England fans are racing to get their hands on a ticket for Wednesday’s must-see semi-final match against Denmark.
They are the hottest tickets since the 1966 World Cup final with demand exploding as the Three Lions are now favourites to win Euro 2020.
Even the England players are under huge pressure from family and friends desperate to see the game at Wembley.
One player was heard joking he could not cope with the demand.
He said his phone had been buzzing with WhatsApp messages minutes after the final whistle on Saturday.
As Gareth Southgate’s heroes relaxed at St George’s Park they were being inundated with requests.
But only 60,000 will be allowed inside Wembley due to the Covid-19 reduced capacity restrictions.
Last night tickets were being snapped up for more than £1,000 on re-sale websites, with Betfair putting England 4/6 to win and Denmark 9/2.
One person who had bought a ticket through UEFA was quoting £20,000 for his seat – but on Sunday night no one was paying that eye-watering sum.
Cambridge United supporter Dave Ryan, 52, said: “I paid £315 for my ticket from UEFA – a category 2 – not even the highest price.
“They’ve already had my money for two years. That’s a disgrace. They are pricing ordinary fans out of the game.
“It’s all about money. People are cashing in on their tickets but I won’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 ticket for what I paid for the ticket.”
Sheffield United fans Chris Mackenzie, 39, said: “I know it’s difficult but they have got to get the tickets to the right people.
“Everyone is buzzing. But how can anyone afford these sort of prices?”
A category one restricted view ticket was going for £1,300 on the website Ticombo. Other single tickets are going for between £999 and £1,200. But millions of England fans have already ruled out getting to Wembley.
Pubs and restaurants reported no space left “at the inn” as millions made their preparations to watch the game.
Seymours in Derby sold out before England had reached the semi-final. And many other venues said the same.
The Cock Inn in Bishop’s Stortford, Herts told regulars on their Facebook page they could not accommodate any more people.
In cities, towns and villages across England a huge clean-up took place Sunday following wild celebrations after England thumped Ukraine 4-0 on Saturday night.
Viewing figures released yesterday showed a record-breaking 20.9million tuned in to BBC One to watch the match. That makes it the UK’s most-watched TV show of the year.
The 20.9m peak pips the 20.6m from Tuesday when the Three Lions beat Germany.
The BBC One broadcast had a massive 81.8% share of the audience on Saturday evening. On top of that, a further 5.2m live streams were watched through the BBC Sport website and the iPlayer.
That took the overall viewing number to around 26.1m.
Bookies now have England as the red-hot favourites to beat Denmark and go on to win the trophy.
Betfair have even slashed the odds of manager Gareth Southgate and captain Harry Kane receiving knighthoods to 1/6 should they lift the trophy on Sunday.
England are 6/4 favourites 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 could come next and the betting suggests if football comes home, Southgate and Kane will head straight from Wembley to Buckingham Palace.” The FA has announced that no more tickets will be going on general sale.
The extra tickets given to England will go to fans registered with the FA who had already applied for tickets.
And 8,438 members who were successful for tickets in the original 2019 application process, and did not choose to return them, will be given access to the sale today.
The remaining tickets will be made available on Monday for the nearly 6,000 members who either were successful in the 2019 application but requested a refund, or those who were unsuccessful in the ballot.
Denmark have pledged to “win it for Christian Eriksen” – the former Spurs star who collapsed in the tournament.
There will be 5,000 Danish fans inside the stadium. Danish FA has the addresses of Danes living in UK and they will be sold tickets and have already been sent shirts and flags.