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‘Bring us joy and hope at the Euros’, England team urged

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ngland were on Friday urged to bring the nation hope, unity and joy as Euro 2020 was at last about to kick-off.

The delayed tournament starts tonight in Rome with Italy taking on Turkey before England begin their campaign against Croatia at Wembley on Sunday.

Boris Johnson told the Standard: “The Euros kicking off today will be an exciting moment for football fans in our country and I’m delighted that thousands of supporters will be in the stands at Wembley and Hampden Park in Glasgow to see some of the games unfold over the coming weeks. I want to wish England, Scotland and Wales all the very best of luck.”

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer added: “There is nothing like watching England playing at home. I was in the upper tier at Wembley for the semi-final of Euro ‘96 when we were playing Germany and it was fantastic to see the whole country get behind the team.

“I can’t wait to see the England team kick off this weekend and I know we can go all the way.”

Covid-19 restrictions mean only 22,500 fans will see England’s group stage matches at Wembley but millions more will cheer on from home, in pubs and at fan zones.

Boris Johnson told the Standard: “The Euros kicking off today will be an exciting moment for football fans”

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The British Beer & Pub Association estimates 10 million pints will be sold across Sunday. Table service and rule-of-six rules inside pubs and bars will restrict how many customers can be served, so hundreds of thousands of supporters will opt for home barbecues in the predicted 28C heatwave.

Euro 2020 keeps its name even though it was delayed for a year because of the pandemic, running until July 11 across 11 countries, separated by 3,000 miles.

Scotland are in their first major competition for 23 years and Wales are at their second Euros in a row.

Singer Olly Murs willed England to go all the way and win the final on July 11, saying: “It’s time… Come on England.”


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