England fans celebrate Euros group win but Scotland’s dream is over


Many people may have a hangover in the morning (Picture: Rex/PA/Getty)

England have managed to finish top of their group in Euro 2020 – and it has sparked celebrations across the country.

Fans packed into a sold-out fan zone in Trafalgar Square for the final march of this stage against the Czech Republic cheered at the 1-0 result.

But there was heartbreak for Scottish fans, who saw their team leave the competition.

Boris Johnson celebrated England’s success in securing a place in the last 16.

He tweeted: ‘Huge congratulations to @England on finishing top of the group and joining @Cymru in the last 16 of #Euro2020.

‘Disappointing that @ScotlandNT couldn’t get the result they needed, but Steve Clarke and his players deserve huge credit.’


Fans celebrate at the end of the game after watching the UEFA Euro 2020 Group D match between Czech Republic and England at BOXPARK in Croydon. Picture date: Tuesday June 22, 2021. PA Photo. See PA story SOCCER England. Photo credit should read: Steven Paston/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only, no commercial use without prior consent from rights holder.

Fans celebrate at the end of the game at BOXPARK in Croydon (Picture: PA)


GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JUNE 22: Scotland fans react as they support their team in the Euro 2020 game against Croatia on June 22, 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland. Scotland lost to Croatia, ending their Euro 2020 campaign. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

But it wasn’t good news for Scotland fans (Picture: Getty)


MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 22: Supporters celebrate at the final whistle at the 4TheFans Fan Park at Event City on June 22, 2021 in Manchester, England. England are already through to the knockout stages of Euro 2020 and are looking for a win to place them at the top of their group. (Photo by Anthony Devlin/Getty Images)

Supporters celebrate at the final whistle at the 4TheFans Fan Park at Event City (Picture: Getty)


England supporters react in the fan zone in Trafalgar Square in London, Tuesday, June 22, 2021 during the Euro 2020 soccer championship group D match between England and the Czech Republic at Wembley Stadium. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)

Celebrations in the fan zone in Trafalgar Square in London (Picture: AP)

Nicola Sturgeon said she was ‘proud’ of the Scotland team after they exited following a defeat by Croatia.

Steve Clarke’s side lost 3-1 at Hampden to finish bottom of Group D.

First Minister Sturgeon tweeted: ‘Not to be, but thank you @ScotlandNT for taking us to our first men’s tournament in 23 years – you’ve played your hearts out and we’ve been proud to cheer you on.’

In London, two big screens displayed the England game on either side of Nelson’s Column.

Fans cheered vehemently when Raheem Sterling scored the opening goal after 12 minutes, but some didn’t actually want the Three Lions to win the match, due to strategy going forward.

Emma Birkett, who is a key worker, said she did not want England to top the group to avoid a potential clash with France, Portugal or Germany in Group F.


An England fan reacts in the fan zone in Trafalgar Square, London as she watches the UEFA Euro 2020 Group D match between Czech Republic and England. Picture date: Tuesday June 22, 2021. PA Photo. See PA story SOCCER England. Photo credit should read: Victoria Jones/PA Wire

England won against the Czech Republic (Picture: PA)


But Scotland missed their chance against Croatia (Picture: Shutterstock)


Fans watch the UEFA Euro 2020 Group D match between Czech Republic and England at the 4TheFans fan park in Manchester. Picture date: Tuesday June 22, 2021. PA Photo. See PA story SOCCER England. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only, no commercial use without prior consent from rights holder.

The fan park in Manchester after the win (Picture: PA)


Fans watch the UEFA Euro 2020 Group D match between Croatia and Scotland at the fan zone in Glasgow. Picture date: Tuesday June 22, 2021. PA Photo. See PA story SOCCER Scotland. Photo credit should read: Ian Rutherford/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only, no commercial use without prior consent from rights holder.

Fans watch the UEFA Euro 2020 Group D match between Croatia and Scotland at the fan zone in Glasgow (Picture: PA)


LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 22: England football fans celebrate at Box Park Corydon as England score their first goal again Czech Republic on June 18, 2021 in London, England. England are already through to the knockout stages of Euro 2020 and are looking for a win to place them at the top of their group. (Photo by Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images)

Happy scenes at Box Park Corydon as England scored against Czech Republic (Picture: Getty)

She said: ‘There is something great about being an underdog because we are always almost there.

‘It would almost be better not to win this one because we don’t really want to go head to head with the “group of death”.’

The atmosphere among supporters quietened in the second half, although scattered cries of ‘go on Harry’, ‘legend’ and ‘England’ were yelled from tables around Trafalgar Square.

Supporters were divided on how far England would make it through the tournament.

Akash Bhagawati said: ‘We’ll get further in the tournament but I don’t think we’ll win (it). We’d definitely like for England to win and we’ll be supporting them but I don’t see it happening.’

But Kieran Bennett added: ‘We’ve had a goal, and I think we’re going to get another one. It’s been great. It’s coming home.’

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