Frenzied supporters ready for the football final

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Football fans all over England relished preparing for a match that could see the country crowned European champions.

Houses were adorned with flags amid increased demand for England-themed paraphernalia and thousands of people descended on pubs and fan areas to watch the game.

Fan shoots fireworks in Leicester Square (Ian West / PA)
The Ye Olde King's Head pub in Santa Monica, Calif., Is packed with fans (Keiran Southern / PA)
The Ye Olde King’s Head pub in Santa Monica, California is packed with fans (Keiran Southern / PA)
English fans gather in the Trafford Park fan zone, Manchester (Martin Rickett / PA)
English fans gather in the Trafford Park fan zone, Manchester (Martin Rickett / PA)
England manager Gareth Southgate gave the green light as the team left the Grove Hotel, Hertfordshire (Jonathan Brady / PA)
England manager Gareth Southgate gave the green light as the team left the Grove Hotel, Hertfordshire (Jonathan Brady / PA)
Fans head to Wembley early Sunday afternoon (Zac Goodwin / PA)
Fans head to Wembley early Sunday afternoon (Zac Goodwin / PA)
English supporters board a bus near the ground (Zac Goodwin / PA)
English supporters board a bus near the ground (Zac Goodwin / PA)
Flares were set off as the numbers piled up (Zac Goodwin / PA)
Flares were set off as the numbers piled up (Zac Goodwin / PA)

The final – which is expected to attract a record-breaking televised audience – started at 8 p.m. and will end at 10 p.m. if it ends normally, but could end closer to 11 p.m. if there is overtime or penalties.

The victory would mark the men’s soccer team’s first victory in a major tournament since the successful 1966 World Cup, which also took place at Wembley Stadium in London.

The supporters were already in a good mood before noon (Zac Goodwin / PA)
The supporters were already in a good mood before noon (Zac Goodwin / PA)
Fans from outside the capital arrive at King's Cross station in London (Jonathan Brady / PA)
Fans from outside the capital arrive at King’s Cross station in London (Jonathan Brady / PA)
English fans line up outside The Faltering Fullback pub in Finsbury Park, London (Jonathan Brady / PA)
English fans line up outside The Faltering Fullback pub in Finsbury Park, London (Jonathan Brady / PA)

Skipper Harry Kane said the players hope to bring pride to the nation when they step onto the pitch: “We know how much this means to English fans across the country so we are proud to represent them and we hope we can make them proud again. “

Fans by a new mural in Nuneaton by artist Nathan Parker, depicting Gareth Southgate, Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling (Jacob King / PA)
Fans by a new mural in Nuneaton by artist Nathan Parker, depicting Gareth Southgate, Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling (Jacob King / PA)
Local residents carry a giant official England campaign flag nationwide from Neeld Crescent to Brent, where Raheem Sterling grew up, at Wembley Stadium ahead of the Euro 2020 final (Jonathan Brady / PA)
Local residents carry an official flag of the Respect England Campaign across the country, from Neeld Crescent to Brent, where Raheem Sterling grew up, at Wembley Stadium ahead of the Euro 2020 final (Jonathan Brady / PA)
Artist paints a picture of the floor ahead of the Euro 2020 final at Wembley Stadium (Zac Goodwin / PA)
Artist paints a picture of the floor ahead of the Euro 2020 final at Wembley Stadium (Zac Goodwin / PA)

Despite England’s advantage at home, Italian fans will also be present at Wembley and hope their side continue their streak of 32 games unbeaten.

An Italian supporter outside of Wembley (Zac Goodwin / PA)
An Italian supporter outside of Wembley (Zac Goodwin / PA)
A dog wearing an Italian shirt off the ground (Mike Egerton / PA)
A dog wearing an Italian shirt off the ground (Mike Egerton / PA)

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