Pubs across the country are already fully booked for Sunday’s Euro 2020 final – despite England not even playing their semi-final match yet.
Gareth Southgate’s men face Denmark at Wembley at 8pm on Wednesday, and a win will put the team in its first final since 1966.
England are considered favourites for the match – though pundits have warned that Denmark shouldn’t be underestimated, especially in the light of their emotionally-charged run following Christian Eriksen’s shocking collapse in their opening match.
Despite this, English fans seem to be in a confident mood, with pubs across the country reporting fully booked tables for Sunday’s final.
If England beat the Danes they will face Italy or Spain at Wembley at the showpiece event, with 60,000 in the crowd.
Pubs will be the most popular form of viewing, however, and supporters have taken to social media to bemoan the lack of tables available.
One fan wrote: ‘Not being able to book a pub in London for the Euros semis or final is absolutely gutting.’
England football fans watch the team’s Euro 2020 Round of 16 tie with Germany at the Boxpark Shoreditch venue in east London, June 29
Gareth Southgate’s men face Denmark at Wembley at 8pm on Wednesday, and a win will put the team in its first final since 1966 (pictured: June 29, east London)
Workers prepare boarding around the statue of Eros in Piccadilly before fans gather ahead of the semi finals of Euro 2020
Another said: ‘I literally can’t find any.’
While a third added: ‘You know what I hate about England getting so far…. Can’t get a f***ing table in a pub playing the game anywhere… the final date has been booked in all pubs over checked since the group stages and no chance of getting anywhere for Wednesday.’
Huddl, Nottingham’s newest sports bar, says all its tables are fully booked out while the city’s Southbank City has just one table left for the final.
In Portsmouth, The Old Customs House is fully booked out for the final while there is an ‘awful lot of booking’ for the final at The Baffins. Several other city bars have also revealed that they have no seats left for the final or semi-final matches.
Steve Haslam, owner of the Bread and Cheese in Thundersley, Essex says his phone has been ringing every 90 seconds with fans keen to book a space in the pub’s fan zone.
One fan wrote: ‘Not being able to book a pub in London for the Euros semis or final is absolutely gutting’
Fans watching the Euro 2020 game between England and Germany in the Boxpark in Croydon, June 29
Boris Johnson will extend pub opening hours on Sunday night in case the Euro 2020 finals go into extra time and penalties (pictured: Croydon, June 29)
England fans react to going 2-0 up during the Euro 2020 round of 16 game between England and Germany at the Skylight Rooftop bar in Tobacco Dock, east London, June 29
If England make the final, Mr Haslam says they will be forced to open a second zone to accommodate the overwhelming demand.
Peacock Farm in Bracknell, Berkshire, is fully booked for the final, with fans eager to make use of the pub’s big screen.
In Chiswick, west London, The Lamb is almost fully booked for the final, despite customers required to hand over a £20 deposit.
The capital’s Boxpark venue will sell tickets from this Thursday.
A worker prepares boarding around the statue of Eros in Piccadilly before fans gather ahead of the semi finals of Euro 2020
Boris Johnson, meanwhile, will extend pub opening hours on Sunday night in case the Euro 2020 finals go into extra time and penalties.
Pubs will be able to serve thirsty punters until 11.15pm – rather than the usual 10.30pm Sunday closing time – on the night of the Wembley showdown.
Late opening will go ahead even if the Three Lions lose their titanic clash against Denmark tomorrow night and don’t make the finals.
No10 hope it will avoid uproar if fans are kicked out before the final whistle.
The emergency law change allowing pubs to stay open for an extra 45 minutes will be put to the Commons today.