England fans set to drink country dry in Euro final in biggest party since 1966
England supporters are set to drink the country dry in the nation’s biggest party since 1966.
The Three Lions take on Italy in the Euro 2020 final aiming to win a first major trophy for 55 years and there are sure to be sore heads on Monday morning.
England supporters are predicted to sink 7.1 million pints on Sunday during the match, with 13 million pints expected to be drunk during the day as a whole.
The match is expected to provide a £3 billion boost to the economy from booze, bets and food sales.
After a huge 26.3 million people watched the dramatic semi-final win against Denmark, bookmakers reckon the final could become the most watched TV event in British history. The mark is currently the 32.3 million who tuned in to watch the 1966 World Cup final between England and West Germany.
The British Beer and Pub Association claimed the number of pints drunk could be even higher if coronavirus lockdown restrictions had already been removed.
Experts think as many as 9.5 million pints could have been sold during the match with 17 million across the day, costing pubs around £9 million in beer sales.
Chief executive Emma McClarkin said: “After a 55-year wait, it is incredible to see England reach a tournament final.
“Sadly though, the restrictions still in place on pubs are going to greatly hinder any boost they could have hoped from it.
“We expect England fans to buy over seven million pints during the match at the pub. However, if restrictions had been lifted already for the final, we think as many as 9.5 million pints could have been sold during the match.”
Bookmakers think a record number of people could be watching the huge game in a pub, their front room or on an outdoor screen, with Ladbrokes slashing the odds on more than 32.3 million watching to 4/5.
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The firm’s Alex Apati said: “England fans are convinced football is coming home, and it looks like a record number of people will be tuning in on Sunday to hopefully see exactly that happen.”
There have been calls for Monday to be declared an official bank holiday if England win.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is under mounting pressure to grant workers the day off if football comes home on Sunday.
A petition has received more than 300,000 signatures.
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Bosses have been warned Monday risks being the nation’s biggest ever sick day.
Meanwhile, bookmakers are expecting £50 million to be bet on the game in the biggest patriotic punt on a football match ever.
Skipper Harry Kane is 66-1 to emulate Sir Geoff Hurst and score a Wembley hat-trick, while manager Gareth Southgate is 1-2 to be knighted this year.
Coral’s David Stevens said: “Like all England fans, we've waited 55 years to see the team make the final of a major tournament, and after such a long wait, there’s no doubt Sunday's match will spark the biggest patriotic punt we've ever seen, with up to £50 million bet industry-wide on the match, the majority of it on Gareth Southgate's side.
"Ideally we'd like to see England win on penalties as a draw after 90 minutes would be a good result for us, but the nation's nerves may not take it!
"We’ve avoided paying out on an England tournament win for five and a half decades, so we'll pay out with a smile if they get the job done, and at least we'll be paying for the celebrations that will take place should Harry Kane lift that trophy on Sunday night."
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