England believes: Fans get ready for Wembley semi-final showdown with Denmark

England fans across the country are already piling into pubs and bars as the nation awaits tonight’s blockbuster Euro 2020 semi-final against Denmark at Wembley.

Gareth Southgate‘s men face the Danes at 8pm with the winners going on to face Italy in the final on Sunday – in what would be England’s biggest game since 1966. 

The nation is right behind the Three Lions, with 30 million expected to tune in on TV, as well as 60,000 at the stadium. Top tier tickets for the clash are being re-sold for up to £6,500 each on ‘touting’ websites, MailOnline has found. 

The Duke of Cambridge, who is president of the Football Association, will be among those inside the ground to watch the match, which will be the first time the men’s team has made it to the semi-final of a European Championship since an ill-fated penalty shoot-out defeat to Germany at Euro 96. 

Fans up and down the country shared photos of themselves wearing England shirts and waistcoats as they started work this morning, while supporters lined up outside Box Park in Wembley and flocked to bars nine hours before kick-off.

One fan even shared a photo of his partner in labour as he drove them to hospital, with the caption: ‘Mrs is currently in labour – reckon I’ll be out in time for tonight?’ 

And former England captain Wayne Rooney showed he was ready for the clash, waking up his children by blaring Three Lions through his house this morning.  

Expectations are high, with England favourites to reach Sunday’s final at Wembley. However, the Danes are expected to provide a stern test, with the team riding a wave of emotion after the heart-wrenching collapse of Christian Eriksen in their first match. 

And one confident Danish paper made reference to the Vikings this morning, writing: ‘We plundered you before, we’ll do it again.’ 

Danish ambassador Lars Thuesen was also optimistic and said today: ‘We have a lot of songs and we have prepared all of them, we know them by heart because our flag is red and white. So we are red and white, we are Danish dynamite.

‘I don’t think we are the underdogs. We have a pretty good chance there and we also have a pretty good record.’ 

Mr Thuesen said 8,000 Danish people living in the UK will be among the Wembley crowd on Wednesday, with numbers limited due to travel restrictions. 

England fans, Daisy, Liddie, Carla and Martha, gather bright and early on Olympic Way, hours before the match against Denmark kicks off

England fans, Daisy, Liddie, Carla and Martha, gather bright and early on Olympic Way, hours before the match against Denmark kicks off

England fans, Daisy, Liddie, Carla and Martha, gather bright and early on Olympic Way, hours before the match against Denmark kicks off

In scenes mirrored across the nation, England fans queue to enter Box Park near Wembley Stadium as the country looks forward to the Euro 2021 semi-final against Denmark this evening

In scenes mirrored across the nation, England fans queue to enter Box Park near Wembley Stadium as the country looks forward to the Euro 2021 semi-final against Denmark this evening

In scenes mirrored across the nation, England fans queue to enter Box Park near Wembley Stadium as the country looks forward to the Euro 2021 semi-final against Denmark this evening

England fans queue to enter Box Park near Wembley Stadium ahead of the Euro 2020 semi final between England and Denmark

England fans queue to enter Box Park near Wembley Stadium ahead of the Euro 2020 semi final between England and Denmark

England fans queue to enter Box Park near Wembley Stadium ahead of the Euro 2020 semi final between England and Denmark

England fans on Wembley Way this morning ahead of the semi-final. England are attempting to reach their first final since 1966

England fans on Wembley Way this morning ahead of the semi-final. England are attempting to reach their first final since 1966

England fans on Wembley Way this morning ahead of the semi-final. England are attempting to reach their first final since 1966 

England fans queue to enter Box Park near Wembley Stadium. Expectations are high as fans pile into bars across the country

England fans queue to enter Box Park near Wembley Stadium. Expectations are high as fans pile into bars across the country

England fans queue to enter Box Park near Wembley Stadium. Expectations are high as fans pile into bars across the country

Fans buying merchandise ahead of semi final match between England and Denmark this evening - with the nation eagerly awaiting kick-off

Fans buying merchandise ahead of semi final match between England and Denmark this evening - with the nation eagerly awaiting kick-off

Fans buying merchandise ahead of semi final match between England and Denmark this evening – with the nation eagerly awaiting kick-off

England fan Chris with his sons Casper and Luca gather at Wembley Stadium ahead of the Euro 2020 semi final between England and Denmark

England fan Chris with his sons Casper and Luca gather at Wembley Stadium ahead of the Euro 2020 semi final between England and Denmark

England fan Chris with his sons Casper and Luca gather at Wembley Stadium ahead of the Euro 2020 semi final between England and Denmark

The nation is eagerly awaiting tonight's match, with an England win sending the team to its first major final since the World Cup in 1966

The nation is eagerly awaiting tonight's match, with an England win sending the team to its first major final since the World Cup in 1966

The nation is eagerly awaiting tonight’s match, with an England win sending the team to its first major final since the World Cup in 1966

He also said the tournament had been a ‘huge emotional rollercoaster’ for Danes, after star midfielder Christian Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest during the defeat to Finland in their opening match.

He told Sky News: ‘It started out we were crying, we were praying, then a few minutes later, when we realised he was going to recover, we were crying (tears) of joy. There are higher things at stake than football.

‘He’s still part of the team, part of the WhatsApp group, he wanted us to participate in the tournament as though nothing has happened.’

Mr Thuesen added: ‘I think everybody in England, in the UK, understands that here I can’t be a diplomat. I’m a huge fan of my own country and I hope that we’ll win tonight.’

The crowd at Wembley will be the largest since coronavirus restrictions were introduced last spring, and Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said he cannot guarantee there will not be an outbreak of Covid-19 cases linked to football fans watching the game.

He told LBC radio: ‘I think we can manage this risk but to say there is no risk, if you have thousands of people in one place… there’s always risk in life.

‘I think we’re managing the risk. I’m confident there won’t be a big outbreak but we can’t guarantee that now.’

Those watching from outside venues may need to be prepared for all weathers, with sunshine and showers forecast for parts of England throughout the day, although London is expected to remain dry during the match. 

Looking forward to the game, one fan wrote this morning: ‘Never been so excited/nervous for a football match but I’m ready with my shirt on ready to watch c’mon England.’

Alexander Clay who runs the MRCA club in Liverpool preparing the club ahead of tonights England Match against Denmark

Alexander Clay who runs the MRCA club in Liverpool preparing the club ahead of tonights England Match against Denmark

Alexander Clay who runs the MRCA club in Liverpool preparing the club ahead of tonights England Match against Denmark

Pubs and bars all over the country have been decked out with England flags as the nation prepares for tonight's semi-final

Pubs and bars all over the country have been decked out with England flags as the nation prepares for tonight's semi-final

Pubs and bars all over the country have been decked out with England flags as the nation prepares for tonight’s semi-final

Present band members of Atomic Kitten, Natasha Hamilton (left) and Liz McClarnon with former member Jenny Frost this morning

Present band members of Atomic Kitten, Natasha Hamilton (left) and Liz McClarnon with former member Jenny Frost this morning

Present band members of Atomic Kitten, Natasha Hamilton (left) and Liz McClarnon with former member Jenny Frost this morning

Another said: ‘Right I can’t wait any longer! Getting my first beer, so excited for tonight’s match. 3 lions, vindaloo & the great escape are going to be banged out for the next few hours.’

While a third said: ‘I am so, so excited and I really hope we win tonight. I know that sounds very basic but I’m really enjoying England doing well and want to watch the final in a pub with my best friends.’

Even the Coldstream Guards got into the action, after Prince Charles invited them to blare out renditions of Three Lions and Sweet Caroline from the gardens of Clarence House yesterday. 

More than 30 million fans in living rooms, pubs and fan zones across the country will unite to cheer every England attack. 

In the stadium, Prince William will be leading the cheers, though he will be without his family tonight because Kate is self-isolating at home after coming into contact with someone who had tested positive for Covid.

George is not expected at the ground, given the late start time on what is a school night. In the red corner, the Danish royal family have been given special permission to skip UK quarantine measures so they can watch the game at Wembley. 

Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark, his wife Princess Mary, and their 15-year-old son Prince Christian have been given exemptions to travel to London for the clash. 

Furious Denmark fans threatened to ‘come by sea like the Vikings’ after they were banned from travelling under the country’s Covid rules. Only about 6,000 Danes living in England will be at Wembley. 

Boris Johnson said: ‘Gareth Southgate and the England squad have done the nation proud in the Euros, and tonight we will all be wishing them the best of luck in getting to the final. Bring it home.’

The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) believes fans will buy 50,000 pints a minute over the course of the match.

Ten million pints could be poured by the end of the day, with fans expected to pack out pubs hours ahead of kick-off.

The statue of Eros in Piccadilly, central London boarded up ahead of the Euro 2020 semi final between England and Denmark

The statue of Eros in Piccadilly, central London boarded up ahead of the Euro 2020 semi final between England and Denmark

The statue of Eros in Piccadilly, central London boarded up ahead of the Euro 2020 semi final between England and Denmark

Builders arranged the tiles on a new build house to read "It's coming home" ahead of the Three Lions crunch Euro 2020 semi-final tonight

Builders arranged the tiles on a new build house to read "It's coming home" ahead of the Three Lions crunch Euro 2020 semi-final tonight

Builders arranged the tiles on a new build house to read ‘It’s coming home’ ahead of the Three Lions crunch Euro 2020 semi-final tonight

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

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

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

‘If the team goes on to win, a final at Wembley awaits, which would be a huge boost to our pubs and the nation.’

‘After a long wait, the pubs we love should be restriction-free from July 19. Only when the restrictions are removed can our pubs recover, but to do so they need Government investment to build back better.’

Builders arranged the tiles on a new build house to read ‘It’s coming home’ ahead of the Three Lions crunch Euro 2020 semi-final tonight. 

The patriotic labourer’s work raised the roof in Pitstone, Buckinghamshire and ocals were chuffed with the rallying cry as England prepare to face Denmark.  

Demand has soared for tickets ahead of the crunch match at Wembley today – with a place in Sunday’s final at stake.

Only 60,000 people will be allowed inside the stadium, which will be at 75 per cent capacity due to Covid.

And with the remaining tickets being bought up by the FA’s official supporters group last night, it has sparked a mad rush for tickets on resale websites.

One hospitality ticket on LiveFootballTickets.com is being listed at a staggering £6,499.

But even standard tickets are selling for more than £1,000 – more than double their general sale value.

MailOnline also found people offering to sell tickets via social media, with one person offering a four ticket bundle costing £5,000. 

Meanwhile, consumer groups are warning fans of potential ‘scam’ online ticket touts. 

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