England vs Denmark: Blackford backs Three Lions in PMQs
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Brendan O’Hara joked that children will one day be taught about how close England came to Euro 2020 glory. The MP for Argyll and Bute made the comment in the House of Commons on Tuesday.
But the SNP MP did not mention whether children would also be taught about Scotland’s exit from the competition at the group stage.
The Tartan Army finished bottom of Group D following their three games, which included a 0-0 draw against England.
Mr O’Hara made the comment as MPs considered the Dissolution and Calling of Parliament Bill, which seeks to enable UK governments to call a general election at the time of their choosing.
The MP for Argyll and Bute said: “Under normal circumstances, a debate on whether this Parliament does or does not choose to fix a term between its general elections isn’t something we’d get overly het up about.
“Indeed, we do not intend to be here much longer.
“Hopefully Scotland’s participation in UK general elections will be a thing consigned to the history books that children will learn alongside Robert Burns, William Shakespeare, the moon landings, and how England came so close to winning the European Championships.”
It comes as England takes on Denmark in the semi-final at Wembley tonight.
It is the first time the men’s team has made it to the semi-final of a European Championship since a penalty shootout defeat to Germany at Euro 96.
Prince William, who is president of the Football Association, will be among those inside the ground to watch the match.
And tens of millions of people are expected to watch the game on ITV.
Three Lions fans are expected to get through nearly 10 million pints in pubs today.
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Victory would see England head into their first major final since the 1966 World Cup.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged the England team on, saying: “Gareth Southgate and the England squad have done the nation proud in the Euros, and tonight we will all be wishing them the best of luck in getting to the final. Bring it home!”
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer added: “Gareth Southgate and the squad will have the whole nation behind them tonight.
“Both on and off the pitch, they have shown the best of England.
“There’s been only one song featured in our house since Saturday – It’s Coming Home.”
Italy await the winners of the match following a semi-final victory against Spain on Tuesday in which they triumphed on penalties when the game ended in a 1-1 draw.
The final, also at Wembley, takes place on Sunday evening.
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