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Sir Keir Starmer tempted destiny by joking that the England staff had an ideal report on penalties below his authorities.

Ahead of tonight’s semi-final, the Prime Ministersaid his recommendation to supervisor Gareth Southgate was: “Win!”

Sir Keir, who’s i Washington for the Nato summit, stated he hoped aides would cross him notes throughout his conferences with world leaders to replace him on the rating on gthe match in opposition to the Netherlands,

He informed reporters: “I understand our phones are all taken off us when we go into the Council, so I’ve no doubt we’ll be passed lots of notes with really important information about the summit, and one or two of those notes hopefully will be an update on the score, because I’m not going to be able to get it otherwise.

“I’ve sent a message to the team, obviously I wish them well, I want them to win, and let’s hope they can do it tomorrow.”

Asked about Bukayo Saka’s sensational quarter-final equaliser in opposition to Switzerland, he stated: “That was classic Bukayo cuts in from the right and that shot is absolutely classic – inside of the post – I’ve seen it so many times.

“And I’d remind you, England have not missed a penalty under a Labour government in 2024.”

Sir Keir is hoping to seek out just a few spare minutes to look at the match in between conferences.

Southgate says England are able to make historical past by reaching a primary last on overseas soil.

After topping their group, the Euro 2020 runners-up wanted a shocking Jude Bellingham strike to save lots of their blushes in opposition to Slovakia earlier than beating Switzerland on penalties.

England at the moment are making ready for a 3rd semi-final in 4 main tournaments, with Ronald Koeman’s Netherlands standing between them and a second successive European Championship last.

Southgate has been criticised for his staff’s model regardless of getting this far and the supervisor revealed the detrimental temper across the staff impacted the gamers in the course of the group stage.

“There’s been a definite shift,” the England boss stated on the eve of the Signal Iduna Park showdown.

“I was really interested (because) as a coach sometimes you take a step back and you observe.

“One of the strengths of us over the last seven, eight years has been less fear, less inhibition.

“But I think at the beginning of the tournament, the expectation weighed quite heavily and of course the external noise was louder than it’s ever been.”

“I felt we couldn’t quite get ourselves in the right place and, in the end, what was impressive was that the players ground it out, they ground results out and found ways to win,” he added.

“I felt that shifted once we got into the knockout stage and definitely in the quarter-final. I thought we saw a better version of us with the ball, freer.

“I’m not sure any of the messaging changed, but I just felt the group changed.

“You’re now into that moment in the tournament where it’s what’s possible, what’s achievable, rather than what might go wrong.

“This is now the chance to make history, which we’ve enjoyed doing.

“A chance to get to a first final not held in England – first time England will have ever done that.”