A familiar face was spotted among the hordes of supporters arriving into London
England and Scotland fans have filled the streets of London ahead of the two old rivals’ grudge match at Wembley later.
Members of the Tartan Army have been flooding into the capital since yesterday, enjoying themselves in spots including Kings Cross and Leicester Square.
They’ve been joined by hundreds of England supporters today, despite the relentless heavy rain putting a dampener on proceedings.
There have been isolated incidents but on the whole the scenes have been good-natured with rival fans mixing together to sing and dance.
England supporters at Kings Cross station wore masks of manager Gareth Southgate and sung the anthem ‘Vindaloo’ while displaying their St George’s Cross flags.
Meanwhile Scotland fans have been piling off the trains from Edinburgh at the same station, singing their adopted team-song Yes Sir, I Can Boogie.
It’s expected that 3.4 million pints will be sold in pubs and bars while the match is on.
Scottish fans have far out-numbered the English so far (Picture: PA)
It’s the first time Scotland have been in a major tournament for 23 years (Picture: PA)
This lone English fan was asking for trouble – but scenes have been good-natured so far (Picture: PA)
Fans of both teams have been mixing together happily (Picture: PA)
But the worsening Covid situation in both countries has forced public health officials to again warn people to be safe and sensible.
Landlords have been told to stop people booing, singing and cheering because of the risk it might help spread the virus via droplets in the air.
Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon warned ‘coronavirus is not a fan of Scotland or England’s men’s football team’, as she urged fans to be careful, especially if watching the game indoors.
‘Remember to take the basic precautions, keep the windows open, wash your hands regularly and please be especially careful around people who are not yet fully vaccinated or who might be more vulnerable,’ she said.
England are the firm favourites for the game
Gareth Southgate’s team won their first match, while Scotland lost theirs
Scottish fans release a flare at Kings Cross
The relentless rain hasn’t put a downer on the pre-match party (Picture: PA)
These fans are hoping the weather, and their team’s performances, improve (Picture: PA)
‘And be careful if, or hopefully when, Scotland score some goals.’
She added: ‘I know these precautions are tiresome for everybody in every context and they’re particularly tiresome when people are trying to enjoy the normal pleasures of a football match.
‘But this virus, it doesn’t care about football – it’s not a Scotland fan or an England fan, it only cares about spreading from one person to another.’
The much-anticipated match, the 115th in international football’s oldest rivalry, is the first time the two sides have met in a major tournament since Euro 96, when Paul Gascoigne’s famous goal sealed a 2-0 win.
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