Euro 2022: No 10 says ‘no plans’ to mark Lionesses win with holiday

There are “no plans” to mark England’s first major football trophy since the men’s team won the 1966 World Cup on a bank holiday, the No 10 said.

The prime minister’s official spokesman told reporters that people were encouraged to “celebrate the Lionesses’ victory” over Germany in Women’s Euro 2022 Final at Wembley on Sunday but added that there are “no plans to change the current bank holiday pattern”.

Last week, ahead of the final, Sir Keir Starmer said the country would have to get an extra bank holiday if the England women’s national football team won the tournament.

Sir Keir, who had attended England’s semi-final against Sweden at Bramall Lane in Sheffield with his wife Victoria, told the Mirror: “The whole country will be roaring for the Lionesses in Sunday’s final.

England win Euro 2022: Lionesses lift trophy in front of delirious fans

“They’ve already done us proud, but if they win it will be a truly historic achievement – one that should be marked with a fitting day of celebration where clubs can open up and promote access for women and girls.”

However, the government said at the time that a bank holiday would be a “significant” cost to the economy.

Mr Johnson was also under pressure to give workers a bank holiday last summer if England’s men’s team won the Euro 2020 championship.

Speaking ahead of the final against Italy, which ended in a penalty shoot-out for England’s men, Mr Johnson said a bank holiday would be “tempting fate”.

The Prime Minister’s spokesman also insisted Mr Johnson supports women’s football amid questions about his absence from Wembley, given he attended the men’s final in their respective competition last year and the No 10’s lack of hosting for the victorious Lionesses.

Johnson’s German counterpart Olaf Scholz and Foreign Secretary Liz Truss attended the final.

During the weekend, Johnson was celebrating his wedding with his wife Carrie in the Cotswolds.

Unlike other successful sports teams, the Lionesses will not be honored with a visit to Number 10 this week.

The England men’s cricket team was invited to Downing Street after their 2005 Ashes victory, as were the 2003 men’s Rugby World Cup winners.

The national women’s rugby and cricket teams have also been honored in the past with receptions at Number 10.

The prime minister is today at the funeral of the architect of the Northern Ireland peace process, Lord Trimble, and then takes Wednesday to Sunday off.

But the Number 10 told reporters on Monday that Mr Johnson will “definitely” want the Lionesses to get “the recognition they rightly deserve” despite not having a holiday.

Asked if the Prime Minister’s absence from Wembley reflected poorly on his stance on the women’s game, his spokesman said: “I think the public will judge the Government on the support it has given to women’s football.

“This is a government that has stood firm in terms of supporting and investing in the women’s game.

“The Prime Minister has supported the team throughout and watched the match with his family at home.”

Asked if the Prime Minister would support the Ladies for the Lionesses following their win, the spokesman said: “The Prime Minister would certainly like to see the team get the recognition they rightly deserve for their historic win.

“On the awards in particular, there is obviously a process that is a matter for the independent awards committee, but clearly the public wants to see (the) lionesses receive recognition.”

Newly crowned Euro 2022 champions England celebrated in front of thousands of fans today after winning the first major trophy in their history.

The Lionesses win 2-1 over Germany At Wembley last night 87,192 people attended the national stadium – the biggest ever attendance for any Euro game, men’s or women’s.

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