- Title: Euros fever builds in London as Denmark semi awaits England
- Date: 5th July 2021
- Summary: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (JULY 5, 2021) (REUTERS) CITY OF LONDON SKY LINE EURO 2020 FOOTBALL VILLAGE AT POTTERS FIELDS SIGN READING (ENGLISH) "UEFA FESTIVAL LONDON FOOTBALL VILLAGE" PEOPLE AT THE FAN ZONE (SOUNDBITE) (English) LONDON RESIDENT, PETE GOULD, SAYING: "I am positive, I got to say very positive about the semi-finals. The way we have played so far has been very, very good. Slow progression, but we have got there now, especially in the last performance brilliant. Very, very good." (SOUNDBITE) (English) LONDON RESIDENT, JONATHAN HARDASTY, SAYING "Wednesday is a big day. It is going to be close, but if we play well, I think we have got a chance. I don't want to be too optimistic though. I have been disappointed so many times. When I watch it, I am kind of detached because when I was younger, I used to get too emotional. We will see what happens." VARIOUS OF PEOPLE WALKING AT NEAR FOOTBALL VILLAGE GIANT BALL AT VILLAGE (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNNAMED LONDON RESIDENT, SAYING: "I am very excited. It is amazing. The Trippier goal at the last semi-final of the World Cup was like one of the greatest moments of that year and we have a moment like that this year and actually win the game, I will be incredibly happy." (SOUNDBITE) (English) LONDON RESIDENT, ALAN, SAYING: "I not sure about that (60,000 for the final), that seems quite a lot to me still. It was 40 before, wasn't it? But 60 (thousand) sounds quite a lot. We will see in two or three weeks' time." VARIOUS OF THE FAN ZONE AT TRAFALGAR SQUARE (SOUNDBITE) (English) LONDON RESIDENT, JILL HARPER, SAYING" "Not really no, I think we have got to do it at home point" (SOUNDBITE) (English) LONDON RESIDENT, JOE HARPER, SAYING: "We have got to get on, we have been double jabbed, we are doing what we can. It is a hundred percent at Wimbledon Centre Court tomorrow, so they picked the numbers up so everybody who wanted to get jabbed could have been jabbed it is their choice not to do it so we have to get on haven't we? We are missing everyone too much, we are missing life too much." VARIOUS OF PEOPLE WALKING NEAR WEMBLEY STADIUM WEMBLEY STADIUM GIANT BALL OUTSIDE STADIUM FAN SHOP
- Embargoed: 19th July 2021 17:40
- Keywords: England fans England v Denmark Euro 2020 Wembley
- Location: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
- City: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
- Country: United Kingdom
- Topics: Europe,Soccer,Sport
- Reuters ID: LVA001EKKENUN
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:London is abuzz ahead of England's much anticipated Euro 2020 semi-final match against Denmark to be played at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday (July 7).
England fans on Monday (July 5) told Reuters they were optimistic about their side's chances, but some were also apprehensive about getting out ahead of their skis.
"I am positive, I got to say very positively about the semi-finals," London resident Pete Gould, said.
"I think we have got a chance. I don't want to be too optimistic though. I have been disappointed so many times," another resident, Jonathan Hardasty said.
Denmark have had an incredible run and have been delighting soccer fans since they lost Christian Eriksen to a cardiac arrest in their opening game.
But Gareth Southgate's side has inspired England fans as they try to reach their first major final since their 1966 World Cup triumph.
An England side containing ten of the current squad faced Denmark at Wembley in October in a Nations League match and lost 1-0 to an Eriksen penalty.
Eriksen, who is recovering from the shocking cardiac episode, will not feature at Wembley, of course.
Denmark's performances in this tournament, where they have responded to the Eriksen trauma in such inspiring fashion, should also keep England focused.
Unbeaten England though start as clear favourites with a stronger squad and home advantage and the fear that has gripped them in previous campaigns refreshingly absent so far.
The game will take place in front of 60,000 fans at Wembley, but due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, only Danes residents in the United Kingdom will be able to attend.
A fan zone has also been set up where fans not holding tickets to the match will come together to cheer their teams on.
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