Euro 2020: Live updates as pubs packed across Portsmouth ahead of England vs Italy final

England have lost the Euro 2020 final on penalties.

The Three Lions men’s team were in their first major tournament final for 55 years – the last being at Wembley in 1966 – and took Italy to extra-time and penalties.

Kurt Lee, 35, Eugene Sharp, 29, Kyle Ward, 29 and Dan Fiford, 32 all from Southsea, at the Kings pub in Albert Road.

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    The tension in pubs across the area was palpable – but sadly it was not to be.

    Follow along in our live blog below.

    Dean Edwards 28 from Paulsgrove with our children Vegas age 6, Leo age 4 and Chelsea-Rose age 2. Picture: Katherine Edwards
    An England flag on the road near Portsmouth this morning. Picture: Angus Petty

    Live updates as Portsmouth gets ready for Euro final

    Last updated: Sunday, 11 July, 2021, 16:00

    • Pubs busy across the city
    • Fans hope for a bank holiday tomorrow
    • England face Italy at Wembley Stadium

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    So we will be helping cover the build up to the match in our live blog here. Check back throughout the day!

    HMS Tamar is getting into the spirit with this version of Vindaloo!

    Crew on Portsmouth-based HMS Tamar have recorded their own version of Vindaloo. Picture: HMS Tamar

    Cheeky sailors have recorded their own version of Vindaloo ahead of the Euro 2020 final today.

    Crew aboard the Portsmouth-based HMS Tamar, a River-class offshore patrol vessel, can be seen parading around the ship to the Fat Les anthem.

    The clip was posted on Twitter ahead of the England facing Italy in the first tournament final the English men’s side has faced in 55 years.

    One crew member can be seen knocking on the captain’s cabin before leading crew in the song.

    Click here to see the video!

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    Portsmouth police ready dispersal orders and extra officers across the city for the final

    Police officers were called to Albert Road in Southsea after a large group congregated in the road on July 7 to ensure public safety. No arrests were made. Pictured: A still from a video captured by Jake Fleming

    Additional police will be on the streets of Portsmouth ahead of England’s historic match in the Euro 2020 final, as officers prepare dispersal orders across the city to deal with unruly crowds.

    Following Wednesday’s England vs Denmark match, police were called to Albert Road in Southsea after a ‘large group’ congregated in the road.

    Now officers are preparing dispersal orders and additional patrols in certain areas of the city ahead of England’s appearance in the Euro 2020 final on Sunday.

    Chief Inspector Mark Lewis from Hampshire Constabulary said he was pleased that the ‘vast majority of fan have been enjoying the tournament safely’ – but the force was ready to deal with those would ‘ruin it for others’.

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    These Portsmouth bosses are giving their entire staff the day off tomorrow

    Generous bosses have told their workers not to come in on Monday after the Euro 2020 final.

    All eyes in England are on Gareth Southgate’s men – including Portsmouth’s own Mason Mount – as they take on Italy at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.

    Celebrations or commiserations are likely to go well into the night after the 8pm kick off and workers across the area are not keen to head to work on Monday.

    But some bosses have removed the worry for their staff.

    Garry Ellis, who runs VW Taxation in Cosham, is closing his office for the day.

    Mark Wilson and Gary Ellis

    Headteachers at Hampshire schools give pupils the morning off after England match

    Young pupils allowed to stay up late to watch England v Italy in the Euro 2020 final are being given a reprieve from early morning lesson.

    At least two schools in the area have told parents bringing in youngsters late on Monday is fine with headteachers calling it a ‘learning opportunity’.

    Pupils at Peel Common Nursery and Infant School and Peel Common Junior School have bee told they have until 10am to make it to school on Monday.

    In a letter to parents junior school head Zoë Dudley and infant head Lesley Spicer said: ‘As I am sure lots of you are aware, Sunday evening is the first time in many years since England have made it to a final in football and we are sure that lots of you are going to want to watch the match with your families that evening.’

    Football fans in Portsmouth recreate Phil Foden’s bleach blonde hairdo

    Dan runs a football shirt instagram account, which he has used to raise hundreds for the Teenage Cancer Charity

    England fans are going to hair-raising heights to show support for their team ahead of the Euro 2020 final.

    Across the Portsmouth area, several football fans have braved the shave - and the bleach - to recreate the iconic Phil Foden haircut.

    Among them is Southsea man Dan Andrews, who works at Pearl Fit Out in Hilsea.

    Dan, 35, braved the shave at Fringe in Waterlooville in a bid to raise £1,000 for Teenage Cancer Trust.

    Portsmouth football-mad family furious after being ‘told to remove St George flag’ ahead of Euro final

    Rachel Jones and her partner Nick Jordan at their home in Lumsden Road, Eastney. Right, the flag when it was flying.

    A fuming family of football fans are furious they were told to stop flying an England flag as it flouted a rental agreement.

    Patriotic Rachel Jones and her partner Nick Jordan were stunned when they were told to take down the St George flag at their home in Lumsden Road, Eastney in Portsmouth.

    Scaffolding at the block of maisonettes had masked the flag for a few weeks but mum-of-two Rachel said Seaview Estates, which manages the property, told them to remove it when it became visible to passers-by.

    Mum-of-two Rachel moved the flag from outside to inside a window.

    But the Bookers Wholesale worker said she got a knock on the door on Wednesday from the firm saying the freeholder wanted it gone.

    Rachel, 43, obliged but was left annoyed that she could not show her true colours ahead of the Euro 2020 final.

    Read the full story here to find out what happened next.

    Can you get England kit from supermarkets?

    Are you feeling a sudden urge to try and get your hands on an England kit before the match tonight?

    You might be wondering if they are in stock at supermarkets or if they are sold at all!

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