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Will it be a public holiday if England win Euro 2024? Historic Sir Keir Starmer comments offer hope

England fans are dreaming of a national holiday if the Three Lions win Euro 2024.

And previous comments from new Prime Minister Sir Keir Starmer suggest that is a real possibility.

The nation will come to a standstill when England face Spain at 8pm on Sunday nightCredit: Getty

Gareth Southgate’s men face Spain in Berlin on Sunday night after their stunning win over the Netherlands on Wednesday.

Substitute Ollie Watkins scored a dramatic 90th-minute winner to put England into their second straight European Championship final.

The nation have not tasted major tournament success for 58 years, since their only triumph at the 1966 World Cup, and victory would spark wild scenes across the country.

Many are already calling for a public holiday to mark the possible occasion – and Prime Minister Starmer was among those calls back in 2021.

As England prepared to take on Italy in the Euro 2020 final, a match they would go on to lose, Starmer was the Leader of the Opposition and called on the Conservative government to declare a bank holiday in the event of a Three Lions victory.

Speaking to the Mirror, he said: “The whole country is incredibly proud of what Gareth Southgate and our England heroes have already achieved. History has been made.

“If we win on Sunday, the country should be given the chance to celebrate properly with an extra bank holiday, granted in the name of the England team.

“I have a strong feeling, it’s coming home.”

Will Starmer back up his earlier claims of a bank holiday for an England win?Credit: Getty

Meanwhile, the union’s former general secretary Frances O’Grady supported these talks.

Speaking in 2021, she said: “If England bring it home on Sunday, the government should allow the country to celebrate by declaring a special bank holiday.

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“But it can’t just be a one-off. British workers get fewer public holidays than most of our European counterparts. The TUC has long called for more public holidays. So come on England!”

There are currently no official plans for a bank holiday if England win on Sunday and the current Labor government, elected on July 4, has not broached the subject.

Starmer is a lifelong Arsenal fan and still plays the game regularly.

On Wednesday, he was filmed taking a break from his first NATO summit to watch Harry Kane equalize from the penalty spot against the Netherlands.

The 61-year-old wrote on social media: “What a game @England and what a winner. Berlin here we come!”

It is understood Starmer will be in attendance when the Three Lions face the Spaniards at the Olympic Stadium in the German capital.

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