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Thousands of England and Scotland fans have descended on central London in the pouring rain ahead of the teams' clash at Wembley tonight.

Supporters wearing their country's shirts, flags and, in some cases, kilts have been chanting, singing and playing bagpipes at Leicester Square, Kings Cross and Hyde Park.

The crowds appeared to ignore social distancing rules as they prepared for the big game.

Tensions rose as young England fans confronted Scottish supporters in Wembley Way, although police intervened and separated the fans before things escalated.

Meanwhile, a Scotland fan was filmed being knocked down by a motorbike while stumbling across a road in the capital, although he managed to get to his feet and walk away.

England faces Scotland at Wembley Stadium tonight
(Image: Phil Harris)

Other Scotsmen were seen flashing their genitals in the capital, with one revealing himself on the underground while doing the worm in a kilt.

Another stripped naked in Hyde Park and was escorted away by a group of police officers.

Tonight's much-anticipated match, which will be 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.

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

A Scottish supporter was filmed being knocked down by a motorbike in the capital

Another Scotsman stripped naked in Hyde Park ahead of the game
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Speaking near Kings Cross, Mr Foulis said he had been waiting for the match since the 1998 World Cup in France, where Scotland played their last major tournament, but his ex-wife didn't let him go.

Ecstatic that his now 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."

Thousands of England and Scotland fans have descended onto the streets of London ahead of tonight's match
(Image: Phil Harris)

Scottish footie fans in Leicester Square, London
(Image: Phil Harris)

England supporter Jamie Powell, 24, said: "The atmosphere on the way here was electric. Everyone was singing.

"It was really positive vibes. You see both sets of fan singing. It'll just be quite an enjoyable night for everyone.

"Even though it's a big game I don't think it matters with the England/Scotland rivalry, it's going be good one."

Scotland fans wearing kilts as the excitement builds for tonight's match
(Image: PA)

Scottish spirits have not been dampened in the rain
(Image: PA)

A Scotland fan called Gary said supporters had likely made an 'educated assessment of the risk' before travelling down to watch the match.

Commenting on the crowds, he added: "It was inevitable, regardless of restrictions in place. You can't stop the masses coming down to celebrate a once in a generation event.

"We're in a situation where we've had enough vaccinations so we have some protection. Obviously there's the risk with the Delta variant, but I think there's been an educated assessment of the risk.

"Of course you want everybody to go and enjoy themselves."

The Met Police's football chief warned fans not to travel to Wembley without a ticket
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Another fan Mark Graham said: "It's a pity but it looks like Scotland will make their own fan zones.

"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 tonight.

Fans are predicted to buy 3.4 million pints during the game, while a total of 14.8 million will be sold across England and Scotland on match day, according to estimates by the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA).

This comes as the Met Police's football chief warned fans not to travel to Wembley without a ticket.

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."

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He said officers have been reminding fans that some Londoners are "still living under the fear of the pandemic", adding that spreading the Met's resources between fighting crime and policing the football is "a balancing act".

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has echoed the warning for Scottish fans to stay away from London, adding that coronavirus is not a fan of Scotland or England's men's football team.

She said: "I know these precautions are tiresome for everybody in every context and they're particularly tiresome when people are trying to enjoy the normal pleasures of a football match.

"But this virus, it doesn't care about football – it's not a Scotland fan or an England fan, it only cares about spreading from one person to another."