England will look to face Ukraine to reach the last four in a major tournament for the first time in 25 years – but will have to do so largely without support in the stands.
The Three Lions will face Andriy Shevchenko’s Ukraine at Stadio Olympico in Rome, but Italy remains on the UK’s orange list and fans have been urged not to travel.
Regulations in Italy also mean fans would have had to spend five days in quarantine and have had a negative post-isolation Covid test to be allowed into the stadium.
This means that those who support Gareth Southgate’s men on Saturday night in their first away game of the tournament will either be those who call Italy their new home or those who have traveled from another European country to attend the match.
Luke Curner, from Folkestone, Kent, was able to avoid isolation coming from Helmstedt, Germany, where he lives with his wife and children.
The 36-year-old bought tickets for the game in 2019 as it falls on his birthday weekend and told the PA news agency: “I feel very privileged to be here, I am generally on the wrong side of these kinds of situations. “
Jack Francis, 20, from Southampton, traveled to Rome from France and said: ‘Obviously this is nothing like the classic day in England you see on TV because other than being able to hear spoken English, English presence is minimal.
“I feel really lucky and privileged to be here and I hope everything goes well to enter the stadium.
“It sounds very surreal and I hope it will be a memorable game that we will talk about for years to come if we go through with it.
“I’m confident for the game, especially if we play like we did against Germany. But with the lack of home advantage, it will be interesting to see how we play in our first away game of the tournament, but I hope the English fans here will do all they can to give the players a boost. players.
The price for winning against Ukraine would be a semi-final against the Czech Republic or Denmark at Wembley, with an increase in attendance on the London pitch.
More than 60,000 football fans will be allowed to attend the Euro 2020 semi-finals and final at Wembley if they have a negative Covid-19 test or prove they are double vaccinated.
This could lead to some of the biggest crowds in the UK since the start of the pandemic.
All ticket holders will need to have a negative coronavirus test or provide proof of two doses of a vaccine 14 days before a game.