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Euros 2020: Scotland fans taunt us saying ‘we’ll destroy the English b******s’ as they descend ahead of England match

RAUCOUS Scotland descended into London yesterday taunting English fans by bragging “we’ll destroy the English b******s” ahead of tonight’s game.

Tartan Army supporters were pictured piling out of King’s Cross station yesterday draped in flags and swigging Buckfast.

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Footie fans climbed onto the Shakespeare Statue

Rowdy supporters have turned the capital into a sea of blue and white

A Scots fan lit up a sparkler in Leicester Square in Central London

One Scot arrival, Cameron Lynus told the Sun Online: “Scotland are gonna win, absolutely.

“We’ll destroy the English b******s,” he taunted.

Michael Lynch, 34, who donned a traditional glengarry hat for the trip down from Dundee said: “The key thing is if we score, we have to score, in two pints time we’ll definitely win. 

““As long as we can cheer then were happy, Scotland will score first.”

20-year-old Drew Jackson who travelled down from Lockerbie said: “Scotland will win, 2-1. On paper, Scotland will win.

“If we win, it’s not just a win for the players in football it’s a win for the country.”

The fans are planning to descend on pubs in the capital en masse to watch the Group D clash at 8pm tonight.

Police surround a group of fans in Leicester Square

Fans partied into the evening

A group of pals cooled off from the muggy weather in a London fountain

And the kilt-wearing Scots got the party started early as they belted out chants in a sea of blue and white in London yesterday.

The Met Police issued a 48-hour dispersal order in central London allowing officers to remove troublemakers from the streets.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman tweeted yesterday evening: “Due to the high profile UEFA EURO Football match between England & Scotland on Friday 18th June at 8pm and the anticipated anti-social behaviour this may bring, a section 35 dispersal authority has been implemented.

“This has been authorised by Inspector Dodds from 1500 hours 17/06/21 till 1500 hours 19/06/21 in the West End area in an attempt to reduce the likelihood of members of the public being caused alarm harassment and distress and the occurrence of criminality in the local area.”

Thousands of boozed-up fans wearing kilts and Scotland jerseys were chanting “we hate f***ing England”.

Others were seen jumping up onto the William Shakespeare fountain in Leicester Square while others partied in Hyde Park.

One naked Scottish fan was led away from his party in Hyde Park ahead of the match tonight.

Scotland have been allocated less than 3,000 tickets for the sellout 21,500 qualifier at Wembley.

But between 6,000 and 20,000 Scottish supporters are reportedly planning on making the trip across the border.

Scottish fans have descended on London stations ahead of tonight’s game

Fans donned their tartan as they arrived in London yesterday

Proud supporters have headed to London despite warnings not to come if they don’t have a ticket

King’s Cross is full with Tartan Army supporters yesterday

The clash kicks off at 8pm at Wembley

The match is a historic one

Crowds of chanting fans spray drinks in the air outside King’s Cross

All trains from Glasgow and Edinburgh to London this morning were sold out.

The oldest fixture in international football is steeped in history – with the last time England took on the Scots in the Euros way back in 1996.

Gazza marked his winning goal with his infamous dentist chair celebration as the Three Lions went on to win 2-0.

Wembley historically hasn’t been a happy hunting ground for Scotland – with England beating the Auld Enemy 18 times in 32 games at the stadium.

The last time the two teams met at Wembley saw Daniel Sturridge, Adam Lallana and Gary Cahill steering England to a 3-0 win for the World Cup qualifier in 2016.

But the thousands of singing Scotland fans spilling out of London stations yesterday don’t seem too concerned by the stats.

A police officer is draped in a Scotland flag at Euston in London

Scots believe they can end their curse at Wembley

They have only ever beaten England nine times at the London stomping ground

The platform was packed in Glasgow Central yesterday

Fans depart from Kings Cross ahead of tonight’s game

Archie Gardiner, 20, told HOAR Online: “Its nationality that matters. A matter of pride. 

“John McGinn will score, he’s better than Zidane.”

Robert, from Glasgow, added: “I’ve bet £5 for Scotland to win, £90 back for a fiver. 

“We’ll score, super John McGinn will score the first goal.

“Everyone has booking for pubs to watch the game of they’re not going.”

Pictures from 1977 show a much different affair for Scottish fans

Fans had invaded the pitch at Wembley after Scotland beat England 2-1 in 1977

The celebration soon erupted in chaos as the Tartan Army beat the Auld Enemy

Others showed their pride and said they would be skipping back over the border when Scotland end their Wembley curse.

Cameron Lynus, 23, said: “F*** knows where were watching the game. 

“Scotland are gonna win, absolutely. We’ll destroy the English b******s.”

Andrew Burnett, 52, who almost got arrested before the day of the match after climbing a tree at Euston during the festivities, added: “If I’m dreaming, and I’ve got my lucky socks on I think we’ll win. 

“I fancy it’ll be 2-1, we’ll win by at least two goals. Thats what we want.”

A fan shows his support at King’s Cross after the journey South

Scots have been told to travel to England only if they have tickets

Trains from Glasgow were sold out yesterday

It is the first time the teams have met in the Euros since 1996

Those without tickets say they will watch the game in pubs

Fans sang “Yes sir I can boogie’ outside Kings Cross

However, there is rising concern about the lack of Covid-secure fan zones for the match.

Scotland fans had been urged not to travel without tickets or having arranged a safe place to watch the game.

The Met’s Deputy commissioner Sir Stephen House said: “We are expecting a large number of fans from Scotland to come down for the England v Scotland match.

“Inevitably people will attend who don’t have tickets. We have significant extra resources on duty to deal with any disorder that may occur.

“I would urge all fans to behave properly and to control their drinking…. To fans from Scotland, if they don’t have a ticket, they should not come.”

A fan clutches a copy of The Scottish Sun for the journey to London

The Scottish invasion has come to London

Fans couldn’t hide their excitement as they got to the capital

Excited fans make their way through King’s Cross yesterday

A proud fan draped in a flag shows his support

Supporters wore wigs as they arrived in rainy London

But defiant Scots said they have booked out pubs in London to watch the historic clash.

Rhuri Paton, 28, from Stranraer, said: “Some of us have booked into a pub, we’re gonna make some friends. 

“Loads of fans have booked near Hyde Park, its where we’ll go if we win. 

“We have to get a boat to Belfast and then make our way over. 

“I reckon England will win, realistically, I went to the game before and we didn’t play that bad. 

“We’ve not been here for 23 years so we’re just happy to be here. 

“If England have an off day then you never know!” 

While Kenny Ford, 24, who was celebrating his birthday on the train down to London, said: “We’re gonna watch it in a pub, near Hyde Park. 

“Scotland will win the Euros. Dunfermline will win the Scottish League! Peter Grant baby!

“As long as we score first against you I don’t care.”

London mayor Sadiq Khan has said there will be nowhere for fans to gather, in line with current Covid guidelines.

He warned: “I am today urging all fans to only come to London if you have a ticket for the match or if you have arranged a safe place to watch it from, in compliance with COVID-19 guidelines. 

“I want to be completely clear that Scottish fans will not be able to access their traditional Trafalgar Square base as it will be used as a socially-distanced Fan Zone for key workers who are helping our city through the pandemic.

“Due to COVID regulations there are no alternative sites for fans to gather in large numbers in central London.”

Scotland lost their first qualifier to the Czech Republic 2-0 on Monday, the day after England beat Croatia 1-0.

The teams last played competitively in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers, with England winning 3-0 at Wembley and the teams drawing 2-2 at Hampden.

Scotland and England played each other in a friendly at the end of each season for decades.

But the traditional joust was scrapped over repeated crowd trouble.

It was a Scottish invasion at London Euston yesterday

Fans reckon Scotland have it in the bag

Scotland fans prepare to board at Glasgow this morning

Fans in kilts at Central Station before making their way to London

The excitement is palpable as Scots descend on London

A fan in a Scottish costume readies himself for the action

An excited supporter swings on a tree at Euston as security guards watch on

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