England v Germany: Preston fans in the warm-up to the big match at The Hunters Pub and Dining

Preston fans were optimistic ahead of today's big Euro 2020 clash against Germany

Tuesday, 29th June 2021, 5:27 pm
Updated Tuesday, 29th June 2021, 5:28 pm
Crowds at The Hunters Pub and Dining in Walton le Dale

Excitement reached fever pitch as buoyant England football fans limbered up to roar their team to Euro 2020 glory ahead of their last-16 showdown with Germany at Wembley.

St Georges flags billowed in the mid-summer breeze as die-hard and fairweather fans alike got into the feel-good spirit.
Pubs swelled with supporters wearing replica football strips in the hours leading up to the 5pm kick-off

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In designated fan zones across the country, and outside Wembley where 40,000 supporters were already showing signs of creating a partisan atmosphere, people cheered and sang songs in support of England manager Gareth Southgate and his team.
Some supporters, eager to soak up the atmosphere inside the ground, took their seats more than two hours before the match started.
Not everyone was able to watch the match, however, as a vehicle fire on the M62 in Greater Manchester on Tuesday afternoon resulted in gridlock and delays of at least two hours.
England shifted to a three-man defence as Gareth Southgate looked to mastermind a route past Germany in their Euro 2020 last-16 clash at Wembley.
Southgate played four across the back in all three group games but altered systems to match up with Germany as Kieran Trippier came into the side at right wing-back, replacing Jack Grealish who dropped to the bench.
The Three Lions have not won a knockout tie at a European Championship since beating Spain here on penalties in the quarter-final of Euro 96 but will be hoping to address that bad run.
Bukayo Saka once again started as part of an attack spearheaded by captain Harry Kane, who is yet to score at the finals.
Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell had been self-isolating but the former made the bench having travelled to London independently from the rest of the squad on Monday evening.
For Germany, Joachim Low made three alterations from their 2-2 draw with Hungary as Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan was only fit enough for a place among the substitutes.
Chelsea forward Timo Werner, Leon Goretzka and the experienced Thomas Muller came into the side for visitors.
Thousands of England fans had earlier descended on the capital ahead of the mammoth Euro 2020 last-16 clash with Germany.
Southgates men are preparing for the countrys biggest match on home soil since Euro 96, with more than 40,000 supporters heading to Wembley for the big game.