Red Arrows to roar on England: Iconic display team will light up the skies over Wembley as England kick off most important game in 55 years
- Red Arrows will fly over Wembley Stadium shortly before kick-off tonight
- Gareth Southgate’s England squad will play Italy in the Euro 2020 at 8pm
- The RAF iconic display is set to fly over Wembley Stadium at 7.48pm
- Find out the latest Euro 2020 news including fixtures, live action and results here
The Red Arrows will fly over Wembley Stadium shortly before kick off when England play Italy in the Euro 2020 final.
Tonight at 8pm, Gareth Southgate’s squad will play the most important game for England in 55 years.
The RAF display will leave from Bournemouth, flying over the stadium, before continuing north over Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire.
The Red Arrows will fly over Wembley Stadium shortly before kick off when England play Italy in the Euro 2020 final (file photo)
They are set to leave from Bournemouth at 7.27pm, flying over Wembley Stadium at 7.48pm, 12 minutes before the historic match, The Mirror reported.
The plan might change if it is affected by the weather and other conditions which mean they can’t fly.
Around 60,000 fans are expected to cheer on the squad at Wembley, in one of the biggest crowds at a sporting event since the pandemic began. Millions more fans will watch anxiously on screens around the country.
The prime minister called on Southgate and his ‘band of brothers’ to ‘bring it home’ while the Queen sent her ‘good wishes’ and praised the squad’s ‘spirit, commitment and pride’ in letters to Southgate on the eve of the final.
She also recalled the moment in 1966 when she handed the World Cup to England captain Bobby Moore, the last time the country played in a major tournament final, also at Wembley.
They are set to leave from Bournemouth at 7.27pm, flying over Wembley Stadium at 7.48pm, 12 minutes before the historic match (pictured: England players line up for the national anthem)
Capturing the mood of a nervously expectant nation, Prince William said in his rallying cry: ‘I can’t really believe this is happening… You bring out the very best of England and we are all behind you. The whole country is behind you.’
And in an open letter to her husband, Kate Kane, the wife of England captain Harry, said she had been moved to tears when she ‘started writing down how proud you’re making us all’.
Some fans decided to settle any pre-match nerves by hitting the pubs and bars last night and England will be hoping to continue the party atmosphere long into the night with a famous win over Roberto Mancini’s Italy.
England played Denmark in a nail-biting semi final on Wednesday, securing a place in the final after Harry Kane scored a rebound from a penalty in extra time.
England played Denmark in a nail-biting semi final on Wednesday, securing a place in the final after Harry Kane scored a rebound from a penalty in extra time. Pictured: The team celebrating their semi final win on Wednesday
The British Beer & Pub Association predicts England fans will buy 7.1 million pints on Sunday, while over the weekend an estimated £750million is expected to be withdrawn from cash machines – up 12 per cent on the same period a year earlier, according to ATM network Link.
In a welcome economic boost, by the end of the competition, it is estimated that £815million will have been spent in pubs and hospitality venues, with 32.6 million pints sold, a report by Vouchercodes.co.uk and the Centre for Retail Research (CRR) said.
A number of schools have already said they will allow pupils to start later on Monday if they wish to and some employers are considering letting staff enjoy a celebratory – or consolatory – lie-in after what could be a very late night.
The final – which is expected to attract a record television audience of 35 million – is due to kick off at 8pm and will finish by 10pm if it ends in normal time, but could end closer to 11pm if there is extra time or a penalty shootout.
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