London monument enjoys ‘party atmosphere’ for England-Germany match
Around 800 fans gathered in Trafalgar Square and created a ‘party atmosphere’ as they watched England beat Germany 2-0 at the Euro.
The event, organized by UEFA and named the Fan Zone, involved England fans watching the game on two large screens in one of London‘s landmarks from dozens of socially distant tables and benches.
Moments before the match kicked off, all fans remained silent during the German national anthem but proudly stood up to sing God Save The Queen.
Some held their fists to their chest while others raised their arms to the sky as they sang.
During the first half, which saw England miss several chances despite their best efforts to score, fans continuously sang different football chants to Harry Maguire, Gareth Southgate and also Three Lions – a written ‘anthem’. by David Baddiel, Frank Skinner and the Lightning Seeds – to try to keep morale up.
They booed when Declan Rice received a yellow card and cheered after England received multiple free kicks.
Some were concerned about Gareth Southgate’s decisions regarding the squad, with several calling for roster changes at halftime.
Oscar Lopez, 21, a student in London, said he was nervous as the match progressed.
“It’s very tense,” he told PA. “There is too much on our shoulders, but we need to step up our efforts. I want a little more from the players.
“If it goes into overtime, nobody knows what’s going to happen, it’s a no man’s land. We have to bring in submarines. We can’t count on extra time to win.
But 10 minutes later England scored and fans erupted into cheers and hearty celebrations.
They all jumped up and screamed in glee, several fans ripping off their t-shirts and swinging them over their heads with glee.
Several also jumped onto the tables as cups filled with drinks were thrown into the air.
Others danced, hugging each other despite security protests to maintain social distancing.
Moments later England scored again, prompting the crowd to dance again and sing Three Lions once more.
Security at the scene and the MC at the event urged people to return to their tables, but fans remained standing delighted with England’s progress.
Matt Champion, 32, who works in IT and is from Bristol, said it was his birthday and he was in the perfect place to celebrate it, adding: “It’s the best party ever in the world. birthday I could never have had. “
When full time was called, the crowd stayed in the square, dancing, singing, chanting and kissing.
They were later told to leave by security where they crowded the streets of London, beeping their cars, singing and cheering.
Anthony Robinson, 34, who lives in London and works in finance, watched the game with his mother Sue Bedding, 59, in the Trafalgar Square fan zone.
Mr Robinson said: “The atmosphere here was crazy. We are so glad we came here to watch it. We were going to go to a pub to watch it, but I thought if England won it, being here to watch it in Trafalgar Square was a unique opportunity. It is the second best thing to go to Wembley.