Stock football netting image. Picture: Pixabay.

The RSPCA is bracing itself for an increase in wildlife caught in sports netting in the wake of Euro 2020 fever.

Football netting has gone up in back gardens and sports fields resulting in the entrapment of some animals.

An RSPCA spokesman said the charity had already received more reports about dangerously entangled foxes and other wild animals than this time last year.

In just three weeks of last month, the animal charity said it had received at least 30 netting entanglement reports – 20 of which related to foxes or fox cubs and the remainder being hedgehogs, deer, rabbits and birds.

Last year there were 79 netting reports in Norfolk.

The charity is urging people to remove and store all nets after games and put any discarded or old netting safely in a bin.

Any garden fence netting should be replaced with solid metal mesh, the charity has urged.