England fans have been warned not to travel to Rome for their quarter-final clash against Ukraine at Euro 2020. They have been instructed to “watch from home” with the players having to “make their own atmosphere”. Gareth Southgate and his England side beat Germany in front of 45,000 fans at Wembley on Tuesday. Travel restrictions amid the coronavirus pandemic will make it nearly impossible for fans to travel. UK’s travel list has Italy listed as amber meaning that five days of quarantine will be needed after entering the country.

“Obviously it is very difficult not to smile just to see all those wonderful flags waving, it just makes you so proud of our team doing so well last night,” Government minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan said addressing the England fans at Euro 2020. “But really, the ask is to watch from home and to cheer on the team as loudly as you can. I think the challenge is ‘can they hear us from Rome?’ And I’m sure we’ll take up that opportunity to be as supportive as we can of our amazing England team.”

“I’m hoping for it not to have an impact, because of course, it is great to have your fans there,” former England international and Liverpool legend John Barnes said. “If you look at the Premier League season whereby people have been playing without fans, they have been playing well nevertheless. They have to make their own atmosphere.”

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