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Moment England fans go wild throwing beer everywhere after Sterling scores against Croatia

THIS is the moment that England fans went wild as they celebrated Raheem Sterling’s winner against Croatia.

Jubilant supporters chucked pints in the air and hugged each other as the Manchester City winger slotted home the only goal of the game in the 57th minute.

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England fans celebrate as Raheem Sterling fired England into the lead

Jubilant supporters chucked pints in the air and hugged each other

Sterling had scored the game’s only goal

Raheem Sterling scores against Croatia

He slotted home in the 57th minute past Croatia keeper Livakovic
He was then mobbed by his teammates

Gareth Southgate celebrated as England’s secured all three points

Supporters dared to dream it COULD come home after the 1-0 win

Londoners fill the streets as the victory was confirmed

Bars packed with supporters erupted as England won

A fan gets a lift from his mates after England snatched a win

Fans in London celebrate as England top the table

There was a sea of red and white in the capital

Gareth Southgate’s men had endured a first half of few chances as Phil Foden hit the post.

However, any lingering fears of an England demise were quickly allayed as Sterling put England in front following a great run from Kalvin Phillips.

The Leeds midfielder drove with the ball before cutting in and laying it off to Sterling, who expertly slotted home.

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The goal had sent fans into rapture as grown men leapt into each other’s arms as England’s Euro campaign successfully got underway.

Gareth Southgate’s men had held out for a 1-0 win, avenging their heartbreaking 2018 World Cup semi-final defeat to Croatia.

It sealed a perfect start as the Three Lions won their opening Euros match for the first time ever.

Fans are now edging closer to their prayers being answered and the team ending 55 years of hurt to bring football home for the first time since 1966.

Supporters inside Wembley erupted in cheers as they watched the Three Lions win their first-ever opening game in the tournament.

They had earlier drowned out a small minority who booed at players taking the knee.

Cheers rang out across the country after we went 1-0 up

The winger found the back of the net after 57 minutes

Custom House Quay in Weymouth erupts in celebration

Fans go wild in Box Park in London as England take the lead

A fan cheers with his mates after Sterling scored

Fans leap in the air in Blackpool

Two fans embrace after England score

A supporter in Manchester swings his shirt around his head after the first goal

A fan shows off his waxed chest as he celebrates in Vinegar Yard

Fans celebrate in Croydon after Sterling’s goal

Newcastle goes wild as England take the lead

Kalvin Phillips fights for the ball as he’s praised by England fans

Sterling slots the ball past Croatia’s keeper

Phil Foden hits the post in a tense first half

Mason Mount takes a free kick at Wembley today

The atmosphere was electric across the country today as excited fans draped in flags gathered together for the Three Lions’ first group game.

Supporters could earlier be heard under Wembley’s famous arch giving a roaring ‘Cheers’ to the Three Lions.

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Choruses of ‘It’s Coming Home’ that were nervously whispered this morning became rousing renditions that echoed through the air as excitement reached fever-pitch.

Delighted fans told to come together as one and help make the beautiful game beautiful again stuck to their brief as they filled bars and pubs.

Today’s win also silenced critics who questioned today’s line-up – with both Ben Chilwell and Jadon Sancho left out of the squad entirely.

And Jack Grealish was left on the bench despite the Villa winger earning a spot in the starting 11 thanks to a successful season.

Newcastle goes wild as England take the lead

Supporters raised a drink inside Wembley as the whistle blew

Fans cheer on England in Box Park in Wembley as they kick off

A man holds his head in his hands as Phil Foden hits the post

Fans react to the City star rattling the woodwork in the opening few minutes in Nottingham

The tension was palpable in Birmingham today

A fan in Manchester shows off his red and white war paint

Jesse Lingard was among those watching the action on TV

Fans watch on the big screen at London’s Vinegar Yard

Supports in Manchester clap after the national anthem

Fans in Vinegar Yard cheer as the game kicks off

Manchester fans raise their arms as the whistle blows

EastEnders’ Shaun Williamson leads a chorus of the national anthem in Box Park

An England fan gets into the spirit in Wapping

Supporters hold up their shoes at Box Park as the football gets underway

London’s Skylight Bar is packed with fans

A topless fan dances in Wembley cheered on by his mates

Supporters are on the beers today as the sun shines down on the Three Lions

England last hosted a major tournament 25 years ago for Euro 1996 – one Gareth Southgate will definitely want to forget after missing a crucial penalty in the semi-finals.

But his young team being led out under Wembley’s arch combined with a 30C heatwave has put a smile on the nation’s faces after a devastating 15 months.

A year-long delay to the tournament due to Covid also means excitement simmering under the surface has now exploded across the country.

Fans have been urged to rally behind the troops, give Covid the middle finger and finally allow hope to cut through the bleakness of the pandemic.

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The atmosphere is palpable in Wembley

Box Park in Wembley is packed with England supporters

It’s Coming Home is already on the lips of England supporters

Trafford Park in Manchester is filled with fans

Fans join the action at Trafford Park

Fans sing and dance as the atmosphere swells at Wembley

Lads with beers show their support for the first group game

The virus has dampened the tournament – with just 22,500 fans allowed in for the match today – but they still roared loudly enough for the missing supporters.

An official fan zone set up in London’s Trafalgar Square eas attended by 750 key workers invited to to watch the match on a big screen.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said the excitement of the Euros was needed after “the darkness and trauma” of the pandemic.

Speaking at the official fan zone, he added: “We’ve invited our amazing key workers to thank them for all they’ve done for our city.

“They’ve gone above and beyond over the last 18 months … this is our way to thank them.

“You can tell how excited I am I’m one of the first people here … bring it home. It’ll be nice to see people face to face, facial expressions, body language.

“The best thing about football is that it brings people together.”

Addressing the England team directly, he said: “To Gareth (Southgate) and the entire England squad, London is behind you. Bring it home.”

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Other fans flooded Box Park in Croydon and Wembley to watch Our Boys throughout the tournament. and the Centre for Retail Research reckon £300million will be spent in pubs and restaurants.

Fans will also down a whopping 50million pints and eat their way through 30million burgers and 20million sausages.

Confident fans are already chanting It’s Coming Home

Celebrations are underway in Box Park in Wembley

A group of mates in Vinegar Yard in London Bridge today

Girls pose with a Gareth Southgate cutout in Hastings

Beer falls from the sky as England fans spray booze over Wembley

The excitement has exploded as the tournament gets underway for England

One lad has shaved the England fan into his chest hair

Fans could be seen queuing to get into the outdoor bar

A fan quenches his thirst in the scorching heat

Fans at the Skylight Bar in Wapping today

The heatwave and excitement from the football has brought England together

Smoke fills the air as lucky fans make their way into the stadium

England fans cheers to the Three Lions

It was a calmer affair in Trafalgar Square, which is an official fan zone

Key workers have been invited to watch the game on the big screen at Trafalgar Square

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