Huge queues outside pubs from 5am as England fans gear up for Italy showdown

Queues outside pubs at 10.45am as England gears up for Euro final

Fans started to queue up outside pubs at 5am (Twitter/PA)

England fans started drinking early today as they prepared to watch the country take on Italy in the Euros final. 

Supporters were seen queuing up outside pubs as early as 5am and could be heard singing, ‘it’s coming home’. 

Pictures showed a huge line outside The Faltering Fullback pub in Finsbury Park, London.

More than seven million Britons are expected to splash out £180 million in hospitality venues alone on Sunday – a 12.5% increase from Wednesday’s semi-final against Denmark, according to a report by the Centre for Retail Research (CRR).

By the end of the competition, it is estimated that £815 million will have been spent in pubs and hospitality venues, with 32.6 million pints sold, the report commissioned by Vouchercodes.co.uk said.

Fans will hope the Three Lions can end a 55-year wait for a trophy by lifting a first European Championship crown.

England will attempt to follow the World Cup heroes of 1966 when they face the Italians at Wembley Stadium later today. 

England fans queuing outside the The Faltering Fullback pub in Finsbury Park, London, ahead of the England football team playing in the UEFA Euro 2020 Final. Picture date: Sunday July 11, 2021. PA Photo. See PA story SPORT England. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

England fans queuing outside The Faltering Fullback pub in Finsbury Park, London (PA)
Punters eagerly wait to get in to watch the match (PA)
England fans gather in Wembley (Reuters)

Meanwhile, a new video shows England being waved off by staff as they left their St George’s Park training base for the final time on Saturday afternoon and were cheered by thousands of well-wishers on the route south.

Fans were at The Grove hotel to greet them on the eve of the showdown against Italy.

The team has also received Royal support after Prince William urged manager Gareth Southgate and his squad to ‘bring it home’.

The Duke of Cambridge wished the players, including captain Harry Kane, the ‘very best of luck’ for their clash against Italy tonight.

William, who is president of the Football Association, said the Three Lions had brought out the ‘very best of England’.

He also paid tribute to every member of the England side, on and off the pitch, for ‘playing their part’.  

Soccer Football - Euro 2020 - Fans gather for Italy v England - Wembley Stadium, London, Britain - July 11, 2021 England fans on Wembley way outside Wembley stadium ahead of the match Action Images via Reuters/Lee Smith

England fans flock to Wembley (Reuters)
England fans were in good spirits this morning (Reuters)

It comes as the Queen also wished the England team good luck yesterday.  

The monarch sent a personal message to Southgate, paying tribute to the squad’s spirit, commitment and pride’ ahead of the final.

Prince Charles has also backed England to win – but will be supporting the game at home, revealing how watching the squad is ‘not good for the nerves’.

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