On Wednesday, England’s footballers meet Denmark in the Euro 2020 semi-finals at Wembley, knowing that a win will put them in a major final for the first time since 1966.
In front of a modest crowd of England fans in Rome, Gareth Southgate’s side trounced Ukraine 4-0.
Fans in the UK were advised not to travel to the game in Italy’s capital due to travel restrictions, but England fans across Europe were ecstatic to see all four goals scored inside Stadio Olimpico.
Extra police patrols were stationed outside the stadium to prevent fans from entering from the United Kingdom.
Rather, expats from continental Europe were able to obtain tickets, allowing England’s players to feel at ease. “These nights bring families and communities together,” England manager Gareth Southgate said.
“It’s a part of the job’s pleasure to offer people hope and cause them to look forward.”
So far, Wembley has hosted five Euro 2020 matches, with a crowd of 41,973 watching England’s 2-0 triumph over Germany in the last 16 round.
The other last-four match pits Spain against Italy, and England’s national stadium will host both semi-finals and the final on July 11, with 60,000 fans expected to attend each of the three games — 75 percent of the stadium’s capacity.
Against Tuesday, Italy takes on Spain, followed by England’s match against Denmark 24 hours later. Both games are scheduled to begin at 20:00 BST.
Tickets for the remaining shows went on sale earlier this week.
Ticketholders aged 11 and up must use the NHS app to confirm they are fully vaccinated, with both doses obtained at least 14 days prior. Those who have not been fully immunized must provide documentation of a negative lateral flow test performed within the past 48 hours.
The games are part of the government’s Events Research Programme, which monitors Covid transmission at large gatherings.
The next games, according to UK Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden, will be “an unforgettable moment in our national recovery from the pandemic.”