Although it may seem like a temptation of fate, English fans are starting to dream about what could happen if the Three Lions actually manage to do the unthinkable and win a major international football tournament.
That remains a big ‘if’ for now, with Gareth Southgate’s men facing a tough Euro 2020 final clash with Italy after beating Denmark 2-1 at Wembley on Wednesday night.
The Italians played some good football at this year’s Euro, beating former World Cup winner Spain in the semi-finals on Tuesday and have already deployed all the tricks of the book to beat ranked Belgium FIFA World No. 1, running the clock with unlikely injury claims. and opera protests, frustrating their opponents at every turn and ultimately reserving their passage with a 2-1 victory.
But England have also been very impressive at times in this tournament, beating former German rivals 2-0 in the second round and winning 4-0 against Ukraine in the quarter-finals in Rome, appearing both organized and unusually imperious.
If he did come to the house, the celebrations across the country would surely be crazy. Remember the euphoric scenes of fans climbing the rooftops of bus stops and climbing the lampposts when we beat Sweden in the World Cup quarter-finals three years ago?
They’ve already ascended the Shaftsbury Memorial Fountain to Piccadilly Circus and surfed the mirrors of London buses this time around.
With the more hysterical already pondering the prospect of ceremonial swords anointing the shoulders of Sir Harry Kane and Sir Raheem Sterling, a statue of Declan Rice OBE is hastily erected outside London Stadium and babies named “Jordan “are overcrowding maternity hospitals next April, a public holiday is surely not out of the question?
Such an event would be announced by a royal proclamation from the queen, according to the House of Commons Library, although the suggestion must have come from Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who has rushed to partner with the team’s success so far in this tournament, suggesting it could happen. , although so far he has stopped short of urging companies to give their staff with hangovers a compassionate day off.
“By convention, the queen acts on the advice of the ministers. The Ministry of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is the ministry responsible for public holidays, ”explains the Parliament’s website.
There was certainly a clamor for a public holiday to be announced in honor of the Southgate squad during the Russia World Cup, when then Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn and Shadow Secretary of State Emily Thornberry called for one and 200,000 fans signed a petition demanding the same.
Even though one is not officially declared – Prince Philip’s death earlier this spring did not result in a day to officially mourn his passing, remember – it is possible that individual companies may choose to donate to their employees on a day off, as the Prime Minister suggests, as a motivating gesture to boost morale or a reward for their hard work and resilience during the coronavirus pandemic.
An open-top bus tour through London’s West End allowing the team to celebrate with fans in the nation’s capital and showcase the trophy would normally be the norm, but how desirable that would be with the increase in Covid-19 case is highly questionable, given the large crowds such a spectacle would surely attract.
However, this is precisely how England celebrated the 2003 Rugby World Cup victory and how our cricketers cheered to be reunited with the ashes in 2005, en route to an audience with Her Majesty at Buckingham Palace. either way, so the call for it to happen again would be intense.
Even Sir Bobby Robson’s defeated semi-finalists of Italy 90 were held a ceremony in Luton on their return, after all, an event attended by 300,000 supporters who lined the streets of downtown to once again welcome their fallen heroes.