Sir Keir Starmer issues Bank Holiday update if England win Euro 2024

The new Labour Party government has broken its silence over hopes of an extra Bank Holiday if England win the European Championships. Gareth Southgate's side will play Spain in Berlin in Germany on Sunday night in the Euro 2024 final.

The Prime Minister said he believed the country should “certainly mark the occasion” if the team is victorious. Asked if football is coming home, Sir Keir Starmer replied: “It looks like it.” The President, Joe Biden, added: “It is good news indeed, it is all because of the Prime Minister.”

“I managed to pop out from one of my sessions for just five minutes which is when I saw Harry Kane get the first goal,” Sir Keir said. "I missed the second one but it was brilliant. So on we go now, great chance. I’ve always said this team were going to go all the way so I’m really, really pleased and just good luck for Sunday.”

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Asked if there will be an extra day off if England win on Sunday, he said: “We should certainly mark the occasion, I don’t want to jinx it. I went to the last Euros final, I don’t want to go through that again. I don’t want to jinx anything but we must mark it in some way.

"But the most important thing is getting it over the line on Sunday.” Lib Dem leader Sir Ed Davey said: "The Three Lions are playing their first ever final on foreign soil, and if they bring it home, the Government should bring home a bank holiday to celebrate.

"England deserves the chance to celebrate a once-in-a-generation event. Who knows, we might even get decent weather." It comes as Gareth Southgate hailed Ollie Watkins’s momentous impact and paid tribute to his attitude.

“For Ollie to produce that moment when he did saved us another half hour and was very, very special for him, I am delighted for him,” the manager said. “[He]has trained like that every day, he has been ready for his moment and the whole group have been.”