Footy fans pack out pubs at 7am ahead of England’s Euro 2020 clash with Germany

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Footy fans flocked to pubs this morning ahead of England's crunch Euro 2020 last-16 clash with old foes Germany – with some drinking from as early as 7am.

Many boozers across the country opened earlier than usual today, Tuesday, to welcome the masses of fired up England fans looking to enjoy the day before the big kick off at Wembley at 5pm.

The Big Tree pub in Sheffield, South Yorks., greeted droves of drinkers wearing England shirts from the moment it opened its doors.

The boozer – dubbed the 'best decorated' in the UK after covering it with more than 500 flags and 2,000 feet of bunting – has also been packed with with patriotic punters since opening.

One keen fan even took the day off work to knock back a pint of lager at 7am.

Mark Hartley, 40, woke up bright and early because he was so excited about the match and got to the pub shortly after they opened to down the "first of many" pints.

He said: “I can't wait, I have taken the day off and it’s going to be a fantastic occasion.

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“If you’re not getting the day off, what are you doing?

“Two big teams going against each other, how could you miss this?"

The historic fixture, one of international football's most intense rivalries, saw the sides meet in the 1996 World Cup final at Wembley.

Many England fans have already started the festivities outside Wembley Stadium, with supporters gathering at the the 4TheFans fan zone outside the ground.

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In the 1970 World Cup, it was West Germany that put an end to England's campaign in extra time.

Germany knocked England out of the World Cup in 1990 and Euro 1996 on penalties in the semi final stages.

In the Wembley clash 25 years ago, current manager Gareth Southgate famously missed a penalty that saw England crash out of the tournament they were hosting.

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England crashed out of the World Cup 2010 to the Germans in a humiliating 4-1 defeat, the last time the sides met at a major tournament.

But cautiously optimistic Mark said he was expecting to roar the Three Lions to victory in a "close game" that could heal England's tortured history in the fixture.

He added: "I think it’s going to be an extremely tough match which can go either way.

“But it’s going to be a special, special day.

“All I’ll say is that it’s coming home.”

A group of builders from Chesterfield, Derbyshire, cancelled their work plans at 8.30am this morning to head to the boozer in anticipation of the match.

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They sent a text to their boss to tell them they were detouring to the pub to watch the Three Lions instead of going to their scheduled job.

The festivities started at 10am when they sunk into their first pint of Stella Artois – and they expect to add shots of Jager to the fray as the day goes on.

Sean Foster, 40, said: “We texted the boss and we’ve yet to hear back but we couldn’t miss this.

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“It was a spur of the moment thing but I think deep down we knew we’d be watching the match.

“I’m feeling a bit nervous but mostly excited. It’s going to be 50/50.”

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Chris Shaw, 40, who is at the pub with his daughter Allisia, 18, said there was no better reason to enjoy a day out after all the sacrifices made during the lockdown.

The builder said: “I’m happy we’ve decided to take the day off, it’s going to be worth it.

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“These kinds of days don’t come around often and you don’t want to miss them.

“After Covid I think we deserve to have days out like this with pals, enjoying pints and being out.

“If ever there was a reason to come out and enjoy life, this is it.

“We’ve all made so many sacrifices and I’m just glad to be here today.

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“It’s going to be an unforgettable day.

“But I’m a little worried about the state I will be in tomorrow.

“I’m excited about the match, there is so much history between the nations but I like our chances. It’s coming home.”

Daughter Allisia, also a construction worker, said she convinced her dad to get the day off work and urged England manager Gareth Southgate to "just go for it".

She said: “I was buzzing to get the day off work, I was the one who told my dad we should do it. I instigated it a little bit.

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“I’ve been drinking the VK blues and I plan on outdrinking everyone here.

“I’m quite excited I think it’s going to be a fantastic day with an even better atmosphere – it's what you live for.

“Coming out of lockdown, and being able to be out here feels like pure freedom.

“I think it’s definitely coming home, and if I had a word of advice for Southgate, I’d tell him to just go for it.”

Rory Hibbert, 25, who was enjoying a pint of Carling, said there was ‘no chance in hell’ he’d miss a match against Germany.

The builder from Sheffield said: “I’m chuffed to bits to be here. There was no chance in hell I’d miss it.

“Anyone who is working today is completely mad.

“I think the match could go either way, but I’m excited.

“I’m enjoying my pints of Stella and I hope they keep coming.”

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Yesterday, the Star reported how England are destined to win Tuesday's Euro 2020 epic against Germany after being backed by a medley of psychics.

Spoon-bender Uri Geller, a fortune-telling chimp and an all-knowing alpaca are predicting an England victory.

And our trusty seagull Sid backs the lads too, swooping straight for the English sausage over the German wurst in a peck-off test on Monday.

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Uri urged fans to stare at a picture of him during the game to influence the outcome.

He said: “I will be unleashing my powers to help England beat Germany. Readers should touch my handprint or look into my eyes and visualise England winning and scoring goals.

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