Fans’ quiet confidence turns to jubilation after 4-0 win for England


ngland fans turned Trafalgar Square into a huge party after England beat Ukraine 4-0 in the latest round of the Euros.

Supporters began flocking to the Uefa fan zone in the London landmark at 5pm, three hours before the Three Lions kicked off at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.

Fans seemed quietly confident of an England victory with Joana Moreira predicting “a clear win” while Jose Nunes was feeling “cautiously optimistic”.

The calm crowd drank beer and ate chips while they watched Denmark defeat the Czech Republic on the big screens but the excitement grew as the England kick-off neared.

Fans watching Ukraine v England / PA Wire

The fan zone was sold out, meaning more than 1,000 supporters were gathered on socially distanced tables, and the crowd was a sea of white, red and blue shirts, with dozens wearing flags over their shoulders and red and white face paint on their cheeks.

Compared to the England vs Germany match on Tuesday – where there was a real tension and feeling of nerves in the air – a quiet confidence filled the air in Trafalgar Square on Saturday.

The crowd showed their appreciation for England, proudly singing God Save the Queen and applauding the players for taking the knee, while some sang Three Lions over Ukraine’s national anthem when it played through the speakers.

Their quiet confidence paid off – around five minutes in, England’s captain Harry Kane scored, which prompted Trafalgar Square to erupt into jubilation, with fans singing “It’s coming home” on repeat.

After England’s second goal, fans rebelled against the venue’s strict social distancing rules, hugging and dancing with each other.

They then sang and chanted non-stop for the rest of the game, only temporarily stopping to cheer after the third and fourth goals were scored, and returned to singing Three Lions, Sweet Caroline and Hey Baby shortly afterwards.

Fans watching Ukraine v England / PA Wire
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