Jeremy Corbyn has called for a day off should England win the World Cup.
The team are now through to the quarter-finals but had to face Colombia on penalties after yesterday’s match (July 3) went to extra time. England eventually won 4-3 with Jordan Pickford saving a shot, and Colombia’s Mateus Uribe hitting the bar.
Speaking after Prime Minister’s Questions earlier today (July 4), a spokesperson for the Labour leader said Corbyn had watched the penalty shootout and was backing the party’s calls for a bank holiday if England lifted the trophy at the end of the tournament. Shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry originally suggested the idea.
“We don’t want to get ahead of ourselves, but I think it is the case that Jeremy believes that if England were to win the World Cup there should be a public bank holiday in celebration,” the spokesperson said. “The World Cup is a very special international competition.
“It’s something that brings people together on a very large scale and we need recognition of that and recognition of the importance of football in the country.”
During Prime Minister’s Questions, PM Theresa May commented on England’s victory. “The country witnessed a very rare and welcome event last night – the England football team winning a penalty shootout. I think the explosion of relief and, most of all, joy could be felt up and down the country, not just in the smoking room in the House Of Commons.”
Meanwhile, the official World Cup song for 2018 was made by Will Smith and Diplo. ‘Live It Up’ also features Nicky Jam and Kosovan singer Era Istref.