In Pictures: Frenzied fans ready for football final
Across England football fans have been savouring the run-up to a game that could see the country crowned champions of Europe.
Houses have been bedecked with flags amid a surge in demand for England-themed paraphernalia, the Shard in London was lit up in the team colours, and the anthemic Three Lions song was projected on to the White Cliffs of Dover.
The final – which is expected to attract a record television audience – is due to kick off at 8pm and will finish by 10pm if it ends in normal time, but could end closer to 11pm if there is extra time or a penalty shootout.
Victory would mark the men’s football team’s first major tournament win since the 1966 World Cup success, which also took place at Wembley Stadium in London.
Skipper Harry Kane said the players hope to do the nation proud when they take to the pitch: “We know how much it means to the English fans all over the country so we’re proud to be representing them and hopefully we can do them proud again.”
Despite the English home advantage, Italian fans will be attending Wembley too and hoping their team will continue their 32-match unbeaten run.
Thousands of civil servants are to be encouraged to add pronouns to their email sign-offs under plans for a transgender inclusivity drive, despite a backlash from staff. The Scottish Government is backing proposals that would ask its 8,000 workers to take a “pronoun pledge” under which they would add terms reflecting their gender identity, such as she/her or he/him, to signatures at the bottom of every work email. Some people who class themselves as non-binary prefer pronouns such as they/them,
A recruitment manager who plotted to smuggle more than £5 million from the UK to Dubai when she was cash-strapped on furlough has been jailed. Tara Hanlon, 30, was stopped at Heathrow Airport as she attempted to board a flight with five suitcases filled with cash totaling £1.9 million. Hanlon, who was furloughed from her job as an operations manager at Leeds recruitment firm Goodall Brazier last March, had also discussed recruiting others to the scam, Isleworth crown court heard.
Boris Johnson lifted the vast majority of the remaining Covid-19 restrictions in England on July 19, as the country moved to step four of its coronavirus lockdown roadmap. Every adult in the UK should have had the chance to have both doses of a coronavirus vaccine by mid-September, the Government said. The government has said it was not expecting work in offices to be completely back on July 19.
Tom Dean stormed to victory in the men’s 200 metres freestyle and Great Britain were left to celebrate a famous one-two after Duncan Scott collected silver at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre. Dean, who twice contracted coronavirus last year, was third heading into the final 50 metres while Scott was down in sixth at the halfway stage, but the pair finished strongly. Dean finished in a time of one minute and 44.22 seconds, edging out his British compatriot by 0.04secs, with Brazil’s Fernando Scheffer claiming bronze a further 0.4s back.
British holidaymakers continue to sit tight as they wait for the latest review of the UK’s travel restrictions amid increasing Covid cases in popular tourist hotspots. Sunseekers have seen plans scuppered over the past few months as countries move between the various traffic light categories of the UK’s travel list. When is the next UK travel review?
Major delay in Australian government’s Novavax deal, with 51m doses not expected until 2022. Initially touted as a ‘primary’ vaccine to help immunise Australia by the end of this year, Novavax will now form part of the booster strategy
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SNP ministers have been accused of "shameless spin" after contradicting official figures to claim they had not missed their own Covid vaccination targets. Nicola Sturgeon declared that it was “a fact” that her goal of fully vaccinating everyone in their 40s by Monday had been met, and accused her opponents of engaging in “childish politics” by suggesting otherwise. However, Public Health Scotland data showed that just 76.6 per cent of people in the group were fully protected. Ms Sturgeon argued
Georgia Taylor-Brown overcame a puncture to win silver for Great Britain in a wet women’s triathlon as Flora Duffy became Bermuda’s first ever Olympic champion. Taylor-Brown went into the race as the reigning world champion and one of the favourites for the title but had to play catch-up on the 10 kilometres run after getting a flat tyre on the last lap of the bike leg. She quickly caught team-mate Jess Learmonth, who finished ninth, and Germany’s Laura Lindemann and then reeled in American Katie Zaferes to match fellow debutant Alex Yee’s achievement in the men’s race and win Britain’s seventh triathlon medal in the last three Games.