Euro 2020: England 1-1 Denmark

Tension is mounting as England’s blockbuster Euro 2020 semi-final showdown with Denmark at Wembley turns into a stalemate with just minutes to go after the Three Lions pulled levelled to 1-1 thanks to an own goal as both sides fight to secure a place in Sunday’s final against Italy. 

Gareth Southgate’s side having been playing the Danes since 8pm as Prince William, Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie cheer on England as 60,000 spectators and 30 million fans in homes across the country place their hopes of football glory on the national team. 

Forward Raheem Sterling pressured Danish defender Simon Kjaer to put the ball into his own net after Mikkel Damsgaard notched the opening goal with a long-distance free-kick in front of a stunned Wembley crowd. 

Fans in London’s Trafalgar Square were sent into raptures as England equalised, with those in the fan zone roaring loudly, jumping on to the tables and throwing their beers in the air. They began chanting ‘Come on England’ and ‘It’s coming home’.

One fan, Carl Afinwayo, 23, from Croydon, south London, said: ‘Oh my word, it’s insane, we needed that- we needed to equalise. Sterling has had a great tournament as well, he should be knighted.’

Less than 10 minutes earlier, the 8,000 UK-based Danes inside the stadium erupted as their side took an unlikely lead in the 30th minute, with an estimated 20 million people watching the match from home across England.

Fans in Trafalgar Square were left silent by the Danish opener – the first that England conceded in the tournament, and home supporters could be heard swearing and booing after the ball hit the net.

James Little, 19, a student from Sutton, south London, said: ‘I’m gobsmacked to be honest, we haven’t conceded in this tournament and I feel like the way we play means we need to score first. It’s a long way back from here, I hope the semi-final curse doesn’t strike again – this is the best chance we have to win.

‘It’s a wonder goal though isn’t it? How could (goalkeeper Jordan) Pickford save that?’  

Supporters also arrived at Wembley – several hours before kick-off – in buoyant mood. Ian Turnbull, 34, a cable joiner from near Hartlepool, said: ‘We are going through to the final and we are going to win because it’s coming home.’

England players took the knee again before kick-off in support of anti-racism, but no boos could be heard. ITV commentators said the atmosphere was ‘one of the best’ in recent memory and described the ‘buzz’ and ‘sense of occasion’ which could be felt in the massive stadium. 

The Duke of Cambridge and Mr and Mrs Johnson will be hoping that our heroes banish the ghost of Euro 96, when England lost in the semi-final to Germany on penalties. 

William, the president of the Football Association, cheered England alongside the Duchess of Cambridge and their son George last week. But the prince is without his family because Kate is self-isolating after coming into contact with someone who tested positive for coronavirus.

Mr Johnson tweeted ‘we’re behind you’ with a photo of him wearing an England jersey with the name ‘Boris’ on the back as he left for the biggest football match on home soil in 25 years. Last night he 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!’ 

England's Harry Kane, left, jumps for the ball with Denmark's Jannik Vestergaard during the Euro 2020 semi-final

England's Harry Kane, left, jumps for the ball with Denmark's Jannik Vestergaard during the Euro 2020 semi-final

England’s Harry Kane, left, jumps for the ball with Denmark’s Jannik Vestergaard during the Euro 2020 semi-final

England's forward Raheem Sterling scores his team's first goal during the UEFA Euro 2020 match at Wembley

England's forward Raheem Sterling scores his team's first goal during the UEFA Euro 2020 match at Wembley

England’s forward Raheem Sterling scores his team’s first goal during the UEFA Euro 2020 match at Wembley

Mikkel Damsgaard of Denmark scores their team's first goal from a free kick during the match between England and Denmark

Mikkel Damsgaard of Denmark scores their team's first goal from a free kick during the match between England and Denmark

Mikkel Damsgaard of Denmark scores their team’s first goal from a free kick during the match between England and Denmark

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

England's manager Gareth Southgate gets the ball during the Euro 2020 match between England and Denmark

England's manager Gareth Southgate gets the ball during the Euro 2020 match between England and Denmark

England’s manager Gareth Southgate gets the ball during the Euro 2020 match between England and 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

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

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

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

Fans in Trafalgar Square react to England 's first goal as they watch the Euro 2020 match between England and Denmark

Fans in Trafalgar Square react to England 's first goal as they watch the Euro 2020 match between England and Denmark

Fans in Trafalgar Square react to England ‘s first goal as they watch the Euro 2020 match between England and Denmark

England fans ahead the Euro 2020 football semi-final match between England and Denmark at Wembley

England fans ahead the Euro 2020 football semi-final match between England and Denmark at Wembley

England fans ahead the Euro 2020 football semi-final match between England and Denmark at Wembley

General view inside Wembley Stadium as England and Denmark players warm up ahead of the Euro 2020 semi-final clash

General view inside Wembley Stadium as England and Denmark players warm up ahead of the Euro 2020 semi-final clash

General view inside Wembley Stadium as England and Denmark players warm up ahead of the Euro 2020 semi-final clash

Harry Kane of England leads the team on to the pitch for the warm up prior to the semi-final match against Denmark

Harry Kane of England leads the team on to the pitch for the warm up prior to the semi-final match against Denmark

Harry Kane of England leads the team on to the pitch for the warm up prior to the semi-final match against Denmark

Simon Kjaer of Denmark leads the team on to the pitch for the warm up prior to the match

Simon Kjaer of Denmark leads the team on to the pitch for the warm up prior to the match

Simon Kjaer of Denmark leads the team on to the pitch for the warm up prior to the match

England supporters cheer before the Euro 2020 semi-final football match between England and Denmark at Wembley

England supporters cheer before the Euro 2020 semi-final football match between England and Denmark at Wembley

England supporters cheer before the Euro 2020 semi-final football match between England and Denmark at Wembley

Fans cheer prior the start of the Euro 2020 match between England and Denmark at Wembley

Fans cheer prior the start of the Euro 2020 match between England and Denmark at Wembley

Fans cheer prior the start of the Euro 2020 match between England and Denmark at Wembley

Boris Johnson heads to Wembley Stadium to watch England play Denmark in the Euro 2020 semi-final match

Boris Johnson heads to Wembley Stadium to watch England play Denmark in the Euro 2020 semi-final match

Boris Johnson heads to Wembley Stadium to watch England play Denmark in the Euro 2020 semi-final match

Megan Davison, 25, who is engaged to goalie Jordan Pickford and Harry Maguire 's fiancée Fern Hawkins arrived at Wembley this afternoon wearing England cowboy hats

Megan Davison, 25, who is engaged to goalie Jordan Pickford and Harry Maguire 's fiancée Fern Hawkins arrived at Wembley this afternoon wearing England cowboy hats

Megan Davison, 25, who is engaged to goalie Jordan Pickford and Harry Maguire ‘s fiancée Fern Hawkins arrived at Wembley this afternoon wearing England cowboy hats 

England manager Gareth Southgate waves to the fans before the semi-final match against Denmark

England manager Gareth Southgate waves to the fans before the semi-final match against Denmark

England manager Gareth Southgate waves to the fans before the semi-final match against Denmark

Fans of England show their support in the stands before the UEFA Euro 2020 semi-final match at Wembley

Fans of England show their support in the stands before the UEFA Euro 2020 semi-final match at Wembley

Fans of England show their support in the stands before the UEFA Euro 2020 semi-final match at Wembley

England supporters wave flags ahead the semi-final football match between England and Denmark at Wembley

England supporters wave flags ahead the semi-final football match between England and Denmark at Wembley

England supporters wave flags ahead the semi-final football match between England and Denmark at Wembley

England's Harry Kane during the warm up before the crunch semi-final match against Denmark

England's Harry Kane during the warm up before the crunch semi-final match against Denmark

England’s Harry Kane during the warm up before the crunch semi-final match against Denmark

Fans of England show their support prior to the Euro 2020 match between England and Denmark at Wembley

Fans of England show their support prior to the Euro 2020 match between England and Denmark at Wembley

Fans of England show their support prior to the Euro 2020 match between England and Denmark at Wembley

England fans inside Wembley Stadium ahead of the crunch Euro 2020 semi-final match against Denmark

England fans inside Wembley Stadium ahead of the crunch Euro 2020 semi-final match against Denmark

England fans inside Wembley Stadium ahead of the crunch Euro 2020 semi-final match against Denmark 

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

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

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

Comedians David Baddiel and Frank Skinner look on from the crowd during the Euro 2020 semi-final at Wembley

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fans of Denmark show their support prior to the Euro 2020 match between England and Denmark at Wembley

Fans of Denmark show their support prior to the Euro 2020 match between England and Denmark at Wembley

Fans of Denmark show their support prior to the Euro 2020 match between England and Denmark at Wembley

Fans cheer prior the start of the Euro 2020 match between England and Denmark at Wembley Stadium

Fans cheer prior the start of the Euro 2020 match between England and Denmark at Wembley Stadium

Fans cheer prior the start of the Euro 2020 match between England and Denmark at Wembley Stadium

Fans of England cheer prior to the UEFA Euro 2020 semi-final match between England and Denmark at Wembley

Fans of England cheer prior to the UEFA Euro 2020 semi-final match between England and Denmark at Wembley

Fans of England cheer prior to the UEFA Euro 2020 semi-final match between England and Denmark at Wembley

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

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

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

England supporters hang flags ahead of the Euro 2020 semi-final football match between England and Denmark at Wembley

England supporters hang flags ahead of the Euro 2020 semi-final football match between England and Denmark at Wembley

England supporters hang flags ahead of the Euro 2020 semi-final football match between England and Denmark at Wembley

Beer we go! England grinds to a half as supporters pack pubs, fan zones and front rooms to watch the big match 

Thousands of worried England fans held their breath as England pulled level with Denmark during the country’s blockbuster Euro 2020 semi-final match tonight – taking the score to 1-1.

Scores of defiant supporters leapt for joy after Denmark’s Simon Kjaer scored an own goal and landed the Three Lions with their first goal of the night.

It came just moments after worried England fans were seen holding their heads in their hands as Denmark’s Damsgaard executed a free-kick over the wall and into the net earlier during the game.

Fans at a Manchester fan zone went jumped for joy and threw beer into the air as England pulled level with the Danes.

Shop worker Amy Barrow, 24, of Salford said: ‘It was amazing. The place went off when the goal went in.

‘I am so happy now as I was feeling down when Denmark scored.

‘But they scored soon and now I believe we can go on to win.’

An estimated 60,000 spectators have packed out the home of English football for the crunch game and around 30 million people have tuned in to watch the live showdown on TV.

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.

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Supporters at the fan zone in Trafalgar Square were sparked into life following England’s equaliser.

Fans began chanting and standing up following Sterling’s goal. Every England attack was met with chants and songs and fans looked optimistic following the equaliser. 

The atmosphere was electric at Waxy’s Little Sister in Leicester Square as England closed out the first half with an equaliser against Denmark.

Fans jumped, screamed and clapped with joy as the goal went in and England’s hopes were renewed.

Sam Yevko, 23, from Salisbury, watching the game in the pub, said: ‘We never lost faith, we feel absolutely ecstatic after that goal.

‘An own goal from the captain (Denmark’s Simon Kjaer) is all we needed just to turn it around, bring on the second half.’

Watching at BOXPARK Croydon, 67-year-old Mark Patel admitted he ‘couldn’t stand it’ when Denmark took the lead but was still confident of an England win.

‘It’s been very good, I’ve really enjoyed it,’ he told the PA news agency at half-time. I couldn’t take it. I had to get up. They’re under pressure, but they’ll do it.’

Fans at BOXPARK sang a rendition of Robbie Williams’ Angels during the half-time break.

Up to 2,500 VIPs have been allowed to skip quarantine upon entering Britain so they can watch the semi-finals and final in person, after football bosses threatened to move the games to Hungary unless the British government eased coronavirus travel restrictions for its officials and sponsors. 

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 a window for quarantine free entry will be opened for VIPs. 

The VIPs will need to provide a negative test before leaving for the UK, and will have to undergo testing during their stay. They will also be restricted to staying in selected hotels and to official meetings and matches.

However, most of the VIPs will fly in and out on the same day as the match they are attending. Wembley is set to have 60,000 fans in it tomorrow night – meaning it will be at 75 per cent capacity.  

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 match. Furious Denmark fans threatened to ‘come by sea like the Vikings’ after they were banned from travelling under the country’s Covid rules.  

Earlier the stadium grounds were awash with red, white and blue, with onlookers describing scenes of ‘carnage’ as huge numbers of 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’. 

The Metropolitan Police are expecting huge crowds to take to the streets after the match, and have urged fans to follow coronavirus guidelines and stay away from London if they don’t have tickets for the game or a pre-booked seat in a pub, bar or designated fan zone. 

Ben Edwards, 43, Craig Pope, 47, Matt Glew, 38 and ‘tamer’ Laurence Page, 72, who was wearing an England flag top hat, from Maidstone, said they were confident of victory. Mr Glew said: ‘It’s our toughest test yet but I reckon we’re going to win 2-0.’

Pointing at his lion headgear, the former banker added: ‘We paid about £100 per hat but it was worth every single penny, we’ve been asked for autographs and all sorts.’

Mr Edwards, who works in cyber security, said: ‘Denmark aren’t going to win – it’s coming home.’ Mr Pope, who works in construction, added: ‘We’re going to get past our semi-final hoodoo.’

Jo Andrews, 36, a property manager from Portsmouth who was wearing an England hat and face paint, said she was ‘absolutely excited’ to be there.

She said: ‘We are definitely going to win tonight – 3-1. This is our turn, this is our chance and we are going to win tonight and we are coming back Sunday.’

England fans have 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’. 

England fans show their support outside Wembley ahead of the Euro 2020 semi-final against Denmark

England fans show their support outside Wembley ahead of the Euro 2020 semi-final against Denmark

England fans show their support outside Wembley 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

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

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

Fans gather outside Wembley Stadium in London, Wednesday, July 7, 2021 ahead of the Euro 2020 semi-final

Fans gather outside Wembley Stadium in London, Wednesday, July 7, 2021 ahead of the Euro 2020 semi-final

Fans gather outside Wembley Stadium in London, Wednesday, July 7, 2021 ahead of 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

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

Denmark fans wear viking hats and wave flags as they gather outside Wembley Stadium in London

Denmark fans wear viking hats and wave flags as they gather outside Wembley Stadium in London

Denmark fans wear viking hats and wave flags as they gather outside Wembley Stadium in London

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

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

England supporters arrive to watch the Euro 2020 semi-final football match between England and Denmark at Wembley

England supporters arrive to watch the Euro 2020 semi-final football match between England and Denmark at Wembley

England supporters arrive to watch the Euro 2020 semi-final football match between England and Denmark at Wembley

Fans at the Vinegar Yard in London before watching the Euro 2020 semi-final match between England and Denmark

Fans at the Vinegar Yard in London before watching the Euro 2020 semi-final match between England and Denmark

Fans at the Vinegar Yard in London before watching the Euro 2020 semi-final match between England and Denmark

Thousands of England fans have gathered outside Wembley (pictured) in scenes of 'carnage' as millions dash out of work and pack out pubs ahead of tonight’s semi-final showdown against Denmark

Thousands of England fans have gathered outside Wembley (pictured) in scenes of 'carnage' as millions dash out of work and pack out pubs ahead of tonight’s semi-final showdown against Denmark

Thousands of England fans have gathered outside Wembley (pictured) in scenes of ‘carnage’ as millions dash out of work and pack out pubs ahead of tonight’s semi-final showdown against Denmark

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

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

England supporters pose as they arrive to watch the UEFA Euro 2020 semi-final football match

England supporters pose as they arrive to watch the UEFA Euro 2020 semi-final football match

England supporters pose as they arrive to watch the UEFA Euro 2020 semi-final football match

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

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

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

England fans show their support outside the stadium prior to the UEFA Euro 2020 match between England and Denmark

England fans show their support outside the stadium prior to the UEFA Euro 2020 match between England and Denmark

England fans show their support outside the stadium prior to the UEFA Euro 2020 match between England and Denmark

A fan of England raises a red flare outside the stadium prior to the Euro 2020 match between England and Denmark

A fan of England raises a red flare outside the stadium prior to the Euro 2020 match between England and Denmark

A fan of England raises a red flare outside the stadium prior to the Euro 2020 match between England and Denmark

Gareth Southgate 's men face the Danes at 8pm with the winners going on to face Italy in the final on Sunday - in what would be England's biggest game since 1966. Pictured: Fans in Wembley

Gareth Southgate 's men face the Danes at 8pm with the winners going on to face Italy in the final on Sunday - in what would be England's biggest game since 1966. Pictured: Fans in Wembley

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

Vast swathes of fans are already outside Wembley - with some seen doing knee slides in the rain (pictured). Onlookers described the jubilant scenes as 'absolute carnage' with four hours still to go before kickoff

Vast swathes of fans are already outside Wembley - with some seen doing knee slides in the rain (pictured). Onlookers described the jubilant scenes as 'absolute carnage' with four hours still to go before kickoff

Vast swathes of fans are already outside Wembley – with some seen doing knee slides in the rain (pictured). Onlookers described the jubilant scenes as ‘absolute carnage’ with four hours still to go before kickoff

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

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

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

Crowds of England football fans drinking at tables and on the streets of Leicester Square ahead of the Euro 2020 clash

Crowds of England football fans drinking at tables and on the streets of Leicester Square ahead of the Euro 2020 clash

Crowds of England football fans drinking at tables and on the streets of Leicester Square ahead of the Euro 2020 clash

England fooball fans drinking in Leicester Square ahead of tonight's Three Lions semi-final clash against Denmark

England fooball fans drinking in Leicester Square ahead of tonight's Three Lions semi-final clash against Denmark

England fooball fans drinking in Leicester Square ahead of tonight’s Three Lions semi-final clash against Denmark

Fans outside Wembley Stadium ahead of the UEFA Euro 2020 semi-final match between England and Denmark

Fans outside Wembley Stadium ahead of the UEFA Euro 2020 semi-final match between England and Denmark

Fans outside Wembley Stadium ahead of the UEFA Euro 2020 semi-final match between England and Denmark

Met Police said they are ready for the demands of tonight’s match - with huge crowds set to take to the streets whether England win or lose. Pictured: Fans at Wembley today

Met Police said they are ready for the demands of tonight’s match - with huge crowds set to take to the streets whether England win or lose. Pictured: Fans at Wembley today

Met Police said they are ready for the demands of tonight’s match – with huge crowds set to take to the streets whether England win or lose. Pictured: Fans at Wembley today

Fans are seen letting off flares as they drink from cans in Wembley ahead of tonight's match. Kickoff is at 8pm

Fans are seen letting off flares as they drink from cans in Wembley ahead of tonight's match. Kickoff is at 8pm

Fans are seen letting off flares as they drink from cans in Wembley ahead of tonight’s match. Kickoff is at 8pm

Red and white flares - the colours of England's flag - are let off as supporters approach Wembley stadium this afternoon

Red and white flares - the colours of England's flag - are let off as supporters approach Wembley stadium this afternoon

Red and white flares – the colours of England’s flag – are let off as supporters approach Wembley stadium this afternoon

The force urged fans (pictured at Wembley) to follow Government coronavirus guidelines and stay away from London if they don’t have tickets for the game or a pre-booked seat in a pub, bar or designated fan zone

England fans doing knee slides outside Wembley Stadium ahead of the UEFA Euro 2020 semi final match between England and Denmark

England fans doing knee slides outside Wembley Stadium ahead of the UEFA Euro 2020 semi final match between England and Denmark

England fans doing knee slides outside Wembley Stadium ahead of the UEFA Euro 2020 semi final match between England and Denmark

A fan wearing a wig and draped in an England flag is seen outside Wembley. Other supporters drink from cans around him

A fan wearing a wig and draped in an England flag is seen outside Wembley. Other supporters drink from cans around him

A fan wearing a wig and draped in an England flag is seen outside Wembley. Other supporters drink from cans around him

Meanwhile, in London's Leicester Square, supporters without Wembley tickets were seen drinking ahead of kickoff at 8pm tonight

Meanwhile, in London's Leicester Square, supporters without Wembley tickets were seen drinking ahead of kickoff at 8pm tonight

Meanwhile, in London’s Leicester Square, supporters without Wembley tickets were seen drinking ahead of kickoff at 8pm tonight

Supporters were seen chanting and lifting their hands in the air as they swigged beer in Leicester Square

Supporters were seen chanting and lifting their hands in the air as they swigged beer in Leicester Square

Supporters were seen chanting and lifting their hands in the air as they swigged beer in Leicester Square

Countless fans rushed to Leicester Square to grab seats in bars and pubs ahead of kickoff at 8pm tonight

Countless fans rushed to Leicester Square to grab seats in bars and pubs ahead of kickoff at 8pm tonight

Countless fans rushed to Leicester Square to grab seats in bars and pubs ahead of kickoff at 8pm tonight

England fans outside Wembley Stadium ahead of the UEFA Euro 2020 semi final match between England and Denmark

England fans outside Wembley Stadium ahead of the UEFA Euro 2020 semi final match between England and Denmark

England fans outside Wembley Stadium ahead of the UEFA Euro 2020 semi final match between England and Denmark

England fans pose with a fan of Denmark on Wembley Park Boulevard before the UEFA Euro 2020 semi final match

England fans pose with a fan of Denmark on Wembley Park Boulevard before the UEFA Euro 2020 semi final match

England fans pose with a fan of Denmark on Wembley Park Boulevard before the UEFA Euro 2020 semi final match

The Anglo-Danish clash has been friendly so far, with one England fan even revealing that he faces being sent off to sleep in the shed if England win tonight - by his Danish wife. Chris Kerin, 38, will be given his marching orders by wife Christina if Southgate's team overcome Denmark tonight in their Euro 2020 semi-final

The Anglo-Danish clash has been friendly so far, with one England fan even revealing that he faces being sent off to sleep in the shed if England win tonight - by his Danish wife. Chris Kerin, 38, will be given his marching orders by wife Christina if Southgate's team overcome Denmark tonight in their Euro 2020 semi-final

The Anglo-Danish clash has been friendly so far, with one England fan even revealing that he faces being sent off to sleep in the shed if England win tonight – by his Danish wife. Chris Kerin, 38, will be given his marching orders by wife Christina if Southgate’s team overcome Denmark tonight in their Euro 2020 semi-final

Danish FA flouts UK’s strict Covid rules by allowing FORTY ‘dedicated fans’ to travel for tonight’s Euros semi-final 

The Danish Football Association has ignored the UK’s strict Covid rules by allowing 40 of its fans to travel for tonight’s match against England on the plane carrying its official delegation.

The DFA announced that the fans had been selected for having the greatest number of loyalty points and will travel on a plane with the partners of the footballers and other officials.

They are all members of the official Denmark football team supporters’ group and were selected for having the highest number of loyalty points from attending matches at home and abroad.

Under current rules, Denmark is on the amber list meaning anyone travelling to the UK from the country must quarantine for ten days. This has resulted in no fans officially coming to the England for the match.

But they are using a loophole that allows VIPs from a national football federation to travel to Wembley from Copenhagen without needing to quarantine.

They will land in London this afternoon after taking a negative Covid test and remain in a bubble during their 24 hour stay, the DFA says.

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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.

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.’

Elsewhere, England fans without tickets for the official fan zone in central London’s Trafalgar Square gathered in the area to avoid ‘missing out’ on the atmosphere.

Luke Hughes, 19, a student from Watford, said: ‘I’ve seen the scenes on social media of everyone chanting and singing in London after the game has finished – there is no way I am missing that.

‘I think it will be a tough game, maybe decided on one goal, but if we win, this place will be electric. It’s coming home.’ 

A sea of Three Lions shirts and England flags could be seen at the fan zone in Trafalgar Square. Supporters cheered as it was announced that England could make their first major tournament final since 1966.

An announcer told the crowd: ‘This is historic. It’s an iconic night tonight.’

One supporter, Dave Smalls, 42, a plumber from Basildon in Essex, said: ‘I honestly can’t wait for this – everything seems different to tournaments in the past.

‘Gareth Southgate has not just united a team, but a country – it’s a team you can get behind.’

England superfan Chris Dowse, who lives on the flag-bestrewn Kirby Estate in Bermondsey, south-east London, said he had declined the offer of tickets to the Euro 2020 semi-final because he would rather watch the game in the company of his neighbours.

The 42-year-old said: ‘I’ve been offered tickets but I’ve turned them down. Firstly, I’m not rich and I’d like to spend that money on my kids. But secondly, I am really proud of what we’ve achieved on this estate, so I will be watching it here.’

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Laurence Taylor said: ‘The Met is very well prepared for the increase in fans. 

‘We have a very experienced policing team in place and will continue to prevent crime and disorder and respond effectively to any incidents. We have deployed a great many officers and specialist units. 

‘We want people to be able to enjoy the Euros 2020 safely and securely. London still remains in a public health crisis. There are Government guidelines in place and we ask people to follow these and remain socially distanced. 

‘My message is clear: If you don’t have a ticket to the matches, fan zone or officially booked into a pub, bar or club, please do not come to London – you could end up missing the game.’

By 5pm this afternoon – three hours before kick-off – England fans were singing footie anthem ‘It’s Coming Home’ and songs about star defender Harry Maguire while drinking cans of lager and cider. 

A group of women in Bristol out to watch the crunch Euro 2020 semi-final clash between England and Denmark

A group of women in Bristol out to watch the crunch Euro 2020 semi-final clash between England and Denmark

A group of women in Bristol out to watch the crunch Euro 2020 semi-final clash between England and Denmark

Fans of England gather outside Wembley Stadium prior to the Euro 2020 semi-final between England and Denmark

Fans of England gather outside Wembley Stadium prior to the Euro 2020 semi-final between England and Denmark

Fans of England gather outside Wembley Stadium prior to the Euro 2020 semi-final between England and Denmark

England fans in London before watching the Euro 2020 semi-final match between England and Denmark

England fans in London before watching the Euro 2020 semi-final match between England and Denmark

England fans in London before watching the Euro 2020 semi-final match between England and Denmark

England fooball fans drinking in Leicester Square ahead of tonight's Three Lions semi-final clash against Denmark

England fooball fans drinking in Leicester Square ahead of tonight's Three Lions semi-final clash against Denmark

England fooball fans drinking in Leicester Square ahead of tonight’s Three Lions semi-final clash against Denmark

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

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

England and Danish fans arriving at Wembley together this afternoon. The nation is right behind the Three Lions, with 30 million expected to tune in on TV, as well as 60,000 at the stadium

England and Danish fans arriving at Wembley together this afternoon. The nation is right behind the Three Lions, with 30 million expected to tune in on TV, as well as 60,000 at the stadium

England and Danish fans arriving at Wembley together this afternoon. The nation is right behind the Three Lions, with 30 million expected to tune in on TV, as well as 60,000 at the stadium

Victory for England will see Gareth Soutgate's men face Italy at Wembley on Sunday - the team's first final since 1966

Victory for England will see Gareth Soutgate's men face Italy at Wembley on Sunday - the team's first final since 1966

Victory for England will see Gareth Soutgate’s men face Italy at Wembley on Sunday – the team’s first final since 1966

Spirits were high and drinks were flowing several hours before the match kicked off as fans piled into bars to soak up the atmosphere

Spirits were high and drinks were flowing several hours before the match kicked off as fans piled into bars to soak up the atmosphere

Spirits were high and drinks were flowing several hours before the match kicked off as fans piled into bars to soak up the atmosphere

A group of England fans pouring pitchers of beer at Boxpark Wembley this morning ahead of the semi-final match at 8pm

A group of England fans pouring pitchers of beer at Boxpark Wembley this morning ahead of the semi-final match at 8pm

A group of England fans pouring pitchers of beer at Boxpark Wembley this morning ahead of the semi-final match at 8pm

England fans outside Wembley Stadium ahead of the UEFA Euro 2020 semi final match between England and Denmark

England fans outside Wembley Stadium ahead of the UEFA Euro 2020 semi final match between England and Denmark

England fans outside Wembley Stadium ahead of the UEFA Euro 2020 semi final match between England and Denmark

England fans dressed as knights outside Wembley Stadium ahead of the UEFA Euro 2020 semi final match this evening

England fans dressed as knights outside Wembley Stadium ahead of the UEFA Euro 2020 semi final match this evening

England fans dressed as knights outside Wembley Stadium ahead of the UEFA Euro 2020 semi final match this evening

England fans outside Wembley Stadium ahead of the UEFA Euro 2020 semi final match between England and Denmark

England fans outside Wembley Stadium ahead of the UEFA Euro 2020 semi final match between England and Denmark

England fans outside Wembley Stadium ahead of the UEFA Euro 2020 semi final match between England and Denmark

England fans at tables in Boxpark Wembley several hours before the match against Denmark in the Euro 2020 semi-finals kicks off

England fans at tables in Boxpark Wembley several hours before the match against Denmark in the Euro 2020 semi-finals kicks off

England fans at tables in Boxpark Wembley several hours before the match against Denmark in the Euro 2020 semi-finals kicks off

England fans cheer and enjoy a drink in Leicester Square, London ahead of the Euro 2020 semi-final this evening

England fans cheer and enjoy a drink in Leicester Square, London ahead of the Euro 2020 semi-final this evening

England fans cheer and enjoy a drink in Leicester Square, London ahead of the Euro 2020 semi-final this evening

Fans in Leicester Square. Today, England take on Denmark in their first Euros semi-final since 1996 with hopes of a victory

Fans in Leicester Square. Today, England take on Denmark in their first Euros semi-final since 1996 with hopes of a victory

Fans in Leicester Square. Today, England take on Denmark in their first Euros semi-final since 1996 with hopes of a victory

England fans at tables in Boxpark Wembley this morning, with the nation eagerly awaiting the 8pm kick off of the semi-final

England fans at tables in Boxpark Wembley this morning, with the nation eagerly awaiting the 8pm kick off of the semi-final

England fans at tables in Boxpark Wembley this morning, with the nation eagerly awaiting the 8pm kick off of the semi-final

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

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

A fan of England shows their support outside the stadium prior to the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Semi-final match

A fan of England shows their support outside the stadium prior to the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Semi-final match

A fan of England shows their support outside the stadium prior to the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Semi-final match

Alan Putman, in costume and a horse drawn carriage, on the Kirby Estate in Bermondsey, south London, where residents are showing their support for England ahead of their game against Denmark

Alan Putman, in costume and a horse drawn carriage, on the Kirby Estate in Bermondsey, south London, where residents are showing their support for England ahead of their game against Denmark

Alan Putman, in costume and a horse drawn carriage, on the Kirby Estate in Bermondsey, south London, where residents are showing their support for England ahead of their game against Denmark

Images from across the country showed supporters getting into the spirit, with a set of flag-waving supporters stopping traffic to recreate the famous Vindaloo video in Kidderminster, West Midlands

Images from across the country showed supporters getting into the spirit, with a set of flag-waving supporters stopping traffic to recreate the famous Vindaloo video in Kidderminster, West Midlands

Images from across the country showed supporters getting into the spirit, with a set of flag-waving supporters stopping traffic to recreate the famous Vindaloo video in Kidderminster, West Midlands

Fans outside Wembley Stadium ahead of the UEFA Euro 2020 semi final match between England and Denmark

Fans outside Wembley Stadium ahead of the UEFA Euro 2020 semi final match between England and Denmark

Fans outside Wembley Stadium ahead of the UEFA Euro 2020 semi final match between England and Denmark

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

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

We’re all behind you… let’s bring it home! Boris Johnson, Prince William and Wimbledon wonder Emma Raducanu lead battlecry as England prepare to face Denmark in Euros semi-final 

Prince William will lead the cries for victory tonight as England attempt to reach the final of the Euros for the first time.

Anticipation for the semi-final match against Denmark was growing yesterday as the Prime Minister showed his support with a Boris No 10 shirt on the steps of Downing Street.

And British tennis star Emma Raducanu wore her England top in a round of interviews about her Wimbledon experience, declaring: ‘It’s coming home.’

Emma said she would relax after retiring on health grounds from the competition, having become the youngest British woman to reach the last 16 in the modern era, by watching the game at 8pm.

The 18-year-old, from Bromley, south-east London, said: ‘It’s been a busy two weeks so I think I’ll just kick back at home for the next few days and definitely enjoy the game. And it’s coming home, isn’t it?’ She predicted England would win 2-1.

The Duke of Cambridge will be among 60,000 supporters inside Wembley to watch the Three Lions take on Denmark.

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The police kept a watchful eye, but the atmosphere was good-natured as bars and cafes around the stadium were packed with people. 

The Anglo-Danish clash has been friendly so far, with one England fan even revealing that he faces being sent off to sleep in the shed if England win tonight – by his Danish wife.

Chris Kerin, 38, will be given his marching orders by wife Christina if Southgate’s team overcome Denmark tonight in their Euro 2020 semi-final.

The couple from Hertfordshire will watch the tense match at Wembley together with both hoping that they get bragging rights at the final whistle. 

Furniture worker Chris was today wearing a classic red England kit with an England scarf round his neck while Christina, 30, originally from Denmark’s third largest city, Odense, was draped in her nation’s flag.

Predicting a 2-1 win to Denmark while sitting on Wembley Way, nurse Christina said: ‘I think we’re going to win tonight, I think we are on a great run.

‘We have a two-year-old son back at home and I’ve convinced him to support mummy’s team so it’s two against one in our household. England are good but I think Denmark are better.’

Chris, however, predicted that England would come out on top – after extra time and penalties. He said: ‘I don’t like getting too carried away but I think we’ll hopefully go through… but it might have to be from a dreaded penalty shootout. 

‘I was getting nervous last night watching the Italians and Spanish. I just hope we can scrape a win within the 90-minutes. Denmark are a very tough team and are definitely a concern, it won’t be easy.

‘I’ll be over the moon if we get through to our first final since 1966… but I’ll be in the doghouse that’s for sure. I’ll probably be spending tonight in the shed if that happens! But we’ll try and enjoy the game together, it’s been a good atmosphere so far.’

Chris and Christina were among thousands of England and Denmark football fans milling around Wembley this afternoon ahead of the 8pm kick-off. 

Some England fans came dressed as knights and faced off against their Danish rivals clad in Viking outfits.

Jospeh Afrane, meanwhile, wore a St George’s flag shirt and tie, shoes decorated with the Union flag and a white suit as he held his England scarf aloft under the famous arch.

The 55-year-old from Battersea, South London, said: ‘I think England will win 2-0 and I correctly predicted the result against Germany. I’m confident they can do it. I think Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling are going to play well and team up again.

‘I hope they don’t underestimate Denmark though, as they can frighten England, especially on the break. It’s time for England to get to a final and I’ll be cheering them on all the way.’

Confident couple Lee and Steph Roberts from Medway in Kent were predicting a 3-1 win to England. Both work for McDonalds – where they met – and shelled out just over £1,000 for the tickets

Lee, 37, said: ‘I went on the UEFA website and snapped them up after the Germany game so it was a bit of a risk as I could’ve been watching Ukraine vs Sweden but luckily we got through and I’m watching England.

England must defeat the Curse of ITV to win tonight: Fans fear that Gareth Southgate’s men will lose AGAIN on commercial channel that traditionally shows them being dumped out of big tournaments 

Football fans fear England could fall victim to the ITV curse tonight as they battle to reach the Euro 2020 finals against Italy.

The channel has a curious history of showing the Three Lions being dumped out of big tournaments, with only six wins broadcast on ITV since Euro 1996 compared to 17 on the BBC.

Millions are expected to tune into ITV at 8pm tonight as Gareth Southgate’s men face Denmark at Wembley in what could be England’s biggest game since 1966.

But superstitious football fans believe the Three Lions have already been given the kiss of death from ITV, despite the BBC’s terrestrial rival showing a 1 – 0 victory over the Czech Republic earlier in the tournament.

There are also fears that ITV Hub, where tonight’s clash will be streamed, could again run into technical problems after a series of issues for fans attempting to watch Love Island and the France vs Switzerland clash.

Those awaiting the return of the ITV dating show were met with ‘Page not loading’ and other error messages as they tried to load the stream last month, while those watching the Euros claimed play was frozen on a corner kick for 10 minutes.

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‘I’m quietly confident, this is the best team we’ve had in years and so far things have started to click. I don’t think anyone else has got through five games at a tournament and not conceded any goals – certainly not any previous England teams. 

‘I think Denmark are a good, strong and well-drilled side and it won’t be easy by any margin but I think we’ll have too much for them.’

Steph added: ‘I think both Denmark and – if we do get through – Italy are beatable. I don’t think England need fear anyone, we’re as good as any team at the moment.’ 

Images from across the country showed supporters getting into the spirit, with a set of flag-waving supporters stopping traffic to recreate the famous Vindaloo video in Kidderminster, West Midlands.  

One father, meanwhile, filmed himself singing ‘It’s Coming Home’ as he rushed his pregnant fiancee to hospital. Simmie Sweeney woke up this morning to find partner Amy Watts, 27, had gone into labour and as he rushed her to hospital, he decided to burst into song, singing the 1996 Three Lion’s hit while Amy squirmed in pain next to him. 

The video has now been viewed more than 47,000 times, with Mr Sweeney tweeting: ‘Mrs is currently in labour – reckon I’ll be out in time for tonight?’  

His excitement was shared by fans up and down the country who shared photos of themselves wearing England shirts, as others lined up outside Boxpark near Wembley stadium and flocked to bars hours before kick-off. 

The Boxpark fans sang and drank throughout the afternoon, as other fans moved across Wembley Way to soak up the atmosphere. 

Around 6.8 million pints are expected to be poured, with the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) saying that fans will buy 50,000 pints a minute over the course of the match. 

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

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

The incredible footage of fans recreating the Vindaloo video was filmed in Kidderminster and organised by Kiddy Lad, a local social media personality who put out a request for a ‘huge crowd’ of people to show up at around 7pm on Monday.

Several residents answered his call, with footage showing people of all ages waving flags, letting off smoke flares and holding signs as Kiddy Lad led the march on the back of a truck.

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

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

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

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

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

Fans of England enjoy the pre-match atmosphere with an inflatable beach ball outside the stadium in Wembley

Fans of England enjoy the pre-match atmosphere with an inflatable beach ball outside the stadium in Wembley

Fans of England enjoy the pre-match atmosphere with an inflatable beach ball outside the stadium in Wembley

England fans outside Wembley Stadium ahead of the UEFA Euro 2020 semi final match between England and Denmark

England fans outside Wembley Stadium ahead of the UEFA Euro 2020 semi final match between England and Denmark

England fans outside Wembley Stadium ahead of the UEFA Euro 2020 semi final match between England and Denmark

People out in Soho and Leicester Square drinking ahead of tonight's England semi final match against Denmark at Wembley

People out in Soho and Leicester Square drinking ahead of tonight's England semi final match against Denmark at Wembley

People out in Soho and Leicester Square drinking ahead of tonight’s England semi final match against Denmark at Wembley

Hundreds of Danish fans have gathered eight hours before the game against England, packing out bars in the country

Hundreds of Danish fans have gathered eight hours before the game against England, packing out bars in the country

Hundreds of Danish fans have gathered eight hours before the game against England, packing out bars in the country

Danish soccer team supporters gather for a pre-match party in Vinegar Yard in south London, taking over the bar

Danish soccer team supporters gather for a pre-match party in Vinegar Yard in south London, taking over the bar

Danish soccer team supporters gather for a pre-match party in Vinegar Yard in south London, taking over the bar

A Danish soccer team supporter has their face painted as they gather in Vinegar Yard in south London this afternoon

A Danish soccer team supporter has their face painted as they gather in Vinegar Yard in south London this afternoon

A Danish soccer team supporter has their face painted as they gather in Vinegar Yard in south London this afternoon

An England fan outside Wembley Stadium ahead of the UEFA Euro 2020 semi final match between England and Denmark

An England fan outside Wembley Stadium ahead of the UEFA Euro 2020 semi final match between England and Denmark

An England fan outside Wembley Stadium ahead of the UEFA Euro 2020 semi final match between England and Denmark

Cheering England fans outside Wembley Stadium ahead of the UEFA Euro 2020 semi final match between England and Denmark

Cheering England fans outside Wembley Stadium ahead of the UEFA Euro 2020 semi final match between England and Denmark

Cheering England fans outside Wembley Stadium ahead of the UEFA Euro 2020 semi final match between England and Denmark

England fans outside Wembley Stadium ahead of the UEFA Euro 2020 semi final match between England and Denmark

England fans outside Wembley Stadium ahead of the UEFA Euro 2020 semi final match between England and Denmark

England fans outside Wembley Stadium ahead of the UEFA Euro 2020 semi final match between England and Denmark

Spirits were high outside Wembley today with England expected to beat Denmark and advance to the final against Italy

Spirits were high outside Wembley today with England expected to beat Denmark and advance to the final against Italy

Spirits were high outside Wembley today with England expected to beat Denmark and advance to the final against Italy

England fans outside Wembley Stadium ahead of the UEFA Euro 2020 semi final match between England and Denmark

England fans outside Wembley Stadium ahead of the UEFA Euro 2020 semi final match between England and Denmark

England fans outside Wembley Stadium ahead of the UEFA Euro 2020 semi final match between England and Denmark

England fans outside Wembley Fanpark ahead of the UEFA Euro 2020 semi final match between England and Denmark

England fans outside Wembley Fanpark ahead of the UEFA Euro 2020 semi final match between England and Denmark

England fans outside Wembley Fanpark ahead of the UEFA Euro 2020 semi final match between England and Denmark

A woman with her dog sits amongst England flags ahead of the match against Denmark at Wembley at 8pm this evening

A woman with her dog sits amongst England flags ahead of the match against Denmark at Wembley at 8pm this evening

A woman with her dog sits amongst England flags ahead of the match against Denmark at Wembley at 8pm this evening

Nissan has come up with the perfect tribute to Southgate ahead of tonight's Euro 2020 semi-final clash with Denmark

Nissan has come up with the perfect tribute to Southgate ahead of tonight's Euro 2020 semi-final clash with Denmark

Nissan has come up with the perfect tribute to Southgate ahead of tonight’s Euro 2020 semi-final clash with Denmark

The car giant has renamed one of the entrances to its Sunderland plant in tribute to the England manager, who previously managed Middlesbrough. A goods entrance at the plant has been rebranded The Nissan Southgate, with his name and face etched on a mound nearby

The car giant has renamed one of the entrances to its Sunderland plant in tribute to the England manager, who previously managed Middlesbrough. A goods entrance at the plant has been rebranded The Nissan Southgate, with his name and face etched on a mound nearby

The car giant has renamed one of the entrances to its Sunderland plant in tribute to the England manager, who previously managed Middlesbrough. A goods entrance at the plant has been rebranded The Nissan Southgate, with his name and face etched on a mound nearby

Euro 2020 race for the Golden Boot: Cristiano Ronaldo currently leads the way while Switzerland’s Steven Zuber has the most assists so far – but Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling have time to catch up 

Euro 2020 has now reached its business end, and glory is on the horizon for those teams battling it out in the quarter-finals.

Though Cristiano Ronaldo and Patrik Schick are both sat on five goals apiece, it’s the Portugal man who currently leads the way.

That’s because if two or more players are on the same number of goals, UEFA have clarified that the prize will then be determined by number of assists, followed by fewest minutes played and finally goals in the qualification phase.

Neither Ronaldo or Schick are still in the tournament, however, after Portugal were knocked out by Belgium, while the Czech Republic lost their quarter-final against Denmark.

England’s Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling, both on three goals, could have two matches to catch up with Ronaldo, which is the same for Denmark’s Kasper Dolberg.

Meanwhile, Switzerland’s Steven Zuber has the most assists so far with four to his name, one ahead of Denmark’s Pierre-Emile Højbjerg and Spain’s Dani Olmo.

Luke Shaw though is just one behind, having created two brilliant assists in England’s thumping win over Ukraine on Saturday night.

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

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

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

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

England fans were in buoyant mood this morning as they prepared to roar on the Three Lions in their Euro 2020 semi-final tonight.

Supporters had started to gather in central London to cheer on Gareth Southgate’s team against a tough Denmark side at Wembley. Wearing the 1966 red England World Cup winning shirt, Andy Hallett and friend Jeff Courtney were sipping coffee in a cafe in Soho.

Civil servant Andy, 34, from Bow in East London, said: ‘I’ve got the day off because it’s my birthday today and I’m hoping England are going to give me a great birthday present tonight.  

‘We’ve been going great and have really grown into the tournament and now confidence is high. It’s going to be a tough game, Denmark are a very resilient side and everyone has a soft spot for them at the moment because of what happened to Christian Eriksen.

‘But I’m hoping for a 2-0 win to England this evening. I think it’s going to be a good, clean game. Last night’s game between Italy and Spain had too much diving and play acting but I don’t think we’ll see that tonight as both teams are pretty respectful.’  

Jeff, 35, added: ‘I think it’s going to be close but I’m hoping England just about edge it.’

Courier Danny Arnold, 24, left his home in Stockport, Lancashire at 4am this morning to deliver pizza supplies to Rudy’s Neapolitan restaurant in Soho.

Sporting a burgundy England shirt, the Manchester United fan said: ‘I wanted to get up and do the early delivery this morning so I can get back home to watch the match.

‘It’s ironic that I’m delivering to an Italian restaurant as I really hope it’s Italy who England play next! 

‘We’ve been very good in their last couple of games but we’ve also had that little bit of luck that you need to go far in tournaments.

‘I’ve been pleased with the United lads as well, particularly Luke Shaw and Harry Maguire, whose built up a really solid partnership with John Stones so far. Denmark will be no pushover but I just hope we can get to our first final since 1966.’

University friends Megan Beattie and Annie Robinson said they were both looking forward to the big game tonight.

Professional dancer Megan, 22, joked: ‘It’s coming home! It has to be – England fans have waited so long for a taste of success. I like the Denmark team but Mason Mount is my favourite player and I hope that he and the rest of the England team step up again tonight. They’ve all been brilliant so far.’

Nissan has come up with the perfect tribute to Southgate ahead of tonight’s Euro 2020 semi-final clash with Denmark. The car giant has renamed one of the entrances to its Sunderland plant in tribute to the England manager, who previously managed Middlesbrough.

A goods entrance at the plant has been rebranded The Nissan Southgate, with his name and face etched on a mound nearby.

The entrance, which has been known as ‘The South Gate’ since the plant first opened 35 years ago, is used by thousands of staff and part delivery drivers every day.

Nissan said they wanted to show their support for Southgate as England will play in the semi-final against Denmark tonight.

Michael Jude, HR Director at Nissan Sunderland Plant said: ‘Thousands of our team here at the plant and supplier delivery drivers use the Nissan Plant South Gate every single day.

‘To show our support for Gareth and the lads for tonight we’ve renamed it the Nissan Southgate, complete with a picture of the man himself. Come on England.’

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

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

Resident Chris Dowse and his dog Tinkerbell on the Kirby Estate in Bermondsey, south London, where residents are showing their support for England

Resident Chris Dowse and his dog Tinkerbell on the Kirby Estate in Bermondsey, south London, where residents are showing their support for England

Resident Chris Dowse and his dog Tinkerbell on the Kirby Estate in Bermondsey, south London, where residents are showing their support for England

A horse drawn carriage on the Kirby Estate in Bermondsey, south London, where residents are showing their support for England

A horse drawn carriage on the Kirby Estate in Bermondsey, south London, where residents are showing their support for England

A horse drawn carriage on the Kirby Estate in Bermondsey, south London, where residents are showing their support for England

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

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

Merchandise for sale outside Wembley Stadium ahead of the UEFA Euro 2020 semi final match between England and Denmark

Merchandise for sale outside Wembley Stadium ahead of the UEFA Euro 2020 semi final match between England and Denmark

Merchandise for sale outside Wembley Stadium ahead of the UEFA Euro 2020 semi final match between England and Denmark

Fan Richard Edwards told MailOnline: 'I will be watching the game at my mates garden bar in Harrogate, The Drunken Lobster!'

Fan Richard Edwards told MailOnline: 'I will be watching the game at my mates garden bar in Harrogate, The Drunken Lobster!'

Fan Richard Edwards told MailOnline: ‘I will be watching the game at my mates garden bar in Harrogate, The Drunken Lobster!’

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

England fans, 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 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

Student occupational therapist Annie, 21, said: ‘I think the team has done the country so proud and they’ve given us a much-needed lift after all we’ve been through with Covid and lockdowns. It’s like there’s a little bit of normality back in people’s lives and I’m really enjoying it.

‘But just imagine how amazing it would be if England made it to the final and actually went on to win – there’d be a massive party!’

Meanwhile, Italy fan Matteo Orletti, 28, hoped the Danes go on to meet his countrymen in the final. Matteo, who works at Caffè Nero in Soho, went to last night’s match between Italy and Spain and said: ‘It was incredible, an unbelievable atmosphere at Wembley and what a result!

‘I have to say that I want Denmark to play Italy in the final because I’m an Inter Milan fan and Christian Eriksen is one of our players. Denmark would be doing it for him. But I think England is going to win tonight and that won’t be a bad thing seeing as I’ve been living in London for the last five years.

‘Who will win the championship? Who knows! Italy have a chance and I’m going to try and see them in the final this weekend.’

Westminster Council are taking no chances with either joyous or dejected England fans tonight and have boarded up the famous Eros Fountain in Piccadilly Circus.

Hundreds of delirious supporters clambered on top of the London landmark following the wins against Germany and Ukraine.

Fans, some of whom had come down on the tube from Wembley, chanted ‘It’s Coming Home’ from the steps and others frolicked in the fountain beneath the statue until they were moved on by police.

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

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

Restaurants and shops are being boarded up ahead of the arrival of the England fans this evening, as well as other landmarks in Leicester Square

Restaurants and shops are being boarded up ahead of the arrival of the England fans this evening, as well as other landmarks in Leicester Square

Restaurants and shops are being boarded up ahead of the arrival of the England fans this evening, as well as other landmarks in Leicester Square

The Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain in piccadilly Circus and the Shakespeare statue in Leicester Square are fenced off

The Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain in piccadilly Circus and the Shakespeare statue in Leicester Square are fenced off

The Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain in piccadilly Circus and the Shakespeare statue in Leicester Square are fenced off

The glamorous WAGs of England's Euro stars travelled to Wembley in style as they boarded a party bus ahead of the semi-final match today

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

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

Bars in nearby Leicester Square and Soho were this morning preparing to welcome thousands of thirsty England fans ahead of the 8pm game – although due to Covid regulations most places required supporters to book in advance. 

Jack Innes, 27, who works at The Crown and Two Chairmen pub on Dean Street said: ‘We’re going to be at capacity for this game so there’ll be about 100-people.

‘It’s what we need really after being closed so long due to the Covid lockdown.

‘I’m hoping an England victory will keep our patrons in good spirits!’

Elsewhere in London, stewards were already in place at the fan zone in Trafalgar Square from 9.30am this morning despite it not opening until 5pm this evening.

One said: ‘We are letting in 900 supporters to watch the match on the big screens. It’s slightly more than the 750 who were allowed in to watch the group matches. 

‘It’s free to come in but you have to enter a ballot to get a ticket. Hopefully it’s going to be a great atmosphere tonight.’  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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