Euro 2020: Boris Johnson leads the children of England history
Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday saluted the winning England team led by Gareth Southgate as the country celebrated reaching its first major men’s soccer final in 55 years.
next Tense 2-1 semi-final victory over Denmark In front of 66,000 fans at Wembley Stadium – and millions more watching TV – England’s players halted decades of poor performance to secure a place in Sunday’s clash with Italy.
“It was nail biting,” said Johnson, who did not rule out a public holiday if England went on to win the European Championship. “It was just joyful, absolutely extraordinary. I congratulate Gareth Southgate and the whole team, I think they were amazing.”
Despite scenes of jubilation that greeted the result, England still needed extra time and a lucky recovery from a penalty initially missed by striker Harry Kane to defeat the strong Danes who were held in the match by goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.
The result was also slightly marred by accusations of questionable tactics to gain an advantage, as well as a disciplinary issue.
Danish and Italian media accused Raheem Sterling, the striker who won a penalty against England, of falling theatrical under minimal contact to achieve the penalty kick.
The referee’s decision was stopped after being reviewed by the video assistant, but Jose Mourinho, former manager of the English Premier League team Tottenham Hotspur and the new coach of the Italian club Roma, He claimed it “wasn’t a penalty” even though “the best team won”.
Italy midfielder Marco Verratti described it diplomatically as a “slightly generous penalty” but expected an “epic final”.
England fans also face scrutiny by UEFA, European football’s ruling body, which took disciplinary action after Schmeichel’s face was shoved a laser in preparation for the crucial penalty kick. UEFA also launched an investigation against England over a “disruption” during Denmark’s national anthem and the setting off of fireworks.
Sections of England’s support team have already come under fire for booing opponents’ national anthems and their former players’ anti-racism gesture of “taking the knee”.
Meanwhile, scientists have warned that the euro could be behind an increase in infections, especially among men, as people gather in stadiums, living rooms, pubs and on the streets to watch football and celebrate England’s success.
Pictures in central London after the match showed huge crowds of fans, some climbing on top of buses, gathering to celebrate with little evidence of social distancing or wearing face masks.
The Metropolitan Police said on Twitter that officers had arrested 20 people for various crimes, including public assault, as “large pockets of groups” gathered to celebrate the victory.
For coach Southgate, who became the first England coach since 1966 World Cup winner Sir Alf Ramsey to lead the national team to the final of a major international men’s tournament, support was a crucial factor.
“The fans were great all night,” he said. “I’ve never heard of new Wembley like this – ever.”
But there are fears that such widespread enthusiasm could contribute to an increase in coronavirus cases before July 19, when the government plans to do so. Almost all restrictions lifted Introduced in England to limit the spread of the virus.
In a letter to the Lancet medical journal, a group of scientists and health experts warned that the government’s plans to open up were a “dangerous and unethical experiment.”
Separate research published on Thursday showed that the reproduction number of Covid-19 in England jumped to nearly 1.9 in early July, meaning that each infected person transmits the virus to another 1.9 people. Imperial College London React-1 دراسة study, which looked at nearly 50,000 swab tests taken between June 24 and July 5, found that men were 30 percent more likely to be at risk.
“It is possible that watching football leads to men engaging in more social activity than usual,” Stephen Riley saidProfessor of Infectious Disease Dynamics at Imperial.
He said the euro increases the likelihood that people will meet indoors more frequently.
A peak viewership of 27.6 million viewers saw England beat Denmark on ITV, STV and online via the ITV Hub, narrowly ahead of the 27.5 million audience who watched England’s loss to Croatia in the 2018 World Cup semi-finals.
Kate Nichols, chief executive at Hospitality UK Trade, said she welcomed the government’s decision to extend opening times for pubs on Sunday night so that “fans can watch – and hopefully celebrate – [final] in safe, supervised environments.
government and London mayor Sadiq Khan It considers options for “safe” celebrations in the event of England’s victory over Italy.
However, to beat England, you must beat the Italian team that was undefeated in 33 matches and was fresh from the trance Beating Spain on penalties In the other semi-finals on Tuesday night, many Belgians are in the quarter-finals.
“It is difficult, as always, to score goals in the goal of both teams, and without a doubt they deserve to be in the final, having beaten two great teams to reach Belgium and Spain,” Southgate said. “So it’s the biggest possible test we can run.”