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Extra bank holiday for England reaching Euro final is ruled out

Boris Johnson is in talks with the FA over how to thank the Three Lions (Picture: Reuters)

Downing Street has said a bank holiday is not being considered to celebrate England’s Euro 2020 efforts.

Boris Johnson’s official spokesman said: ‘We’ll be talking to the FA to identify a suitable way for the Prime Minister to thank the players and coaching staff for their efforts.’

However, he said a bank holiday ‘is not something that is being considered’, following England’s crushing defeat to Italy in a tense penalty shootout.

The Prime Minister was thought to have been looking at making Friday, August 27 an extra public holiday if the Three Lions triumphed at Wembley last night.

However he refused to make an announcement on the issue to avoid ‘tempting fate’ and cursing the squad.

No 10 was also reportedly considering July 19 as a bank holiday day, but given how close it is, minister were concerned business wouldn’t have had enough time to prepare.

Bukayo Saka is consoled by England captain Harry Kane after their gutting defeat (Picture: AFP/Getty)
Boris Johnson wouldn’t confirm plans for a bank holiday to avoid ‘tempting fate’ (Picture: Shutterstock)

Officials were said to have already been drawing up proposals for a national-day off, but they have since ruled this out.

It comes after a petition to Parliament signed by nearly 365,000 people called for an extra bank holiday if the Three Lions won.

Refusing to rule out the possibility earlier this week, the Prime Minister said: ‘I think that would be tempting fate. Let’s see what happens.’

The petition was started by Lee Jones, who said it would be ‘beneficial and sensible’ to give the country the day off.

The England squad and manager Gareth Southgate applaud as Italy lifts the trophy (Picture: AP)

Last night saw England supporters with no tickets trying to smash through security at Wembley, fighting inside and out of the ground.

After the match, fans spilled back out onto the streets and police worked around the clock trying to contain the ensuing drunken violence and anti-social behaviour.

The PM’s spokesman said: ‘Those scenes were unacceptable and we condemn violence, anti-social behaviour and abuse in the strongest possible terms.’

When asked if Johnson thought the police response was adequate, he replied: ‘As with all major policing operations there will be lessons to be learned.’

The spokesman added that Johnson ‘does have confidence’ in Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick.

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