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Fans flock to pubs hours ahead of England's Euro 2020 clash vs Denmark
7 July 2021, 12:46 | Updated: 7 July 2021, 14:52
Millions of England fans are getting ready to watch the team take on Denmark at Wembley tonight as football fever grips the nation, with 34 million set to tune in and even Amazon Alexas predicting "Football's Coming Home".
Gareth Southgate's men are eyeing their first major men's tournament final since 1966, as they take on Denmark at 8pm in front of 60,000 supporters.
England have yet to concede a goal at the European Championships and fans across the country are showing they are right behind the team, setting aside memories of the 2018 semi-final defeat.
Fans were seen heading to pubs with eight hours until kick off, with one hopeful fan even sharing a photo of his partner in labour as he drove to hospital with the caption: "Mrs is currently in labour - reckon I'll be out in time for tonight?"
Schools, including Benton Dene Primary in Newcastle, have posted videos online of children showing their support for the Three Lions and singing "Football's Coming Home".
At Leeds Whingate Primary, the school attended by England midfielder Kalvin Phillips, students told LBC they were confident of a win, with predictions of a 3-0 or 4-1 scoreline.
Meanwhile, Sainsbury's has warned of potential beer shortages, after 17 packs were sold per second ahead of England's last game.
Year 3 are certainly in the football spirit and can’t wait for tonight’s game! We think football's coming home. @bentondeneprim are wishing you the best of luck! COME ON ENGLAND!!! 🏴🏴🏴 @England @JHenderson @HKane @sterling7 @kylewalker2 pic.twitter.com/FuHJMHHW0C— Year 3 (@year3bdp) July 7, 2021
Amazon Alexa devices have added their voice of support, responding to fans asking if football's coming home: "O.M.G. maybe football really is coming home this time. The tension is killing me. England, England, England, England, England, England, England, England, England, England, England!"
In a boost to Gareth Southgate and to the joy of fans, girl band Atomic Kitten have also released a new version of their 2001 hit 'Whole Again' with the title "Southgate You’re The One (Football’s Coming Home Again)".
The band said in a post on Instagram that they were “super excited and grateful to be able to contribute to the awesome energy and patriotism that is filling the England streets with this version of ‘Whole Again’."
In a more regal display of support, on Wednesday morning Prince Charles requested the Band of the Coldstream Guards to play instrumental renditions of Three Lions and Sweet Caroline outside his London residence Clarence House.
On the Kirby Estate in Bermondsey, over 400 St George flags have been strung up along balconies and between buildings in a tradition dating back to the 2012 World Cup.
England are the bookies' favourites to win the tie and penguins at the National Sea Life Centre in Birmingham have overwhelmingly backed the team to win.
While it appeared fish was placed in front of the England flag, the zoo notes "Pablo and his friends" did correctly predict the team's win over Ukraine in last weekend's quarter-final clash.
Eager not to miss a moment of national unity, politicians have also widely publicised their support for the team.
After being ridiculed online for standing on a giant England flag outside Downing Street ahead of the quarter-final match, Boris Johnson has this time been photographed holding a personalised "Boris" number 10 jersey.
Today is the day.— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) July 7, 2021
Come on England! 🏴 pic.twitter.com/x4lhG92mrp
In response, Labour Deputy Leader Angela Rayner tweeted: "Oh Boris Johnson is supporting the England football team now is he?
"A few weeks ago he was giving people who boo our players for standing up against racism his tacit support by refusing to condemn the booing. A charlatan and a fraud."