London Mayor Sadiq Khan, Sports Minister Nigel Huddleston and the Scottish Government have reminded Scottish fans not to have match tickets not to travel south for Friday’s Euro 2020 match against England at Wembley.
The two home nations will meet Friday night as both play their second Group D match, with capacity at Wembley limited to 22,500 due to coronavirus restrictions.
As traditional fan zones for tournaments also have limited capacity, along with pubs and bars, authorities are advising that only fans with match tickets travel to London.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan said: “It is absolutely fantastic that Scotland are playing their first international tournament in 23 years, and I can’t wait for Friday’s game.”
“Scottish fans are recognized around the world for bringing a party atmosphere to big tournaments, but with COVID restrictions still in place on both sides of the border, best for fans without game tickets or a safe location to see it is to enjoy the Scotland game and not come to London.
“In an ideal world, I would welcome the Tartan Army to London for this match with open arms, but with the increase in Covid cases and so much at stake as we fight this terrible virus, I’m afraid it can’t be this time. So the best thing is not to come to London and enjoy the game at home. “
Scottish Culture Minister Jenny Gilruth said: “I know that for many of us EURO 2020 will be one of the highlights of the summer and an opportunity to support our national team. There will also be great interest in the Scotland match. England at Wembley, but We must remain cautious, and I strongly urge fans to travel only if they have a ticket or a safe place to watch the match.
“Although we have made great progress, we all have an important role to play in making sure we keep the virus under control. So I urge all soccer fans to plan ahead for how they will safely enjoy the tournament.”
Sports Minister Nigel Huddleston said: “There is a real sense of excitement in Friday’s game between Scotland and England. It will be a historic moment for both teams, the fans who are lucky enough to be at Wembley Stadium and the fans across the country. “
“But we continue to advise fans without tickets to enjoy the game close to home and not to travel to London unless they have already finished somewhere to watch the game safely.”
England enter the game in a strong position having won their opening match against Croatia 1-0, while Scotland desperately need a result after a 2-0 loss to the Czech Republic.
Why the role of Kane is perfect for England
By Adam Bate
Two games away from the World Cup in 2018, Harry Kane had scored five goals and collected the man of the match award in both games. It turned out that he could have packed his bags and caught the next flight out of Russia and still win the Golden Shoe as top scorer.
Three years later, England are celebrating their first victory in the opening match of a European Championship, after doing what they failed to do in Moscow by beating Croatia. But the cheer goes to all but the captain of England.
There is no denying that Kane was quiet on Sunday. That is the view here and on the continent – La Gazzetta dello Sport claiming that he was not at his usual level. One try and 26 touches, the fewest of any England starter, backs up that argument.
There was even a strange passage of play in the second half when Kane seemed willing to shoot from the edge of the box just to look for an ambitious pass. At the time, the sometimes branded selfish striker seemed to be in a very different role.
As Jamie Carragher says, Kane wants to be Teddy Sheringham, not Alan Shearer. He has only scored two goals in 10 games for England.
Perhaps it is not fashionable to think that Gareth Southgate knows best, particularly in the hectic atmosphere that surrounds a big tournament, when scrutiny is at its height. But it might be true to say that Kane understands his role on this team.
Clarke: Tierney has ‘one chance’ to face England
Scotland manager Steve Clarke believes Kieran Tierney has “a chance” to face England after light training on Tuesday.
The Arsenal defender joined teammates from Scotland for training 24 hours after missing the first match of Euro 2020 against the Czech Republic.
Tierney was filmed warming up alongside other players who didn’t start in the 2-0 loss at Hampden Park.
Scotland head coach Steve Clarke revealed on Monday that Tierney had had a “little problem” in training but was hoping to return for Friday’s second group game against England at Wembley.
Speaking Tuesday afternoon, Clarke said: “He did some light training and we’ll see how he progresses. He has a chance.”