England fans party into the night as Three Lions march into first final since 1966

·News Editor

There were wild scenes of jubilant celebration across England on Wednesday night as Gareth Southgate's Three Lions side saw off Denmark to reach their first major final in more than half a century.

Huge crowds took to the streets in central London - with some scaling lampposts and climbing onto buses - as the men's national football team edged past the Scandinavians in a nervy semi-final, thanks to Harry Kane converting a rebound from his own saved penalty in extra time.

In the capital, hundreds of fans took to landmarks including Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus and partied into the night.

In pubs and fan zones, supporters lobbed several of the estimated 10 million pints bought on Wednesday into the air in celebration, while others removed their shirts, embraced strangers, or simply wept.

Fans at Trafalgar Square waved England flags and merged together in a huge crowd after the final whistle.

Many fans tried to stay out late to enjoy the win, with a few dozen supporters in Leicester Square climbing on top of a number 9 double-decker bus to Aldwych, cheering and holding a St George’s flag aloft before crowds were broken up by police.

Met Police later said 20 arrests were made in London, with alleged offences including “common assault, public order and assault on police”.

England’s men last reached a major final in 1966, while the women’s side were losing finalists at Euro 1984 and 2009.

The final against Italy will take place on Sunday at 8pm.

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