Heartache and hangovers: Streets eerily quiet after England’s Euro loss

Quiet streets of London and London Underground the morning after England lost the Euro 2020 final to Italy

Scenes in the capital this morning were very different to yesterday’s carnage (Picture: PA)

England woke up this morning feeling pretty rough, after the nation’s dreams of winning the Euro 2020 final were snatched away.

Fans were ecstatic when Luke Shaw scored after just one minute and 57 seconds, filling them with hope that the Three Lions would be lifting the trophy at Wembley.

But things got dicey when Leonardo Bonucci equalised at 67 minutes, and then all remaining hopes were crushed when Italy prevailed in a penalty shootout.

The streets of central London may have been rowdy and chaotic yesterday, as fans jumped on top of buses and set off flares, but it was a very different picture this morning.

Roads were quiet and considerably fewer people were on the Tube as England let its heartbreaking defeat sink in.

It’s likely many people woke up with a stonking hangover this morning, as the country’s pubs were set to sell 13million pints to those not watching the game at home.

After four weeks of football fever and a sense of great optimism from England’s fans, people on social media commented on how ‘eerily quiet’ it was today.

Leicester Square London Underground station in central London, at 08:07hrs the morning after the England football team lost the UEFA Euro 2021 final. Picture date: Monday July 12, 2021.

Leicester Square Underground station at 08:07am this morning (Picture: PA)
Many people will have unexpectedly ‘had to call in sick’ this morning (Picture: PA)
The M4 near Bristol was significantly quieter than usual this morning – for some reason (Picture: PA)
England woke up in a sombre mood this morning after last night’s crushing defeat to Italy (Picture: PA)

International correspondent for Australia’s SBS news, Ben Lewis, tweeted: ‘Streets of London are strangely quiet and the back of my cab smells like tequila and sausage rolls, so fair to say it was a big night. #itsnotcominghome.’

Meg Reeves said it was ‘like someone sucked the soul out of everyone’ after the match, considering the ‘carnage’ yesterday afternoon.

Riot police descended on central London ahead of the match as good natured celebrations started to turn ugly.

People threw bottles around a packed Leicester Square, several of which shattered against buildings, while a small tree was uprooted and thrown outside a casino to cheers from the crowd.

It comes after the streets of central London were filled with rowdy and optimistic fans (Picture: PA)
A quiet and rainy Leeds city centre after England’s disappointing result at Wembley (Picture: PA)
At least there’s the World Cup to look forward to next year (Picture: PA)

Fans were also recorded mobbing a car around Trafalgar Square, clambering on top of it and even opening the vehicle’s doors.

The chaos spread to Wembley as supporters without tickets tried to smash through security, fighting inside and outside the ground.

And then disappointed fans spilled back out onto the streets, police worked through the night trying to contain the ensuing violence and anti-social behaviour.

Before 2am, the Metropolitan Police had made 49 arrests for a variety of offences in relation to the match.

In addition to drunken fighting on the streets, there were also a number of car crashes and drink-driving arrests.

In a statement, the force said: ‘Thank you to the tens of thousands of fans who had good spirits and behaved responsibly.

‘We will have officers on hand throughout the night. Frustratingly, 19 of our officers were injured while they confronted volatile crowds.

‘This is wholly unacceptable. A big thanks to officers across London and our blue light colleagues for their part in keeping Londoner’s safe and moving tonight.’

The Met also said it will be investigating abusive and racist social media posts aimed at members of the England squad.

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