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Familiar shootout heartbreak for England as Italy win Euros

It was penalty shootout heartbreak again for England and Gareth Southgate, as Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka missed from the spot in a crushing Euro 2020 final defeat to Italy.

When Jordan Pickford saved from Andrea Belotti there was real hope of a first major trophy in 55 years and ultimate redemption for Southgate, who missed a decisive spot-kick in the semi-final of Euro 96, but from the brink of glory in front of their own supporters at Wembley, England collapsed.

Rashford rolled a tame shot against the post and Sancho and Saka saw Gianluigi Donnarumma save their efforts in a 3-2 shootout defeat, sparking celebrations from the Italian players and the small but vocal cluster of their fans at the other end of the pitch.

Luke Shaw had given England a dream start, scoring his first goal for his country and the fastest of a Euros final ever, when he met a deep cross with a thumping half-volley just three minutes in. Southgate’s surprise wing-back system was causing Italy real problems but Roberto Mancini’s side wrestled control of possession and set about wearing their opponents down.

The penalty shoot-out

Player Team Outcome
Domenico Berardi Italy Scored
Harry Kane England Scored
Andrea Belotti Italy Saved
Harry Maguire England Scored
Leonardo Bonucci Italy Scored
Marcus Rashford England Missed
Federico Bernardeschi Italy Scored
Jadon Sancho England Saved
Jorginho Italy Saved
Bukayo Saka England Saved

The deserved equaliser eventually came from a set-piece, with veteran defender Leonardo Bonucci tapping in after a scramble on 67 minutes and, at 34 years old, becoming the oldest goalscorer in a Euros final. He was also one of three Italians to find the net from 12 yards at the end of extra-time to seal their second Euros crown, after their first in 1968.

For England’s players though, there was only despair. Southgate tried to console Rashford, Sancho and Saka but he knows himself how badly they’ll be feeling.

The manager will be able to talk about the progress of his young side, how they’ve made the country unite behind them in hope, and point to a chance to go again at the World Cup in 16 months’ time. But there will also be a cold, cruel realisation that England’s glorious chance to win it on their own patch was lost.

How the cup was won…

In contrast to the dejected mood of the England supporters as Italy celebrated, hours before kick-off, Wembley Way was flooded with fans, waving flares and booting footballs, drinking and chanting for their heroes. The supporters numbered far in excess of the 60,000 lucky enough to have tickets, with thousands making the pilgrimage to the national stadium to be a part of the historic occasion.

That enthusiasm and desire to support the team over-spilled on several occasions, with some trying to force their way into the stadium. They were unsavoury scenes but did not detract from the incredible atmosphere created by supporters inside the ground, with the crescendo at kick-off unlike anything the new Wembley has witnessed before.

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Italy were unchanged for the final, while England brought in Kieran Trippier for Bukayo Saka to switch to a back three.

That noise went to a whole new level just moments after the first whistle. Italy had won an early corner but England counter-attacked rapidly, with Harry Kane shuttling the ball out wide to Kieran Trippier, who delivered a fantastic cross to the back post for Shaw to lash home a brilliant half-volley.

Luke Shaw celebrates after putting England ahead against Italy
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Luke Shaw celebrates after putting England ahead against Italy

What a hit it was for his first goal for his country, and what a start to the final for England, who continued to cause real problems down the right side, with Emerson struggling to prevent Trippier from delivering two more crosses in quick succession.

The rain began to fall and the pitch quickened up, but it was still England fastest to every loose ball, sharpest with their touch and attacking with real pace. There were cheers from the England supporters as first Kalvin Phillips and then Harry Maguire confidently carried the ball out of defence past blue shirts, before sarcastic applause greeted Lorenzo Insigne’s dragged drive wide.

The jeers were more nervous when Federico Chiesa, trying to single-handedly get his side back on track, fired just past the upright on 35 minutes after a spell of Italian pressure. Mancini’s side remained on the front foot but struggled to see a way through the walls of white shirts, with Ciro Immobile’s shot blocked by John Stones and Marco Verratti’s follow up easy for Pickford.

England thought they had made another fast start at the beginning of the second half, when Raheem Sterling hit the deck in the box as he tried to wriggle past two Italy defenders but his penalty appeals were waved away and replays showed it was the forward trying to initiate contact.

He was then almost punished for a foul of his own at the other end, with Insigne clipping a free-kick just off target. The tricky winger badly miscued another effort soon after but he was the Italians’ main threat, firing at Pickford from a tight angle after being forced wide in the box by Stones and Kyle Walker.

England's goalkeeper Jordan Pickford makes a save against Italy
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England’s goalkeeper Jordan Pickford makes a save against Italy

England’s No 1 had to be even sharper to keep out Chiesa’s low drive with his left hand moments later before Stones landed his side’s first shot on target since the goal from a corner, forcing Donnarumma to tip over.

It was an Italian corner which brought the equaliser, though. The ball travelled to the back post, where Verratti directed a header at goal. Pickford managed to tip it onto the inside of his post but Bonucci reacted quickest to stick it away.

Bonucci scores equaliser for Italy in Euro 2020 final
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Bonucci scores equaliser for Italy in Euro 2020 final

Southgate’s response was to send on Saka and switch his side to 4-3-3 – but they almost fell behind when Domenico Berardi connected with Bonucci’s long pass over the top on the volley, sending his effort over with Pickford out of his goal.

The momentum seemed to be with Italy but an injury to Chiesa stalled the game and England were better for the breather, with Mason Mount combining with Shaw and crossing for Saka, Shaw firing over, and Sterling running from deep into the Italian box.

Saka looked to have broken free near the halfway line on the stroke of full-time but he was cynically hauled down by Giorgio Chiellini, who was booked, and, for the second match in a row, these teams were forced into extra-time.

Chiellini showed the more admirable side of his game five minutes after the restart, making a crucial block after Sterling drove into the box, before Phillips shot wide from the resulting corner. With England’s tails suddenly up, Jack Grealish was thrown into the action. The maverick clearly worried Italy’s defenders as soon as he got on the ball – but it was the Azzurri next to go close.

Emerson’s cross was just missed by Federico Bernardeschi and forced away by Pickford before Bernardeschi’s shot was blocked by Phillips in the next move.

England's goalkeeper Jordan Pickford makes a save in front of Italy's Federico Bernardeschi during the Euro 2020 final soccer match between Italy and England at Wembley
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England’s goalkeeper Jordan Pickford makes a save in front of Italy’s Federico Bernardeschi during the Euro 2020 final soccer match between Italy and England at Wembley

Bernardeschi hit a free-kick straight at Pickford at the start of the second half before Wembley gasped at the other end as first Grealish saw a shot in the box blocked and then a cross was just out of the reach of Stones, as Donnarumma punched clear.

The Aston Villa ace was beginning to make England tick again, despite getting Jorginho studs in his thigh during one painful collision, but by this stage attentions were turning towards the looming penalty shoot-out, with Rashford and Sancho sent on by Southgate.

Perhaps it was inevitable that England’s destiny in their first final since 1966 would be decided by what has been the major talking point of their shortcomings in these competitions in modern times. They hoped to have put their poor record from 12 yards to bed at Russia 2018 when they beat Colombia – but it was a familiar tale of despair from the spot.

Pickford had Wembley believing when he denied Belotti but Rashford and Sancho handed the advantage back to Italy and although Jorginho surprisingly missed the chance to wrap it up, Saka’s effort was saved to send the trophy Italy’s way.

See you in Qatar 22 read the advertising boards. For all the pain of this defeat, Southgate’s inspiring young side at least won’t have long to wait to go again…

Opta stats – England’s painful defeat in numbers

  • Italy have won their second European Championship title, and first in 53 years (also 1968); it’s the longest ever gap between championships in the tournament by a single nation, surpassing Spain’s 44-year wait from 1964 to 2008.
  • Italy have won their sixth major tournament title (4 World Cup, 2 Euros); among European nations, only Germany (7) have won more.
  • England have won just 22% (2/9) of their major tournament shootouts (World Cup/Euros), the lowest ratio of any European nation to have been involved in three or more.
  • Italy found themselves trailing in a game for the first time at Euro 2020, while overall they spent 65 minutes behind against England in the final, 21 more than they had been behind in their 33-game unbeaten run (in all competitions) coming into the final (44).
  • Gareth Southgate has made at least one change to the England starting XI for 37 consecutive matches, making a total of 200 changes in that time and last staying with the same starting line-up in the 2018 World Cup semi-final.
  • Against Italy, Harry Kane failed to muster a shot or create a goal-scoring chance for only the second time in his 61 appearances for England, also doing so in a friendly against Switzerland in September 2018.

England fans wild with excitement before Euros final packing streets and jumping on buses

Euro 2020 final pre-party gets underway on Wembley Way

Victory would mark the men’s football team’s first major tournament win since the 1966 World Cup success. And ahead of the nail-biting match, England fans across the country have been putting on an excited display.

Huge crowds donning England football shirts and flags gathered outside Wembley Stadium hours before the game.

People were clearly in party mode ahead of kick-off at 8pm.

Rowdy Three Lions supporters even climbed on top of a bus outside the grounds as anticipation mounts in the run-up to the match.

With the game at home, fans of England are expected to outnumber those cheering for Italy among the 60,000-strong crowd.

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England fans are going wild ahead of tonight’s bid for Euro 2020 glory (Image: PA)

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England fans across the country have been putting on an excited display (Image: PA)

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Huge crowds donning England football shirts and flags gathered outside Wembley Stadium hours before the game (Image: PA)

The British Beer & Pub Association predicts football fans will buy an incredible 7.1 million pints on Sunday.

People started lining up outside the 229 music venue in central London just before 12pm to attend an impromptu gig by The Lightning Seeds which will include a performance of the Three Lions football anthem.

Comedians David Baddiel and Frank Skinner will reunite with the band to perform their 1996 hit in front of a crowd of 200.

Kate Genery, 35, from Tunbridge Wells, Kent, said: “I’m feeling very pumped for the whole tournament. I’m riding on that wave.

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People were clearly in party mode ahead of kick-off at 8pm (Image: PA)

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Rowdy Three Lions supporters even climbed on top of a bus outside the grounds as anticipation mounts in the run-up to the match (Image: PA)

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Boisterous England fans on top of a bus outside the grounds (Image: PA)

“Considering with Covid-19, everyone’s had a shitty year. You can sense a real buzz in London today, it’s like something is about to pop.”

Meanwhile, a Twitter user shared a video showing a red flare set off at Victoria Station as chanting could be heard in the background.

And King’s Cross had to be evacuated after England fans triggered the fire alarm with red and white smoke.

In Coventry, a street has been plastered in England flag bunting ahead of the big game.

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One England supporter climbs on top of a car (Image: PA)

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A Twitter user shared a video showing a red flare set off at Victoria Station as chanting could be heard in the background (Image: TWITTER/@jess_caterson)

Resident Jordan Branfield told Coventry Live: “It’s been 55 years since they got this far and after the last 18 months we’ve had we wanted to show some community spirit.

“We’ve already put bunting and banners up on around 15 houses, the whole way down the road, and around the corner too.”

And a football-mad dad has had “Euro 2020 England winners” tattooed on his right leg.

Lewis Holden, 26, from Oldham, had the declaration permanently inked on his skin on Thursday.

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In Coventry, a street has been plastered in England flag bunting ahead of the big game. (Image: COVENTRY LIVE)

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A football-mad dad has had “Euro 2020 England winners” tattooed on his right leg (Image: SWNS)

The tattoo also says “It’s Coming Home” in huge letters, along with a picture of a trophy.

The final – which is expected to attract a record television audience – is due to kick off at 8pm and will finish by 10pm if it ends in normal time, but could end closer to 11pm if there is extra time or a penalty shootout.

The Metropolitan Police has urged fans not to come to London unless they have match tickets or somewhere booked to watch the game.

The force said it will be deploying “a great many officers and specialist units to prevent crime and disorder and respond to any incidents right across London”.

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With the game at home, fans of England are expected to outnumber those cheering for Italy among the 60,000-strong crowd (Image: PA)

Three Lions manager Gareth Southgate thanked fans for their “incredible support” throughout the tournament, which has seen England reach their first major final in more than half a century.

Captain Harry Kane said the team hope to do the nation proud when they take to the pitch.

Good luck messages have been sent by the Queen, Prince William, Boris Johnson and even Hollywood star Tom Cruise.

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Euros 2020: Krispy Kreme to give Britons a free box of 12 doughnuts each this weekend

Krispy Kreme will be giving away a box of 12 doughnuts completely free of charge to Britons on Sunday. This will mark the end of the Euros 2020 tournament, where millions of football fans worldwide will be tuning in to watch England v Italy.

Krispy Kreme launched the deal when England made it to the quarter-final round against Ukraine.

Customers were able to buy one pack of 12 doughnuts and get one free on Saturday, July 3.

Since England defeated Ukraine, the offer was again available on Thursday, July 7, when England played against Denmark in the Euros semi-final.

The offer will be made available once again – and for the last time – on Sunday.

This was to celebrate the easing of England’s lockdown restrictions.

Customers were given a free Krispy Kreme Original Glazed doughnut, which usually costs £1.10.

The doughnut company launched in the UK in 2003, opening its first store in London.

Since then, it has expanded to other British cities including Edinburgh, Leeds, and Manchester.

There are now 118 Krispy Kreme stores in the UK.

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Louise Minchin worries she ‘jinxed’ England’s Euros chances ‘Asked myself the same thing!’

Louise Minchin, 53, was left questioning her actions after a fan pointed out she may have “jinxed” England’s chances in last night’s Euro 2020. The national team ended up making it to the final after what was a very tense match, but before the semi-finals began, the BBC Breakfast host found something she believed might be a sign we would make it.

With the nation on the edge of their seats ahead of the what would be a hugely successful game, Louise took to Twitter after her stint on the breakfast show had finished.

“Never [noticed] this until today, and never walked underneath it before. @mrdanwalker #signs #EURO2020,” she wrote, alongside a photo of her under a stone wall which had 1966 engraved into it – the most historic date in English football, when the national team took home the World Cup.

So, naturally, it seemed like a good luck sign to Louise.

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Sports presenter Sally, who was reporting from the stadium, said: “I have to say, guys, just remember tonight. Because watching last night – gosh the atmosphere was amazing.

“But think about tonight though; England v Denmark, and the only people who are allowed in here are the people who live in this country already.

“So just imagine the support and that wall of noise for England – it’s going to be mad.”

Cutting back to the studio, Louise looked tetchy as she laughed: “It really is!”

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Adele shares glimpse inside home in rare Instagram post celebrating England Euros win

Her followers were subjected to crazy movement as she ran around the room in excitement.

“IT’S B***DY COMING HOME,” she captioned the footage with a series of England flags.

As with many sporting event, the comments section was divided between fans from all over the world who had tuned in to watch the Euros.

With some believing that no penalty should have been given, and others cheering on England to the end, there were more fans who were focused on something else entirely.

“My reaction when u finally give us new album,” one joked.

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‘No chance!’ Lord Sugar risks sounding 'unpatriotic' as he blasts England’s Euros hopes

Lord Sugar, 74, has admitted he thinks the England team have “no chance” of winning Euro 2020 after watching tonight’s game against the Czech Republic. The Apprentice star shared he didn’t want to sound “unpatriotic” but couldn’t help feel sceptical over the England teams chance of a victory this year.

He typed: “Very sorry to say and not wishing to sound too unpatriotic but England have no chance winning this tournament.”

In response, some agreed as they said the team looked poor this year.

One commented: “I was just thinking that. This is the worst England team I’ve ever seen.”

A second replied: “It’s like watching pensioners play. So boring. Scotland match much faster they are outplayed by Croatia.”

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Elsewhere, Former Spurs chairman Lord Sugar dubbed the failed European Super League “a joke” as he revealed his warning to Daniel Levy.

He told White and Jordan on talkSPORT: “I’m delighted that all of the [Premier League] clubs pulled back.

“Tottenham, my club, what they did was say, ‘Hold on a minute, include us, please.’

“We’re a big club, we want to come in, so don’t just leave it as the Manchester clubs, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal, we want to come in.

“I spoke to Daniel Levy and I said to him, ‘Daniel, this is not a good idea. You have an opportunity here of being magnanimous and pulling out and saying the fans don’t want it, so we’re going to come out.’

“It’s an absolute, total joke and an example of the Americans trying to take over our game.”

Lord Sugar insisted the fans were more important than any amount of money in his conversation with Levy.

He added: “All I did was send him a WhatsApp message.

“We communicate quite a lot with each other on certain things. But I said to him, ‘the fans are more important’.”

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EU face humiliating backlash after wasting millions of euros on 'ineffective' German jab

The European Union had “bet pretty big” on the Curevac vaccine, developed in Germany, and had even ordered more than 400million doses. It remains unclear what price the EU paid for these doses, but the German government admitted that it had invested more than £250million in developing the vaccine. Both Germany and the EU are facing questions over a waste of taxpayers money, amid concerns that the jab may not even secure approval from the European Medicines Agency.

German broadcaster DW’s host Ben Fajzullin said: “CureVac isn’t up to scratch. That’s the result of an interim analysis with 40,000 volunteers.”

Earlier in the year, Curevac chief executive Franz-Werner Haas had even told EU health chiefs that he expected a high efficacy return from the trials.

DW’s financial correspondent Chelsey Dulaney said: “At the beginning of the vaccine race, this was one of the most hyped-up companies out there.

“The Trump administration even tried to buy it off with a $ 1bn deal. There was a lot of interest in this vaccine.”

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She added: “But this is a spectacularly lower efficacy rate and it’s not even clear if they would get approval from medicines regulators like they say they are going to try.

“Europe had bet pretty big on this.”

CureVac’s chief financial officer Pierre Kemula insists the company had not given up on its coronavirus vaccine despite disappointing results from trials.

Chief executive Franz-Werner Haas added: “The results are sobering.

There has also been an ongoing dispute between the EU and AstraZeneca over vaccine supply.

French President Emmanuel Macron stirred up tensions after remarking that the AstraZeneca vaccine was only “quasi-effective”.

On Friday, the EU lost a legal battle in Brussels to force Anglo-Swedish drugmaker AstraZeneca to supply 120m doses of Covid-19 vaccine by the end of June.

The bloc also suffered from an initially slow vaccine rollout while the UK has raced ahead.

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Peter Levy responds to viewers annoyed by Look North Euros disruption

Stalwart BBC presenter Peter Levy has responded to viewer grievances about the disruption to the BBC Look North schedule because of Euro 2020.

The Look North anchor, 65, took to Twitter last night to respond to one regular viewer and confirmed that “it’s going to be a bit all over the places for a few weeks”.

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He promised viewers: “I’ll keep you posted on air and on here.”

Today’s local bulletins will be delayed by the Turkey vs Wales match which is being shown live on BBC One from 5pm, local news will be shown at the later time of 7.55pm.

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In the original complaint the viewer said that coverage of the Euro 2020 “messes up tv dinner watching local news at 18.30” leaving their routine in tatters.

The complainant suggested that most households now have access to BBC Wales where they believed the match should be shown so the BBC could “leave us all to enjoy fish and chips, on a comfy sofa at our usual time.”

In a sympathetic reply, Peter Levy wrote: “Yes sorry about timings, it’s going to be a bit all over the places for a few weeks.

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“I’ll keep you posted on air and on here. Tomorrow night is 7 55pm.”

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Disruption to regular broadcasts is also to be expected on Friday (18 June) when Croatia face the Czech Republic at 5pm on BBC One.

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England staff have Harry Maguire injury fear as Man Utd man sweats on spot in Euros squad

There are growing fears in the England camp that Harry Maguire may not recover from his ankle injury in time for the Three Lions’ first Euro 2020 game against Croatia, according to reports. The Manchester United defender had his season ended prematurely when he was forced off with ligament damage against Aston Villa on May 9.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side won the game 3-1 but the injury left Maguire with a race to be fit for this summer’s international tournament.

England head coach Gareth Southgate revealed on Tuesday that United were keeping their cards close to their chest regarding Maguire’s fitness.

The centre-back travelled to Poland on Tuesday for United’s Europa League final defeat against Villarreal but did not take part in an open training session that day and was then an unused substitute for the game on Wednesday.

Goalkeeper David de Gea had his crucial spot-kick saved after each player left on the pitch had scored in the penalty shootout.

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And the United skipper is sweating on his spot in the final squad as a result with it possible Southgate could pick a defender readily available for the entire tournament.

It would be a blow for England to be without Maguire, who was key during their run to the World Cup semi-final in 2018.

His headed goal helped defeat Sweden in the last-16.

While most nations have already named a 26-man squad, Southgate has chosen to only name a provisional squad so far due to uncertainty over the fitness of several stars.

Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson missed the remainder of the Premier League season after suffering a groin injury in February, but was fit enough to be named on the bench for the Reds’ 2-0 win over Crystal Palace on the final day.

Southgate has also accepted that he must nurse Maguire’s United team-mate Marcus Rashford through the tournament if the forward is selected.

Rashford has had problems with a shoulder issue recently and has played in 59 matches for club and country since September.

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Pound euro exchange rate benefitting from ‘euros weakness’ as GBP continues recent boost

The pound continuing its major boost against the euro. As the weekend approaches, sterling is holding onto its position above the 1.16 mark, something experts suggest is largely thanks to the “euros weakness”.
Though no major global events are predicted to shake the current exchange rate, traders are expected to continue to err in favour of the pound.

The pound is currently trading at a rate of 1.1618 according to Bloomberg at the time of writing.

Michael Brown, currency expert at Caxton FX spoke exclusively with Express.co.uk to share his insight into today’s rates.

“Sterling continues to trade in the mid-1.16s, benefitting on Wednesday from a touch of EUR weakness that helped to push the cross towards new highs, despite a lack of impact from a couple of notable data releases.

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“Today’s calendar is also quiet, though sterling bulls will be looking to continue their upside momentum.”

George Vessey, UK currency strategist at Western Union Business Solutions has suggested sterling’s latest growth could be due to positive news about the UK economy as the nation emerges from its third lockdown.

“UK GDP shrank by 1.5 percent in the first quarter of this year, ending a two-quarter period of growth but coming in slightly stronger than originally forecast,” he said.

“Britain’s locked-down economy caused household spending to collapse and school closures and a large fall in retail sales earlier in the quarter also weighed on output.

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“Nevertheless, the impact on the economy was much smaller than during the first lockdown when GDP plummeted by nearly 20 percent. Furthermore, the gradual easing of lockdown measures meant GDP rose 2.1 percent in March following a revised 0.7 percent increase in February.

“Economic momentum is clearly building as companies step up investment and households look to unleash record amounts of savings accumulated during the pandemic.”

He continued: “The UK’s positive growth rate differential has arguably been priced into sterling’s value, but if the Bank of England start to scale back its bond-buying programme or hint a raising interest rates sooner than expected, then this should drive sterling to fresh 2021 highs.”

For Britons eyeing up a holiday to a “green list” country from May 17, the favourable exchange rate could be tempting.

However, experts have warned not to switch money until they are absolutely certain their holiday plans will go ahead.

It is crucial to keep an eye on the latest travel restrictions both in the UK and in the holiday destination, as they can change at short notice.

Many nations are also not yet reopening their borders to Britons travelling for non-essential purposes.

James Lynn, CEO and co-founder of Currensea added: “While it’s excellent news international travel is opening up, the proposed traffic light system will mean there will still be an element of disruption this summer, both to travel companies and consumers.

“Extra caution and careful planning will be really important when it comes to planning holidays this year – and keeping abreast of the latest updates will be key.”

It isn’t just the exchange rate that Britons should keep an eye on.

“Financial safety when travelling must also be top of mind for consumers. Sudden changes and cancellations, which remain likely could put travellers at risk if the right precautions aren’t taken,” continued Mr Lynn.

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