England v Italy: Fans gather outside pubs and bars ahead of tonight's Euro 2020 ...

England v Italy: Fans gather outside pubs and bars ahead of tonight's Euro 2020 ...
England v Italy: Fans gather outside pubs and bars ahead of tonight's Euro 2020 ...

Ecstatic England fans are tonight packing out pubs and bars across the country as the Three Lions prepare to take on Italy in the Euro 2020 final.

With hopes high of an England win at Wembley - ending a 55-year spell of hurt for Three Lions supporters - football fans are already out in force ahead of tonight's crunch game.

The rush is now on for fans to take their seats ahead of the 8pm kick-off. Huge crowds have been pictured outside pubs in London and Brighton this afternoon, with little social distancing in sight.

And at Boxpark in Croydon, lucky fans who scored tickets in a ballot have taken their seats and ordered their rounds as they prepare to watch Gareth Southgate's men take on Roberto Mancini's Azzuri side.

Even luckier fans with match tickets have also been knocking back drinks at Boxpark on Wembley Way ahead of tonight's clash.

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It comes as The British Beer & Pub Association predicts England fans will buy 7.1 million pints as they watch England's first major tournament final since the 1966 World Cup. 

By the end of the competition it is estimated that £815million will have been spent in pubs and hospitality venues, with 32.6 million pints sold, according to a report by Vouchercodes.co.uk and the Centre for Retail Research.

Huge crowds have gathered outside The Faltering Fullback pub in Finsbury Park, London, ahead of the England game tonight

Huge crowds have gathered outside The Faltering Fullback pub in Finsbury Park, London, ahead of the England game tonight

Down on the south coast, a large group of England fans were seen gathered outside the King and Queen pub in Brighton, Sussex, ahead of tonight's kick-off

Down on the south coast, a large group of England fans were seen gathered outside the King and Queen pub in Brighton, Sussex, ahead of tonight's kick-off

It comes as The British Beer & Pub Association predicts England fans will buy 7.1 million pints as they watch England's first major tournament final since the 1966 World Cup. Pictured: England fans party on Wembley Way this afternoon

It comes as The British Beer & Pub Association predicts England fans will buy 7.1 million pints as they watch England's first major tournament final since the 1966 World Cup. Pictured: England fans party on Wembley Way this afternoon

By the end of the competition it is estimated that £815million will have been spent in pubs and hospitality venues, with 32.6 million pints sold, according to a report by Vouchercodes.co.uk and the Centre for Retail Research. Pictured: Fans arrive at Wembley Way earlier today

By the end of the competition it is estimated that £815million will have been spent in pubs and hospitality venues, with 32.6 million pints sold, according to a report by Vouchercodes.co.uk and the Centre for Retail Research. Pictured: Fans arrive at Wembley Way earlier today

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Fans were this afternoon seen climbing polls on Wembley Way as they partied ahead of England's game against Italy tonight

Fans were this afternoon seen climbing polls on Wembley Way as they partied ahead of England's game against Italy tonight

Fans brought an inflatable unicorn - similar to that used by England players in team photographs taken earlier this week - to Wembley Way this afternoon

Fans brought an inflatable unicorn - similar to that used by England players in team photographs taken earlier this week - to Wembley Way this afternoon

It was a messy scene in Leicester Square this afternoon, as fans climbed on to the entrance of the tube station, while litter was scattered over the ground

It was a messy scene in Leicester Square this afternoon, as fans climbed on to the entrance of the tube station, while litter was scattered over the ground

At Boxpark in Croydon, lucky fans who scored tickets in a ballot have taken their seats and ordered their rounds as they prepare to watch Gareth Southgate's men take on Roberto Mancini's Azzuri side

At Boxpark in Croydon, lucky fans who scored tickets in a ballot have taken their seats and ordered their rounds as they prepare to watch Gareth Southgate's men take on Roberto Mancini's Azzuri side

Queues of England fans dressed in white and red were this afternoon seen queuing outside the Faltering Fullback in Finsbury Park, north London, this afternoon ahead of kick-off. The pub is around 12 miles east of Wembley Stadium.

Meanwhile, down on the south coast, a large group of England fans were seen gathered outside the King and Queen pub in Brighton, Sussex, ahead of tonight's kick-off.

It comes as rowdy England supporters climbed on top of cars and busses around Wembley Stadium this afternoon.

Dozens of fans were seen on top of a stationary 206 bus as it attempted to make its way through huge crowds crossing the road on Wembley Way this afternoon.  

Fans were also filmed setting off flares, including one at Victoria Station and several on Wembley Way.

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