Fans gather in London ahead of Euro final


FOOTBALL fans started to gather from this morning ahead of the Euro 2020 final in London.

ngland faces Italy tonight and their fans are hoping for their very first victory in the competition.

The two teams will meet at Wembley Stadium in London, with kick-off at 8 p.m.

England are trying to win their first major title since the 1966 World Cup, which also took place at Wembley.

Italy won the European Championship in 1968 and won four World Cup titles. The most recent dates from 2006.

England captain Harry Kane has said his team hope to bring pride to England fans as the British Queen and the Prime Minister give their support to the country’s footballers.

The monarch paid tribute to the team’s “spirit, commitment and pride” in a good luck message ahead of Sunday’s home final, while her grandson, the Duke of Cambridge, said that it was “so exciting” to come to this.

Boris Johnson also wrote to the team, telling manager Gareth Southgate and the players that they had “already made history” by reaching the final.

In her written message, the Queen recalled presenting the Jules Rimet Trophy to Bobby Moore nearly six decades ago.

She said: “Fifty-five years ago I had the chance to present the World Cup to Bobby Moore and saw what it meant for the players, management and support staff at reach and win the final of a major international football tournament.

“I want to extend my congratulations to you and my family for reaching the final of the European Championships, and to send you my best wishes for tomorrow with the hope that history will record not only your success but also the spirit, dedication and pride with which you conducted yourself. “

In a video message to be released later on Sunday, Football Association president William said: “I can’t really believe this is happening. So exciting and I just wish you the best of luck.

“You bring out the best of England and we’re all behind you. The whole country is behind you. So take it home.”

Echoing that sentiment in his letter, Mr Johnson said: ‘You have lifted the spirits of the whole country, and tomorrow we know you can lift that trophy too.

“We don’t just hope or pray. We believe in you, Gareth, and your amazing team.”

Southgate said it was “fantastic” to receive such messages of support, and swore he and the team are “here to win” for the final.

He told reporters at a press conference on Saturday night: “We want to take the trophy home.”


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