Tesco says it may have to close some stores early on Sunday

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Tesco plans to shut its Express stores in England early on Sunday if the Three Lions make it to the European Championship finals. England face the Netherlands tonight (Wednesday, July 10) in a semi-final clash, with the winner going on to face Spain in Berlin at 8pm on Sunday.

If England triumph in their semi-final match against the Netherlands, Tesco plans to shut its Express stores in England early on Sunday. The UK's largest supermarket chain announced that over 1,800 Express stores will close at 7.30pm instead of the usual 10pm or 11pm, allowing employees to watch the final.

Tesco explained that this decision would enable thousands of colleagues to reach home or a pub in time for kick-off, while still receiving their standard pay for those hours. Even those staff members who choose not to watch the match will receive their regular pay.

If England emerge victorious against the Netherlands, they could become the first England men's team to win a major tournament since the 1966 World Cup. As the match is scheduled for a Sunday, the retailer's larger stores in England will already be closed by kick-off time. All stores are set to reopen as usual the following morning, with most opening from 6am or 7am.

Tesco reassured customers that stores would operate as usual during the daytime on Sunday, allowing them to stock up on any essential pre-match supplies. All online orders already placed for Sunday evening would be honoured and delivered as normal, the MEN reports.

Kevin Tindall, Tesco's managing director of UK stores, announced that if the Three Lions make it to the final against the Netherlands tonight, all stores across England will close in time for Sunday's match. He said: "We will be cheering on the Three Lions tonight against the Netherlands and hope they reach a second successive Euros final.

"We appreciate just how much this would mean to so many of our colleagues, and we want them to be able to celebrate with their family and friends. So, if we make it through to the final, we will close our stores across England in time for them to get behind Gareth Southgate and the team, and we'll all be hoping that football will be coming home."

Stores in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will continue to operate as per their usual hours.