Defiant England fans show loyalty to support team in Rome against Ukraine

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England fans have made their voices heard in Rome with the Three Lions taking on Ukraine in the Euro 2020 quarter-finals.

Supporters were urged not to travel to the Italian capital amid the Covid-19 pandemic with fans told they would not be allowed in.

Those not from the UK were allowed with ex-pats and other fans across the globe making the trip to Rome.

And they filled the stands ahead of the game with 18,000 supporters allowed at the Stadio Olimpico in total.

Pictures showed flags being waved as pockets of England fans were seen in the stands as England look to progress to the last four.

They made their voices heard even more when Harry Kane gave England a lead inside the first five minutes.

Should the Three Lions win, they will return to Wembley to face Denmark in the semi-finals meaning the quarters is their only game away from London.

Fans are there despite a warning from the Italian Embassy, with a statement reading: "Anybody who has been in the UK in the previous 14 days, irrespective of their nationality or residency, will not be admitted to the stadium, even if they have a ticket.

"Only those who can prove that they have arrived in Italy at least six days previously, have observed five days of quarantine, and have taken a post-quarantine COVID-19 test with a negative result will be allowed into the Stadio Olimpico.

"…Fans based in the UK should therefore not travel to Italy to attend the match on Saturday at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome."

Jadon Sancho started for England in the quarter-final in his first start in Euro 2020,

Mason Mount also returned having missed out against Germany with Kieran Trippier dropped and Bukayo Saka picking up an injury in training.

Harry Kane starts as captain having broken his goal duck by netting the second in the 2-0 win over Germany.

"Yeah he's been really bright in training in the last 10 days or so," Southgate told the BBC on Sancho.

"With changing to a back four, also we felt we had to have a right-footer on that side to be able to really stretch the game.

"Ukraine look like they're going to be five at the back and that width is really important.

"Yeah it's been a huge challenge for all of our attacking players. We've got so much depth and of course you can't keep everybody happy.

"We're just looking for those moments where they're really fighting in training, where they're playing with aggression on the ball, and he's really shown that.

"And as I say his profile for this game, we need one against one specialists in this fixture, he's got that capability."

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