As the dust settles from Labour’s landslide election, the Prime Minister sets off to Germany for an even greater chance at public approval – football’s “coming home”. Such a victory would likely bolster Labour’s support as a rally-round-the-flag effect takes hold, south of the border at least.

Labour has made a confident start in office. A win this weekend in Germany would top it all off nicely, enabling the Prime Minister to say things are getting better under Labour.

In Washington, Starmer confirmed that he will be in attendance at the Olympiastadion Berlin on Sunday to watch England take on Spain. England hope to win their first major silverware since the 1966 World Cup.

England’s place in the final is already historic, given that it is the first ever final they will play on foreign soil. The running joke since the election last week has been that England are yet to lose a game, and importantly yet to miss a penalty, under a Labour government. Starmer will be hopeful this can continue.

Talk of the Euros has even reached as far as the Oval Office, with President Biden joking to the Prime Minister on Thursday night that it is “all because” of him. Starmer has hinted at the possibility of a bank holiday Monday in the event of a win against Spain. 

The timing of England’s biggest game in 58 years could be perfect for Starmer. He will be hoping that what was seen under Harold Wilson in 1966 – when England’s men last won something – will be emulated. Funnily enough that took place during a Labour government. A good omen? Perhaps. 

The Prince of Wales has also been the focus of attention in this Euros with his passion for football and his country very evident. As an Aston Villa fan, he will be particularly pleased to have seen Villa’s star striker Ollie Watkins score a stunning winning goal in the 90th minute in the semi-final against the Netherlands.

It seems as though plans are in place, in the event of a victory for the Three Lions, for Royal honours for players and Gareth Southgate. The England manager may join Sir Alf Ramsey as an eternal in England footballing folklore. 

It is still undeniable that the mood around England for much of the tournament has not been the best. England looked poor in several matches, particularly in the group stage.

Critics have argued that Southgate should have been doing far more to utilise and energise the squad’s many talented players. 

The concerns of these critics could come back to haunt the England manager on Sunday. Spain, without a doubt, have been the most impressive team of the tournament, in terms of both entertainment and productivity.

The odds will be stacked against England and the boost that Starmer seeks hangs in the balance. But, perhaps the team has come to life at the perfect time.

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