England followers set to be served full-strength German lager at Euros

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England fans are set to be served full-strength German lager for the team’s second Euro 2024 match against Denmark on Thursday.

Restrictions were put in place for the Three Lions’ opening game of the tournament on Sunday, with only shandy being available to supporters for the 1-0 win over Serbia.

These rules were introduced amid fears of hooliganism, with the fixture earmarked as ‘high-risk’ by German police.

But no such measures will be in place when England return to action in Frankfurt in two days’ time.

Alcohol is expected to be back to normal for this game, with no restrictions on sale and normal beer percentages available, and you should be able to drink in the stands,’ the England fans’ embassy and fanzine have been told.

England fans will be served full-strength German lager for their second group game

England fans will be served full-strength German lager for their second group game

It was expected that serving low-alcohol beer would only be implemented for the Serbia match, and that now looks likely to be the case.

The restrictions on alcohol did not prevent hooliganism ahead of kick-off on Sunday.

Videos circulated on social media of rival fans clashing just hours before the game got underway in Gelsenkirchen with some supporters left covered in blood after fighting in the streets.

German police confirmed on Sunday night that no England fans were arrested following the brawls, while seven suspected Serbian hooligans were detained

UEFA have also launched an investigation into claims that England players were subjected to monkey noises during Sunday’s match at the Veltins-Arena. 

Away from the pitch, England fans may have had to put up with low alcohol options for their first match, but that didn’t hold them back over the weekend.

One German restaurant served two months’ worth of beer to supporters across two days – the equivalent of 7,500 pints.

It was the bar’s busiest weekend since 2006 – when the Three Lions were also in town to play Portugal in the World Cup quarter-finals.

One supporter may regret having one too many after revealing that he fell asleep during Sunday’s game.

He claimed that he woke up shivering at 4am inside Schalke’s deserted stadium, with the match having finished over five hours earlier.

With full-strength lager back on the menu this week, England fans will hope to cheer on their side to another victory to book their place in the knockout stages of the Euros.

Gareth Southgate’s men top Group C following their nervy 1-0 win against Serbia, and beating Denmark could secure top spot.

Denmark were held to a 1-1 draw by Slovenia in their opening match and still have some work to do to qualify for the round of 16. 

More to follow…