‘Bring it on… Bring it home’: Nation reacts as England reach first Euros semi-final in 25 years

Boris Johnson has led the plaudits to the England team, as fans react to England’s thumping 4-0 quarter-final win over Ukraine.

The prime minister was quick to react to the victory calling the team’s performance “outstanding”.

In his tweet he added: “We’re all behind you for the semi-finals, bring it home.”

Labour’s opposite number, Sir Keir Starmer, also tweeted, saying: “Incredible result. Huge credit to Gareth Southgate and the team. It’s coming home!”

He accompanied the message with a photo of him wearing an England top next to a pint.

Meanwhile, actor and TV presenter Ross Kemp, who became known during the last world cup for his enthusiastic video messages has returned to form, screaming “come on, England!” at the camera while wearing full diver gear.

British astronaut Tim Peake also added his praise to the squad, saying: “Convincing win from England tonight – congratulations on a brilliant performance all round. Bring on the semi-finals!”

Oasis legend Liam Gallagher simply tweeted “it’s coming home” while comedian Jack Whitehall wrote: “If we where (sic) whispering it after the Germany game, it’s now up to a murmur… ‘it’s coming home’.”

Sky Sports pundit Chris Kamara wrote “Brilliant superb fantastic” and “most of all unbelievable” as TV presenters Ant and Dec said: “Oh boy. Hard not to get carried away innit!? D #Euros2020 #ItsComingHome”

The Duke Of Cambridge, who is president of the English Football Association (FA), also expressed his joy, tweeting: “Another top team performance and clean sheet from England tonight. #ThreeLions. Well played to Ukraine. Can’t wait for Wednesdays semi final!”

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: England football fans climb the statue of Eros in Piccadilly Circus, central London, after England beat Ukraine in their Euro 2020 quarter final match© PA England football fans climb the statue of Eros in Piccadilly Circus, central London, after England beat Ukraine in their Euro 2020 quarter final match

Fans are now speculating that football could be “coming home”, in the words of Frank Skinner and David Baddiel, with thousands of people packing out pubs, bars and fan zones up and down the country.

In central London, fans gathered in Trafalgar Square and Leicester Square, with revellers ripping off their shirts and chanting at the final whistle.

Marc Ghossein, who was in the capital said: “It’s an amazing feeling. We have been waiting for this for 25 years now. We’re almost at the semi-final, it’s coming home. England is going to win this year.”

Boxpark venues in the capital were also scenes of chaos as beer went flying on the stroke of full-time in Rome, while zones in other places in England became filled with noise as the Three Lions booked their place in the next round.

Dozens of fans gathered near King George’s statue in London’s Pall Mall cheering, chanting and singing about Gareth Southgate and Jack Grealish.

Buses were beeping along to the England chant as they drove past.

a group of people posing for the camera: Fans gathered across the country to watch the game© PA Fans gathered across the country to watch the game

The Metropolitan Police said that officers were out on the streets to ensure “everyone can celebrate safely”.

England will take to the Wembley turf on Wednesday evening for their semi-final clash against Denmark.

More than 60,000 fans will be allowed at the semi-finals and final as the Wembley capacity was increased to 75% for the latter stages of the tournament.

It is the third phase in the government’s Events Research Programme and will see the largest crowds at a sporting event in the UK in more than 15 months.

All ticket holders will need to follow a number of strict entry requirements including having a negative COVID-19 test or proof of full vaccination 14 days before the fixture.


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