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England fans fill streets ahead of Euro final against Italy


England fans fill streets ahead of Euro final against Italy
Fans started gathering hours before kick-off. (Reuters)

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London – England fans are gathering as excitement builds ahead of their team’s Euro 2020 final against Italy.

Supporters began arriving at Wembley hours before the eagerly anticipated 8 p.m. BST kick-off at the stadium, which will host 60 000 fans later.

Revellers have also filled the streets in central London ahead of the game.

But at Wembley, footage showed dozens of fans trying to force their way past barriers to get into the stadium.

A spokesperson for Wembley Stadium said: “Safety measures were quickly activated in the relevant areas and there were no security breaches of people without tickets getting inside the stadium.”

The Metropolitan Police said: “We supported the security teams at Wembley Stadium a short time ago with this incident.

“Wembley security officials have confirmed there was no security breaches of people without tickets getting inside the stadium.”

From living rooms to pubs, fan zones and a packed Wembley stadium, millions are expected to watch Sunday evening’s match.

There are huge crowds in Leicester Square and Trafalgar Square in central London, where a ticketed Uefa fan zone has been set up.

Many pubs in the area are fully booked and those turned away have filled the streets, chanting and blaring air horns.

Flares were set off outside King’s Cross station, while some fans climbed on top of a bus near Wembley Stadium.

Videos on social media also showed bottles being throw in Leicester Square.

In a tweet, the Met Police urged supporters to “keep themselves safe”, adding that people had been seen jumping off street lamps or hoardings in central London.

Fans have been told not to come to the capital unless they have match tickets, or somewhere booked to watch the game. (BBC)