Footie fever is breaking out around Oxfordshire as 12 months after it had been due to kick off, Euro 2020 finally got underway last night.

England will be kicking off on Sunday against Croatia.

Toby and Deb Merridan, of The Six Bells in Kidlington, have decorated the front bar and put out bunting as well as a massive England flag at the front of the pub.

With a forecast of 26 degrees, Mrs Merridan said: “We’ve got a big screen projector out in the garden and TVs in every room. We’re doing a barbeque from 12-4 and we’re reconfiguring the garden to give maximum viewing of the big screen.

“A customer has organised a sweepstake and I’ve got Holland who I think give me a good chance – I’ve had to become interested in football!”

Oxford fan and member of the OUFC supporter groups Yellow Army and OxVox Simon Hathaway said: “I know a few people who’ve got tickets and are going to see the match in Wembley.

“I get very, very nervous watching England play. In 2018 we were in Dublin and watched England play Croatia in the World Cup semi-final.

“I think we’ve got a decent chance, we’ve got some really talented youngsters like Foden and Grealish – it depends who he picks but I’d happily play both of them.”

The City Arms on the Cowley Road is part of the Stonegate Group which said their pubs in Oxfordshire, including The Cherwell in Banbury and The Lamb Inn Bicester, will show all the games on large TV screens with state-of-the-art sound systems.

The Cape of Good Hope, which is fully decorated with flags and Euros decorations, will be showing most games across two floors during the Euros, and are already fully booked for the England games on Sunday and next Friday. 

As for last night’s game, a waitress at La Cucina in St Clements said the chefs were desperate to watch but were working, however, if Italy did well they would “go for it” with TV, flags and decorations.

Alberto Brunelli, who also owns Cuttlefish, said: “Unfortunately we are all working but we’ll have the radio on. If Italy do well in the first half we’ll bring the TV out into the restaurant.”

And Ato Asan, of Bodrum Turkish restaurant on Cowley Road, said they would have two TVs one in the back and one in the restaurant.

Meanwhile The Kings Arms Hotel in Chipping Norton has launched a burger menu inspired by England legends throughout the years. 

Landlord Thomas Titcombe said: “We’ve got six big screens to go alongside our special menu."