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A ferocious war for tickets for Sunday’s Euro 2020 final is already underway among England fans, as Three Lions supporters bid tens of thousands of pounds to clinch seats at Wembley to watch Gareth Southgate’s men trounce the Italians in person.
Bidding for tickets for the Italy match has been underway since England’s historic victory over Denmark at the Home of Football last night, with groups of three tickets rising from £6,000 in total to £15,000 in the 30 minutes the national heroes celebrated on the pitch.
The scramble for tickets continued through the night, reaching £20,700 this morning as eBay users sell pairs of tickets for between £15,000 and £17,500 – and groups of four seats at Wembley now being sold for £60,000, MailOnline has found.
Government sources have said that a 90,000-capacity crowd at Wembley on Sunday ‘cannot be ruled out’ now England made Sunday’s event – meaning there will be more tickets for the Three Lions’ first major tournament final since the 1966 World Cup win.
England fans have pulled sickies, stayed in bed or were even given the day off today leaving roads deserted and trains empty because of the extraordinary Euro 2020 celebrations up and down the country – from Wembley itself and London’s Trafalgar Square to fan zones in Croydon and Manchester.
The scramble for tickets continued through the night, reaching £20,700 this morning as eBay users sell pairs of tickets for between £15,000 and £17,500 – and groups of four seats at Wembley now valued at £60,000, MailOnline has found
As fans scrambled for tickets, 56 bids were in for three tickets with the price reaching just under £21,000
The going rate for a pair of tickets appears to be £15,000 to £17,500
Trains were delayed into London and Tube lines missing services because of a shortage of staff as millions nursed crippling hangovers and tired heads after partying through the night.
Congestion data from TomTom showed that up to one in five cars were missing during rush hour in many cities when compared to yesterday – with some joking they were ‘ringing in sick’ this morning and that England’s win had put the country back into a temporary one-day lockdown.
Traffic levels was as low as 20 per cent down in London and 15 per cent down in Bristol. Meanwhile in Newcastle the roads were 14 per cent less busy and in Manchester recorded similar lulls.
The Government is now under pressure to consider a bank holiday on Monday – or a day of celebration next week – in case the Three Lions beat Italy this weekend, according to Politico.
Some bosses are already promising staff they can have leave on the day after the match, allowing employees to recover after tasting sweet victory or bitter defeat against Roberto Mancini’s Italian team.
Cars were noticeably absent from the streets in major cities and some commuter services were delayed, citing the game. One motorist said: ‘Got to work in record time today. The roads were curiously empty.’
Another added on Twitter: ‘Roads are empty this morning lol i guess everyone is recovering from last night.’ And one joked the England match had been more effective than coronavirus restrictions for getting people to stay at home.
They quipped: ‘I was driving and roads were empty – seems like an England match is far more effective at keeping people home than a lockdown.’
Kane celebrates with team mates after scoring their side’s second goal during the UEFA Euro 2020 match
Thousands of exuberant England fans are crammed in along Wembley Way after England made their first final in more than five decades as they try to get to the Tube
England manager Gareth Southgate celebrates wildly after England beat Denmark in the Euro 2020 semi-final at Wembley
More than 1500 fans go wild as they watch the game at the 4thefans park, Manchester
People partied into the night as England gave themselves the chance of winning a major tournament for the first time since 1966
It is the first time that England have reached the final of the Euros – and the first time they have made it that far in a major tournament since the World Cup win in 1966.
The teams were locked at 1-1 after 90 minutes but, after missing chance after chance, England broke down the Danish defence during 30 minutes of extra time.
Winger Raheem Sterling won a penalty on the 104th minute, which captain Harry Kane missed – before slotting the ball into the net when it rebounded off Danish goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.
Inside Wembley stadium, the biggest UK football crowd since the pandemic let out a collective sigh of relief after biting their nails for much of the game.
Prince William, president of the Football Association, clapped and punched his fist in the air in the royal box as the final whistle was blown. But it was far from plain sailing. After a promising start by England, they made a flurry of mistakes as the tension in the stadium appeared to grip the players.
On the 30th minute, Danish winger Mikkel Damsgaard scored a scintillating free kick to send their 8,700 fans at Wembley into delirium. England supporters were stunned into silence, but were lifted when Sterling almost scored from close range.
A minute later the fans erupted when Danish captain Simon Kjaer turned a cross by English teenager Bukayo Saka into his own net to make it 1-1. A relieved England manager Gareth Southgate punched the air with delight and let out a roar on the touchline.
England were cheered on by a host of high-profile stars, including former captain David Beckham and former England and Rangers star Paul Gascoigne. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, sitting with his wife Carrie, wore an England shirt with his name and the number 10 on the back.
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden, Health Secretary Sajid Javid and Foreign Secretary Dominic Rabb were also in attendance. Among the raucous crowd was a large contingent of relatives, partners and close friends of the players.
Most were wearing replica England shirts, including Kane’s wife Katie, who wrote on Instagram: ‘Semi-final vibes. Let’s go baby.’
Before the game, singer Neil Diamond sent England a good luck message from his home in Colorado. His 1969 hit Sweet Caroline has been adopted as one of the Three Lions fans’ anthems at the tournament.
Fans spent almost £500million on food and drink for the game as they gathered in living rooms, pubs and fan zones across the country.