Nobody wants to jinx it by making presumptuous plans. But behind the scenes the Football Association is trying to work out in the midst of a pandemic how to celebrate should England now do what it hasn’t done in 55 years – win a major tournament.

One solution being considered is a massive party at Wembley Stadium that fans will have to wait until September to enjoy. It’s a proposal likely to dismay impetuous supporters.

Any such delay will also put pressure on the authorities – both at the FA and in Government – to urgently rethink Covid rules to allow a celebration to go ahead sooner.

The FA let it be known yesterday that Covid-19 rules currently prevent any large-scale celebration in the immediate aftermath should England be crowned European champions on Sunday.

A spokesman said: “There are currently no plans for a parade or an event due to Covid,” before pointing out there was still a semi-final and final to win first.

The nation’s expectations have been raised by wins over Germany and the four-nil defeat of Ukraine on Saturday night, a game watched by 20.9 million BBC television viewers and a further 5.2 million who live streamed it on BBC iPlayer and BBC Sport online. 

Fans celebrate England's 4-0 Euro 2020 victory over Ukraine in Rome

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The FA said on Sunday it was working with Uefa, European football’s governing body, to make more tickets available to England fans for the semi-final.

 The only Danish supporters able to attend will be those resident in the UK due to strict isolation rules in place for travellers from ‘amber’ countries. 

Well-placed sources said – in the event of winning the tournament – an open-top parade on a bus through central London was prohibited by Covid legislation and so too suggestions of a ticket-only event at the national stadium.

“There are no plans and discussions for anything at this stage,” said the FA source.

Oliver Dowden, the Culture Secretary, would have to issue emergency approval for any such party to be hosted under the Government’s Events Research Programme, the pilot study that monitors any spread of Covid at indoor and outdoor arenas. 

Wednesday’s semi-final against Denmark is already included in the research programme, allowing up to 65,000 fans to attend. The same rules will allow a similar sized crowd at the final.

Well-placed sources within the FA scotched the suggestion that an open-top parade could take place on July 19, the new date for Freedom Day when Covid restrictions are due to be lifted. 

Supporters partied into the night after securing a place in the semi-finals

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The source said the eight-day wait from the final on July 11 would be too long for players, who by then will be on a much needed break.

England’s footballers have been playing almost non-stop since June last year when football resumed, and face a new season that begins on August 7 with the traditional Charity Shield curtain-raiser and the Premier League starting a week later.

Players are due to go home immediately after the tournament, leaving them a small window for a holiday before pre-season training commences. It is expected a sizeable proportion of the squad is likely to be abroad by July 19.

It is understood one option for a celebration could be a ticketed event or, more likely, some form of fanfare around England’s next home game at Wembley, currently scheduled for September 5.

Reports have suggested tickets for the semi-final with Denmark are being offered for sale on the black market for as much as £20,000.