Supporters who had spent the day celebrating the build-up to the match – and the prospect of profitable a primary main match since 1966 – have been left dejected because the rain poured down on Sunday evening.
In central London, some pissed off followers took out their anger by smashing bottles, overturning bins on the street or kicking the fence across the fan zone in Trafalgar Sq..
Shortly afterwards the Metropolitan Police confirmed they’d made 45 arrests whereas policing the ultimate.
The day had begun with scenes of jubilation as tens of hundreds of England followers had crowded into central London to absorb the environment – and industrial portions of alcohol – regardless of not having any occasion tickets or pub bookings.
Whereas most have been pleased simply to get pleasure from themselves by singing soccer anthems, some took the chance to climb buses, lampposts and site visitors lights, set hearth to an Italian flag and even uproot an ornamental tree to hurl it forwards and backwards throughout Leicester Sq..
Police additionally needed to intervene to cease a crowd of ticketless followers making an attempt to push into the fan zone in Trafalgar Sq., and King’s Cross station was briefly evacuated due to smoke from flares.
In Soho, a pair bouncers stood outdoors a bar have been admitting followers on reserving solely. “It’s both gonna be actually unhealthy or actually good; both approach the place is gonna be a large number,” one stated. By then the streets have been already carpeted with damaged glass, plastic luggage and different litter.
As kick-off approached, followers have been nonetheless streaming out of the practice stations on their solution to the West Finish. One fan freshly arrived at Waterloo expressed confidence that probably the most inebriated followers would “be in mattress by the sport… higher that approach”.
Some supporters arrived in Trafalgar Sq. pondering they may watch the match on the large screens within the fan zone – solely to find they wanted a ticket.
The partitions outdoors the Nationwide Gallery, on the north of the sq., have been lined with followers decided to get a free view of the match a method or one other.
Katie, who headed down from Northamptonshire along with her daughters, stated: “We are able to’t get in. Want a f***ing ticket. I didn’t know that.”
Because the nationwide anthems have been performed, England followers stood on tables in Trafalgar Sq., held their palms to their chests and sang “God Save the Queen”.
Simply two minutes later the gang erupted as one as Luke Shaw scored the opening aim. Cheers, chants and screams have been heard echoing by way of streets, adopted by the acquainted lyrics of the Three Lions music. A couple of, extra sad, supporters have been noticed throwing up on the street.
The chanting of “It is Coming House” continued at half time as fireworks have been set off in Trafalgar Sq..
Nevertheless, followers grew more and more nervous after Italy equalised to make it 1-1 halfway by way of the second half.
Supporters have been silenced by the aim, some visibly shocked with heads in palms.
The tense environment was solely lifted by the arrival of substitute Jack Grealish, whose onscreen look prompted cheers and shouts of “Tremendous Jackie Grealish”.
Followers remained optimistic as the sport moved in direction of penalties, however safety workers may very well be seen in rising numbers in Trafalgar Sq. as the sport moved in direction of its climax. Rest room rolls have been thrown as response officers informed some supporters to settle down.
When the top lastly got here, followers reacted in wildly alternative ways. Some embraced one another or applauded their staff’s efforts, whereas others collapsed to the ground in tears. A number of took out their frustrations by smashing bottles and hitting inanimate objects.
Many trudged quietly away on their lengthy journey house. One man strolling alone didn’t have a lot to say in regards to the end result, sighing: “Is what it’s, mate”.