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England’s streets are deserted as football fans stay indoors to watch the Euro 2020 final


England’s streets are deserted while the nation crowds around TVs and pub screens to watch the country in the Euro 2020 final against Italy.    

Usually bustling streets in London, Bristol, Coventry and Nottingham are abandoned while football fans focus their attention on to the tense scenes at Wembley stadium as the England boys clash against Italy.

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 William, Kate Middleton and Prince George, Boris Johnson and Carrie joined fans in singing God Save the Queen ahead of kick-off.

And even the Wimbledon press conference was empty while Serbian winner Novak Djokovic and his Italian opponent Matteo Berrettini discussed their match.  

Across the country, millions are cramming into sold-out pub gardens, Sweet Caroline is blaring from sound systems and gallons of beer are being poured into glasses as the nation dreams of victory. 

Usually bustling streets in London (pictured, Westminster), Bristol, Coventry and Nottingham are abandoned while football fans focus their attention on to the tense scenes at Wembley stadium as the England boys clash against Italy

Usually bustling streets in London (pictured, Westminster), Bristol, Coventry and Nottingham are abandoned while football fans focus their attention on to the tense scenes at Wembley stadium as the England boys clash against Italy

Streets in Newcastle were deserted as England supports across the country stay indoors to watch the match

Streets in Newcastle were deserted as England supports across the country stay indoors to watch the match 

Quiet streets are seen in Coventry during tonight's Euro 2020 final between England and Italy

Quiet streets are seen in Coventry during tonight’s Euro 2020 final between England and Italy 

Usually bustling streets in Bristol are deserted while England plays Italy at Wembley during the Euro 2020 final tonight

Usually bustling streets in Bristol are deserted while England plays Italy at Wembley during the Euro 2020 final tonight 

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

An estimated 35 million people will be tuning in to watch the match, while more than £3 billion will be lavished on bets, drinks and food.    

Simon Brown, 36, from London, said 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.’

Coventry city centre is deserted during tonight's match while supporters are focusing on the Euro 2020 final

Coventry city centre is deserted during tonight’s match while supporters are focusing on the Euro 2020 final 

England fans walk past boarded up shops on Midland Road in Bedford just before tonight's match

England fans walk past boarded up shops on Midland Road in Bedford just before tonight’s match 

Bristol city centre is deserted as football fans stay indoors to watch the final tonight

Bristol city centre is deserted as football fans stay indoors to watch the final tonight 

Empty streets heading into Nottingham as fans head to bars and home to watch the Euro final

Empty streets heading into Nottingham as fans head to bars and home to watch the Euro final

Newcastle city centre is completely abandoned as football fans stay indoors to watch tonight's final

Newcastle city centre is completely abandoned as football fans stay indoors to watch tonight’s final

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 William is joined by Kate and George at the final today

Prince William is joined by Kate and George at the final today 

England and Italy line up ahead of the match today to sing their national anthems

England and Italy line up ahead of the match today to sing their national 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 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 

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.’

Matteo Berrettini attends a largely empty press conference after losing to Serbian player Novak Djokovic in the men's Wimbledon final today

Matteo Berrettini attends a largely empty press conference after losing to Serbian player Novak Djokovic in the men’s Wimbledon final today 

An estimated 35 million people will be tuning in to watch the match, while more than £3 billion will be lavished on bets, drinks and food. Pictured: Empty streets in Bristol

An estimated 35 million people will be tuning in to watch the match, while more than £3 billion will be lavished on bets, drinks and food. Pictured: Empty streets in Bristol 

Coventry city centre is deserted while football fans pile into pubs and front room's across the country to watch tonight's final

Coventry city centre is deserted while football fans pile into pubs and front room’s across the country to watch tonight’s final 

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. Pictured: An empty Bristol city centre

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. Pictured: An empty Bristol city centre 

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. 



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