England’s footballing gladiators are heading to Rome this Saturday for the Euro 2020 quarter final against Ukraine after a magnificent victory over Germany at Wembley yesterday.
Prince William and Kate Middleton were there with young football fan Prince George to witness Gareth Southgate’s men end 55 years of hurt as goals from Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane sent England to the quarter finals.
Fans have now hailed Prince George as England’s lucky royal mascot and the young prince beamed from ear to ear as Sterling and Kane’s shots hit the back of the German net sending England to victory. Also spotted in the 40,000 strong crowd to experience the win were David Beckham, Ellie Goulding and Ed Sheeran.
Former England captain Alan Shearer said he couldn’t remember Wembley ever being that loud for an England game, despite the reduced capacity, describing the atmosphere as “incredible.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson held a viewing party in Downing Street and joyfully threw his hands in the air when England scored, mirroring scenes seen in homes, pubs and socially distanced viewings across the country. Many jubilant England fans woke up with sore heads this morning as celebrations ran late into the night.
When Harry Kane’s goal sealed the win the Prime Minister said: “Harry Kane. Harry Kane has finally scored.”
It has been suggested, with the likes of France, the Netherlands, and reigning European champions Portugal already eliminated, this is England’s best chance of a major tournament success since 1966.
England are firm favourites to make the final on the right-side of the knockout tree, and on the left-side, any of the remaining four teams could go all the way.
If England beat Ukraine, they will play the Czech Republic or Denmark in the semi-finals. The tournament draw also means that if England get to the final, Saturday’s trip to Rome will be the only one of their seven matches not at Wembley.
England fans hoping to jump on a plane to Rome to see their team’s showdown with Ukraine are likely to be disappointed due to current coronavirus restrictions.
Passengers will need proof of a negative coronavirus test taken in the 48 hours before travelling.
Then, upon arrival, UK passengers must fill in a European Union passenger locator form before isolating for five days. This means that even if you were to touch down today, the earliest you would be out is Sunday – subject to a second Covid-19 test – meaning you will probably be watching the game from a hotel room.
The Football Association has therefore said it will not be selling tickets for the match in Rome. It will try to get tickets to England fans who are already in Italy via the British Embassy.
The only people able to avoid having to isolate are members of transport crews and those who can prove they are in Italy for “work, health or emergency.”
Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions will now travel to Rome for Saturday’s quarter-final, which kicks off at 8pm.
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