Euro 2020: England fans get started early as they crack open beers outside Wembley ahead of Croatia game

ENGLAND fans have started early by cracking beers open outside Wembley as the Three Lions prepare for their first Euros game.

Supporters have already began boozing ahead of the clash against Croatia at 2pm today as England's tournament officially gets underway.

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A group of lads were snapped draped in England flags in front of Wembley's famous arch giving a roaring 'Cheers' to the Three Lions.

Confident fans have also flocked to the stadium with banners declaring: "Football's coming home".

Many are hoping England will get their revenge today after Croatia's 109-minute goal in extra time of the semi-finals sent England packing at the 2018 World Cup.

Fans are also praying the team can finally end an agonising 55 years of hurt and bring football home for the first time since 1966.

England last hosted a major tournament 25 years ago for Euro 1996 – one Gareth Southgate will definitely want to forget after missing a crucial penalty in the semi-finals.

But his young team being led out under Wembley's arch combined with a 30C heatwave is sure to put a smile on the nation's faces after a devastating 15 months.

A year-long delay to the tournament due to Covid also means excitement simmering under the surface has now exploded across the country.

Fans have been urged to rally behind the troops, give Covid the middle finger and finally allow hope to cut through the bleakness of the pandemic.

Supporters are also being told to come together as one and help make the beautiful game beautiful again.

Around 15million people will tune in for the match on the BBC today – the highest TV audience for sport since 2018.

An official fan zone has been set up in London's Trafalgar Square for 750 key workers to watch the match on a big screen.

But other fans have been invited to Box Park in Croydon and Wembley to watch Our Boys throughout the tournament. and the Centre for Retail Research reckon £300million will be spent in pubs and restaurants.

Fans will also down a whopping 50million pints and eat their way through 30million burgers and 20million sausages.

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