave flags as they show their support prior to the Euro 2020 match between England and Denmark at Wembley

England's Raheem Sterling in action with Denmark's Andreas Christensen and Thomas Delaney

England’s Raheem Sterling in action with Denmark’s Andreas Christensen and Thomas Delaney

Denmark's Kasper Schmeichel in action with England's Bukayo Saka during the Euro 2020 semi-final

Denmark’s Kasper Schmeichel in action with England’s Bukayo Saka during the Euro 2020 semi-final 

England's goalkeeper Jordan Pickford rises to punch the ball during the match at Wembley Stadium

England’s goalkeeper Jordan Pickford rises to punch the ball during the match at Wembley Stadium

Harry Kane of England and teammates take a knee to support anti-racism prior to the semi-final at Wembley

Harry Kane of England and teammates take a knee to support anti-racism prior to the semi-final at Wembley

England fans inside Wembley Stadium before the Euro 2020 semi-final clash against Denmark

England fans inside Wembley Stadium before the Euro 2020 semi-final clash against Denmark 

Front row, left to right, Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark, Prince Christian of Denmark, Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark, The Duke of Cambridge, UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin, Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Carrie Johnson in the stands before the UEFA Euro 2020 semi final match at Wembley Stadium

Front row, left to right, Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark, Prince Christian of Denmark, Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark, The Duke of Cambridge, UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin, Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Carrie Johnson in the stands before the UEFA Euro 2020 semi final match at Wembley Stadium

Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, 49, put on a stylish display as she attended the England vs Denmark football match at Wembley stadium this evening

Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, 49, put on a stylish display as she attended the England vs Denmark football match at Wembley stadium this evening

Actor James Corden posted a photo of himself with his family at Wembley Stadium ahead of the semi-final match

Actor James Corden posted a photo of himself with his family at Wembley Stadium ahead of the semi-final match

Ready to go! David Beckham chatted away to Alex Scott as they joined Guy Ritchie to cheer on England at the Euro 2020 semi-final at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday

Ready to go! David Beckham chatted away to Alex Scott as they joined Guy Ritchie to cheer on England at the Euro 2020 semi-final at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday

Come on England! Rochelle and her husband Marvin Humes were also among thousands of fans who packed into Wembley Stadium

Come on England! Rochelle and her husband Marvin Humes were also among thousands of fans who packed into Wembley Stadium

Into the game: David and Alex were seen with tense expressions as they watched the match

Into the game: David and Alex were seen with tense expressions as they watched the match

Couple: Ellie Goulding put on a stylish display on Wednesday as she arrived at Wembley Arena with her husband Caspar Jopling to watch England face Denmark in the Euros 2020 semi-finals

It's coming home! The singer, 34, represented her nation as she sported an England football tee which she paired with straight-leg jeans and a black blazer

Couple: Ellie Goulding put on a stylish display on Wednesday as she arrived at Wembley Arena with her husband Caspar Jopling to watch England face Denmark in the Euros 2020 semi-finals

Ouch! Paul Gascoigne was also seen at the match, and the former England player was seen sporting plasters on his nose and forehead

Ouch! Paul Gascoigne was also seen at the match, and the former England player was seen sporting plasters on his nose and forehead

Fans: Comedians Frank Skinner and David Baddiel were also seen enjoying the match

Fans: Comedians Frank Skinner and David Baddiel were also seen enjoying the match

Boris Johnson wrote on Twitter after the game: 'Tonight @England played their hearts out. What a fantastic performance from Gareth Southgate's squad. Now to the final. Let's bring it home'

As the match finished, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge praised the England team for a 'huge team effort'. In a tweet from the KensingtonRoyal Twitter account, the couple said: 'What a game, what a result! A huge team effort @England. The whole country will be behind you on Sunday'

Boris Johnson wrote on Twitter after the game: ‘Tonight @England played their hearts out. What a fantastic performance from Gareth Southgate’s squad. Now to the final. Let’s bring it home’

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer tweeted a picture of himself celebrating as he watched the semi-final match on TV, with the hashtag: '#ItsComingHome'

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer tweeted a picture of himself celebrating as he watched the semi-final match on TV, with the hashtag: ‘#ItsComingHome’

Beers, cheers and tears – of delight! England fans party into the night after Three Lions beat Denmark in nerve-shredding Wembley thriller 

Scenes of jubilation erupted across the country as England secured their place in the Euro 2020 final after beating Denmark 2-1 during a nail-biting showdown tonight.

Scores of supporters leapt for joy and began to party into the night after the Three Lions beat the Danes in front of 60,000 spectators at Wembley Stadium.

England are now just one game from football glory after they secured a spectacular victory over Denmark after Harry Kane’s extra-time penalty-kick secured the Three Lions’ place in Sunday’s Euro 2020 final against Italy.

In Wembley, crowds of fans leapt onto their seats and waves their flags as Gareth Southgate’s squad beat their rivals following a nerve-shredding thriller.

Meanwhile in Croydon’s Boxpark, hundreds of supporters jumped out of their seats and threw confetti into the air as they joined thousands across the nation in the celebrations.

And fans at a Manchester fan zone jumped for joy and threw beer into the air as the Three Lions beat the Danes.

Tonight’s victory is an historic achievement for England, as it seals its place in Sunday’s final against Italy in what is the most important football game for the Three Lions in 25 years.  

Around 8,000 expat Danes living in Britain were also in the Wembley crowd but went home dejected after heir brave run in the tournament was ended.

Their side had taken the lead – a stunning direct freekick from Mikkel Damsgaard beating Jordan Pickford in England’s goal for the first time in the tournament after half an hour.

But the Danish delight was short-lived. A powerful cross from Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka could only be turned into his own net by Denmark captain Simon Kjaer nine minutes later.

It was a cruel twist for Kjaer who won a legion of fans for his reaction when Denmark’s talisman Christian Eriksen collapsed with heart failure in their opening match of the tournament.

Danish ambassador to the UK Lars Thuesen, Who was in the crowd, said the journey had been ‘an emotional rollercoaster’ for his countrymen. Thinking back to Eriksen’s illness, which stunned the footballing world and millions watching on TV, he said:

‘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.’

England fans Scarlet Devereux and Lucy Millard, both 18, were elated as they came out of Wembley. Ms Devereux said: ‘It was a brilliant game, the atmosphere was absolutely amazing.

Ms Millard said: ‘It’s the first time in so many years we’ve been in the semi-finals so it’s absolutely amazing. It’s coming home.’

John Samonas, 47, who watched the game from the stands with his son Lucas, 13, said the atmosphere in Wembley Stadium was ‘surreal’.

Mr Samonas, a ship broker from London, said: ‘It was great, I can’t believe it – it was surreal. It was amazing, it was exhausting, it was emotionally draining, just let everything out.’

When asked if he thought England could beat Italy in the final, Lucas, who had just watched his first international game, said: ‘Southgate can do it – it will be difficult but we can win.’

The British Beer and Pub Association said England’s success was a welcome boost for the ailing hospitality industry.

‘With England fans’ support, we hope that pubs will sell 6.8 million pints during the semi-final match,’ the BBPA’s chief executive Emma McClarkin said.

England fans watching the epic Euro 2020 semi-final match against Denmark at Trafalgar Square

England fans watching the epic Euro 2020 semi-final match against Denmark at Trafalgar Square

England fans react at the Vinegar Yard in London as they watch the Euro 2020 semi-final match

England fans react at the Vinegar Yard in London as they watch the Euro 2020 semi-final match

England fans celebrate after England score their first goal during their Euro 2020 semi-final at Wembley

England fans celebrate after England score their first goal during their Euro 2020 semi-final at Wembley

England fans in Vinegar Yard, London react during the nail-biting Euro 2020 semi-final match between England and Denmark

England fans in Vinegar Yard, London react during the nail-biting Euro 2020 semi-final match between England and Denmark

Looking forward to the final, she said it would ‘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.’

‘I hope to never watch anything on the ITV Hub ever again in my life’: Fans bemoan ITV’s streaming service for poor quality and constant crashing during England’s Euro 2020 semi-final clash 

Fans have been left enraged by the quality of ITV Hub’s coverage of the crucial encounter between England and Denmark.

It’s a major occasion for the British public, with England looking to reach the final of a tournament for the first time since the World Cup in 1966, with 60,000 fans making their presence felt at Wembley Stadium.

The television coverage in the United Kingdom has been primarily split across the BBC and ITV throughout the tournament, with both set to broadcast the final on Sunday, July 11.

Both broadcasters offer free-to-use streaming services, which have generally held up well throughout.

Earlier the stadium grounds were awash with red, white and blue, with onlookers describing scenes of ‘carnage’ as England fans sang ‘It’s Coming Home’ and ‘God Save the Queen’, let off flares and did knee slides while taking selfies with rival supporters wearing Viking horns.

Fans without tickets to the game went drinking in Leicester Square before heading to the official fan zone in Trafalgar Square. Three dressed as lions said they were watching the match at Wembley, while a fourth was made up as a ‘lion tamer’ who would ‘keep us under control if Denmark win’.

Ben Edwards, 43, Craig Pope, 47, Matt Glew, 38 and ‘tamer’ Laurence Page, 72, who was wearing an England flag top hat said they were confident of victory. Pointing at his lion headgear, former banker Mr Page added: ‘We paid about £100 per hat but it was worth every single penny, we’ve been asked for autographs and all sorts.’

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: ‘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 Czech Republic but luckily we got through and I’m watching England.’

England fans travelled from far and wide to support the team. Two supporters, who gave their names only as Clare, 47 and Charlotte, 44, both from Stockton-on-Tees, said they have travelled around 250 miles to watch the game in London ‘on a whim’.

The pair have no tickets to Wembley, but made the journey to support the team in the capital and enjoy the atmosphere. Clare said: ‘We saw it on YouTube, the fan zone and everything, and we thought we want to be a part of that.’

A father and son said they have travelled to London from Nottingham after winning tickets to the semi-finals two years ago in a ballot.

Supporters celebrate England's second goal at the 4TheFans Fan Park at Event City in Manchester

Supporters celebrate England’s second goal at the 4TheFans Fan Park at Event City in Manchester

England fans cheer at BOXPARK Croydon as they watch a live broadcast of the semi-final match

England fans cheer at BOXPARK Croydon as they watch a live broadcast of the semi-final match

Fans at BOXPARK in Croydon react as they watch the Euro 2020 semi final match between England and Denmark

Fans at BOXPARK in Croydon react as they watch the Euro 2020 semi final match between England and Denmark

Fans at BOXPARK in Croydon celebrate England's second goal as they watch the match between England and Denmark

Fans at BOXPARK in Croydon celebrate England’s second goal as they watch the match between England and Denmark

Fans celebrate the goal scored by Harry Kane at Kirby housing estate in Bermondsey

Fans celebrate the goal scored by Harry Kane at Kirby housing estate in Bermondsey

Fans in Manchester celebrate England's second goal, scored by Harry Kane

Fans in Manchester celebrate England’s second goal, scored by Harry Kane

Denmark fans arrive at Wembley as the Vikings square up to the Three Lions at the Euro 2020 semi-final

Denmark fans arrive at Wembley as the Vikings square up to the Three Lions at the Euro 2020 semi-final 

Thousands of England fans gathering outside Wembley Stadium ahead of the Euro 2020 semi-final against Denmark

Thousands of England fans gathering outside Wembley Stadium ahead of the Euro 2020 semi-final against Denmark

Denmark fans arrive at Wembley as the Vikings square up to the Three Lions at the Euro 2020 semi-final

Denmark fans arrive at Wembley as the Vikings square up to the Three Lions at the Euro 2020 semi-final

Two England fans in Leicester Square in London jump for joy as they clutch an England flag ahead of the match

Two England fans in Leicester Square in London jump for joy as they clutch an England flag ahead of the match

James Garmon, 45 has brought his son, Harry Garmon, 11, to see a match at Wembley Stadium for the first time, and only surprised him with the tickets recently.

Speaking before they headed to the stadium, Mr Garmon said: ‘Harry is a big football fan, he plays football, so what better time to come down and see the England team.

‘I entered the ballot a couple of years ago to get tickets for the semi-finals, hoping England would get through and the plan was if they got through, though he was nine at the time, I thought I would bring my son to come and see England.

‘It all worked out, it’s been two years in the making.’

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.

A married couple are backing opposite teams at the Euro 2020 clash between England and Denmark at Wembley

A married couple are backing opposite teams at the Euro 2020 clash between England and Denmark at Wembley

Denmark football fans gather in Vinegar Yard, Bermondsey, ahead of the Euro 2020 semi-final between England and Denmark

Denmark football fans gather in Vinegar Yard, Bermondsey, ahead of the Euro 2020 semi-final between England and Denmark

The Band of the Coldstream Guards playing Three Lions and Sweet Caroline in the gardens of Clarence House

The Band of the Coldstream Guards playing Three Lions and Sweet Caroline in the gardens of Clarence House

Now for the historic hangovers! England fans party into the night as they celebrate the nerve-shredding semi-final win with beers, cheers and tears of delight

England fans will wake up nursing a national hangover this morning after thousands of supporters partied through the night following the country’s historic victory at Wembley last night. 

Scores of supporters prepared to call in sick for work today following a night of booze-fuelled partying after the Three Lions defeated Denmark 2-1 during a nail-biting showdown in front of 60,000 spectators at the Wembley Stadium. 

Last night’s victory is a historic achievement for England and ended their 55-year wait to qualify for a major final – sealing their place in Sunday’s final against Italy.

The scenes of celebration came as police revealed 20 arrests have been made by officers for a number of offences including common assault, public order and assault on police. 

Following England’s victory, crowds of fans in Wembley leapt onto their seats and waved their flags in the air as Gareth Southgate’s squad beat their rivals following a nerve-shredding thriller.

And in London’s Trafalgar Square, hundreds of fans were seen blocking traffic as the celebrations poured onto the streets.

Some formed an impromptu mosh pit in front of the big screens while others grouped together at the London landmark with chants of ‘Southgate you’re the one’ and ‘Don’t take me home’ ringing out.

Fans with flags were also spotted lighting red flares and sending smoke through the night sky as around 50 officers stood in attendance, watching from a distance.    

Car horns also blared from the roads in an attempt to join in with the celebrations as shirtless fans threw beer into the air.

Music royalty manager Roisin Brophy, 31, from Bath, said: ‘It’s a once-in-a-lifetime moment and incredible to experience it in Trafalgar Square. Football could be coming home, and this is lifting the whole country after Covid.’ 

England fans party into the night at Boxpark in Croydon as the Three Lions secure their spot in the Euro 202 final

England fans party into the night at Boxpark in Croydon as the Three Lions secure their spot in the Euro 202 final

England fans at Boxpark Croydon wave their flags as they celebrate the nation's win against Denmark in the Euro 2020 semi final game

England fans at Boxpark Croydon wave their flags as they celebrate the nation’s win against Denmark in the Euro 2020 semi final game

England fans celebrate in the streets of Newcastle after the Three Lions defeat Denmark and secure a place in the Euro 2020 final

England fans celebrate in the streets of Newcastle after the Three Lions defeat Denmark and secure a place in the Euro 2020 final

Scenes of jubilation erupt across the country as England secure their place in the Euro 2020 final after beating Denmark 2-1 during a nail-biting showdown

Scenes of jubilation erupt across the country as England secure their place in the Euro 2020 final after beating Denmark 2-1 during a nail-biting showdown 

In Wembley, crowds of fans leap onto their seats and wave their flags as  Gareth Southgate's squad beat their rivals following a nerve-shredding Wembley thriller

In Wembley, crowds of fans leap onto their seats and wave their flags as  Gareth Southgate’s squad beat their rivals following a nerve-shredding Wembley thriller

In Liverpool hundreds of fans leap for joy as England secure their spot in the final of the Euro 2020 game

In Liverpool hundreds of fans leap for joy as England secure their spot in the final of the Euro 2020 game 

Meanwhile in Manchester hundreds of supporters jump into the air and let of flares as they join thousands across the nation in the celebrations

Meanwhile in Manchester hundreds of supporters jump into the air and let of flares as they join thousands across the nation in the celebrations

Thousands of England fans jump from their seats as they watch England's nail-biting Euro 2020 semi-final showdown with Denmark

Thousands of England fans jump from their seats as they watch England’s nail-biting Euro 2020 semi-final showdown with Denmark

Fans carried the England flag as they stood on top of a double decker bus in central London last night following England's win

Fans carried the England flag as they stood on top of a double decker bus in central London last night following England’s win

Fans stood on top of a London bus after the Three Lions secured their place in the final of the Euro 2020 tournament

Fans stood on top of a London bus after the Three Lions secured their place in the final of the Euro 2020 tournament

Thousands of England fans celebrate outside Wembley Stadium after the Three Lions qualified for the Euro 2020 final where they will face Italy on Sunday

Thousands of England fans celebrate outside Wembley Stadium after the Three Lions qualified for the Euro 2020 final where they will face Italy on Sunday

Sea of faces as tens of thousands of jubilant fans pour out of Wembley Stadium after England's historic win over Denmark in the Euro2020 semi-final

Sea of faces as tens of thousands of jubilant fans pour out of Wembley Stadium after England’s historic win over Denmark in the Euro2020 semi-final 

Police were seen moving fans away from the scene near Charing Cross in London as hundreds of supporters took to the streets

Police were seen moving fans away from the scene near Charing Cross in London as hundreds of supporters took to the streets

Fans raised their hands and waved their flags as they celebrated England's victory against Denmark last night

Fans raised their hands and waved their flags as they celebrated England’s victory against Denmark last night

England fans  beamed with joy as the Three Lions scored their second goal of the night during their match with Denmark

England fans  beamed with joy as the Three Lions scored their second goal of the night during their match with Denmark

Fans in Liverpool appear nervous as they watch Gareth Southgate's squad play Denmark during the semi-final game at Wembley Stadium

Fans in Liverpool appear nervous as they watch Gareth Southgate’s squad play Denmark during the semi-final game at Wembley Stadium 

Fans at Hackney Bridge watch nervously as England play Denmark during the semi final of the Euro 2020 game

Fans at Hackney Bridge watch nervously as England play Denmark during the semi final of the Euro 2020 game

Fans in Manchester

Fans in Trafalgar Square

In Manchester(left), fans leapt out of their seats at England scored a second goal and in Trafalgar Square fans waved their flags in the air (right)

At a fan zone in Manchesters, hundreds of supporters shouted for joy as the Three Lions drew one step closer to the final

At a fan zone in Manchesters, hundreds of supporters shouted for joy as the Three Lions drew one step closer to the final

Scenes of jubilation erupted in Manchester as England's Harry Kane scored the team's second goal of the night

Scenes of jubilation erupted in Manchester as England’s Harry Kane scored the team’s second goal of the night

England fans begin to party into the night at Trafalgar Square in central London after England win the Euro 2020 semi final

England fans begin to party into the night at Trafalgar Square in central London after England win the Euro 2020 semi final

Rapper Bru-C performs on an ice cream van to England fans in Nottingham as they celebrate England's win again Denmark

Rapper Bru-C performs on an ice cream van to England fans in Nottingham as they celebrate England’s win again Denmark

Fireworks are set off in the crowd as thousands of England fans in Nottingham celebrate in the old Market Square

Fireworks are set off in the crowd as thousands of England fans in Nottingham celebrate in the old Market Square

A group of fans celebrate England's win in Huddersfield as thousands across the nation take to the street to party into the night

A group of fans celebrate England’s win in Huddersfield as thousands across the nation take to the street to party into the night

Accountant Paul Mehta, 38, from South London, said: ‘The beers have been flowing and Italy will be tough in the final, but we can do it.

‘The players will be real heroes if we win it. Southgate got his decisions right for the semi, and the players are performing well for him.’

Vic Richards, 22, from Croydon, south London, said: ‘I’m still trying to compute what happened, I’ve never seen England make a final.

‘It’s beautiful, it’s unbelievable, I love this country, the players gave it their all. This is an historic occasion, we may never see this again- now we can start to believe.’ 

England are now just one game from football glory after they secured a spectacular victory over Denmark after Harry Kane’s extra-time penalty-kick secured the Three Lions’ place in Sunday’s Euro 2020 final against Italy.     

Following England’s spectacular victory, window cleaner Terry Johnson, 72, of Partington, Greater Manchester, who watched the 1966 World Cup Final in his sitting room, said: ‘It’s amazing. I have waited more than 50 years to see us in another final and it’s happened.

‘I am so happy especially for those who have not seen us in a final. I watched the World Cup final win with my nine brothers and sisters. And now I get the chance to see us win something again. I’m confident we go on and lift trophy.’

And hairdresser Jane Brooks, 23, of Blackpool, Lancashire, said: ‘That was incredible. It was so nervy but the boys did it.

‘Gareth has everyone bouncing. It feels like we have won the lottery. I can’t wait for the final.’

Earlier tonight, excited fans eager to soak up the atmosphere, donned replica kits, face paint and fancy dress as they began to arrive to the Wembley Stadium before kick-off. 

Meanwhile thousands were seen filling out the tables and enjoying a drink at Boxpark in Croydon ahead of the eagerly anticipated game. 

One supporter, Chris Flood, 38, from Croydon, said: ‘We’re going to win it. Obviously penalties are 50/50 but it’s not going to happen, the way England have been playing.’ 

And Estelle Vella, 29, a product developer also from Croydon, said: ‘We’ve got a great team. Harry Kane is on top form and with Raheem Sterling up front, we can’t lose.’  

Another fan at Croydon’s Boxpark, Jack Hockney, 22, from Enfield, said: ‘No nerves, no nerves around here. We’ve not conceded a goal, we’re not going to concede a goal. It’s coming home.’         

Fan waves flag of St George over the heads of thousands of Three Lions fans cheer in Leicester Square after England's semi-final victory at Wembley

Fan waves flag of St George over the heads of thousands of Three Lions fans cheer in Leicester Square after England’s semi-final victory at Wembley

Ecstatic fans throw their arms in the air as thousands pack into Leicester Square in celebration of England reaching the Euro2020 final

Ecstatic fans throw their arms in the air as thousands pack into Leicester Square in celebration of England reaching the Euro2020 final  

England fans jump into the air and hug each other at Boxpark in Croydon as they watch the Three Lions drew play against Denmark

England fans jump into the air and hug each other at Boxpark in Croydon as they watch the Three Lions drew play against Denmark

Thousands of England fans leap for joy as England pull level with Denmark during the country's blockbuster Euro 2020 semi-final match tonight

Thousands of England fans leap for joy as England pull level with Denmark during the country’s blockbuster Euro 2020 semi-final match tonight

Supporters at Boxpark in Croydon jump into the air after Denmark's Simon Kjaer scores an own goal and lands the Three Lions with their first goal of the night

Supporters at Boxpark in Croydon jump into the air after Denmark’s Simon Kjaer scores an own goal and lands the Three Lions with their first goal of the night

Thousands of England fans celebrate outside Wembley Stadium after England qualify for the Euro 2020 final

Thousands of England fans celebrate outside Wembley Stadium after England qualify for the Euro 2020 final

Fans at Trafalgar Square in London shouted with excitement as the Three Lions drew level to Denmark just before half time

Fans at Trafalgar Square in London shouted with excitement as the Three Lions drew level to Denmark just before half time

Fans in Manchester react to England's first goal as they watch the Euro 2020 semi final match between England and Denmark

Fans in Manchester react to England’s first goal as they watch the Euro 2020 semi final match between England and Denmark

Thousands of England football fans descended upon Boxpark in Wembley to watch England play the Danes in the Euro 2020 semi-final

Thousands of England football fans descended upon Boxpark in Wembley to watch England play the Danes in the Euro 2020 semi-final

Hundreds of England fans arrived to Newcastle's Times Square to enjoy a pre match drink before England's game at Wembley

Hundreds of England fans arrived to Newcastle’s Times Square to enjoy a pre match drink before England’s game at Wembley

Fans beamed with excitement at Newcastle's Times Square as they prepared to watch the Three Lions play Denmark at the Wembley Stadium

Fans beamed with excitement at Newcastle’s Times Square as they prepared to watch the Three Lions play Denmark at the Wembley Stadium 

One fan was seen sporting face paint as she waved the England flag in the air and cheered on the Three Lions at Boxpark in Croydon

One fan was seen sporting face paint as she waved the England flag in the air and cheered on the Three Lions at Boxpark in Croydon

 

 

 

 

Is it coming home? Prince William looks dapper in a suit as he cheers on England in the semi-finals against Denmark at Wembley – but Kate Middleton stays at home after being forced into self-isolation

Prince William looked in high spirits as he supported England in the team’s spectacular Euro 2020 semi-final victory over Denmark at Wembley this evening. 

The Duke of Cambridge, 39, who looked dapper in a suit, could be seen applauding from the stands as he cheered on Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions squad. 

He joined Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie, as well as Danish royals Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, 49, and her husband Crown Prince Frederik, 53, and their 15-year-old son Prince Christian, who also attended the highly anticipated match. 

But while Prince William represented the British monarchy, his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge, was forced to self-isolate after she came into contact with someone who tested positive – despite being double-jabbed and testing negative for the virus herself. 

Prince William looked in high spirits as he watched England play Denmark in the Euro 2020 semi finals at Wembley

Prince William looked in high spirits as he watched England play Denmark in the Euro 2020 semi finals at Wembley

The Duke of Cambridge, 39, cheered on Gareth Southgate's Three Lions squad at Wembley on Wednesday

The Duke of Cambridge, 39, cheered on Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions squad at Wembley on Wednesday

The royal who paired his smart outfit with a red and blue striped tie, was joined by fellow VIPs who were able to watch the game inside Wembley – including former football legend David Beckham.   

The Danish press have been up in arms since it first emerged that their country’s royal family will watch the national team play England in person at Wembley Stadium while millions of Danish football fans are being forced to watch the Euro 2020 semi-final from home. 

The country’s biggest newspaper Ekstra Bladet was among those slamming royals including Australian-born Crown Princess Mary and her son as they left for London yesterday to watch the much-anticipated clash.

Newspaper editor Henrik Qvortrup railed in an editorial that ‘blue blood gives immunity in all respects’. 

However, the Danish royal family hit back at the criticism and instead insisted that it was ‘completely natural’ that it ‘represents Denmark’ at the match.  

He joined Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie, as well as Danish royals as they watched from the stands

He joined Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie, as well as Danish royals as they watched from the stands 

Taking to the stands, the royal looked dapper in a dark navy suit and red and blue striped tie and was seen clapping the squad

Taking to the stands, the royal looked dapper in a dark navy suit and red and blue striped tie and was seen clapping the squad 

Under a deal struck between the British government and UEFA, 2,500 VIPs including royals, politicians and football officials are skipping quarantine so they can watch the match live.

This was while millions of Denmark supporters are forced to stay at home and watch it on their TVs instead.

Just 6,000 expat Danes living in Britain have been allocated tickets among the 60,000-strong Wembley crowd.

Fans living in Denmark were told not to travel otherwise they would fall foul of the mandatory 10 days of self-isolation. 

Denmark fans vowed to ‘come by sea like the Vikings’ as they raged at the Covid rules, with one messaging Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Instagram directly and writing: ‘Why the f*** are Danish fans not allowed at Wembley? If you don’t allow us to take a plane we will do like in the good old days and come by sea. Be ready for a Danish sausage, w*******.’  

William was pictured having an animated chat with Peter McCromick, interim chairman of the English Football Association on the stands before the match

William was pictured having an animated chat with Peter McCromick, interim chairman of the English Football Association on the stands before the match 

The English-language Copenhagen Post wrote: ‘The storm over petty entry requirements, which ensure no Danish fans can travel to support their team in the Euro 2020 semi-final on Wednesday, is quickly escalating into the biggest affront to this country since the British Navy firebombed Copenhagen in 1807. Some observers might even go as far as saying it’s cheating.’ 

Mr Qvortrup, editor of Ekstra Bladet, saw red at the apparent hypocrisy of allowing VIPs to enter the UK for the match. He wrote in an editorial: ‘The Posh are welcome. Others are not.

‘We cannot interpret it any differently when Danish fans are not allowed to travel to England and watch the national team, while those who sit in the most expensive seats are allowed to.

Prince William represented the British monarchy on his own after the Duchess of Cambridge was forced to self-isolate after she came into contact

Prince William represented the British monarchy on his own after the Duchess of Cambridge was forced to self-isolate after she came into contact 

The Duke of Cambridge appeared focused on the game as he clapped for Gareth Southgate's squad

The Duke of Cambridge appeared focused on the game as he clapped for Gareth Southgate’s squad 

‘The British authorities have strict restrictions on the football fans who pay and create the atmosphere and the joy of football, but at the same time roll out the red carpet to people with VIP status and money.

‘Ekstra Bladet has been told that there will be representatives from the royal family present at Wembley. The royal crown couple and Prince Christian. (…) As we all know, blue blood gives immunity in all respects.’ 

Ministers reportedly agreed a deal with UEFA to exempt officials, politicians and sponsors from travel restrictions so they can go to the semi-finals and final. But the VIPs, who are thought to number in the ‘low thousands’, will have to remain in a ‘bubble’ during their visit, reports suggest.

The Duke of Cambridge was one of the VIP guests at the match, and was joined by the likes of David Beckham in the stands

The Duke of Cambridge was one of the VIP guests at the match, and was joined by the likes of David Beckham in the stands 

The stands erupted into cheers and supporters hugged as England scored during the semi final of the Euros

The stands erupted into cheers and supporters hugged as England scored during the semi final of the Euros 

Prince William joined in with the national anthem during the match as he sat near Boris Johnson

Prince William joined in with the national anthem during the match as he sat near Boris Johnson 

The deal comes after UEFA threatened to move the games to Hungary unless the British government eased coronavirus travel restrictions for its officials and sponsors.

As part of the deal, around 2,500 VIPs would be allowed into the country and be given special permission to bypass usual travel restrictions, according to the Times newspaper. 

Currently, most of Europe is on the UK’s ‘amber list’, which would usually force arrivals into a self-imposed quarantine for 10 days. But under the plans, which the Telegraph said were negotiated by Boris Johnson’s chief of staff Dan Rosenfield, a window for quarantine free entry will be opened for VIPs.

A royal cheerleader! Crown Princess Mary of Denmark wears a red blazer and white top as she joins husband Crown Prince Frederick and their son Prince Christian, 15, to support their team against England in the semi-final showdown at Wembley Stadium

By CHLOE MORGAN, NICK CRAVEN and JACK WRIGHT for Mailonline

Crown Princess Mary of Denmark put on a stylish display as she attended the England vs Denmark football match at Wembley stadium this evening. 

The Australian-born royal, 49, who opted for the colours of the Danish flag, was joined by her husband Crown Prince Frederik, 53, and their 15-year-old son Prince Christian as they cheered on their country’s football team in the crucial Euros 2020 game. 

The mother-of-four – born Mary Donaldson in Hobart, Tasmania – chose a white top and dark red blazer, which she paired with trousers and accessorised with a tan coloured belt which cinched her in at the waist.

Taking to the stands, the royals could all be seen putting safety first by donning a protective face mask – complete with a Danish flag – to prevent the spread of Covid-19.  

The Danish Royal Family posted a photograph of the three of them posing in the stands at Wembley stadium alongside a caption which translates to: ‘Just arrived at Wembley! Unity has brought us here – and let us show them that we are not going home, but we must move on. Come on, Denmark!’

Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, 49, put on a stylish display as she attended the England vs Denmark football match at Wembley stadium this evening

Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, 49, put on a stylish display as she attended the England vs Denmark football match at Wembley stadium this evening

The Australian-born royal, who opted for the colours of the Danish flag, was joined by her husband Crown Prince Frederik, 53, and their 15-year-old son Prince Christian (pictured)

The Australian-born royal, who opted for the colours of the Danish flag, was joined by her husband Crown Prince Frederik, 53, and their 15-year-old son Prince Christian (pictured)

Princess Mary was pictured cheering on Denmark as she clapped from the stand during the game. The trip comes just a month after Mary was made a regent by her mother-in-law, Queen Margrethe

Princess Mary was pictured cheering on Denmark as she clapped from the stand during the game. The trip comes just a month after Mary was made a regent by her mother-in-law, Queen Margrethe

Crown Princess Mary, who wore her brown hair down in a loose blowdry, added just a pair of dainty earrings and kept her makeup neutral – finishing the look with just a touch of blusher, nude lip and layering of mascara. 

Prince Frederik, meanwhile, wore a navy blazer and white crisp shirt with smart beige trousers, while Prince Christian cut a more relaxed figure in a Denmark football shirt and navy trousers.

The trip comes just a month after Mary was made a regent by her mother-in-law, Queen Margrethe, meaning she can perform duties as head of state when the Queen is otherwise engaged.

Mary was the fourth member of the Danish royal family to be named regent after Frederik, his brother Prince Joachim, and the Queen’s sister Princess Benedikte, who are all official stand-ins for the monarch.

The Crown Princess will become Queen of Denmark when Frederik ascends to the throne, following the death or abdication of his mother. 

However, the Danish press have been up in arms since it first emerged that the country’s royal family watched the national team play England in person at Wembley Stadium while millions of Danish football fans were forced to watch the Euro 2020 semi-final from home. 

Prince Frederik wore a navy blazer and white crisp shirt with smart beige trousers, while Prince Christian cut a more relaxed figure in a Denmark football shirt and navy trousers. Pictured, alongside Crown Princess Mary of Denmark

Prince Frederik wore a navy blazer and white crisp shirt with smart beige trousers, while Prince Christian cut a more relaxed figure in a Denmark football shirt and navy trousers. Pictured, alongside Crown Princess Mary of Denmark

Crown Princess Mary wore her brown hair down in a loose blowdry and added just a pair of dainty earrings to complete her ensemble

Crown Princess Mary wore her brown hair down in a loose blowdry and added just a pair of dainty earrings to complete her ensemble

The royal kept her makeup neutral - completing the look with just a touch of blusher, nude lip and layering of mascara. Pictured, with son Prince Christian

The royal kept her makeup neutral – completing the look with just a touch of blusher, nude lip and layering of mascara. Pictured, with son Prince Christian

Prince Christian of Denmark waves to the crowds as he joined his parents at Wembley stadium for the semi-final showdown tonight

Prince Christian of Denmark waves to the crowds as he joined his parents at Wembley stadium for the semi-final showdown tonight

Crown Princess Mary of Denmark took to Wembley stadium to watch Denmark in the much-anticipated Euro 2020 semi-final match this evening

Crown Princess Mary of Denmark took to Wembley stadium to watch Denmark in the much-anticipated Euro 2020 semi-final match this evening

The Danish press have been up in arms since it first emerged that the country's royal family will watch the national team play England in person at Wembley Stadium while millions of Danish football fans are being forced to watch the Euro 2020 semi-final from home. Pictured, Crown Princess Mary of Denmark and her son Prince Christian, 15

The Danish press have been up in arms since it first emerged that the country’s royal family will watch the national team play England in person at Wembley Stadium while millions of Danish football fans are being forced to watch the Euro 2020 semi-final from home. Pictured, Crown Princess Mary of Denmark and her son Prince Christian, 15

Prince Christian, 15, who sported a Danish football shirt, could be seen pointing to something in the crowd as his father Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark looked on

Prince Christian, 15, who sported a Danish football shirt, could be seen pointing to something in the crowd as his father Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark looked on

Taking to the stands, the royals could also be seen putting safety first by donning a protective face mask - complete with a Danish flag - to prevent the spread of Covid-19

Taking to the stands, the royals could also be seen putting safety first by donning a protective face mask – complete with a Danish flag – to prevent the spread of Covid-19

Crown Princess Mary of Denmark and her son Prince Christian before the UEFA EURO 2020 semi final between England and Denmark in London

Crown Princess Mary of Denmark and her son Prince Christian before the UEFA EURO 2020 semi final between England and Denmark in London

The country’s biggest newspaper Ekstra Bladet was among those slamming royals including Australian-born Crown Princess Mary and her son as they left for London yesterday to watch the much-anticipated clash against Gareth Southgate’s squad.

Newspaper editor Henrik Qvortrup railed in an editorial that ‘blue blood gives immunity in all respects’. However, the Danish royal family hit back at the criticism and instead insisted that it was ‘completely natural’ that it ‘represents Denmark’ at the match.

However, while Prince William represented the British monarchy, his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge, was forced to self-isolate when she came into contact with someone who tested positive – despite being double-jabbed and testing negative for the virus herself.

Under a deal struck between the British government and UEFA, 2,500 VIPs including royals, politicians and football officials are skipping quarantine so they can watch the match live – while millions of Denmark supporters are forced to stay at home and watch it on their TVs instead.

Just 6,000 expat Danes living in Britain have been allocated tickets among the 60,000-strong Wembley crowd after fans living in Denmark were told not to travel otherwise they would fall foul of the mandatory 10 days of self-isolation. 

Denmark fans vowed to ‘come by sea like the Vikings’ as they raged at the Covid rules, with one messaging Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Instagram directly and writing: ‘Why the f*** are Danish fans not allowed at Wembley? If you don’t allow us to take a plane we will do like in the good old days and come by sea. Be ready for a Danish sausage, w*******.’ 

Princess Mary and Prince Christian watch the match from the stands as around 2,500 VIPs would be allowed into the country and be given special permission to bypass usual travel restrictions, according to the Times newspaper

Princess Mary and Prince Christian watch the match from the stands as around 2,500 VIPs would be allowed into the country and be given special permission to bypass usual travel restrictions, according to the Times newspaper

The Danish royals joined The Duke of Cambridge, UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin, Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Carrie in the stands at the semi final

The Danish royals joined The Duke of Cambridge, UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin, Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Carrie in the stands at the semi final 

Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark, Princess Mary and their son Prince Christian appeared in good spirits before the match on Wednesday

Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark, Princess Mary and their son Prince Christian appeared in good spirits before the match on Wednesday 

Princess Mary was spotted having an animated conversation with Jakob Jensen, the CEO of Danish Football Association at Wembley

Princess Mary was spotted having an animated conversation with Jakob Jensen, the CEO of Danish Football Association at Wembley 

The proud mother-of-four was seen looking up to her son Christian as they enjoyed spending time in England to watch the game

The proud mother-of-four was seen looking up to her son Christian as they enjoyed spending time in England to watch the game 

Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary, pictured with their four children, Prince Christian, Prince Vincent, Princess Josephine and Princess Isabella, when they celebrated their ten-year wedding anniversary on May 14th 2014

Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary, pictured with their four children, Prince Christian, Prince Vincent, Princess Josephine and Princess Isabella, when they celebrated their ten-year wedding anniversary on May 14th 2014

Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark attend the UEFA EURO 2020 Group B football match between Denmark and Belgium at the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen on June 17, 2021

Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark attend the UEFA EURO 2020 Group B football match between Denmark and Belgium at the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen on June 17, 2021

Fans gathered in Denmark yesterday to wave off their players ahead of their clash against England at Wembley

Fans gathered in Denmark yesterday to wave off their players ahead of their clash against England at Wembley

WAGs in wonderland! Better halves of the Three Lions heroes celebrate at Wembley after nail-biting semi-final win

by HARRIET JOHNSON for MailOnline 

The glamorous WAGs of England’s Euro stars cheered on their partners after the Three Lions secured their place in the Euro 2020 final after beating Denmark 2-1 during a nail-biting showdown tonight.

As scores of supporters leapt for joy and began to party into the night, Amie Coady, the wife of Conor Coady, shared a selfie of herself celebrating the historic win and Harry Kane’s wife Kate proudly donned her England football shirt as she beamed with joy.

Elsewhere Harry Maguire’s sister Daisy celebrated from the stands as she watched the Three Lions beat Denmark 2-1.

Earlier today, Megan Davison, 25, who is engaged to goalie Jordan Pickford, took to Instagram to share videos as she joined Harry Maguire’s fiancée Fern Hawkins on a party bus decorated with balloons and flags to drive from Cheshire to London. 

The women could be seen blasting football anthem Three Lions on the four-hour long journey, before heading to Box Park bar where they enjoyed pre-match drinks.  

Amie Coady (right), the wife of Conor Coady, shared a selfie of herself celebrating the historic win at Wembley Stadium today

Amie Coady (right), the wife of Conor Coady, shared a selfie of herself celebrating the historic win at Wembley Stadium today

Elsewhere Harry Kane's wife Kate proudly donned her England football shirt as she beamed with joy and celebrated England's victory

Elsewhere Harry Kane’s wife Kate proudly donned her England football shirt as she beamed with joy and celebrated England’s victory

Daisy Maguire

Harry Maguire

Elsewhere Harry Maguire’s sister Daisy (left), who travelled to London yesterday, celebrated from the stands as she watched the Three Lions beat Denmark 2-1. Daisy later shared a picture of Harry Maguire at the football stadium (right)

Meanwhile the rest of Harry’s family, including his sister Daisy, travelled to London by train yesterday, and stayed overnight in the Hilton hotel at Wembley.

This morning, Daisy shared snaps as she enjoyed breakfast in bed ahead of the big day, before posing for a mirror selfie wearing her cropped England shirt and a pair of flared jeans.

And Kieran Trippier’s wife Charlotte shared a snap as she travelled to the stadium with their toddler son, who proudly wore a football shirt emblazoned with his father’s name on the back.  

Sharing the videos online, the women offered a sneak peek into their own pre-match preparations ahead of tonight’s game. 

Megan Davison, 25, who is engaged to goalie Jordan Pickford, was snapped leaving the Box Park bar wearing a yellow England top as she left with Jack Grealish's girlfriend Sasha Attwood

Megan Davison, 25, who is engaged to goalie Jordan Pickford, was snapped leaving the Box Park bar wearing a yellow England top as she left with Jack Grealish’s girlfriend Sasha Attwood 

Harry Maguire's partner Fern Hawkins coordinated her red Balenciaga sliders with her England strip as she headed to watch the game

Harry Maguire’s partner Fern Hawkins coordinated her red Balenciaga sliders with her England strip as she headed to watch the game 

Kieran Trippier's wife Charlotte looked chic in some designer Prada boots and a Dior backpack as she donned her England strip on the semi final

Kieran Trippier’s wife Charlotte looked chic in some designer Prada boots and a Dior backpack as she donned her England strip on the semi final 

Fern and Megan took to Instagram to share their bus journey to Wembley stadium, which was complete with patriotic balloons

Fern and Megan took to Instagram to share their bus journey to Wembley stadium, which was complete with patriotic balloons 

Meanwhile Harry's sister Daisy shared snaps from the Wembley's Hilton hotel as she posed wearing her cropped England shirt for the occasion

Meanwhile wife of Kieran Trippier Charlotte shared a snap of her son from behind as they travelled across London to head to Wembley

Meanwhile Harry’s sister Daisy shared snaps from the Wembley’s Hilton hotel as she posed wearing her cropped England shirt for the occasion

It appears that Fern and Megan were the only WAGs travelling down on the colourful bus, which had been decked out with England flag bunting and featured huge balloons adorned with Maguire and Pickford’s names.  

Tagging her boyfriend and Megan’s partner, Fern posted: ‘Come on the boys.’ 

Natural beauty Lauren Fryer, who is the girlfriend of West Ham defender Declan Rice, was also quick to get into the spirit of things. 

Harry Maguire's sister Daisy donned an England football shirt as she kickstarted celebrations earlier this afternoon ahead of the semi-finals

Harry Maguire’s sister Daisy donned an England football shirt as she kickstarted celebrations earlier this afternoon ahead of the semi-finals

Harry Kane's wife Katie (pictured, left) posed outside Wembley Stadium ahead of England's semi-final against Denmark this evening

Harry Kane’s wife Katie (pictured, left) posed outside Wembley Stadium ahead of England’s semi-final against Denmark this evening

Manchester United defender Luke Shaw's partner Anouska Santos shared an adorable snap of their son Reign London donning a football shirt reading: 'Dada'

Manchester United defender Luke Shaw’s partner Anouska Santos shared an adorable snap of their son Reign London donning a football shirt reading: ‘Dada’

Fern opted for a bare-faced look as she arrived at Wembley

Fern opted for a bare-faced look as she arrived at Wembley with Megan, who draped herself in an England flag ahead of the game

Fern opted for a bare-faced look as she arrived at Wembley (left) with Megan, who draped herself in an England flag ahead of the game (right) 

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

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

Draped in an England flag, Megan could be seen greeting other WAGs attending the event (pictured)

Draped in an England flag, Megan could be seen greeting other WAGs attending the event

Draped in an England flag, Megan could be seen greeting other WAGs attending the event (pictured) 

Meanwhile Harry Maguire's mother Zoe shared a snap as the family settled down to watch the match, with his siblings donning his number on their football shirts

Meanwhile Harry Maguire’s mother Zoe shared a snap as the family settled down to watch the match, with his siblings donning his number on their football shirts

She posted a snap online as she dressed the couple’s adorable cockapoo Raffa in an England bandanna, writing: ‘It’s coming home.’  

Meanwhile Harry Maguire’s parents and siblings appeared to travel down to London on the train last night, with Daisy posting a snap as they arrived at St Pancreas. 

Tagging his mother Zoe, father Alan and brothers Joe and Lawrence, she wrote: ‘Let’s goo.’ 

The group then appeared to enjoy a meal out with other family members from the squad, including Jordan Pickford’s mother Susan.   

Katie Kane - who is married to Harry - showed her support by wearing an England shirt ahead of the semi-final showing at Wembley

Katie Kane – who is married to Harry – showed her support by wearing an England shirt ahead of the semi-final showing at Wembley

Daisy shared a photograph as she travelled to London with her family on her Instagram stories last night

Daisy shared a photograph on her Instagram stories as she tucked into an enormous breakfast in bed, writing: 'Big day ahead'

Daisy shared a photograph as she travelled to London with her family on her Instagram stories last night (left), before posting another picture as she tucked into an enormous breakfast in bed this morning (right) 

Natural beauty Lauren Fryer, who is the girlfriend of West Ham defender Declan Rice, was also quick to get into the spirit of things, posting a snap after dressing the couple's cockapoo Raffa in an England bandanna

Natural beauty Lauren Fryer, who is the girlfriend of West Ham defender Declan Rice, was also quick to get into the spirit of things, posting a snap after dressing the couple’s cockapoo Raffa in an England bandanna 

Megan and Jordan, who live together in Altringham, Cheshire, have been dating since she was 14 and he was 16 after meeting at school in Sunderland. 

The couple appeared to announce their engagement when Megan was sported wearing a gorgeous engagement ring during the 2018 World Cup in Russia and welcomed their first child together in February 2019. 

Instagram devotee Megan boasts over 50K followers and often shares loved up snaps of them together in their mansion located in Cheshire’s so-called ‘golden triangle. 

Meanwhile striking brunette Fern Hawkins has been dating Harry Maguire for nine years, with the couple recently getting engaged.

The Sheffield beauty, a First Class Graduate in physiotherapy, regularly posts photos of her amazing physique in bikini shots on social media.

Meanwhile fellow WAG Fern Hawkins, who is engaged to Harry Maguire, also posted videos from inside the bus, where the women could be seen blasting football anthem Three Lions

Megan shared a snap of a balloon adorned with her partner's name on it, posting a star eyed emoji and writing: 'On my way'

Megan shared a snap of a balloon adorned with her partner’s name on it, posting a star eyed emoji and writing: ‘On my way’

Mia McClenaghan - the girlfirend of Chelsea right-back Reece James, 21, posed for a photo alongside a hashtag which read: 'It's coming home'

Mia McClenaghan – the girlfirend of Chelsea right-back Reece James, 21, posed for a photo alongside a hashtag which read: ‘It’s coming home’

Megan and Fern have been active online showing their support for the England team during the Euro 2020 competition (pictured Kieran Trippier's wife Charlotte; Jordan Pickford's fiancé Megan Davison; Harry Maguire's fiancé Fern Hawkins; Kyle Walker's wife Annie Kilner and Luke Shaw's girlfriend Anouska Santos)

Megan and Fern have been active online showing their support for the England team during the Euro 2020 competition (pictured Kieran Trippier’s wife Charlotte; Jordan Pickford’s fiancé Megan Davison; Harry Maguire’s fiancé Fern Hawkins; Kyle Walker’s wife Annie Kilner and Luke Shaw’s girlfriend Anouska Santos)

Earlier today, Megan Davison, 25, who is engaged to goalie Jordan Pickford , took to Instagram to share videos as she rode on a bus decked out with England balloons, flags and cowboy hats adorned with St George's Cross (pictured, last month)

Earlier today, Megan Davison, 25, who is engaged to goalie Jordan Pickford , took to Instagram to share videos as she rode on a bus decked out with England balloons, flags and cowboy hats adorned with St George’s Cross (pictured, last month) 

Clearly besotted with each other, the couple are frequently seeing enjoying romantic holidays, with Fern sharing snaps from sun-drenched villas and sojourns to Paris. 

Beaming Boris and Carrie cheer England to victory! PM and wife watch on from stands at Wembley as Three Lions surge into the Euro 2020 final

The Prime Minister and his wife cheered on England as they beat Denmark 2-1 last night.

Boris Johnson and Carrie backed the Three Lions at Wembley as the team sealed a place in Sunday’s final against Italy. 

It is the squad’s biggest football game since the historic 1966 World Cup victory. 

England pulled even with Denmark thanks to an own goal as the first half of their blockbuster Euro 2020 semi-final showdown went 1-1, and a late penalty brought England ahead 2-1, securing the win. 

Thousands of England football fans had chanted ‘It’s Coming Home’ outside Wembley Stadium for up to eight hours ahead of the semi-final match against Denmark.

Gareth Southgate’s squad faced off against the Danes at 8pm, with an estimated 30 million people tuning in to watch the showdown on TV and 60,000 packing out the home of English football for the game. 

The Prime Minister tweeted ‘We’re behind you England!’ and posted a picture of himself wearing a shirt with the name ‘Boris’ and a number 10 emblazoned on the back as he gets into the back of a car. 

He and his wife Carrie were in the crowd at Wembley cheering on England.  

Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge and President of the Football Association, Peter McCormick, Interim Chairman of the Football Association, Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of United Kingdom and his wife, Carrie Johnson celebrate England's victory

Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge and President of the Football Association, Peter McCormick, Interim Chairman of the Football Association, Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of United Kingdom and his wife, Carrie Johnson celebrate England’s victory

Prime Minister Boris Johnson (L) and his spouse Carrie (R) celebrate the equaliser during the UEFA EURO 2020 semi-final football match between England and Denmark

Prime Minister Boris Johnson (L) and his spouse Carrie (R) celebrate the equaliser during the UEFA EURO 2020 semi-final football match between England and Denmark

Boris and Carrie Johnson are backing the Three Lions at Wembley as the team try to seal a place in Sunday's final against Italy

Boris and Carrie Johnson are backing the Three Lions at Wembley as the team try to seal a place in Sunday’s final against Italy

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie look from the stands before the Euro 2020 soccer championship semifinal match between England and Denmark at Wembley stadium in London

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie look from the stands before the Euro 2020 soccer championship semifinal match between England and Denmark at Wembley stadium in London

The Prime Minister tweeted 'We're behind you England' and posted a picture of himself wearing a shirt with the name 'Boris' and a number 10 emblazoned on the back

The Prime Minister tweeted ‘We’re behind you England’ and posted a picture of himself wearing a shirt with the name ‘Boris’ and a number 10 emblazoned on the back

Football fans cheer at BOXPARK Croydon as they prepare to watch a live broadcast of the semi-final match between England and Denmark

Football fans cheer at BOXPARK Croydon as they prepare to watch a live broadcast of the semi-final match between England and Denmark

The couple had previously been pictured cheering on England against Germany on June 29. 

Wembley was awash with red, white and blue, with onlookers describing scenes of ‘carnage’ with huge numbers of England fans sing ‘It’s Coming Home’ and ‘God Save the Queen’.

Fans also let off flares and did knee slides while taking selfies with rival supporters wearing Viking horns.

There was more expectation on England in the European Championship this summer than when they went on a surprise run to the last four of the 2018 World Cup, and they have thus far risen to the challenge.  

While Gary Neville said he has ‘genuine confidence in this manager and players’, the former England and Manchester United defender insisted nothing less than their best display will be enough to carry them into Sunday’s showpiece.

Just hours before kick-off, Neville wrote on Instagram: ‘History beckons for this team. To reach back-to-back Semi-Finals is incredible, but it’s not enough. You become nearly men!

‘I do have genuine confidence in this manager and players that this time a semi-final isn’t the end! To win any semi-final takes a great performance. This is a really good Denmark team and anything less than our best and/or luck will not be enough.

Boris Johnson reacts as England score against Germany on June 29

Boris Johnson reacts as England score against Germany on June 29

The couple had been pictured cheering on England against Germany on June 29

The couple had been pictured cheering on England against Germany on June 29

Boris Johnson shows his support for England outside Downing Street

Boris Johnson shows his support for England outside Downing Street

‘The only danger is that the lads don’t see the danger. When you’re euphoric and on a wave in sport or life you can have that feeling it’s never going to end and something becomes your right. It doesn’t work like that.

‘Tonight is a night to be cold, don’t let emotion take over, stick to the manager’s plan and focus. Go for it lads! Focus and grab this chance!’

Neville was part of the England coaching staff in their last appearance at the European Championship when they were defeated by Iceland, working under Roy Hodgson, who believes the current crop have been ‘absolutely perfect’.

‘I’m very confident indeed because I think the England team is playing so exceptionally well from the start of the tournament really,’ he told ITV’s Good Morning Britain.

‘In fact, they have been faultless. I can’t think of anything to criticise, although I’m sure there are people who do find something. But they must be hard pushed to find something. It’s been absolutely perfect.’

Hodgson said the Wembley crowd will ‘play a major part’ but is dreading the prospect of a penalty shoot-out.

‘My main hope tonight is that the game won’t go to penalties,’ he added. ‘You can argue that the penalty shoot-out is better than the flip of a coin, but it is a very cruel way to lose matches.’

MARTIN SAMUEL’S MATCH REPORT: England’s 55-year final wait is OVER with Harry Kane the king on Wembley night of high drama, with Italy up next for a chance at Euro 2020 glory to seal the dream

Touching me, touching you. England are in their first final since 1966. At Wembley, against Italy. Drink it in. Who knows when we will pass this way again.

Gareth Southgate’s hoodoo breakers did it once more. Four consecutive semi-finals lost in extra-time. The fifth, won. When it was over the players and staff linked arms and sang Sweet Caroline as they stood in front of the small section of Wembley that houses family and friends Their loved ones. 

They are the loved ones now, too, of course. The nation will love this. Love this team. Love what they stand for, what they represent. The resilience they showed, fighting back having gone a goal down. The bravery to win in a period of the match in which England teams have traditionally stumbled. Southgate let his emotion out, too. Walked to the noisiest section of the crowd, punching the air, clenching his fists, screaming at the top of his lungs. What a manager he is proving to be.

A yes man? Malleable? Don’t be soft. He brought fans’ favourite Jack Grealish on after 69 minutes, used him to run Denmark ragged and then, having got ahead, removed him at half-time of extra time for Kieran Trippier to shut the game down. That is a different form of courage. 

The bravery to be unpopular, to be the scapegoat if it goes wrong. With seven minutes to go, Martin Brathwaite had a shot tipped round by Jordan Pickford. Had that gone in, Southgate would have known who his critics would hold responsible. He didn’t care. He did what he believed was right for the team. That’s what leaders do.

England are through to the Euro 2020 final after beating Denmark 2-1 in extra-time on an historic night at Wembley

England are through to the Euro 2020 final after beating Denmark 2-1 in extra-time on an historic night at Wembley 

Captain Harry Kane (right) scored with his rebound from after Kasper Schmeichel had saved his initial penalty

Captain Harry Kane (right) scored with his rebound from after Kasper Schmeichel had saved his initial penalty

Kane's penalty was poor but Schmeichel couldn't hold on and he was quick to pounce on the rebound to fire into the net

Kane’s penalty was poor but Schmeichel couldn’t hold on and he was quick to pounce on the rebound to fire into the net

Gareth Southgate couldn’t contain his emotion as he celebrated with the England supporters in the stands at Wembley

England's players celebrate at full-time after booking their place in a major final for the first time since 1966

England’s players celebrate at full-time after booking their place in a major final for the first time since 1966

Delirious England fans celebrate wildly in the stands after Kane had put them within touching distance of the final

Delirious England fans celebrate wildly in the stands after Kane had put them within touching distance of the final

he England players gathered together for a rendition of Sweet Caroline as they celebrated with their supporters at full-time

Raheem Sterling was brought down by Joakim Maehle and referee Danny Makkelie pointed to the penalty spot

Raheem Sterling was brought down by Joakim Maehle and referee Danny Makkelie pointed to the penalty spot

MATCH FACTS 

England (4-2-3-1): Pickford, Walker, Stones, Maguire, Shaw, Phillips, Rice (Henderson 94), Mount (Foden 94), Saka (Grealish 68, Trippier 105), Sterling, Kane

Subs not used:  Coady, James, Ramsdale, Sancho, Mings, Bellingham, Rashford, Johnstone, 

Goals: Kjaer (OG) 39, Kane 104

Bookings: Maguire

Denmark (3-4-3): Schmeichel, Christensen (Andersen 78), Kjaer, Vestergaard,  Larsen (Wass 66), Hojbjerg, Delaney (Jensen 87), Maehle, Dolberg (Norgaard 66), Damsgaard (Poulsen 66) , Braithwaite

Subs not used: Lossl, Zanka, Cornelius, Ronnow, Skov, Wind, Skov Olsen 

Goals: Damsgaard 30 

Bookings: Wass

Referee: Danny Makkelie (Netherlands) 

And it paid off. England won. England are in the final. The end justified the means. Every decision to here can be defended on this simple outcome. 

That’s football and, at last, England are actually quite good at it. Pinch yourself and believe, because it is what this team and its manager deserves.

With hindsight, it is possible to say England’s victory was visible from some way out. Denmark had a very good spell in the middle of the first-half, and took the lead, but England were the better side across two hours and any other result would have been a travesty. 

More to the point, when Grealish came on it was because Southgate sensed Denmark were there for the taking, and he was right. They looked leggy, tired, as if their incredible tournament journey was nearing its end. By the end of the game, it was as if the Danes were just hanging on, trying to get to the penalty shoot-out that spins the wheel one last time – certainly in semi-finals against England.

As for England, they were home; they just couldn’t find the key to fit the door. Ultimately, though, the depth of talent in this squad is what got them over the threshold. The sheer number of gifted footballers this country can throw at a football match these days. 

This is not a golden generation, but it is a gem of a squad. So there was no let up for an exhausted Danish team. Grealish, then Phil Foden, arrived. Forces massed on the touchline, in case. England ran them, and ran them, and ran them. And finally, Denmark cracked.

Joakim Maehle lunged in, with tired legs, and brought down Raheem Sterling. Referee Danny Makkelie – destined to be the most popular official in this country since that Russian linesman – pointed to the spot. 

A VAR check confirmed his decision. Kasper Schmeichel thought it harsh, but then he always does unless its one of those tumbles that Jamie Vardy makes – and Harry Kane stepped up to the ball.

This is England, however. Nothing is straightforward. Kane has scored more goals against Schmeichel than any other goalkeeper, but if he has taken a poorer penalty in his life, it is hard to remember it. 

Good height for a goalkeeper, not near enough to the corner, Schmeichel – who had an outstanding game – was so early on it he pushed it out rather than round. And Kane was there first. 

Finished into the opposite corner, Schmeichel stranded. England’s joint top tournament goalscorer now, level with Gary Lineker. Scenes. 

Denmark had taken the lead in the 30th minute when Mikkel Damsgaard hit an unstoppable free-kick into the top corner

Denmark had taken the lead in the 30th minute when Mikkel Damsgaard hit an unstoppable free-kick into the top corner

Denmark's players congratulate goalscorer Damsgaard after the winger's free-kick silenced the England fans at Wembley

Denmark’s players congratulate goalscorer Damsgaard after the winger’s free-kick silenced the England fans at Wembley

Damsgaard's free-kick sailed into the top left corner with Jordan Pickford only able to get fingertips on the ball

Damsgaard’s free-kick sailed into the top left corner with Jordan Pickford only able to get fingertips on the ball

England were level when Denmark captain Simon Kjaer turned Bukayo Saka's cross into his own net in the 39th minute

England were level when Denmark captain Simon Kjaer turned Bukayo Saka’s cross into his own net in the 39th minute

England's players congratulate Sterling and Saka after their roles in the equalising goal just before the half-time break

England’s players congratulate Sterling and Saka after their roles in the equalising goal just before the half-time break

Kasper Schmeichel made a fantastic point-blank save from Raheem Sterling just before England scored in the first half

Kasper Schmeichel made a fantastic point-blank save from Raheem Sterling just before England scored in the first half

It’s going to be hard, the final. Harder than this? Probably. Italy are a better team than Denmark. Kasper Hjulmand’s team have had a brilliant tournament in the most testing circumstances, but Italy are arguably the best of it to here, England aside. For this is also a very good team. 

Credit Sterling for never stopping the forward momentum; credit the XI for bouncing back after adversity in the 30th minute. And credit Southgate, too. This is his group, his men, and moulded in his determined image.

Harry Maguire pointed out in the week before this game that England had yet to be tested by going behind. How would they react? Last night we found out, and in the most pressured circumstances. Half hour, England went behind; 39th minute, England equalised. There’s the answer. It wasn’t all plain sailing, far from it. But in that spell, there was at least a clue about the nerve and resolve of this team.

Denmark are good. Ignore those who spout about England’s easy route. Denmark have given every team a game to here, including Belgium, the world’s number one. This was no exception. England started ferociously, as one suspects the Danes knew they would, yet couldn’t maintain such a tempo. Soon, they stopped looking after the ball and Denmark sniffed the wind and sensed change. 

Too many sloppy passes, too much emotion, too many fouls. Denmark got the ball, slowed the game down. Denmark began dictating. For 20 minutes or so, they looked the better side. In the 25th minute, Mikkel Damsgaard – 21-years-old and playing for Sampdoria – cut inside from the left and struck a shot which curled just wide of the far post. That was the warning shot. 

Schmeichel was there again to keep out Harry Maguire's header in the second half with a big save to the bottom left corner

Schmeichel was there again to keep out Harry Maguire’s header in the second half with a big save to the bottom left corner 

England were frustrated in the first half as Sterling was just unable to get on the end of Kane's cross in the opening stages

England were frustrated in the first half as Sterling was just unable to get on the end of Kane’s cross in the opening stages

Kane had a second half penalty appeal turned down as the striker went down under a challenge from Christian Norgaard

Kane had a second half penalty appeal turned down as the striker went down under a challenge from Christian Norgaard

Southgate brought Jack Grealish on for Saka in the 68th minute as England looked for a creative spark to unlock the Denmark

Southgate brought Jack Grealish on for Saka in the 68th minute as England looked for a creative spark to unlock the Denmark

Kane had a chance right at the end of the 90 minutes but miskicked the ball after Grealish laid it across to him in the box

Kane had a chance right at the end of the 90 minutes but miskicked the ball after Grealish laid it across to him in the box

England were conceding a lot of free-kicks now, and Denmark had worked on their set pieces. A favourite tactic was to cram as many players as possible into a tight space and then break off in all directions like a disturbed ants nest. Chaos reigned. After one, with players squeezed into a space so small they could have been captured by a medium-sized butterfly net, Luke Shaw tugged Andreas Christensen. 

This brought another free-kick, further forward. Damsgaard stood over it. Statisticians had just noted that Pickford had broken Gordon Banks’ record of 720 minutes without conceding a goal, held since 1966. That’s what is called tempting fate.

Damsgaard could not have struck it better. It flew over a jumping Kane in the England wall – he didn’t even flinch – and into the top but not the corner, past a despairing Jordan Pickford. Should he have got it? He seemed to think so. It was the first free-kick goal of Euro 2021. The first England had conceded in the tournament and across 691 minutes of football. And, suddenly, it felt like of one of those nights.

Yet this England is made of sterner stuff, perhaps, then previous incarnations. The crowd’s faith may have wavered, but there was great self-belief in the way they achieved parity. In the 38th minute, a lovely cross by Kane was met by Sterling forcing one of the saves of the tournament from Schmeichel. Just 43 seconds later, England were level.

Ever wondered why Kane drops deep to take the ball to feet? Now you know. It was this manoeuvre that allowed him to slip Bukayo Saka in and his cross was turned into his own net by captain Simon Kjaer. Not his fault, entirely, though. Behind him lurked Sterling, who would surely have scored had he left it. It wasn’t Kjkaer’s night.  

England's captain had another effort saved by Schmeichel at the beginning of extra-time as he fired low at the near post

England’s captain had another effort saved by Schmeichel at the beginning of extra-time as he fired low at the near post

Gareth Southgate gave his England players a rousing team-talk as they prepared for another 30 minutes of football

Gareth Southgate gave his England players a rousing team-talk as they prepared for another 30 minutes of football 

Denmark's players applaud the 8,000 Danish fans inside Wembley after falling agonisingly short at the final hurdle

Denmark’s players applaud the 8,000 Danish fans inside Wembley after falling agonisingly short at the final hurdle

Early in the second-half he was almost sparked out by Maguire jumping for a ball. It looked entirely accidental and Maguire had to be calmed down by former Leicester team-mate Schmeichel when Makkelie showed him a yellow card. Lucky, though. Before tournament booking amnesties were introduced that would have been a ban for the final. 

By the 69th minute it was Grealish time. On for Saka, as expected, and immediately committing Denmark to risk-taking fouls, running at their defenders, inviting the rash and the panicked. Daniel Wass, also a substitute, was in the book within three minutes of arrival. 

It may have been perplexing to see him withdrawn – the last England substitute this happened to in a competitive match was Aaron Lennon in 2006 – but Grealish did exactly as Southgate wanted. He tired Denmark, he challenged them when they were struggling to resist. He only lasted 42 minutes, including injury time, but it was key.

So, another milestone achieved, another curse lifted. Next up, the first final since 1966 and, for once, a good omen. England have never lost one of those.



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