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England fans wild with excitement before Euros final packing streets and jumping on buses

Euro 2020 final pre-party gets underway on Wembley Way

Victory would mark the men’s football team’s first major tournament win since the 1966 World Cup success. And ahead of the nail-biting match, England fans across the country have been putting on an excited display.

Huge crowds donning England football shirts and flags gathered outside Wembley Stadium hours before the game.

People were clearly in party mode ahead of kick-off at 8pm.

Rowdy Three Lions supporters even climbed on top of a bus outside the grounds as anticipation mounts in the run-up to the match.

With the game at home, fans of England are expected to outnumber those cheering for Italy among the 60,000-strong crowd.

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England fans are going wild ahead of tonight’s bid for Euro 2020 glory (Image: PA)

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England fans across the country have been putting on an excited display (Image: PA)

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Huge crowds donning England football shirts and flags gathered outside Wembley Stadium hours before the game (Image: PA)

The British Beer & Pub Association predicts football fans will buy an incredible 7.1 million pints on Sunday.

People started lining up outside the 229 music venue in central London just before 12pm to attend an impromptu gig by The Lightning Seeds which will include a performance of the Three Lions football anthem.

Comedians David Baddiel and Frank Skinner will reunite with the band to perform their 1996 hit in front of a crowd of 200.

Kate Genery, 35, from Tunbridge Wells, Kent, said: “I’m feeling very pumped for the whole tournament. I’m riding on that wave.

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People were clearly in party mode ahead of kick-off at 8pm (Image: PA)

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Rowdy Three Lions supporters even climbed on top of a bus outside the grounds as anticipation mounts in the run-up to the match (Image: PA)

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Boisterous England fans on top of a bus outside the grounds (Image: PA)

“Considering with Covid-19, everyone’s had a shitty year. You can sense a real buzz in London today, it’s like something is about to pop.”

Meanwhile, a Twitter user shared a video showing a red flare set off at Victoria Station as chanting could be heard in the background.

And King’s Cross had to be evacuated after England fans triggered the fire alarm with red and white smoke.

In Coventry, a street has been plastered in England flag bunting ahead of the big game.

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One England supporter climbs on top of a car (Image: PA)

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A Twitter user shared a video showing a red flare set off at Victoria Station as chanting could be heard in the background (Image: TWITTER/@jess_caterson)

Resident Jordan Branfield told Coventry Live: “It’s been 55 years since they got this far and after the last 18 months we’ve had we wanted to show some community spirit.

“We’ve already put bunting and banners up on around 15 houses, the whole way down the road, and around the corner too.”

And a football-mad dad has had “Euro 2020 England winners” tattooed on his right leg.

Lewis Holden, 26, from Oldham, had the declaration permanently inked on his skin on Thursday.

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In Coventry, a street has been plastered in England flag bunting ahead of the big game. (Image: COVENTRY LIVE)

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A football-mad dad has had “Euro 2020 England winners” tattooed on his right leg (Image: SWNS)

The tattoo also says “It’s Coming Home” in huge letters, along with a picture of a trophy.

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.

The Metropolitan Police has urged fans not to come to London unless they have match tickets or somewhere booked to watch the game.

The force said it will be deploying “a great many officers and specialist units to prevent crime and disorder and respond to any incidents right across London”.

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With the game at home, fans of England are expected to outnumber those cheering for Italy among the 60,000-strong crowd (Image: PA)

Three Lions manager Gareth Southgate thanked fans for their “incredible support” throughout the tournament, which has seen England reach their first major final in more than half a century.

Captain Harry Kane said the team hope to do the nation proud when they take to the pitch.

Good luck messages have been sent by the Queen, Prince William, Boris Johnson and even Hollywood star Tom Cruise.

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Excitement abounds again on England’s Lord’s homecoming

Almost two years to the day since the 2019 World Cup final at Lord’s, England played their first ODI at the ground since that famous game, with capacity crowd at Home of Cricket treated to another thrilling, if not quite as close, encounter as hosts wrap up series win over Pakistan

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Ben Stokes returned to the scene of his 2019 World Cup heroics, captaining England to series-sealing win over Pakistan

Ben Stokes returned to the scene of his 2019 World Cup heroics, captaining England to series-sealing win over Pakistan

In some ways, England’s latest ODI at Lord’s couldn’t have been more different to their previous one at the iconic venue.

Saturday’s game was far less significant than that spellbinding World Cup final almost two years ago; the England XI – bar stand-in skipper Ben Stokes – was unrecognisable from the one that took the field against New Zealand on that unforgettable day; and the not-so-close finish meant those watching still had fingernails left this time around.

But, in other ways, it was extremely similar.

Fans trundling down from St John’s Wood underground station with their hampers in tow. Morning drizzle causing a delayed start. A packed crowd. The team batting first getting a working total in the 240s. England completing a victory that earned them a trophy. A thrilling Wimbledon final going on simultaneously (Novak Djokovic vs Roger Federer back then, Ashleigh Barty vs Karolina Pliskova this time).

Oh, and excitement. Plenty of excitement.

The concluding stages of the World Cup final may never be eclipsed on a cricket field in terms of drama, even if Stokes ran them close with his mind-bending, match-winning Ashes knock at Emerald Headingley later in that glorious cricketing summer.

But, if you recall, that 50-over showpiece was something of a slow burn before it developed into a cracking crescendo that featured a deflected six that should have been five, a Super Over, and England pipping the Black Caps by “the barest of margins”.

A slow burn on Saturday, though, it was not.

Having been denied cricket for 90 minutes by the frustrating mizzle and subsequently seeing the game trimmed from 50 overs a side to 47, the crowd at Lord’s – the first capacity crowd at an ECB-staged match since the coronavirus pandemic began – were treated to a thrill ride.

Dawid Malan and Zak Crawley, who made unbeaten half-centuries in Cardiff on Thursday as a Covid-altered England trounced Pakistan by nine wickets, were dismissed for ducks inside five overs.

Malan snicked Hasan Ali behind sixth ball having been severely tested by the Pakistan seamer for most of the first five, while Crawley was out to the first delivery he faced as Shaheen Shah Afridi pinged the stumps with a delicious dipping yorker that flew under the batsman’s blade.

A score of 21-2 after 4.1 overs rocketed to 118-2 after 17.2, however, with Phil Salt and James Vince – who was in England’s World Cup squad two years ago but did not play in the final – finding the fence in the manner the currently isolating Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy have been doing for years.

Phil Salt cracked a maiden ODI fifty, from 41 deliveries

Phil Salt cracked a maiden ODI fifty, from 41 deliveries

Salt – who overturned a caught-behind dismissal on 10 before being dropped at backward point a few balls later – attacked almost everything, nailing two fours off Afridi in the first over and four off Faheem Ashraf in the eighth as he went hell for leather in just his second England game.

The Sussex batsman moved through to a 41-ball maiden ODI fifty but that was outdone by Vince, who creamed a 36-ball second ODI half-century during a third-wicket stand of 97 from just 80 balls.

But, as the breathless action continued, back came Pakistan, with Salt, Vince, Stokes and John Simpson having their stumps struck and Craig Overton edging behind as England were reduced to 160-7 and the tourists delighted their numerous, and highly vocal, fans in the Lord’s stands.

Pakistan fans were as passionate as ever at Lord's

Pakistan fans were as passionate as ever at Lord’s

Stokes – called back into international action with England’s initial ODI squad having been confined to their hotel rooms in Bristol after a Covid outbreak – reignited memories of his sparkling innings in the World Cup final by reverse-sweeping his fourth ball for four and pulling his 11th for six.

The all-rounder, playing his 100th ODI on the same ground as his most memorable, was then bowled on the charge by the livewire Hasan, who ended with figures of 5-51 from 9.2 overs.

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Edgbaston will turn #BlueForBob during Tuesday's ODI between England and Pakistan in memory of Bob Willis, and to raise awareness about prostate cancer and its treatments

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Edgbaston will turn #BlueForBob during Tuesday’s ODI between England and Pakistan in memory of Bob Willis, and to raise awareness about prostate cancer and its treatments

Edgbaston will turn #BlueForBob during Tuesday’s ODI between England and Pakistan in memory of Bob Willis, and to raise awareness about prostate cancer and its treatments

Once Hasan had Overton out on review, Pakistan would have expected to polish off the England innings soon after, only for the hosts to add a further 87 runs from that point, with the majority of them coming in a 69-stand between Lewis Gregory and Brydon Carse for the eighth wicket.

At one stage it looked as though, rather fittingly, England may match the total of 241 scored by both themselves and New Zealand in the World Cup final, but Mahmood dashed a nerd’s dream scenario by striking a four off Haris Rauf with the home side on 240-9.

England’s total of of 248 proved plenty good enough as while they had been able to rally from 86-4 in the World Cup final, Pakistan were unable to rally sufficiently from 53-4 and eventually slid to 195 all out as Gregory backed up his contribution with the bat by taking three wickets and Mahmood, Overton and Matt Parkinson struck twice apiece.

Saqib Mahmood showcased his skills once again, including when he trapped Pakistan captain Babar Azam lbw

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Saqib Mahmood showcased his skills once again, including when he trapped Pakistan captain Babar Azam lbw

Saqib Mahmood showcased his skills once again, including when he trapped Pakistan captain Babar Azam lbw

The excitement, then, did not come from a close finish but from players who weren’t set for as much as a look-in before Covid hit the initial ODI group showing their skills in front of an army of supporters.

Mahmood following his 4-42 during the demolition job in Cardiff two days earlier with another electric display of seam bowling, which included dismissing Babar Azam once again, as he further pushed his Ashes claims.

Wicketkeeper Simpson claiming an outstanding catch down the leg-side as he premeditated Faheem’s sweep off leg-spinner Parkinson. Paceman Carse bagging a first international wicket.

What a catch! Wicketkeeper John Simpson showed brilliant anticipation to catch Faheem Ashraf on the sweep at Lord's

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What a catch! Wicketkeeper John Simpson showed brilliant anticipation to catch Faheem Ashraf on the sweep at Lord’s

What a catch! Wicketkeeper John Simpson showed brilliant anticipation to catch Faheem Ashraf on the sweep at Lord’s

Mahmood, Simpson, Gregory and Carse’s achievements, as well as those of Salt and Vince earlier in the day, plus Hasan marmalising three sixes in a row off Parkinson, were made all the better by a bellowing crowd appreciating them.

The supporters were in fine voice all day and often belting out renditions of Three Lions, Don’t Take Me Home, and Sweet Caroline, just like England’s football fans will be doing across London at Wembley on Sunday evening.

Exciting cricket back at Lord’s in front of a full house. Let’s never, ever take that for granted again.

Watch the third and final ODI between England and Pakistan, at Edgbaston, live on Sky Sports Cricket from 10.30am on Tuesday.

Final Whistle ATX: Excitement building as Austin FC finally comes home

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The long, long wait for Austin FC fans is finally over – the team is finally playing its first ever match at Q2 Stadium on Saturday.

Austin’s 1-1 draw against Sporting KC took the team to eight points from their first eight games, but more importantly it brought an end to a brutal stretch of away games in the club’s inaugural season.

The team is now preparing to play at Q2 Stadium for the first time, and excitement is bubbling around the city for the match against the San Jose Earthquakes.

On this week’s episode of Final Whistle ATX, KXAN’s Wyatt Matson, Nick Bannin and Harley Tamplin look ahead to the game that has been circled on Austin FC’s calendar ever since the schedule was released.

Austin FC managed to get a positive result going into the stadium’s curtain raiser, holding Sporting KC, one of the Western Conference’s best teams, to a draw.

Q2 Stadium in north Austin (KXAN Photo/Julie Karam)
Austin FC finally comes home to Q2 Stadium on Saturday (KXAN Photo/Julie Karam)

It could have been even better for ATXFC as they went into half time with a 1-0 lead courtesy of a strike from Cecilio Dominguez, his third goal of the season.

But Kansas City equalized through Daniel Salloi, and might have won the game if not for the heroics, once again, of Austin’s star goalkeeper Brad Stuver.

The Final Whistle ATX guys analyze their game – talking about why there was a feeling of déjà vu on the team’s second trip to Kansas City this season, why mistakes from two young players turned out to be crucial, and highlighting Dominguez’s uptick in form.

They then preview the opener at Q2 Stadium, including looks at the long road to get there, what they expect the atmosphere to be like, and the guys give their final score predictions.

There’s one other important event for the guys to preview – Wyatt’s wedding, which happens to be on the same day as the big match.

Catch new episodes of Final Whistle ATX every week on KXAN.com.

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Holly Willoughby shares excitement on Midsomer Murders set in role away from This Morning

Holly frowned, looking unconvinced, and replied: “Come on!”

DCI John Barnaby actor Neil then mischievously joked in reference to the cast’s acting pedigree: “That’s never held us back in Midsomer!”

Joining in on the joke, Nick quipped: “Neil’s been doing it for 10 years, come on in!”

“You’ll be fine,” Neil agreed, while Holly and Phillip burst into giggles over his remark.

Holly then added that she can only see herself having a small part in the series, saying: “I’ll just walk through the back of shots slightly.”

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Celo rallies 50% as excitement builds for the upcoming 'Donut' hardfork

Decentralized finance (DeFi) has emerged as a transformational force for not just the cryptocurrency market, but for financial markets in general in 2021 thanks to the ease of access and security offered by blockchain-based protocols which operate on smart contracts.

One project that is looking to take the simplicity of DeFi to the next level is Celo (CELO), an open blockchain ecosystem that makes financial tools accessible to anyone with a mobile phone. 

Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView shows that the price of CELO rallied 50% from a low of $ 4.29 late on May 16 to an intraday high at $ 6.70 on May 18 on the back of a 740% surge in 24-hour trading volume. 

CELO/USDT 4-hour chart. Source: TradingView

A quick scroll through the project’s twitter feed shows that excitement in the Celo community has been building in recent weeks due to the upcoming ‘Donut’ hardfork that is scheduled for May 19.

According to documentation from the team, the hard fork will unlock numerous benefits to Celo users, including increased gas efficiency, improved proof-of-stake interoperability and the ability to connect with many of the Ethereum (ETH) tools available like MetaMask.

Some of the other layer-one protocols that the upgrade will help Celo more smoothly interoperate with include Cosmos (ATOM), NEAR and Solana (SOL).

Bullish momentum for CELO was picked up in the VORTECS™ data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro, which began to detect a positive outlook for the token on May 13, prior to the recent price rise.

The VORTECS™ Score, exclusive to Cointelegraph, is an algorithmic comparison of historic and current market conditions derived from a combination of data points including market sentiment, trading volume, recent price movements and Twitter activity.

VORTECS™ Score (green) vs. CELO price. Source: Cointelegraph Markets Pro

As seen in the chart above, the VORTECS™ Score rose into the green zone on May 13 and remained elevated for two days with a high score of 73 coming on May 14, roughly 67 hours before CELO price rallied 50% higher.

With DeFi still in its infancy and interoperability arising as a go-to feature for any network with long-term aspirations, Celo appears well-positioned to experience further growth and token appreciation thanks to its focus on catering to smartphone users and aiming to make interacting with DeFi globally accessible and user friendly.

The views and opinions expressed here are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cointelegraph.com. Every investment and trading move involves risk, you should conduct your own research when making a decision.