England fans hit the pubs at 7AM and joke they'll phone in sick before mighty Germany Euro 2020 clash

EAGER England fans have already hit the pub ahead of tonight's Euro 2020 showdown with old enemies Germany.

Three Lions fans have joked they will call in sick as they were filmed sinking pints at 7am today.

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Supporters in England shirts have already flocked to Big Tree pub in Sheffield which has pinned up 500 flags.

Adam Chamberlain, general manager, reckons his boozer is the "most decorated in Britain".

Pubs are expected to be packed out with punters for tonight's 5pm clash at Wembley.

And the The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) believe England fans will neck 5million pints for the mighty clash.

Capacity at Wembley Stadium will double to 45,000 tonight with England given the home advantage.

Bosses have also been urged to let their workers finish early today so they can make it home in time for the action.

TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Bosses should talk to staff and try to let people who want to watch games do so — either at work, or at home — and claim back working time afterwards."

The crunch clash is one of the oldest rivalries in football – dating back more than five decades.

England will be hoping to recreate the magic of their World Cup win in 1966 at Wembley.

The Three Lions lifted the Jules Rimet trophy thanks to goals from legends Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters.

But what followed is 55 years of hurt for England while Germany enjoyed world dominance at major tournaments.

The rivalry has been bolstered by heartbreaking penalty shootouts and controversial disallowed goals.

In the 1970 World Cup, it was West Germany that put an end to England's campaign in extra time.

Gazza's tears were then shared by the whole country after England crashed out of the 1990 World Cup semi-final on penalties.

Just six years later, there was more penalty heartache after England gaffer Gareth Southgate missed the back of the net in the 1996 Euro semi-final.

Frank Lampard fell victim to the biggest injustice since Maradona's "hand of God" at the 2010 World Cup quarter-final.

The ex-Chelsea star's "ghost goal" clearly made it over the line but without VAR, it was ruled out by the ref and England suffered a humiliating 4-1 defeat.

But Southgate will be hoping to heal England's tortured past when he leads his men out under Wembley's famous arch tonight.

He has issued a rallying cry to his troops to bring the country together and become footballing legends.

Germany have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last eight games in major international tournaments.

But the Three Lions have seen a roaring success – keeping their score sheet clean in their last six Euro games.

England will also be keen to avoid a dreaded penalty shootout after favourites France were sent packing by Switzerland last night.

Extra time has also thwarted some of the Euros top teams – with Croatia beaten by Spain yesterday.

Tonight's winning prize will be a quarter-final against either Sweden or Ukraine in Rome.

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