England 1-0 Italy: Three Lions score inside three minutes!

England are leading in the second half against Italy after Luke Shaw powered the Three Lions into an early lead in the Euro 2020 final at Wembley – leaving the country on tenterhooks for the next 45 minutes as the players stand on the brink of history.

Shaw smashed in a stunning goal on the break to give England the lead inside three minutes – sending Wembley into frenzy – and millions of other joyous fans across the country.  

A jubilant Prince George threw his arms around his mother Kate as Prince William beamed from ear-to-ear.

Boris Johnson went wild beside wife Carrie as thundering chants of ‘It’s coming home’ reverberated around the national stadium.

At the half-time whistle, millions were heading to the bar or the kettle to steel themselves with a drink as England hope to secure their first major trophy in 55 years. 

It comes after the party atmosphere descended into chaos just minutes before kick-off as dozens knocked down a barrier and rushed up the stairs to the stands as ticket-holding families with distraught children looked on. 

Wembley admitted that a ‘small number’ of people had got inside the stadium, but claimed the security situation was in hand.

Tens of thousands of fans without tickets have been rocking since Shaw netted the first goal – many arrived at the arena this morning and have been knocking back drinks ever since.

Gary Atkinson, 21, from Luton was soaking up the atmosphere from outside the ground, watching the action on a mobile phone. He told MailOnline: ‘This is so amazing. I have to pinch myself to believe it. If I wasn’t at the stadium, I would have thought I was just dreaming.

‘My three friends and I don’t have any tickets, but we thought we wanted to be here at Wembley just in case England made history.

‘It looks like we could win something for the first time in our lives. It looks like we are going to go all the way.’

Aaron Vernon,25, a McDonalds manager from Leighton Buzzard added: ‘It was a Man United player, and I support Man United, so that’s brilliant.

‘But I’m just pleased for my country. Hope we go all the way now.’

His girlfriend Sophie Flynn, 18, also from Leighton Buzzard said: ‘If we win, this will be good for the country. After all you’ve been through with a pandemic, this is just what we need. It’s coming home.’

She added: ‘The game is only just started. I wasn’t expecting it at all. Let’s hope it’s coming home though.  

Luke Shaw netted a stunning goal on the break to settle early nerves in front of 60,000 fans as the Three Lions look to secure their first major trophy in 55 years

Luke Shaw netted a stunning goal on the break to settle early nerves in front of 60,000 fans as the Three Lions look to secure their first major trophy in 55 years

Luke Shaw netted a stunning goal on the break to settle early nerves in front of 60,000 fans as the Three Lions look to secure their first major trophy in 55 years

Prince George laughs with joy with his father Prince William as Kate Middleton claps the Luke Shaw goal which gave England their early lead

Prince George laughs with joy with his father Prince William as Kate Middleton claps the Luke Shaw goal which gave England their early lead

Prince George laughs with joy with his father Prince William as Kate Middleton claps the Luke Shaw goal which gave England their early lead 

Prince George celebrates the goal with mother Kate and father William in the royal box as jubilation grips Wembley after Luke Shaw knocked in an early goal

Prince George celebrates the goal with mother Kate and father William in the royal box as jubilation grips Wembley after Luke Shaw knocked in an early goal

Prince George celebrates the goal with mother Kate and father William in the royal box as jubilation grips Wembley after Luke Shaw knocked in an early goal

A jubilant Prince George threw his arms around his mother Kate as Prince William beamed from ear-to-ear, while Boris Johnson went wild beside wife Carrie as thundering chants of 'It's coming home' rattled around the national stadium

A jubilant Prince George threw his arms around his mother Kate as Prince William beamed from ear-to-ear, while Boris Johnson went wild beside wife Carrie as thundering chants of 'It's coming home' rattled around the national stadium

A jubilant Prince George threw his arms around his mother Kate as Prince William beamed from ear-to-ear, while Boris Johnson went wild beside wife Carrie as thundering chants of ‘It’s coming home’ rattled around the national stadium

Prince George goes wild in the royal box as Luke Shaw gives England an early lead for their dream start in the final

Prince George goes wild in the royal box as Luke Shaw gives England an early lead for their dream start in the final

Prince George goes wild in the royal box as Luke Shaw gives England an early lead for their dream start in the final

Luke Shaw of England celebrates with Mason Mount and Kalvin Phillips after scoring their side's first goal

Luke Shaw of England celebrates with Mason Mount and Kalvin Phillips after scoring their side's first goal

Luke Shaw of England celebrates with Mason Mount and Kalvin Phillips after scoring their side’s first goal

Boris Johnson can't believe it as Carrie claps after England took the lead within two minutes

Boris Johnson can't believe it as Carrie claps after England took the lead within two minutes

Boris Johnson can’t believe it as Carrie claps after England took the lead within two minutes

England fans go wild at a screening in Manchester

England fans go wild at a screening in Manchester

England fans go wild at a screening in Manchester

England supporters go wild at a big screen event in Manchester as Shaw rocketed the side to their dream start

England supporters go wild at a big screen event in Manchester as Shaw rocketed the side to their dream start

England supporters go wild at a big screen event in Manchester as Shaw rocketed the side to their dream start 

Luke Shaw peels away from the goal, his arms spread wide in celebration after England took the lead after just two minutes

Luke Shaw peels away from the goal, his arms spread wide in celebration after England took the lead after just two minutes

Luke Shaw peels away from the goal, his arms spread wide in celebration after England took the lead after just two minutes 

England fans go wild at a screening of the match in Manchester after Shaw took the Three Lions to an early lead against Italy

England fans go wild at a screening of the match in Manchester after Shaw took the Three Lions to an early lead against Italy

England fans go wild at a screening of the match in Manchester after Shaw took the Three Lions to an early lead against Italy

The Duchess of Cambridge talks Prince George through proceedings as Prince William watches on

The Duchess of Cambridge talks Prince George through proceedings as Prince William watches on

The Duchess of Cambridge talks Prince George through proceedings as Prince William watches on

Boris Johnson with wife Carrie waves from the stands

Boris Johnson with wife Carrie waves from the stands

Boris Johnson with wife Carrie waves from the stands

Italy and England players line up prior to the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Final

Italy and England players line up prior to the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Final

Italy and England players line up prior to the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Final

Kate and Prince George watch on as the match gets underway

Kate and Prince George watch on as the match gets underway

Kate and Prince George watch on as the match gets underway

Kate and William watch on from the royal box with Prince George

Kate and William watch on from the royal box with Prince George

Kate and William watch on from the royal box with Prince George

Boris appeared to exhibit some early sings of nerves as he scratched his head

Boris appeared to exhibit some early sings of nerves as he scratched his head

Boris appeared to exhibit some early sings of nerves as he scratched his head 

Kate and William watch on ahead of the anthems

Kate and William watch on ahead of the anthems

Kate and William watch on ahead of the anthems

England fans bellow 'It's coming home' in the stands as the players get ready for the match against Italy

England fans bellow 'It's coming home' in the stands as the players get ready for the match against Italy

England fans bellow ‘It’s coming home’ in the stands as the players get ready for the match against Italy 

England fans hold up a St George's Cross outside Wembley stadium as thousands gathered outside the west London arena, many of them without tickets

England fans hold up a St George's Cross outside Wembley stadium as thousands gathered outside the west London arena, many of them without tickets

England fans hold up a St George’s Cross outside Wembley stadium as thousands gathered outside the west London arena, many of them without tickets 

A young England fan with his face painted with the cross of St George sits on a man's shoulders ahead of the match

A young England fan with his face painted with the cross of St George sits on a man's shoulders ahead of the match

A young England fan with his face painted with the cross of St George sits on a man’s shoulders ahead of the match 

Fans stormed through the barriers

Fans stormed through the barriers

Fans push through security

Fans push through security

Dozens of football fans were spotted pushing through the security barriers outside the stadium earlier today

Football fans stormed through the security barriers at Wembley just moments ahead of England's nail-biting fight against Italy

Football fans stormed through the security barriers at Wembley just moments ahead of England's nail-biting fight against Italy

Football fans stormed through the security barriers at Wembley just moments ahead of England’s nail-biting fight against Italy

England fans have been singing Sweet Caroline and It's Coming Home on the country's greatest footballing occasion in 55 years

England fans have been singing Sweet Caroline and It's Coming Home on the country's greatest footballing occasion in 55 years

England fans have been singing Sweet Caroline and It’s Coming Home on the country’s greatest footballing occasion in 55 years

Fans cheer the players on as they start their warm up routines before the 8pm start

Fans cheer the players on as they start their warm up routines before the 8pm start

Fans cheer the players on as they start their warm up routines before the 8pm start

Thousands of England fans cheer on their team outside Wembley Stadium ahead of the UEFA EURO 2020 final football match

Thousands of England fans cheer on their team outside Wembley Stadium ahead of the UEFA EURO 2020 final football match

Thousands of England fans cheer on their team outside Wembley Stadium ahead of the UEFA EURO 2020 final football match

Jubilation among fans, several with dyed-blonde hair al la Phil Foden, on the streets of London as beers flow ahead of the greatest footballing occasion in 55 years

Jubilation among fans, several with dyed-blonde hair al la Phil Foden, on the streets of London as beers flow ahead of the greatest footballing occasion in 55 years

Jubilation among fans, several with dyed-blonde hair al la Phil Foden, on the streets of London as beers flow ahead of the greatest footballing occasion in 55 years 

Thousands of fans walk towards Wembley, which will host 60,000 tonight – around 70 per cent of its full capacity due to the pandemic

The England team coach is cheered off to Wembley by hundreds of jubilant fans in Hertfordshire on Sunday afternoon

The England team coach is cheered off to Wembley by hundreds of jubilant fans in Hertfordshire on Sunday afternoon

The England team coach is cheered off to Wembley by hundreds of jubilant fans in Hertfordshire on Sunday afternoon

England fans clutch onto smoke canisters and cans of booze as they make their way to Wembley

England fans clutch onto smoke canisters and cans of booze as they make their way to Wembley

England fans clutch onto smoke canisters and cans of booze as they make their way to Wembley 

Red smoke billows into the sky as fans descend on Wembley, west London

Red smoke billows into the sky as fans descend on Wembley, west London

Red smoke billows into the sky as fans descend on Wembley, west London

The Henri Delaunay Trophy gleams on a podium as rain falls on Wembley stadium ahead of tonight's final

The Henri Delaunay Trophy gleams on a podium as rain falls on Wembley stadium ahead of tonight's final

The Henri Delaunay Trophy gleams on a podium as rain falls on Wembley stadium ahead of tonight’s final

England supporters at Wembley clamber onto a bus ahead of the Three Lions' historic Euros clash against Italy tonight

England supporters at Wembley clamber onto a bus ahead of the Three Lions' historic Euros clash against Italy tonight

England supporters at Wembley clamber onto a bus ahead of the Three Lions’ historic Euros clash against Italy tonight 

A man throws an object as football fans gather in Leicester Square ahead of England's Euros final against Italy

A man throws an object as football fans gather in Leicester Square ahead of England's Euros final against Italy

A man throws an object as football fans gather in Leicester Square ahead of England’s Euros final against Italy

An England fan in Leicester Square prepares to hurl a tree torn from the ground amid riotous scenes in the capital

An England fan in Leicester Square prepares to hurl a tree torn from the ground amid riotous scenes in the capital

An England fan in Leicester Square prepares to hurl a tree torn from the ground amid riotous scenes in the capital

England fans gather in Trafalgar Square ahead of the match, while one supporter dressed as a knight climbs a traffic light

England fans gather in Trafalgar Square ahead of the match, while one supporter dressed as a knight climbs a traffic light

England fans gather in Trafalgar Square ahead of the match, while one supporter dressed as a knight climbs a traffic light

Excitement builds in the Boxpark Croydon as millions around the country pack into outdoor seating arenas to watch the final

Excitement builds in the Boxpark Croydon as millions around the country pack into outdoor seating arenas to watch the final

Excitement builds in the Boxpark Croydon as millions around the country pack into outdoor seating arenas to watch the final

A Fan lets off a flare at Leicester Square, London before the UEFA Euro 2020 Final between Italy and England

A Fan lets off a flare at Leicester Square, London before the UEFA Euro 2020 Final between Italy and England

Jubilant crowds at a screening in Croydon dance to music

Jubilant crowds at a screening in Croydon dance to music

A fan lets off a flare in Leicester Square ahead of the final, left, while jubilant crowds at a screening in Croydon dance to music

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer poses for a selfie with his wife Victoria before the game starts

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer poses for a selfie with his wife Victoria before the game starts

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer poses for a selfie with his wife Victoria before the game starts

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer wearing a Three Lions shirt arrives at the ground with wife Victoria

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer wearing a Three Lions shirt arrives at the ground with wife Victoria

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer wearing a Three Lions shirt arrives at the ground with wife Victoria

An estimated 35 million are watching the match on TV, while more than £3 billion is being lavished on bets, drinks and food. 

The force said it will be deploying ‘a great many officers and specialist units to prevent crime and disorder and respond to any incidents right across London’.

It comes as expectations reach fever pitch, one fan in central London said even a loss is ‘something to drink to’ in its historic match against Italy in the Euro final.

Simon Brown, 36, from London, told PA that he believes England ‘has done well to get to the finals’.

He said: ‘I think after coronavirus everyone just wants a reason to be happy and we all got behind it. Even if we don’t get through – we’ve done well to get to the finals. I’ll drink to that.

‘I think England will win. You’ve got to get behind the team – you’ve got to. We’ve got the home advantage and the crowd will be behind them. It’s now or never.’

Mr Brown also said that while it was difficult to find a place to watch the game, he and his friend have managed to book a bar in Chiswick.

He added: ‘It would be a shame if they lose because the atmosphere is so good and everyone’s so happy and that would definitely dent it. But we’ll see.’

Gagz Cheema, 35, from London, thinks that ‘realistically, England won’t win’.

She said: ‘To be fair to get this far is such an achievement, so it’s worth celebrating anyways.

‘If they do win, we’ll celebrate with tequila shots.’

Fans arriving at BOXPARK Croydon for the match were in high spirits.

Friends Danny Valance, 33, and Jonathon Eond, 28, both from London, said: ‘We are anxious, optimistic. It will kick off if we win or lose.’

Mr Valance added: ‘Trust in Southgate.’

John Heffernan, 55, from Birmingham, who is with his daughter Ellie, 18, said: ‘We are quietly confident. It’s coming home.’

The British Beer & Pub Association predicts England fans will buy 7.1 million pints as they watch England’s first major tournament final since the 1966 World Cup.

By the end of the competition it is estimated that £815million will have been spent in pubs and hospitality venues, with 32.6 million pints sold, according to a report by Vouchercodes.co.uk and the Centre for Retail Research.

Ahead of the match, The Queen, Prince William and Prime Minister Boris Johnson sent the team best wishes, while thousands of England supporters urge the side to ‘bring it home’ – with some fans partying last night while others admitted they didn’t sleep because they were so excited. 

In a video message on the official England football Twitter account, Southgate – who has been praised for his leadership of the team – said the fans’ support has given them a ‘huge lift’.

He said: ‘We hope that you’ve enjoyed watching us play. I’m very grateful to all of the players and the incredible staff I’ve got with me, that we’ve been able to get to our first final for 55 years. But of course we know now we’ve got to deliver for you, so we’ll be doing everything we can. 

He said: ‘We hope that you’ve enjoyed watching us play. I’m very grateful to all of the players and the incredible staff I’ve got with me, that we’ve been able to get to our first final for 55 years. But of course we know now we’ve got to deliver for you, so we’ll be doing everything we can

A man jumps from the Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain in Piccadilly Circus ahead of the UEFA EURO 2020 final football match

A man jumps from the Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain in Piccadilly Circus ahead of the UEFA EURO 2020 final football match

A man jumps from the Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain in Piccadilly Circus ahead of the UEFA EURO 2020 final football match

Riot police are deployed in central London as fans get out of hand ahead of tonight's clash at Wembley

Riot police are deployed in central London as fans get out of hand ahead of tonight's clash at Wembley

Riot police are deployed in central London as fans get out of hand ahead of tonight’s clash at Wembley

Riot police are out in force in Trafalgar Square as fans flock to central London to soak up the atmosphere

Riot police are out in force in Trafalgar Square as fans flock to central London to soak up the atmosphere

Riot police are out in force in Trafalgar Square as fans flock to central London to soak up the atmosphere 

Fans let of smoke canisters and sing songs on the steps of the National Gallery at Trafalgar Square, London

Fans let of smoke canisters and sing songs on the steps of the National Gallery at Trafalgar Square, London

Fans let of smoke canisters and sing songs on the steps of the National Gallery at Trafalgar Square, London

‘Your support and energy has given us a huge lift, and I know it will on Sunday.’

The Duke of Cambridge praised manager Southgate, captain Harry Kane and ‘every member of the England team on and off the pitch’ in a video message on his official Twitter account, as he said: ‘I can’t really believe this is happening’ and wished the squad ‘the very best of luck’.   

William, the President of the FA, said: ‘Gareth, Harry and to every member of the England team on and off the pitch, just want to wish you the very best of luck tonight. What a team performance it’s been, everyone in the squad has played their part. All the backroom team as well have been truly essentially.  

‘I can’t really believe this is happening. So exciting and I just wish you the very best of luck. You bring out the very best of England and we are all behind you. The whole country is behind you. So, bring it home.’ 

England captain Harry Kane said his team hopes to do the nation proud in their bid for Euro 2020 glory. He told reporters at a press conference last night: ‘We want to go and bring the trophy home’ – adding: ‘We know how much it means to the English fans all over the country so we’re proud to be representing them and hopefully we can do them proud again.’

The Queen paid tribute to the ‘spirit, commitment and pride’ of the squad in a good luck message ahead of tonight’s final, while her grandson the Duke of Cambridge said it is ‘so exciting’ to get to this point.   

The Prime Minister told Southgate and the players they had ‘already made history’ by reaching the final, writing: ‘You have lifted the spirits of the whole country, and tomorrow we know you can lift that trophy too. We are not just hoping or praying. 

‘We believe in you, Gareth, and your incredible squad.’       

A number of schools have already said they will allow pupils to start later on Monday if they wish to and some employers are considering letting staff enjoy a celebratory – or consolatory – lie-in after what could be a very late night. 

The final is due to kick off at 8pm and will finish by 10pm if it ends in normal time, but could end closer to 11pm if there is extra time or a penalty shootout. 

The official England Twitter account posted this morning: ‘A matchday like no other’ – sparking a flurry of excited and anxious messages. One expectant fan wrote: ‘Massive day ahead, first final for @England in my lifetime. Wherever you’re watching it, whatever your plans are, enjoy! Proud of the squad and what they’ve done so far, but they can lift that trophy!’

Another said: ‘Today is the day! The sun’s out, enjoy it, embrace it, soak up the atmosphere!! The excitement, the nerves, the butterflies in the stomach. Go mad!! Who knows when or if this day will come again! #ItsComingHome’.

One tweeted: ‘Been up since 5am cos of today. Couldn’t sleep at all! C’mon @England #ItsComingHome #ENG’ – with another writing on Twitter: ‘Morning everyone, anybody got any sleep last night or feeling nervous ahead of #ITAENG #ItsComingHome Come on #ENG @England’.  

The atmosphere near the official fan zone in Trafalgar Square is lively ahead of the Euro 2020 final, with pubs packed and large crowds holding England flags and wearing shirts with Three Lions on the chest.

Fans without tickets for the fan zone are also gathered in the area, and some can be heard chanting and singing the national anthem.

Neil James, 32, from Horsham, Surrey, said: ‘I’m so fortunate to be here, I never thought I’d see anything like this in my lifetime. I can’t even comprehend the idea England could win something, I just want to drink and drink tonight, work tomorrow is on the back burner.

‘It’s all about tonight.’

England fans cheers outside the Wembley Stadium ahead of the highly-anticipated UEFA Euro 2020 final tonight

England fans cheers outside the Wembley Stadium ahead of the highly-anticipated UEFA Euro 2020 final tonight

England fans cheers outside the Wembley Stadium ahead of the highly-anticipated UEFA Euro 2020 final tonight

England fans outside King's Cross station in London, ahead of the Euro 2020 final against Italy

England fans outside King's Cross station in London, ahead of the Euro 2020 final against Italy

England fans outside King’s Cross station in London, ahead of the Euro 2020 final against Italy 

England fans on Wembley Way gather before Three Lions fight Italy for the Euros 2020 Championship at Wembley

England fans on Wembley Way gather before Three Lions fight Italy for the Euros 2020 Championship at Wembley

England fans on Wembley Way gather before Three Lions fight Italy for the Euros 2020 Championship at Wembley

England fans gather in Newcastle this afternoon ahead of this evening's Euro 2020 final at Wembley

England fans gather in Newcastle this afternoon ahead of this evening's Euro 2020 final at Wembley

England fans gather in Newcastle this afternoon ahead of this evening’s Euro 2020 final at Wembley

An England fan strips naked as Three Lions fans party outside Wembley Stadium ahead of the Euros final

An England fan strips naked as Three Lions fans party outside Wembley Stadium ahead of the Euros final

An England fan strips naked as Three Lions fans party outside Wembley Stadium ahead of the Euros final

England fans gather in Trafalgar Square ahead of the Euros clash with Italy at Wembley Stadium tonight

England fans gather in Trafalgar Square ahead of the Euros clash with Italy at Wembley Stadium tonight

England fans gather in Trafalgar Square ahead of the Euros clash with Italy at Wembley Stadium tonight

General view of fans on Wembley Way outside Wembley Stadium ahead of the Euros clash against Italy

General view of fans on Wembley Way outside Wembley Stadium ahead of the Euros clash against Italy

General view of fans on Wembley Way outside Wembley Stadium ahead of the Euros clash against Italy

England fans with flares in Leicester Square ahead of the Three Lions' biggest match for more than half a century

England fans with flares in Leicester Square ahead of the Three Lions' biggest match for more than half a century

England fans with flares in Leicester Square ahead of the Three Lions’ biggest match for more than half a century 

Football fans gather in Leicester Square turn over bions, wave flags, drink and let off flares ahead of the Euros clash

Football fans gather in Leicester Square turn over bions, wave flags, drink and let off flares ahead of the Euros clash

Football fans gather in Leicester Square turn over bions, wave flags, drink and let off flares ahead of the Euros clash 

England football fans pose for photos on Wembley Way before the UEFA Euros final at Wembley against Italy

England football fans pose for photos on Wembley Way before the UEFA Euros final at Wembley against Italy

England football fans pose for photos on Wembley Way before the UEFA Euros final at Wembley against Italy 

England football fans in London's West End ahead of the Euro 2020 final against Italy at Wembley

England football fans in London's West End ahead of the Euro 2020 final against Italy at Wembley

England football fans in London’s West End ahead of the Euro 2020 final against Italy at Wembley

Three Lions fans let off flares down Wembley Way outside the stadium ahead of the Euros clash with Italy

Three Lions fans let off flares down Wembley Way outside the stadium ahead of the Euros clash with Italy

Three Lions fans let off flares down Wembley Way outside the stadium ahead of the Euros clash with Italy

An England fan climbs on top of traffic lights outside the ground ahead of the Euros final at Wembley Stadium

An England fan climbs on top of traffic lights outside the ground ahead of the Euros final at Wembley Stadium

An England fan climbs on top of traffic lights outside the ground ahead of the Euros final at Wembley Stadium

Football fans gather in Leicester Square and let off flares ahead of the Euros clash with Italy at Wembley

Football fans gather in Leicester Square and let off flares ahead of the Euros clash with Italy at Wembley

Football fans gather in Leicester Square and let off flares ahead of the Euros clash with Italy at Wembley

England fans on top of a bus outside Wembley Stadium as the grounds turn chaotic ahead of the Euros final

England fans on top of a bus outside Wembley Stadium as the grounds turn chaotic ahead of the Euros final

England fans on top of a bus outside Wembley Stadium as the grounds turn chaotic ahead of the Euros final

Football fans gather in Leicester Square and let off flares ahead of the Euros clash with Italy at Wembley

Football fans gather in Leicester Square and let off flares ahead of the Euros clash with Italy at Wembley

Football fans gather in Leicester Square and let off flares ahead of the Euros clash with Italy at Wembley 

Football fans gather in Leicester Square and let off flares ahead of the Euros clash with Italy at Wembley

Football fans gather in Leicester Square and let off flares ahead of the Euros clash with Italy at Wembley

Football fans gather in Leicester Square and let off flares ahead of the Euros clash with Italy at Wembley

England fans with flares in Leicester Square ahead of the Euro 2020 clash with Italy at Wembley Stadium

England fans with flares in Leicester Square ahead of the Euro 2020 clash with Italy at Wembley Stadium

England fans with flares in Leicester Square ahead of the Euro 2020 clash with Italy at Wembley Stadium

England fans with flares gather on Wembley way outside Wembley stadium ahead of the match

England fans with flares gather on Wembley way outside Wembley stadium ahead of the match

England fans with flares gather on Wembley way outside Wembley stadium ahead of the match

Three Lions supporters are seen drinking at BOXPARK Wembley ahead of England's match against Italy

Three Lions supporters are seen drinking at BOXPARK Wembley ahead of England's match against Italy

Three Lions supporters are seen drinking at BOXPARK Wembley ahead of England’s match against Italy

England fans outside King's Cross station in London, ahead of the Euro 2020 final against Italy

England fans outside King's Cross station in London, ahead of the Euro 2020 final against Italy

England fans outside King’s Cross station in London, ahead of the Euro 2020 final against Italy

Female England supporters clamber onto a bus on Wembley Way outside Wembley Stadium ahead of the Euros final

Female England supporters clamber onto a bus on Wembley Way outside Wembley Stadium ahead of the Euros final

Female England supporters clamber onto a bus on Wembley Way outside Wembley Stadium ahead of the Euros final

Football fans gather in Leicester Square and let off flares ahead of the Euros clash with Italy at Wembley

Football fans gather in Leicester Square and let off flares ahead of the Euros clash with Italy at Wembley

Football fans gather in Leicester Square and let off flares ahead of the Euros clash with Italy at Wembley

England fans climb aboard a bus outside the ground ahead of the UEFA Euro 2020 final at Wembley Stadium

England fans climb aboard a bus outside the ground ahead of the UEFA Euro 2020 final at Wembley Stadium

England fans climb aboard a bus outside the ground ahead of the UEFA Euro 2020 final at Wembley Stadium

England fans outside the ground ahead of the Euro 2020 final against Italy at Wembley Stadium

England fans outside the ground ahead of the Euro 2020 final against Italy at Wembley Stadium

England fans outside the ground ahead of the Euro 2020 final against Italy at Wembley Stadium

England fans on top of a bus on Wembley Way outside Wembley Stadium ahead of the Euros clash against Italy

England fans on top of a bus on Wembley Way outside Wembley Stadium ahead of the Euros clash against Italy

England fans on top of a bus on Wembley Way outside Wembley Stadium ahead of the Euros clash against Italy 

England football fans in London's West End ahead of the Euro 2020 final against Italy at Wembley

England football fans in London's West End ahead of the Euro 2020 final against Italy at Wembley

England football fans in London’s West End ahead of the Euro 2020 final against Italy at Wembley

England fans let off flares down Wembley Way outside Wembley Stadium ahead of the Euros final

England fans let off flares down Wembley Way outside Wembley Stadium ahead of the Euros final

England fans let off flares down Wembley Way outside Wembley Stadium ahead of the Euros final

England fans let off flares down Wembley Way outside Wembley Stadium ahead of the Euros final

England fans let off flares down Wembley Way outside Wembley Stadium ahead of the Euros final

England fans let off flares down Wembley Way outside Wembley Stadium ahead of the Euros final

England fans with flares gather on Wembley Way outside Wembley Stadium ahead of the Euros clash tonight

England fans with flares gather on Wembley Way outside Wembley Stadium ahead of the Euros clash tonight

England fans with flares gather on Wembley Way outside Wembley Stadium ahead of the Euros clash tonight

England fans in fancy-dress and sporting red and white set off flares outside Wembley Stadium ahead of the Euros final

England fans in fancy-dress and sporting red and white set off flares outside Wembley Stadium ahead of the Euros final

England fans in fancy-dress and sporting red and white set off flares outside Wembley Stadium ahead of the Euros final

England supporters clamber onto a bus in Wembley Stadium and set off flares ahead of the Euros final

England supporters clamber onto a bus in Wembley Stadium and set off flares ahead of the Euros final

England supporters clamber onto a bus in Wembley Stadium and set off flares ahead of the Euros final

Bystanders shared video on Twitter appearing to show a flare having been let off in Victoria Station in London

Bystanders shared video on Twitter appearing to show a flare having been let off in Victoria Station in London

Bystanders shared video on Twitter appearing to show a flare having been let off in Victoria Station in London 

England fans outside the ground ahead of the Euro 2020 Final at Wembley Stadium

England fans outside the ground ahead of the Euro 2020 Final at Wembley Stadium

England fans outside the ground ahead of the Euro 2020 Final at Wembley Stadium

Kate Middleton at Wimbledon today crossing her fingers ahead of the Euros final against Italy at Wembley

Kate Middleton at Wimbledon today crossing her fingers ahead of the Euros final against Italy at Wembley

Kate Middleton at Wimbledon today crossing her fingers ahead of the Euros final against Italy at Wembley

Prince William appeared to be crossing his fingers for an England win while at Wimbledon yesterday, where he and his wife Kate Middleton attended the grand slam to watch Australia's Ashleigh Barty win the tennis Championship in an epic three-set final against Karolina Pliskova

Prince William appeared to be crossing his fingers for an England win while at Wimbledon yesterday, where he and his wife Kate Middleton attended the grand slam to watch Australia's Ashleigh Barty win the tennis Championship in an epic three-set final against Karolina Pliskova

Prince William appeared to be crossing his fingers for an England win while at Wimbledon yesterday, where he and his wife Kate Middleton attended the grand slam to watch Australia’s Ashleigh Barty win the tennis Championship in an epic three-set final against Karolina Pliskova

England fans outside the ground ahead of the Euro 2020 final at Wembley Stadium

England fans outside the ground ahead of the Euro 2020 final at Wembley Stadium

England fans outside the ground ahead of the Euro 2020 final at Wembley Stadium

England fans outside the ground ahead of the Euro 2020 final at Wembley Stadium

England fans outside the ground ahead of the Euro 2020 final at Wembley Stadium

England fans outside the ground ahead of the Euro 2020 final at Wembley Stadium

Three Lions supporters are seen drinking at BOXPARK Wembley ahead of England's match against Italy

Three Lions supporters are seen drinking at BOXPARK Wembley ahead of England's match against Italy

Three Lions supporters are seen drinking at BOXPARK Wembley ahead of England’s match against Italy

England fans pose for photos over pints of beer at BOXPARK Wembley ahead of tonight's Euro 2020 clash against Italy

England fans pose for photos over pints of beer at BOXPARK Wembley ahead of tonight's Euro 2020 clash against Italy

England fans pose for photos over pints of beer at BOXPARK Wembley ahead of tonight’s Euro 2020 clash against Italy 

A group of England fans sporting red and white and holding banners and flags pose for photos at BOXPARK Wembley

A group of England fans sporting red and white and holding banners and flags pose for photos at BOXPARK Wembley

A group of England fans sporting red and white and holding banners and flags pose for photos at BOXPARK Wembley

England fans pose for photos over pints of beer at BOXPARK Wembley ahead of tonight's Euro 2020 clash against Italy

England fans pose for photos over pints of beer at BOXPARK Wembley ahead of tonight's Euro 2020 clash against Italy

England fans pose for photos over pints of beer at BOXPARK Wembley ahead of tonight’s Euro 2020 clash against Italy

England fans queuing outside the The Faltering Fullback pub in Finsbury Park, London

England fans queuing outside the The Faltering Fullback pub in Finsbury Park, London

England fans queuing outside the The Faltering Fullback pub in Finsbury Park, London

From 10am, fans were out in Bristol in their thousands. At Allstars Sports Bar, there was a queue of around 400 lining up

From 10am, fans were out in Bristol in their thousands. At Allstars Sports Bar, there was a queue of around 400 lining up

From 10am, fans were out in Bristol in their thousands. At Allstars Sports Bar, there was a queue of around 400 lining up

England fans at BOXPARK Wembley, where England will play Italy in the Euro 2020 final

England fans at BOXPARK Wembley, where England will play Italy in the Euro 2020 final

England fans at BOXPARK Wembley, where England will play Italy in the Euro 2020 final

Three Lions supporters are seen drinking at BOXPARK Wembley ahead of England's match against Italy

Three Lions supporters are seen drinking at BOXPARK Wembley ahead of England's match against Italy

Three Lions supporters are seen drinking at BOXPARK Wembley ahead of England’s match against Italy 

England supporters are pictured queueing for the BOXPARK bar to open at Wembley Stadium ahead of the Euro 2020 final

England supporters are pictured queueing for the BOXPARK bar to open at Wembley Stadium ahead of the Euro 2020 final

England supporters are pictured queueing for the BOXPARK bar to open at Wembley Stadium ahead of the Euro 2020 final

England fans in central London get ready for a day of partying ahead of the Three Lions' Euro 2020 final against Italy

England fans in central London get ready for a day of partying ahead of the Three Lions' Euro 2020 final against Italy

England fans in central London get ready for a day of partying ahead of the Three Lions’ Euro 2020 final against Italy

England supporters in London drinking this morning, ahead of the Three Lions' historic Euro 2020 final against Italy at Wembley

England supporters in London drinking this morning, ahead of the Three Lions' historic Euro 2020 final against Italy at Wembley

England supporters in London drinking this morning, ahead of the Three Lions’ historic Euro 2020 final against Italy at Wembley 

England fans in central London get ready for a day of partying ahead of the Three Lions' Euro 2020 final against Italy

England fans in central London get ready for a day of partying ahead of the Three Lions' Euro 2020 final against Italy

England fans in central London get ready for a day of partying ahead of the Three Lions’ Euro 2020 final against Italy

The first England supporters head to Wembley sporting red, white and blue ahead of the Euro 2020 final

The first England supporters head to Wembley sporting red, white and blue ahead of the Euro 2020 final

The first England supporters head to Wembley sporting red, white and blue ahead of the Euro 2020 final

England fans dressed in red and white head down to Wembley Stadium as the match build-up gets underway

England fans dressed in red and white head down to Wembley Stadium as the match build-up gets underway

England fans dressed in red and white head down to Wembley Stadium as the match build-up gets underway

Pictured: Michaela, Mark, Arthur and Tracy showing their support (early) for England at Wembley

Pictured: Michaela, Mark, Arthur and Tracy showing their support (early) for England at Wembley

Pictured: Michaela, Mark, Arthur and Tracy showing their support (early) for England at Wembley

Pictured: Jack with his twin sons Alfie and Leo at Wembley Stadium ahead of the Euro 2020 final against Italy

Pictured: Jack with his twin sons Alfie and Leo at Wembley Stadium ahead of the Euro 2020 final against Italy

Pictured: Jack with his twin sons Alfie and Leo at Wembley Stadium ahead of the Euro 2020 final against Italy 

England Fans at BOXPARK Wembley pouring pints of beer ahead of the Three Lions' Euro 2020 clash with Italy

England Fans at BOXPARK Wembley pouring pints of beer ahead of the Three Lions' Euro 2020 clash with Italy

England Fans at BOXPARK Wembley pouring pints of beer ahead of the Three Lions’ Euro 2020 clash with Italy 

The official England Twitter account posted this morning: 'A matchday like no other'

The official England Twitter account posted this morning: 'A matchday like no other'

The official England Twitter account posted this morning: ‘A matchday like no other’

Thousands of supporters urged the side to ‘bring it home’ on Twitter, with some revealing they’re so excited they didn’t sleep

The Queen congratulated Gareth Southgate and the England players for reaching the Euro 2020 final and praised their 'spirit, commitment and pride'

The Queen congratulated Gareth Southgate and the England players for reaching the Euro 2020 final and praised their 'spirit, commitment and pride'

The prime minister praised the team's 'sheer flair' as he called on them to lift the trophy against Italy at Wembley on Sunday, saying they had 'already made history

The prime minister praised the team's 'sheer flair' as he called on them to lift the trophy against Italy at Wembley on Sunday, saying they had 'already made history

The Queen (left) congratulated Gareth Southgate and the England players for reaching the Euro 2020 final and praised their ‘spirit, commitment and pride’, while Boris Johnson praised the ‘band of brothers’ (right)

‘Four day bank holiday IF England win tonight!’ Friday August 27 ‘is most likely day for extra day off to celebrate Euros win to make long weekend’ – as petition tops 350,000 

A four-day bank holiday in August could be declared if England win the European Championships tonight.

Britons could be granted another reason to cheer on the Three Lions as they face off against Italy at Wembley, as reports suggest a victory could mean extra time off in August.

A petition calling for the bank holiday has already topped 350,000 signatures.

Friday August 27 is thought to be the most likely option for the additional day off because it would align with the summer bank holiday on the following Monday, The Telegraph reports.

A source said the potential four-day weekend would spark an economic boost as more Britons would be able to take mini-breaks before schools go back for the next academic year.

 

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England supporters in Trafalgar Square said ‘history can be made’. Ross Belton, 22, from Crawley, said: ‘This is by far one of the biggest sporting days in my lifetime, I can’t think of anything that really comes close.

‘If I ever get married it’ll have to be a pretty special service to top the feeling I have right now!’

Another, named Paul, 42, an electrician from Camden, north London, said: ‘History can be made tonight, everyone has to make the most of it because we may never see it again. It’s like Christmas, if Christmas came around every 55 years, live in the moment and celebrate like mad if we win.’

One supporter said the country ‘needed’ an international tournament win. Paul Gunder, 44, from Basingstoke, said: ‘I’ve heard all the usual stories from my dad and grandad about England winning a major tournament in 1966.

‘Obviously as years go by you begin to think it’s never happening, but suddenly here we are, in a final.

‘I know some Italians and work with them, but today is our day, we’ve needed this as a country, the last year or so has been rough. I think we’ll win it by a goal.’

Friends Ellie Bass and Aimee McIntosh had gathered in the West End to savour the big game atmosphere.

Ellie , 21, from Portsmouth, said: ‘Im hoping for an England win. My mum has predicted 3-2 to England. She’s got a bit of a sixth sense and has been right about these things before and so I hope she is about this too.

‘I think it’s going to be a great game but my nerves are going to be shredded.’

Aimee, 25, from Streatham, South London, said: ‘I’m feeling very nervous but quietly confident, I think this has to be our time. England have exceeded all our expectations but they have to go one stage further and bring it home.

‘We’re going to watch it in a pub in Paddington but wanted to take in the atmosphere in the West End, it’s electric. We want to come back here afterwards – hopefully to celebrate.’

Matt Green, 21, travelled into London from his home in Hull especially to soak up the atmosphere as fans head to Wembley. He said: ‘It’s been brilliant, every where you look it’s England. People have got the St George’s flag and are having a ball – let’s hope it lasts.

Scots moan about being forced to watched ‘unbearable’ Euros coverage through ‘an entirely English lens’ – as sales of Italian flags and shirts soar amid calls for a Bank Holiday if ITALY win 

Sales of Italian flags and shirts are soaring in Scotland ahead of the Euro 2020 final tonight – amid tongue-in-cheek calls for a bank holiday if England lose the match and complaints of coverage of the tournament through an ‘English lens’.

While chants of ‘It’s Coming Home’ have returned in full fervour to the streets in hopes of a long-awaited big win, there is somewhat less excitement north of the border.

Millions of England fans will be wearing red and white shirts in living rooms and pubs across the country, with 60,000 supporters set to cheer on Gareth Southgate’s men at Wembley Stadium.

The Queen, Prince William and Boris Johnson have all praised the Three Lions ahead of the side’s first major final since the 1966 World Cup final tonight.

But The Scotsman reports that sales for Italian shirts and flags have soared in Scotland ahead of tonight’s finale, claiming it is related somewhat to Scotland’s ‘deep and rich history with Italy’, and not simply ‘clear Scottish distaste of It’s Coming Home’.

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‘I think England have got better the more they’ve gone through the tournament and think we’ll beat Italy 2-0. But they’re a good team and it’s going to be very difficult. To see England in the final is incredible- they just have to go and win it now!’

Drinking at the Leicester Arms in Soho, Rob Powell, 48, travelled from his home in Kenilworth, Warwickshire to watch the big game. He said: ‘There isn’t any where else I’d rather watch it, London is the centre of the footballing world today.

‘Everywhere you look, people have a football shirt on or are draped in the flag and the pubs are heaving. 

‘I don’t want to tempt fate by predicting a score but they’ll have to be at their best to beat Italy. But they’ve showed a lot of resilience so far and there’s no reason why they can’t win our first bit of silverware since ’66.’

Meanwhile, Peter Faiers, 47, was going to watch Surrey vs Somerset at the Oval before catching the big football match tonight. He said: ‘I’m going to watch the cricket with a few friends and then we’re going to throw all our support behind the football team.

‘I think we’re good enough to win it but Italy are a strong side and aren’t going to make it easy for us. But we finally have a chance to exorcise some of the heartache of the past – this team has done us proud.’

It wasn’t just England fans feeling confident, however. Sporting an Italian shirt, Daniel Ferrara, 29, originally from Salerno, southern Italy, said: ‘I think it’s going to be 2-1 to us. We are on a good unbeaten run and I’m confident it’s going to continue.

‘England will be a tough opponent, they have home advantage which will spur them on but Italy know how to win. I’ve had a bit of banter with the England fans but it’s all been very good natured.’

Across England, fans have been savouring the run-up to a game that could see the country crowned champions of Europe. Houses have been bedecked with flags amid a surge in demand for England-themed paraphernalia and the Shard in London was lit up in the team colours.

Residents on Wales Street, in Oldham, Greater Manchester have even patriotically renamed their road in honour of the Three Lions – England Street, with a new red-and-white sign erected above the original. 

A good luck message from David Baddiel, Frank Skinner and the Lightning Seeds – who are behind the anthemic Three Lions (Football’s Coming Home) – has been projected onto the white cliffs of Dover ahead of the match. 

A couple paid tribute to Southgate, Kane and Raheem Sterling ahead of England’s Euro 2020 final with a huge mural on the side of their house.

Kate and Paul William asked street artists Nathan Parker – aka N4T4 – to create the piece to help them celebrate England’s progress. It has turned the wall, at their home in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, into a hotspot for fans who have been visiting ‘in droves’ to see the mural.

Kate said: ‘He woke up after the semi-finals and said ‘I have had a dream’ and the dream was we have got to decorate that wall. He said he wanted something amazing, and said ‘if they build it they will come’ and said he wanted something historic and about the moment.’

‘The community went going crazy for it – coming in their droves, pipping horns, photos galore, music playing, its brought the community together. They’re seeing what art can do too, that’s what’s happened, ultimately, and football has brought everyone together.

‘The husband’s dream was a pretty good one to have, I’ll let him have that one.’

Football Association chief executive Mark Bullingham insists England’s ‘band of brothers’ remain calm ahead of the final.

‘The mood in the camp is very calm. They are aware of what a fantastic opportunity this is, they are aware of the excitement throughout the country, but the mood in the camp is calm and they are looking forward to it,’ Bullingham told The Andrew Marr Show on BBC One.

‘I think one of the things that Gareth (Southgate) has managed to do, along with the support team, is build a really strong environment, there’s a fantastic ‘band of brothers’ feeling and togetherness, but there is also a really strong resilience there and they are really supportive of each other.

‘He (Southgate) is genuinely calm, he’s one of the calmest people in the country. He is so well prepared and he has a good support team around him. He is in a good place.’ 

Former England right-back Gary Neville, who along with Southgate experienced semi-final heartbreak as a player at Euro 96, stressed that today was ‘not a day to be nervous’.

Discussing how the players would be feeling on Sunday morning compared to his own experiences with the national team, Neville told Sky Sports News: ‘If you think about 1996 and Gareth’s abuse he received after missing that penalty, (David) Beckham in ’98 and then my brother (Phil Neville) in 2000, it was a very pressurised situation with England because you weren’t performing at a level and there was a different way in which they approached it from a media point as well.

‘These lads haven’t got that cynicism, they haven’t got that pain and dismay embedded within themselves, so I suspect that now they must be feeling on top of the world this morning, excited.

‘I know there are a lot of fans nervous up and down the country but this isn’t a day to be nervous. I don’t feel nervous at all. It’s a moment and a day that this country’s been waiting for such a long time. I think the pressure moment was actually against Scotland or against Germany in the second round. 

England's squad and staff took a final stroll around their hotel together this afternoon

England's squad and staff took a final stroll around their hotel together this afternoon

England’s squad and staff took a final stroll around their hotel together this afternoon

Captain Harry Kane is pictured with Kieran Trippier ahead of tonight's final at Wembley

Captain Harry Kane is pictured with Kieran Trippier ahead of tonight's final at Wembley

Captain Harry Kane is pictured with Kieran Trippier ahead of tonight’s final at Wembley

Southgate's players seemed relaxed and focused as they walked round in their groups

Southgate's players seemed relaxed and focused as they walked round in their groups

Southgate’s players seemed relaxed and focused as they walked round in their groups

Final build up at Wembley. England will later play Italy in the Euro 2020 final at Wembley

Final build up at Wembley. England will later play Italy in the Euro 2020 final at Wembley

Final build up at Wembley. England will later play Italy in the Euro 2020 final at Wembley

England fans  party down Wembley Way outside Wembley Stadium ahead of the Euros final against Italy

England fans  party down Wembley Way outside Wembley Stadium ahead of the Euros final against Italy

England fans  party down Wembley Way outside Wembley Stadium ahead of the Euros final against Italy 

Three Lions supporters are seen drinking at BOXPARK Wembley ahead of England's match against Italy

Three Lions supporters are seen drinking at BOXPARK Wembley ahead of England's match against Italy

Three Lions supporters are seen drinking at BOXPARK Wembley ahead of England’s match against Italy

England fans are seen drinking at BOXPARK Wembley ahead of the Three Lions' Euros clash against Italy

England fans are seen drinking at BOXPARK Wembley ahead of the Three Lions' Euros clash against Italy

England fans are seen drinking at BOXPARK Wembley ahead of the Three Lions’ Euros clash against Italy

England fans queuing outside the The Faltering Fullback pub in Finsbury Park

England fans queuing outside the The Faltering Fullback pub in Finsbury Park

England fans queuing outside the The Faltering Fullback pub in Finsbury Park

Southgate spoke out about the huge wave of patriotic support offered up to the Three Lions (players Jordan Pickford and Raheem Sterling, pictured) throughout the tournament

Southgate spoke out about the huge wave of patriotic support offered up to the Three Lions (players Jordan Pickford and Raheem Sterling, pictured) throughout the tournament

Southgate spoke out about the huge wave of patriotic support offered up to the Three Lions (players Jordan Pickford and Raheem Sterling, pictured) throughout the tournament

Harry Maguire steps off the bus in a face mask as a huge crowd of England fans cheer on the team after their journey to the hotel

Harry Maguire steps off the bus in a face mask as a huge crowd of England fans cheer on the team after their journey to the hotel

Harry Maguire steps off the bus in a face mask as a huge crowd of England fans cheer on the team after their journey to the hotel

‘All of Europe supports us’: Italy’s papers brag that ‘The Brexit Effect’ will mean Roberto Mancini’s men have huge support against England in Euro 2020 final… as they urge the Azzurri and Wimbledon finalist Matteo Berrettini to make it a Super Sunday 

Italian papers have not been shy to bring Brexit into the equation as they urge their long-unbeaten footballers and tennis star Matteo Berrettini to take one more step in London, winning Wimbledon and Euro 2020 to seal a momentous day for their nation.

World number nine Berrettini faces a huge test to shock defending champion Novak Djokovic in the final at SW19 this afternoon, before the Italian media will be desperate for their side to win at Wembley in a contest that looks far more difficult to predict.

England can earn ‘wonderful revenge against Europe’, says La Stampa, after being ‘humiliated’ in Brexit negotiations – and the outlet even claims that victory would ‘light the fire of recovery’ for the British economy during the pandemic.

The paper notes the ‘Brexit Effect’ has the EU swaying towards Italy and Ursula Von der Leyen, the president of the European Commission, and European Council chief Charles Michel are among the major political names hoping the Azzurri will win, according to La Stampa. ‘Europe Cheers on Italy’, it adds.

Tuttosport uses the headling ‘For you, for us,’ setting the roaring Berrettini and the celebrating Italy players and staff side-by-side on its front page.

Djokovic has backed Italy, where he spends plenty of his time as a fluent Italian speaker, and quipped that he hopes theirs will be the only major sporting victory of the day in green, white and red.

Several papers reference the England team’s support for Black Lives Matter and LGBTQ rights – two issues that have been prominent during the finals.

England wants to demonstrate ‘moral supremacy’ to Europe, according to one Italian observer, adding that the English are free from being ‘the bringers of a superior moral authority’ and ‘showing foreigners how things should be done’ in the aftermath of leaving the EU.

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‘We’ve gone past those things with this team, so this team have proven they can jump hurdles that none have done before in the last 55 years, and I suspect that they’ll be feeling really comfortable.’

Former England boss Terry Venables, who led the Three Lions to the last four of the Euros 25 years ago, has written an open letter to Southgate in The Sun.

Venables said: ‘I will be with you in spirit on that touchline. I knew exactly how, and what you were feeling as those incredible days which brought the country together back in ’96 came flooding back to me, feelings which cannot be fully appreciated unless you are standing on that spot.

‘As you know, sport teaches us so many lessons about life and the saying, ‘What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger’ is so true. Having watched all of the games, I have to say that your team are a credit to you as mine were to me, and I know that to achieve a connection like that is a luxury many managers could never accomplish. 

‘Enjoy every moment of your day on Sunday, knowing that our wonderful country are all behind you and your team cheering you on, willing you the success which you all deserve.’ 

In her written message, the Queen recalled presenting the Jules Rimet trophy to Bobby Moore after England beat then West Germany in the World Cup – almost six decades ago.

She said: ‘Fifty-five years ago I was fortunate to present the World Cup to Bobby Moore and saw what it meant to the players, management and support staff to reach and win the final of a major international football tournament.

‘I want to send my congratulations and that of my family to you all on reaching the final of the European Championships, and send my good wishes for tomorrow with the hope that history will record not only your success but also the spirit, commitment and pride with which you have conducted yourselves.’   

The squad are thought to have watched the as-yet unreleased sequel to Top Gun as they spent Friday night together. Before the screening, they were called by its star Tom Cruise, who delivered a good luck message.

Southgate last night said he was focused on ‘bringing the trophy home’, adding: ‘It has been fantastic to have the letter from the Queen and the Prime Minister to all of the team and the recognition that the players have gone about this in the right way, but we’re in a final and we’re here to win.’

As many as 35 million people are expected to watch the match on BBC and ITV, potentially eclipsing the previous TV viewing record of 32.3 million for the 1966 final. If England triumph, Mr Johnson is expected to announce an extra Bank Holiday on Friday August 27, and Southgate is likely to receive a knighthood. 

Analysts estimate that victory tonight could deliver a £10billion boost to the economy. England’s success in the tournament has already seen £3.4billion splurged on partying, drinking, souvenir merchandise and supersize TVs, according to retail experts. 

Tickets for the game – the most eagerly anticipated for more than half a century – were last night changing hands for up to £15,000. Wembley will welcome a crowd of 65,000, of whom just 6,000 will be cheering on Italy. 

Some fans decided to settle any pre-match nerves by hitting the pubs and bars last night, and the English nation will be hoping to continue the party atmosphere long into the night with a famous win over Roberto Mancini’s Italy, who trounced Spain in their semi-final at Wembley.  

London’s transport network will display digital well wishes across the capital, visible at Tube stations, the DLR and London Overground as well as at bus stops and on road traffic alert signs. 

Earlier, hundreds of fans lined the roads near the team’s St George’s Park training base in Staffordshire to send their England heroes off to the final in style.

They spent last night at The Grove hotel near Watford, a few miles from Wembley, where they waved at more crowds of cheering supporters. Kane said: ‘We have been knocking down barriers on the way but we have to go out there and win it. 

‘To see the fans on the street and see the reception we have had, it has just shown us how big an occasion it is.’

The Italian team, who are on a 33-game unbeaten run, were greeted by fans as they flew in from their training base in Florence to Luton Airport yesterday afternoon before boarding a coach to Tottenham Hotspurs’ training ground in Enfield, North London. They will prepare for the match at the nearby £400-a-night Birch Hotel.

In a touching tribute, Harry Kane’s wife Kate, who met her husband while they were at school together and now has three children with the Spurs striker, penned an emotional message to her husband telling him ‘you’re making us all proud’.

She said: ‘You know I’m not one to cry too easily but I found myself in tears when I started writing down how proud you’re making us all and what you’re doing for the country… You’re just such an amazing husband and dad, and the children can’t wait to have you home.

‘Imagine telling them all about this summer one day when they’re a bit older.’  

Marco Verratti, Lorenzo Insigne and Salvatore Sirigu of Italy's Euro 2020 team are seen departing for London ahead of the match

Marco Verratti, Lorenzo Insigne and Salvatore Sirigu of Italy's Euro 2020 team are seen departing for London ahead of the match

Marco Verratti, Lorenzo Insigne and Salvatore Sirigu of Italy’s Euro 2020 team are seen departing for London ahead of the match

Alessandro Florenzi of Italy greets his teammate Leonardo Spinazzola on the plane during their journey to London

Alessandro Florenzi of Italy greets his teammate Leonardo Spinazzola on the plane during their journey to London

Alessandro Florenzi of Italy greets his teammate Leonardo Spinazzola on the plane during their journey to London

Insigne is seen arriving in Luton Airport on July 10. He waves at fans as he steps off the plane

Insigne is seen arriving in Luton Airport on July 10. He waves at fans as he steps off the plane

 Insigne is seen arriving in Luton Airport on July 10. He waves at fans as he steps off the plane

Meanwhile, Harry Kane is seen passing the ball during the England training session at St George's Park on Saturday

Meanwhile, Harry Kane is seen passing the ball during the England training session at St George's Park on Saturday

Meanwhile, Harry Kane is seen passing the ball during the England training session at St George’s Park on Saturday

Gareth Southgate is set to receive a KNIGHTHOOD if England win… and a CBE even if they lose 

Gareth Southgate is set to receive further honours recognising his achievement in uniting the country and restoring pride in the national team, even if England lose Sunday’s final.

The 50-year-old was awarded an OBE in the 2019 New Year Honours after his side reached the World Cup semi-finals the previous year and Sportsmail has been told that is likely to be upgraded to a CBE regardless of the result.

A knighthood is seen as inevitable if England beat Italy to lift their first major trophy for 55 years.

Alf Ramsey was knighted in 1967 following England’s World Cup win and Southgate would not have to wait long to achieve the same status.

It is unclear whether all England’s players would be similarly honoured, because in recent years the Cabinet Office have shied away from rewarding entire teams.

That follows mockery over the MBEs given to all the 2005 Ashes winners, including Paul Collingwood, who only played one Test in that series.

After England’s Cricket World Cup win in 2019, captain Eoin Morgan received a CBE, Ben Stokes an OBE and Joe Root and Jos Buttler MBEs. Coach Trevor Bayliss was also given an OBE, but the rest of the players missed out.

Harry Kane received an MBE after winning the Golden Boot as top scorer at the 2018 World Cup, and Marcus Rashford and Raheem Sterling were given MBEs in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for their campaigning charity work and promotion of racial equality.

All three could have their honours upgraded, and other key members of the England squad may also be recognised.

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Covid-19 restrictions have separated the team from their families for the last four weeks.

Asked about his wife’s letter, Kane said: ‘My oldest, she is four and six months, she is still a little bit young, I don’t think she understands the magnitude of tomorrow night. Of course she wants first and foremost me to come home, but if football comes home as well we’ll all be delighted.’

Last night, relatives of some of the players were enjoying the build-up. The mothers of defenders Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw posted pictures from Central London, where the two families enjoyed champagne and cocktails. 

The Three Lions squad are in line for a £9 million bonus if they lift the trophy, but have indicated that they will donate it to NHS Charities Together.

Last night, Southgate joined calls from No 10 not to boo the Italian national anthem. ‘We know that when we play abroad and fans boo our anthem it inspires them more,’ said the England manager. ‘I don’t think it will help the team.’ 

The call came after Uefa slapped the English FA with a near £26,000 fine for fans jeering the Danish anthem before the semi-final, setting off fireworks and shining a laser pen at goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.

Earlier, Southgate urged the nation to ‘stop looking at the negatives of our own country’ because ‘England has so much to be proud of’ as he rallied millions of patriotic fans.

Invoking the courage of a Second World War generation, England’s manager said Britain should not be ashamed of its history – as he praised his squad’s role in driving ‘tolerance and inclusion’. 

Southgate acknowledged that Britain’s history likely contributed to the support from the 40,000 fans inside Wembley when England  beat Germany last week.

He said: ‘People have tried to invade us and we’ve had the courage to hold that back.  You can’t hide that some of the energy in the stadium against Germany was because of that. I never mentioned that to the players, but I know that’s part of what that story was.

‘At heart I go back to the values that my parents gave me and treating people as you would want to be treated. Just respectful, really.’ 

Southgate added that ‘there are positive things that we could help to change or influence in society’. 

‘The longer I’ve been in the role the more I’ve understood the importance for our fans of that connection with the team. They felt part of it and that inclusivity is really important to us because I think that’s what modern England is,’ he said.

‘We know it hasn’t always been the case and there’s historic reasons for that, but that level of tolerance and inclusion is what we have to be about moving forward.’

Speaking at a press conference on Saturday evening, Southgate urged fans not to boo the Italian anthem while also playing down claims abroad that ‘It’s Coming Home’ is fuelled by English arrogance.

He said: ‘It’s important that our fans always respect the opposition and we know that in actual fact when we play abroad and fans boo our anthem it probably inspires us even more. I don’t think it helps the team. We can intimidate the team with booing during the game, but it’s different with the anthem, I think we should be respectful.’

On the popular Three Lions song, first released in 1996 when the Euros were last held in Wembley, Southgate added: ‘I didn’t want to listen to it for 15 years because it was too painful for me. You have to know the English to understand our humour. Our humour is quite unique but it’s certainly not arrogant.

‘The lyrics are making fun of ourselves and the things that have gone wrong.’ 

Scots moan about being forced to watched ‘unbearable’ Euros coverage through ‘an entirely English lens’ – as sales of Italian flags and shirts soar amid calls for a Bank Holiday if ITALY win

Sales of Italian flags and shirts are soaring in Scotland ahead of the Euro 2020 final tonight – amid tongue-in-cheek calls for a bank holiday if England lose the match and complaints of coverage of the tournament through an ‘English lens’. 

While chants of ‘It’s Coming Home’ have returned in full fervour to the streets in hopes of a long-awaited big win, there is somewhat less excitement north of the border.  

Millions of England fans will be wearing red and white shirts in living rooms and pubs across the country, with 60,000 supporters set to cheer on Gareth Southgate’s men at Wembley Stadium.

The Queen, Prince William and have all praised the Three Lions ahead of the side’s first major final since the 1966 World Cup final tonight.

But the Scotsman reports that sales for Italian shirts and flags have soared in Scotland ahead of tonight’s finale, claiming it is related somewhat to Scotland’s ‘deep and rich history with Italy’, and not simply ‘clear Scottish distaste of It’s Coming Home’.

The Brazen Head pub in Glasgow has been decked out in Italian flags ahead of the nation's Euros final showdown with England

The Brazen Head pub in Glasgow has been decked out in Italian flags ahead of the nation's Euros final showdown with England

The Brazen Head pub in Glasgow has been decked out in Italian flags ahead of the nation’s Euros final showdown with England

The Brazen Head, on the city's Catchcart Road, has left passersby in no doubt of where their allegiances lie with huge Italian standards across the pub and even on a lamppost

The Brazen Head, on the city's Catchcart Road, has left passersby in no doubt of where their allegiances lie with huge Italian standards across the pub and even on a lamppost

The Brazen Head, on the city’s Catchcart Road, has left passersby in no doubt of where their allegiances lie with huge Italian standards across the pub and even on a lamppost

A poll from the UEFA EURO 2020 Twitter page asked social media users who they want to win the game. Just 41.2 per cent voted for England, with the remaining 58.8 per cent voting for Italy

A poll from the UEFA EURO 2020 Twitter page asked social media users who they want to win the game. Just 41.2 per cent voted for England, with the remaining 58.8 per cent voting for Italy

A poll from the UEFA EURO 2020 Twitter page asked social media users who they want to win the game. Just 41.2 per cent voted for England, with the remaining 58.8 per cent voting for Italy

It adds that the popular Glasgow Italian restaurant Eusebi Deli, established in 1954, is fully booked, offering pasta in the colours of the flag of Italy – within an atmosphere of tricolore bunting.

‘It’s more about Scotland’s support of Italy than Scotland being against England,’ assistant manager Ryan Simmons said.

One pub in Glasgow, The Brazen Head, was pictured with Italian flags waving outside ahead of the game.   

The National reported that the BBC is being urged to stop covering football tournaments through an ‘entirely English lens’.

SNP MP Gavin Newlands said other parts of the UK have to endure coverage which is of ‘no relevance or interest to them’.

For their July 10 front page, The National had run a story titled: ‘Save us Roberto, you’re our Final Hope (We can’t take another 55 years of them banging on about this).’

It featured a picture of Roberto Mancini, the Italian team manager, donning blue face paint similar to that worn by Scottish hero William Wallace, as portrayed by Mel Gibson in the film Braveheart.

Kate Hoey, Baroness of Lylehill and Rathlin, this morning tweeted: 'If England become European champions tonight it will be a win for the whole of the United Kingdom,Wales,Northern Ireland and Scotland. We are all British and will celebrate'

Kate Hoey, Baroness of Lylehill and Rathlin, this morning tweeted: 'If England become European champions tonight it will be a win for the whole of the United Kingdom,Wales,Northern Ireland and Scotland. We are all British and will celebrate'

Kate Hoey, Baroness of Lylehill and Rathlin, this morning tweeted: ‘If England become European champions tonight it will be a win for the whole of the United Kingdom,Wales,Northern Ireland and Scotland. We are all British and will celebrate’

A poll from the UEFA EURO 2020 Twitter page asked social media users who they want to win the game.

Just 41.2 per cent voted for England, with the remaining 58.8 per cent voting for Italy.

Kate Hoey, Baroness of Lylehill and Rathlin, this morning tweeted: ‘If England become European champions tonight it will be a win for the whole of the United Kingdom,Wales,Northern Ireland and Scotland. We are all British and will celebrate.’

One social media user replied: ‘I had a conversation with my friend who is Scottish and she is supporting Italy because ‘they played well through the tournament’ I said she should support her neighbours after all we all live on the same island, to which she said ”no one in Scotland is supporting England.” ‘

But another replied: ‘I’m Scottish and supporting England. I know several others who are too.’

Writing in the Edinburgh Evening News earlier this week, MSP Angus Robertson, also part of the Scottish National Party, said he would be ‘delighted’ if England beat Italy.

He added that the ‘inspirational leadership by the most likeable and inspiring England manager I can remember’, along with a ‘lack of hubris and entitlement by Gareth Southgate’s players’ mean that ‘supporting England will be a great deal easier than past competitions’.

One football fan said that Monday should be a bank holiday in Scotland - if Italy win

One football fan said that Monday should be a bank holiday in Scotland - if Italy win

One football fan said that Monday should be a bank holiday in Scotland – if Italy win

One fan, from Glasgow, wished England good luck in their game against Italy tonight

One fan, from Glasgow, wished England good luck in their game against Italy tonight

One fan, from Glasgow, wished England good luck in their game against Italy tonight

The Daily Record’s Sports Hotline published a piece titled ‘England are overrated despite Euro 2020 final unless we’re talking about diving skills’.

In it, one commentator says that the English media would be ‘so unbearable to listen to between now and Sunday night’, adding: ‘Even Sue Barker, Andrew Castle and Tim Henman won’t be able to shut up about it during the Wimbledon coverage and that is a different ball game altogether.’

But one contributor was pleased for the victory over Denmark, adding that England were ‘the better side… soft penalty aside’.

He added: ‘Gareth Southgate is a top bloke and has done brilliantly in getting England to a Final. Although I fear Italy will prove too strong, here’s hoping England prove me wrong.’

But another Scot was not quite so happy about his fellow Britons going through to the final, writing: ‘Funny how England went through on a own goal and as for their players diving, Sterling, Harry Kane and Jack Grealish are experts.

‘The fact a commentator said he doesn’t care that he dived as long as they are through goes to show that it wasn’t a penalty. C’mon Italy.’

The Glasgow Times ran a piece informing readers of the Italian football team’s anthems, including ‘Il Canto degli Italiani’, which translates to ‘The Song of the Italians’.

The song’s lyrics include repetitions of ‘siam pronti alla morte, siam pronti alla morte’ meaning ‘we are ready to die, we are ready to die’.

But the most common chant is repeating ‘Po po po po po po po’ to the Seven Nation Army riff.

The Press and Journal’s ‘Flying Pigs’ comment piece yesterday said it was ‘great to watch Scotland thrash England 0-0 at Wembley’

One commentator said the country’s team had ‘done themselves proud, especially when they thrashed England 0-0 down at Wembley, and the tail between their legs held high’.

He added he would be ‘waving the St George’s cross and singing ”tree lines on the shirt” with pride. But I will be drinking chianti and eating spaghetti bolognese for my tea.’

‘All of Europe supports us’: Italy’s papers brag that ‘The Brexit Effect’ will mean Roberto Mancini’s men have huge support against England in Euro 2020 final… as they urge the Azzurri and Wimbledon finalist Matteo Berrettini to make it a Super Sunday

Italian papers have not been shy to bring Brexit into the equation as they urge their long-unbeaten footballers and tennis star Matteo Berrettini to take one more step in London, winning Wimbledon and Euro 2020 to seal a momentous day for their nation.

World number nine Berrettini faces a huge test to shock defending champion Novak Djokovic in the final at SW19 this afternoon, before the Italian media will be desperate for their side to win at Wembley in a contest that looks far more difficult to predict.

England can earn ‘wonderful revenge against Europe’, says La Stampa, after being ‘humiliated’ in Brexit negotiations – and the outlet even claims that victory would ‘light the fire of recovery’ for the British economy during the pandemic.

'For you, for us,' cries Tuttosport, urging Italy's hopes to triumph at Wimbledon and Wembley

'For you, for us,' cries Tuttosport, urging Italy's hopes to triumph at Wimbledon and Wembley

The Corriere dello Sport suggests that England have quality throughout but Italy hold the edge

The Corriere dello Sport suggests that England have quality throughout but Italy hold the edge

Italy’s leading papers have fuelled anticipation ahead of the Euro 2020 final against England 

The Italians are out to shatter English hearts at Wembley during the Euro 2020 final

The Italians are out to shatter English hearts at Wembley during the Euro 2020 final

The Italians are out to shatter English hearts at Wembley during the Euro 2020 final

The paper notes the ‘Brexit Effect’ has the EU swaying towards Italy and Ursula Von der Leyen, the president of the European Commission, and European Council chief Charles Michel are among the major political names hoping the Azzurri will win, according to La Stampa. ‘Europe Cheers on Italy’, it adds.

Tuttosport uses the headling ‘For you, for us,’ setting the roaring Berrettini and the celebrating Italy players and staff side-by-side on its front page.

Djokovic has backed Italy, where he spends plenty of his time as a fluent Italian speaker, and quipped that he hopes theirs will be the only major sporting victory of the day in green, white and red. 

Several papers reference the England team’s support for Black Lives Matter and LGBTQ rights – two issues that have been prominent during the finals.

England wants to demonstrate ‘moral supremacy’ to Europe, according to one Italian observer, adding that the English are free from being ‘the bringers of a superior moral authority’ and ‘showing foreigners how things should be done’ in the aftermath of leaving the EU. 

Marco Verratti, Gianluigi Donnarumma and Jorginho are a ‘galactic trio’ who will ‘bewitch Wembley’, according to the Corriere dello Sport, which warns that ‘Italy’s top players can make the difference’. 

The paper’s front page headline is ‘Such a big love’, reflecting one of Italy’s official songs.

Matteo Berrettini (left) and Federico Chiesa loom each side of Big Ben for Quotidiano Sportivo

Matteo Berrettini (left) and Federico Chiesa loom each side of Big Ben for Quotidiano Sportivo

Long-term Italy absentee Leonardo Spinazzola is featured on the front cover of Il Romanista

Long-term Italy absentee Leonardo Spinazzola is featured on the front cover of Il Romanista

Matteo Berrettini (left) and Federico Chiesa loom each side of Big Ben for Quotidiano Sportivo while Il Romanista headline their front page: ‘It’s coming Rome’

Gazzetta Sportiva shows Italy boss Roberto Mancini perched by a throne and eyeing Euro glory

Gazzetta Sportiva shows Italy boss Roberto Mancini perched by a throne and eyeing Euro glory

Gazzetta Sportiva shows Italy boss Roberto Mancini perched by a throne and eyeing Euro glory

Ex-Valencia player Amedeo Carboni believes England have a five percent higher chance than Italy of winning because they are at home, although he also cautions that they could feel the pressure because of that.

In Spanish oracle Diario AS, tactical expert Axel Torres believes that the contest could boil down to a battle of goalkeepers – and he picks Donnarumma to outshine Jordan Pickford. 

‘Write the story’, urges Quotidiano Sportivo, even involving Big Ben as they place Italy livewire Federico Chiesa and Berrettini either side of the landmark.

French paper L’Equipe reinforces the theme of Europe rooting for Italy, claiming that 69 per cent of French fans will be behind the visitors, with a mere fifth wanting England to win and a further 20 percent remaining neutral.

The Corriere della Sera insists that Italy ‘launch an assault’ on England in their bid to become champions for the first time in 53 years. Their opponents, as the vast majority of the Wembley crowd will be keenly aware, have never won the title.

The now-familiar subversion of England’s unofficial anthem is used by Il Romanista on its front page, advertising that ‘It’s Coming Rome’ alongside a photo of Leonardo Spinazzola enjoying himself on Italy’s flight to London.

French publication L'Equipe have built up the anticipation ahead of kick-off

French publication L'Equipe have built up the anticipation ahead of kick-off

Spanish paper AS have also enjoyed a big build-up to the Euro 2020 final

Spanish paper AS have also enjoyed a big build-up to the Euro 2020 final

French paper L’Equipe and Spanish publication AS have also got in on the action today

Swashbuckling Spinazzola was having an excellent tournament out wide for his country before sustaining a long-term knee injury, but he has remained part of the Italian group and was pictured with them at Tottenham’s training centre after they landed.

Il Romanista also includes a photo of Berrettini, who is the first Italian man ever to reach the Wimbledon final and the first to reach a Grand Slam final since Adriano Panatta in 1976.

‘Do it, Azzurri’, comes the war cry from La Gazzetta Sportiva, which includes Mancini eyeing up the Henri Delauney Cup from behind a throne.

Sportiva also makes space for Berrettini beneath a couple of Italian players on what could be one of the most remarkable days in Italian sporting history.

‘Italy challenge England for the European throne,’ it thunders, adding that this is a ‘Sunday for lions.’

England are hoping to end 55 years of hurt but will come up against a dangerous Italian side

England are hoping to end 55 years of hurt but will come up against a dangerous Italian side

England are hoping to end 55 years of hurt but will come up against a dangerous Italian side

VIEW FROM ITALY 

With the Euro 2020 final on the horizon, there was plenty of sleepless nights among Italians dreaming of glory and seeing the Azzurri bring home their first major title since the 2006 World Cup.

It was a lively evening on Saturday back home ahead of tonight’s match – which is a historic date in the sporting calendar for Italy following the nightmare journey they have been on after failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup following defeat to Sweden in the play-off, when managed under Gian Piero Ventura.

But Roberto Mancini has rejuvenated Italy, having the courage to reshape his squad with some lesser names while also inheriting some experienced players. 

The likes of Giovanni Di Lorenzo, Federico Bernardeschi, Giacomo Raspadori, Domenico Berardi, Rafael Toloi, Francesco Acerbi, Manuel Locatelli and Bryan Cristante arguably would not have participated at this summer’s Euros under a different manager.

But he has got his squad ticking and now Mancini has Italy dreaming of Euros success, their first since 1968, and shattering English hearts in their national stadium.

And back home in Italy, everyone is distracted by what lies in store – and the country is at a standstill as they gear up for the Euros final.

After a morning in the sea, Italian fans are heading back to their homes in time for the final – and will start ordering superstituous Margherita pizzas for the game with their family and friends.

In Naples, there is expected to be a hike of 80% more home delivery of pizzas, according to the most popular pizzerias in the city. 

But while fans are relishing what’s in store and looking forward to a night in front of the television or frequenting the local bars, the greatest fear of Italians is whether their players may become frightened in the battle at Wembley. 

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