One supporter, Marc Ghossein, said: ‘It’s an amazing feeling. We have been waiting for this for 25 years now….It’s coming home. England is going to win this year.’
His friend Ellie Mhanna added: ‘England is going to win this year’s Euros for sure. They’ve been consistent and they deserve it.’
One woman, whose boyfriend had celebrated the win with the crowd, said: ‘He’s taken off his shirt now, there’s nothing I can do.’
Nearby, in Leicester Square, supporters were in equally high spirits, with fans singing and chanting that ‘it’s coming home’.
Crowds were growing after the match finished and strangers were hugging in the streets and running up and down the road.
Hamza Bharuchi, 23, from London said that he felt the game was ‘terrific’. He said: ‘I don’t like Gareth Southgate but I feel like he put on a good performance. I 100% think we have the chance to win the cup. Denmark are a tricky opponent but after that – of course I want England to win.’
Keira Starr, 19, added: ‘I thought we’d lose, but now I actually think we’ll be in the final.’
Many fans in the square had watched or listened to the game on their phones as the pubs were filled to the brim with supporters.
The scale of England’s victory meant fans could relax before the end of the match and a party atmosphere had broken out long before the final whistle.
In Trafalgar Square, fans got up on the tables and repeatedly threw beer over each other despite pleas from security and threats from organisers that they would cut the feed to the match if they did not sit down.
After the final whistle, dozens of fans gathered near King George’s statue in Pall Mall and were cheering, chanting and singing about Gareth Southgate and Jack Grealish.
One person had found a traffic cone and raised it above his head to use as drum. Passing buses beeped along to the England chants as they drove by.
The Met Police congratulated England on its victory and said its officers would ‘remain on duty across London to make sure everyone can celebrate safely.’
Police warned: ‘Piccadilly Circus in particular is now very crowded with people climbing up the Eros statue. Please avoid the area.’
Some parts of the country had seen heavy showers before and during the match, with fans donning ponchos and other wet-weather gear to try to stay dry.
But the rain did little to dampen people’s spirits as they watched Southgate’s men dominate on the pitch.
The country’s leaders have been quick to praise the national side for their impressive victory.
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer tweeted: ‘Incredible result. Huge credit to Gareth Southgate and the team. It’s coming home!’
Prince William tweeted: ‘Another top team performance and clean sheet from @England tonight. #ThreeLions. Well played to Ukraine. Can’t wait for Wednesdays semi final!’
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