Trains are empty and roads deserted today after bereft supporters nursing sore heads stayed at home after England’s Euro 2020 heartbreak with disappointed fans declaring: ‘The whole country is hungover’.
Millions of exhausted school children who stayed up late for extra time and penalties will also be allowed to stay at home until between 10am and 10.30am this morning so they can catch up on some rest.
And football mad bosses have given their staff the morning off or even the entire day at home to recover from the excesses and disappointment of last night after a match that also left many of England’s players in tears.
Grief-stricken England fans are still demanding an extra bank holiday from Boris Johnson, as a day of mourning, with the Prime Minister set to make a decision about an extra day off in August this week.
Congestion levels were down in all English cities this morning, with roads Birmingham, the home of Jack Grealish, seeing traffic 21 per cent lighter than average with Bristol and Leicester’s traffic levels 24 per cent lower than normal, according to experts TomTom. London’s roads were 11 per cent less busy and Manchester, the home city of Marcus Rashford, was nine per cent down.
While photographs from the morning rush hour showed it was no such thing, with the Tube and trains into the capital largely deserted, including in Wembley.
England’s heartbroken players including captain Harry Kane return to the team’s hotel after last night’s match
Wembley Stadium this morning as millions of disappointed England fans come to terms with the loss to Italy
The West End of London, which was teeming with supporters last night, was also exceptionally quiet close to Trafalgar Square
Waterloo Station was exceptionally quiet this morning as many stayed at home after last night’s excesses
Empty roads in Wembley this morning after England lost the Euro 2020 final at Wembley to Italy on penalties
There was a similar scene on the Jubilee Line in rush hour, with not a soul on the carriage this morning
Wembley Park Tube station had been rammed until the early hours this morning but was deserted this morning
Traffic was down in all major cities this morning, but especially in the Midlands including Birmingham (pictured). London and Manchester’s roads were also less busy
England are fans still demanding a bank holiday from Boris Johnson after hundreds of thousands signed a petition.
After the match last night one fan tweeted: “We still get our bank holiday though, right?”, another said: ‘We need a bank holiday to mourn’ while a third supporters mused: ‘Can’t believe a bank holiday was decided on penalties’.
School across England are allowing pupils a lie-in on Monday following the Euro 2020 final.
They are launching later registrations to let pupils stay up late to watch the England versus Italy game at Wembley.
Schools in areas including Berkshire, Hertfordshire, Herefordshire, Lincolnshire, West Midlands, County Durham, West Yorkshire, Lancashire and London are offering shorter days.
Gemma Donnelly, head of Braywick Court School in Bray, Berkshire, has told parents that children will not be marked as late if they are in by 10.30am.
In a letter to families, Mrs Donnelly said: ‘This gives you the option to stay up late and watch the match, or watch it in the morning before coming to school if you would like to.’
Parklands primary school in Leeds has informed families that children can start from 10am to avoid absences.
Headteacher Chris Dyson said staff would be onsite at the usual time if parents need to drop off children, but he would ‘rather pupils came in at 10am than not at all’.
Rossmere primary school in Hartlepool says the event is one of ‘national pride’ and the ‘job of schools is to give children the bet experiences possible’.
The school will open at 8.40am on Monday, but those arriving up to 10.30am will not be marked as late or miss lessons.
In a statement posted to Facebook, the school said: ‘It’s 55 years since England reached a major football final so let them watch, talk about the importance of the National Anthem, talk about pride and resilience and possibly disappointment. This is a learning opportunity.’
England’s Three Lions, who had united the nation with their run to the final, saw their Euro 2020 dreams shattered by Italy last night.
The match finished 1-1 after extra time but three missed spot-kicks handed the trophy to the Azzurri and saw England miss out on their first major tournament victory since 1966.
Three Lions fans and players alike were reduced to tears.
England fans wrapped in the flag of St George’s Cross look back at Wembley lit up in the green, white and red of Italy, after the Three Lions lost on penalties
A dejected fan in London’s Trafalgar Square after Italy won the UEFA Euro 2020 Final against England after the game was decided on penalties
England fans were left feeling tense as the game went into extra time at Wembley, leaving supporters facing a nail biting finale
Earlier in the game, ecstasy had turned to agony for England fans, who endured a nerve-racking finale after Italy equalised to cancel out Luke Shaw’s early opener
The 70,000-strong crowd at Wembley, along with an estimated UK TV audience of 35million, had let out a collective roar when Luke Shaw scored for England after only two minutes.
But the optimism dimmed when Italy equalised in the second half and the game moved into a nail-biting extra 30 minutes Leonardo Bonucci reacted the quickest to stab the ball into the net.
His strike saw the 9,000 Italian fans inside Wembley scream and leap with delight. There were no further goals, allowing England’s penalty curse to strike again.
The crowd included supermodel Kate Moss and Sir Geoff Hurst, who scored a hat-trick when England beat West Germany in the 1966 final. Former England captain David Beckham, 46, leant over and gave his friend, Hollywood actor Tom Cruise, 59, a gentle fist bump after the first goal. Prince George, who was wearing the official England tie with his dark suit, yelped with delight and threw his arms in the air. The seven-year-old gave his mother Kate a big hug while his father Prince William grinned and clapped.
After the match William congratulated the Italian football team and said of England: ‘You’ve all come so far, but sadly this time it wasn’t our day. You can all hold your heads high, and be so proud of yourselves – I know there’s more to come.’
Boris Johnson, who was also at Wembley, tweeted: ‘That was a heartbreaking result to end Euro 2020 but Gareth Southgate and his England squad played like heroes.’ Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer tweeted after the whistle: ‘Heartbreaking. On and off the pitch, this team is the very best of our country. They’ve done us proud.’
Around two hours before kick-off, hundreds of fans without tickets ran through a set of security barriers as stewards and riot police gave chase. A number managed to get into the ground, forcing their way through turnstiles, VIP and disabled entrances.
Ten minutes before kick-off, the Red Arrows flew over the famous Wembley arch, releasing plumes of red, white and blue smoke. Wearing England shirts and draped in St George’s flags, fans with and without tickets had started gathering on Wembley Way ten hours before the game. Red flares and fireworks were let off and fans clambered on top of red London buses and traffic lights as excitement levels reached fever pitch.
Tens of thousands repeatedly belted out the England football anthem Three Lions, along with I’m England ‘Till I Die, God Save the Queen and Neil Diamond’s classic song Sweet Caroline.
Despite falling agonisingly short last night, England’s attention will turn to the next World Cup – starting in 496 days.
The tournament is moving from its usual summer berth to winter because it will be played in the scorching heat of Qatar.