Elsewhere, across the country, fans have been savouring the run-up to a game. On Saturday, football fans lined the road and waved flags as they cheered the team bus on its departure from the England training complex:
Wow… what a send-off! 😍
Amazing scenes as the #ThreeLions depart St. George’s Park for the final time. https://t.co/FU9Z3417nC
And residents on one street have even patriotically renamed their road in honour of the Three Lions. Wales Street, in Oldham, Greater Manchester, has become England Street, with a new red-and-white sign erected above the original.
Before the game today, please, please take a test to make sure you’re safe and encourage others to as well.
Bring home football, not Covid!
— Dr Rosena Allin-Khan 💙 (@Dr Rosena Allin-Khan 💙)
🏴 It's the Euro finals today!! Come on England! 🏴
It's important that in all the excitement we don't f… https://t.co/uQmH67kgIe
— Dawn Butler MP✊🏾💙 (@Dawn Butler MP✊🏾💙)
The Metropolitan Police has urged fans without tickets to the game not to travel to London. But the pubs and bars are expected to be busy.
The British Beer & Pub Association predicts England fans will buy 7.1 million pints on Sunday, while over the weekend an estimated £750 million is expected to be withdrawn from cash machines – up 12% on the same period a year earlier, according to ATM network Link (if you want help picking a venue, we’ve got you covered in London, around the UK and in New York).
Nevertheless, some got into the party spirit early:
Thats how we start the day. #ComeOnEngland #Euro2020Final https://t.co/A9SzCYCQOx
Meanwhile, 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 – 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.
Which we hope there won’t be.
Whatever happens, the England team has done the country proud. Come on, England!