England fans are rushing to get their hands on a ticket for Wednesday’s must-see semi-final game against Denmark.
These are the hottest tickets since the 1966 World Cup final with demand exploding as the Three Lions are now favorites to win Euro 2020.
Even England players are under enormous pressure from family and friends desperate to see the game at Wembley.
A player was heard joking that he couldn’t keep up with the demand.
He said his phone was buzzing with WhatsApp messages minutes after Saturday’s final whistle.
As Gareth Southgate’s heroes relaxed in St George’s Park, they were inundated with requests.
But only 60,000 will be allowed inside Wembley due to Covid-19’s reduced capacity restrictions.
Tickets were bought for over £ 1,000 on resale websites last night, with Betfair putting England 4/6 to win and Denmark 9/2.
One person who had bought a ticket through UEFA was citing £ 20,000 for their seat – but on Sunday night no one was paying that tempting sum.
Cambridge United supporter Dave Ryan, 52, said: “I paid £ 315 for my UEFA ticket – a category 2 – not even the highest price.
“They’ve had my money for two years already. It’s a shame. They exclude ordinary fans from the game.
“It’s all about the money. People cash their tickets, but I don’t.
“I wouldn’t miss this for the world – £ 500, £ 1,000, £ 2,000? My ticket is not available.
“I can buy a Cambridge United season pass for what I paid for the ticket.”
Sheffield United fans Chris Mackenzie, 39, said: “I know it’s tough, but they have to get the tickets for the right people.
“Everyone is buzzing. But how can you afford that kind of price? “
A Category 1 restricted sight ticket cost £ 1,300 on the Ticombo site. Other single tickets sell for between £ 999 and £ 1,200. But millions of English fans have already ruled out going to Wembley.
Pubs and restaurants reported that there was no more “hostel” space as millions prepared to watch the game.
Seymours at Derby sold out before England reached the semi-final. And many other sites have said the same.
The Cock Inn in Bishop’s Stortford, Herts told regulars on its Facebook page that they could no longer accommodate people.
In towns and villages across England, a big clean-up took place on Sunday after crazy celebrations after England beat Ukraine 4-0 on Saturday night.
Audience figures released yesterday showed a record 20.9 million listeners on BBC One to watch the game. This makes it the UK’s most watched TV show of the year.
The 20.9m peak exceeded 20.6m on Tuesday when the Three Lions beat Germany.
The BBC One show had a massive 81.8% audience share on Saturday night. On top of that, an additional 5.2 million live broadcasts were watched via the BBC Sport website and the iPlayer.
This brought the total number of views to around 26.1 million.
Bookies now have England as their favorites to beat Denmark and take the trophy.
Betfair even lowered the odds of manager Gareth Southgate and captain Harry Kane receiving the knight to 1/6 if they lifted the trophy on Sunday.
England are 6/4 favorites to win Euro 2020 ahead of Italy at 9/4, Spain at 11/4 and Denmark who are 15/2 outsiders.
Betfair said: “With the country now starting to dream, attention has turned to what may follow and the bets suggest that if football comes home, Southgate and Kane will travel straight from Wembley to Buckingham Palace.” The FA has announced that there will be no more general sale tickets.
Additional tickets given to England will go to FA registered fans who had previously applied for tickets.
And 8,438 members who were successful in securing tickets during the initial 2019 application process and who did not choose to return them, will have access to the sale today.
The remaining tickets will be made available on Monday for the nearly 6,000 members who were selected in the 2019 app but requested a refund, or those who were unsuccessful in the ballot.
Denmark have vowed to “win for Christian Eriksen” – the former Spurs star who collapsed in the tournament.
There will be 5,000 Danish fans inside the stadium. The Danish FA has the addresses of Danes living in the UK and they will be sold tickets and have already received shirts and flags.