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Sadiq Khan has announced England’s Euro 2020 matches will be shown on big screens in London’s Trafalgar Square and that key workers will be at the front of the queue for free tickets.

Supporters will be allowed to gather at a ticket-only fan zone in the square to watch all of England’s matches, the mayor of London said. Both semi-finals and the final will also be shown regardless of whether England are involved.

Social-distancing rules mean 750 people will be allowed into the square to watch England face Croatia in their opening game on 13 June and take on Scotland on 18 June. Tickets for those games will be given exclusively to key workers such as NHS staff, police and Transport for London workers as a “mark of gratitude” from the mayor for their efforts during the pandemic.

It is hopedup to 9,500 supporters could be be admitted if restrictions are relaxed on 21 June. England play the Czech Republic on 22 June. Tickets will be distributed via a ballot and key workers would receive a proportion of them.

Khan said: “As a mark of gratitude, I am very pleased that we will be able to offer some of London’s key workers – including members of the Metropolitan police, TfL workers and NHS and London Ambulance staff – the chance to watch England’s group matches against Croatia, Scotland and the Czech Republic in the fan zone on Trafalgar Square.

“If we continue to keep on top of the virus, we hope to be able to host up to 9,500 fans in the fan zone after the initial first two group games – and I cannot think of anything more exciting than thousands of people coming together to cheer the England team on to glory.”