Scottish fans strip off and start foam parties in London before Euro 2020 clash

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Boozy Scottish fans have descended on central London ahead of their clash with England.

Huge crowds have gathered in Leicester Square, Kings Cross and Hyde Park for the Euro 2020 group match.

The stormy weather hasn’t dampened their spirits, with pubs booked out across the capital.

Supporters have draped themselves in Scottish flags and kilts, with some pictured waving flares.

Two of them were snapped turning one of Leicester Square’s fountains into “a foam party”, splashing about and spraying Fairy liquid into the water.

Rangers-mad glamour model Lana Wolf was pictured onboard a train with other Scottish supporters ahead of the clash.

Around 20,000 Scots are thought to have travelled to England for the group stage game.

Some were heard chanting "Yes sir I can boogie”, sung by Scotland as they qualified for the Euros.

The much-anticipated match, the 115th in international football's oldest rivalry, is the first time the two sides have met in a major tournament since Euro 96, when Paul Gascoigne's famous goal sealed a 2-0 win.

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Scotland fan Rab Foulis said supporters were "bringing a party atmosphere" to the city and "helping London's economy".

Speaking near Kings Cross, Mr Foulis said he had been waiting 23 years since wanting to go to the 1998 World Cup in France, where Scotland played their last major tournament, but his wife did not let him.

Ecstatic that his new wife has allowed him to go to the Euros, he said: "We waited 23 years.

"Everybody's throwing a party atmosphere. We've all had double vaccinations and we're saying, you know what, why is Britain as a country still holding the economy back?

"So we're here and we're helping London's economy."

Another fan Mark Graham said: "It's a pity but it looks like Scotland will make their own fan zones.

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"We've booked a pub for last night and a pub for tonight so we're well prepared."

Scotland supporter Gordon Mackey, from Dunblane, said: "I'm a big fan and it's been a long time actually.

"I think the last time I enjoyed this was 1990 and watched Scotland lose to Costa Rica and there was just as much excitement.

"We thought we were going to win the World Cup but today could be the same, so it's always good to enjoy the party before."

Wembley Stadium, in north-west London, will host 22,500 people for the game at 8pm on Friday, June 15.

The Met Police's football chief earlier warned fans not to travel to Wembley without a ticket.

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Chief Inspector Joseph Stokoe said: "It's a shame, it feels like there aren't enough places for the fans to enjoy themselves, but that's why the message has always been – if you don't have a ticket, don't travel.

"Enjoy the match, enjoy the event locally, in a safer event… don't come here, because unfortunately because of what's gone on across the world, we've been unable to provide the amount of fan zones you might expect in normal times."

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has echoed the warning for Scottish fans to stay away from London.

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