Fans were overjoyed to win their first game against Croatia and celebrated in Trafalgar Square, London (Image: REUTERS)

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There was an amazing atmosphere in the Trafalgar Square fanzone as England fans celebrated – they were all key workers.

From doctors and nurses to train drivers, firefighters and police officers they all played their part during the covid-19 pandemic.

And they were so grateful to the authorities for giving them special tickets.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan paid tribute saying: “I want to pay tribute to our heroic Londoners who kept us going through the past 15-16 months through the darkness and through the trauma.

Dr Michael Wanis, 34, is a urology doctor from Hove who works in Brighton, and Francesca Miller, 28, is a specialist gynaecology nurse working at Kingston Hospital and living in Sunbury, have been dating for a year.

Dr Michael Wanis and nurse Francesca Miller enjoy the match
(Image: David Dyson)

He said: "I'm really excited. It's nice that they've allowed this to happen.

“It's a beautiful day and it's nice to have this kind of opportunity.

Lockdown has been `awful. It's great to come out, watch the England match, and it's really lovely that it's free.”

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Graham Humphrey, 62, who works at the London Ambulance Service in Deptford said: "We're really excited. It's been really busy for us, all the key workers, my wife works in a school and it's been very difficult.

"This is great because it's a lovely bit of normality.

Partners Glenn Cramer, 44, a train driver from Essex, and Theresa Shiston, 46, a London Underground driver from Essex

She said: "I think after being able to work rather than being furloughed, at least you've been able to come out and have a little bit of normality.

Firefighters Toby (left) and Harry were also in the crowd
(Image: David Dyson)

England football fans at a fan zone in Trafalgar Square celebrate win against Croatia
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"I feel lucky that I haven't been locked up."

He said: "There's a certain amount of pride in what you do, in getting people where they need to go. Hospitals are very busy and knowing you were helping to get doctors and nurses in, I was proud to do what I've been doing.

She added: "It's a really nice atmosphere."

Toby, 19, a firefighter from South London, said: "I'm just glad that we can all be here as key workers – I'm buzzing. It's a great atmosphere."

Police officer Daniel Hudson (right) with a colleague enjoyed the game
(Image: David Dyson)

Daniel Hudson, 23, a Metropolitan police officer in central London, said: “We've all had a torrid year and getting on with it

"It's different working conditions.

"From the outside people look at us, and NHS has been the focal point and they've been superb.

"We've been doing our own thing and keeping things going.

"Expectations might have changed a little bit but we've grown as a force and come together to do some good."