- Tom Cruise watched England take on Italy in the Euro 2020 final with David Beckham.
- After England scored in the second minute of the game, Cruise was seen fist bumping Beckham.
- England lost the match on penalties, having drawn 1-1 with Italy after regular time.
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The Euro 2020 final was watched by an audience of 31 million people in the UK alone – a figure that doesn’t even include streaming.
Among those who were lucky (or unlucky) enough to see England lose to Italy fall in a penalty shootout at Wembley were former England soccer superstar David Beckham and an unlikely match buddy: Tom Cruise.
Though the team eventually lost, England had got off to a flying start, scoring in just the second minute with a thundering half volley from left back Luke Shaw.
The nation erupted as the goal went in and viewers watched as the cameras cut to Beckham and Cruise in the audience, who celebrated with a fist bump so A-list that it’s rumored to be nominated for an Oscar next year.
-THE NBA Hustle ???? (@TheNBAHustle) July 11, 2021
“Luke Shaw has David Beckham and Tom Cruise fist bumping. Your left back could never!” One fan tweeted.
Meanwhile, sports journalist Nick Harris pointed out that the pair were seated in close proximity to FIFA president Gianni Infantino who had traveled from Brazil – a country on the UK’s travel red list (meaning you must quarantine in a managed hotel upon return – less than 24 hours ago “and really shouldn’t even be at Wembley.”
-Nick Harris (@sportingintel) July 11, 2021
Under an agreement between Uefa and the British government, certain soccer VIPs were allowed to skip the quarantine in order to attend the matches at Wembley, The Times of London reported.
Around 2,500 VIPs per match were allowed into the country to watch the games under the provision that they remained in a social “bubble” and attended only the game during their visit.
In December of last year, Cruise was at the center of media attention after audio leaked of the actor ranting at crew members on the “Mission: Impossible 7” set for breaking COVID-19 safety protocols.
He later stood by the tirade, telling Empire magazine: “I said what I said. There was a lot at stake at that point.”
Cruise had enjoyed a packed out day of British sport – attending the Wimbledon Men’s Singles final earlier that afternoon.
He was joined by Kate Middleton, who also made the dash from Wimbledon to Wembley where she met her husband Prince William and her son Prince George, a noted soccer fan.