First came the beer, then the frenzy and, as sure as Harry Kane in front of goal, the collective hangover.
Thousands of England fans celebrated the night away as the Three Lions advanced to the Euro 2020 semi-final with a 4-0 loss to Ukraine.
At Piccadilly Circus in London, crowds climbed the Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain as thousands gathered in the official Trafalgar Square fan park nearby. Scuffles with police broke out in Leicester Square as the evening wore on.
Travel restrictions linked to the coronavirus meant that only 2,500 England fans made it to Rome for the quarter-final game, most of whom were expats living in Italy or neighboring countries.
UEFA, the administrative body of European football, had canceled all tickets sold since Monday to English fans who live in the UK for fear people will try to flout the five-day coronavirus quarantine rule in place for them. travelers arriving from Great Britain.
Hot July weather meant beer gardens and many city centers were packed as Sunday kickoff at 8 p.m. approached.
In Manchester, hundreds of fans sang ‘It’s Coming Home’ in the city’s northern quarter as the boisterous celebrations continued into the early hours of Newcastle.
Jeff Pedley, 35, a teacher from Beverley, East Yorkshire, was one of the lucky fans inside Rome’s Stadio Olimpico for the match. He described it as the ‘best game I have ever attended’ and told the PA Media news agency: ‘I started a chant at one point:’ Is that Wembley in disguise? ? to feel more and more at home.
“So many passionate and proud English fans. I had to pinch myself and soak it up. I think we’ve all realized that winning 4-0 in the quarterfinals doesn’t happen often, whoever you are.
England’s 4-0 demolition of Ukraine sparked a clash with Denmark at Wembley on Wednesday night, with more than 60,000 fans expected as capacity restrictions are expected to be relaxed.
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 vaccine 14 days before a game. The final, next Sunday, is also at Wembley.