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Keir Starmer has hinted that there could be a Bank Holiday on the cards if England wins the Euros.

The new Prime Minister, speaking on BBC, admitted that if Gareth Southgate’s men emerge triumphant in Sunday’s final against, Spain, then his Government will have to “mark” the occasion.

Speaking on ITV, he said: “Well we should certainly mark the occassion, I don’t want to jinx anything.

“I went to the last Euros final, I don’t want to go through that again.

“We must mark it in some way but the most important thing is getting it over the line on Sunday.”

Last year, Sir Keir called for there to be a Bank Holiday if the Lionesses won the women’s World Cup.

Gareth Southgate says England must be “exceptional” in and out of possession if their first final on foreign soil is to end in Euro 2024 glory against team of the tournament Spain.

The Three Lions will face Spain on Sunday after Ollie Watkins’ increidble strike secured a 2-1 win over the Netherlands in Wednesday night’s semi-final.

This is the first time an English men’s team has made it to a major final overseas and a second successive continental final for a side that lost on penalties to Italy at the end of the last edition.

Spain are the bookmakers’ favourites to triumph in Berlin, where Southgate will attempt to mastermind England men’s first continental crown having fallen agonisingly short in the Euro 2020 final.

Asked if facing offensive, possession-focused teams suits England better than defensive outfits, the manager said with a smile: “Well, we have to get the ball off them first!

“It’s not as simple as us having the ball and making them run. I mean, they press very, very well, so we’re going to have to be exceptional with the ball, and we’re going to have to be exceptional without it.

“But it’s a final, you expect it to be that way. They’ve been the best team. We’re starting to show a better version of ourselves.

“The extra day is a concern. You know, in the last few tournaments that’s been a problem for finalists, so we’ve got to do the very best we can to recover the players as well as we can.

“But we’re not going to be on the training ground. That’s simple. We’ll be walking through things or delivering things in meetings, which was the same for this game.

“But we’re in there and with what we’ve shown to this point we have as good a chance as they do.”

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