Raucous England fans are in dreamland waiting for Wednesday’s next Three Lions clash against Denmark, buoyed by the team’s flawless performance last night in the Euro 2020 quarter-final.
The Danes are all that stands between them and the tournament’s final and an incredible boost for a country that has been ravaged by coronavirus and endless lockdowns.
Beers were sent flying through the air and one fan even stripped off to his St George’s Cross underwear as revellers went wild at big screen events from London to Newcastle watching the Three Lions destroy Ukraine 4-0 and secure a glorious return to the capital in front 60,000 fans for smart bidet Wednesday’s semi-final.
It was the two Harrys, Kane and Maguire, who dealt the Ukrainians hammer blow goals just after the start of the second half, making it 3-0, before Jordan Henderson put the cherry on the cake and made it 4-0.
It came after the talisman Kane gave England an early lead when he poked the ball home with just four minutes on the clock after a killer though-ball from Raheem Sterling, who gave another classy performance.
The lucky few thousand England fans who had made it to Italy celebrated into the early hours in Rome.
‘It has been the most amazing night,’ said James Curran who had travelled from Prague with two friends for the match.
‘I don’t think anyone in the stadium expected this result. Everyone is in dreamland.’
Other stunned supporters struggled to get their words out as they tried to comprehend the team’s achievement.
Supporter Marc Ghossein said: ‘It’s an amazing feeling.
We have been waiting for this for 25 years now.’
His friend Ellie Mhanna added: ‘England are going to win this year’s Euros for sure. They’ve been consistent and they deserve it.’
When the game ended the festivities continued, firstly inside the fan zone before they were kicked out by security.
Fans later took to the streets of London, partying in Pall Mall, Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus, excited for the prospect to do it all over again on Wednesday.
And the Duke of Cambridge was most pleased with the team’s ‘top performance’ against Ukraine, tweeting out that he ‘can’t wait for Wednesday’s semi final’ against Denmark as he lauded the team’s ‘clean sheet’ during the match in Rome’s Stadio Olimpico.
He said: ‘Another top team performance and clean sheet from England tonight.
Well played to Ukraine. Can’t wait for Wednesday’s semi final! Onwards W.’
But the Cambridges – like thousands of England fans – were unable to travel to Italy for the game on Saturday night because all UK arrivals needed to self-isolate for five days after arriving in Italy – which is on England’s amber list.
England face a date with destiny in front of 60,000 expectant fans at Wembley next Wednesday after beating Ukraine 4-0 in the Uefa Euro 2020 quarter final in Rome on Saturday night
60,000 expectant fans will pile into Wembley on Wednesday, hoping to roar the Three Lions on to victory against Denmark in their first Euro semi final for 25 years
England manager Gareth Southgate has masterminded the national side’s exhilarating run to the Euro 2020 semi final
Prince William – who is president of the Football Association – watched England’s match against Germany in Wembley earlier this week with his wife Kate and their football-mad son Prince George
Harry Kane headed home the third on the 49th minute sending millions of fans into rapture just minutes after Harry Maguire headed in a second goal at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome
Drinks go flying through the air as an England fan stripped to his underwear goes wild with his friends at a screening of the quarter finals in Manchester
England fans celebrate as they leave the Stadio Olimpico in Rome victorious
Beer goes flying at fan screening in Manchester as Jordan Henderson makes it 4-0 England in Rome
An England fan stripped to his underwear celebrates the stunning victory over Ukraine at a fan screening in Manchester
A group of Three Lions fans celebrate the momentous goals against Ukraine at a screening in Croydon, south London
An England fan drains whisky from the bottle as he sits on his friend’s shoulders and beers fly through the air during raucous celebrations in London’s Trafalgar Square
Fireworks explode as England fans celebrate after their 4-0 victory over Ukraine in central London
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