England bus parade to be planned after Ukraine win but Covid may cause problems

The FA will start plotting a possible parade for England should Gareth Southgate's men reach the Euro semi finals.

The Three Lions face Ukraine in a quarter final showdown in Rome tomorrow night with the chance to make it into the last four.

Should Southgate's side go on to reach the final and win the tournament for the first time in history, the public clamour for a victory parade would he huge.

But with Covid-19 restrictions still in place because of the on-going pandemic, FA bosses believe a bus tour around London would not be possible.

The FA believe it would be inappropriate in the current circumstances, with infection rates still concerning, and would consider alternative options.

These include staging a ticketed event at a chosen location in or close to the capital for a certain number of supporters to attend.

The tickets would be made available on a ballot basis and one option could be to open up Wembley Stadium, which will stage the final on June 11 in front of at least 60,000 fans.

England have never won the Euros and have not won a major tournament since the 1966 World Cup.

The England rugby union held an open top bus parades around London after winning the World Cups in 2003 and the cricket team did the same after winning the Ashes in 2005, with both events causing chaotic scenes.

The FA have not considered a possible parade up to now, but would have no alternative but to look at the options should Southgate's men beat the Ukraine this weekend.

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