What the papers say – July 8

England’s historic 2-1 semi-final win over Denmark dominates the nation’s papers.

The Times leads the coverage of the thrilling extra-time victory with a picture of Harry Kane celebrating his winning goal under the headline “England make history”, as the Three Lions booked a ticket to their first final at a major tournament since 1966.

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Metro and The Daily Express also focus in on England’s long wait between finals, while the Daily Mirror says Wednesday’s victory puts an end to “55 years of hurt”.

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The i calls the win “fairytale football”.

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The Daily Mail asks “Kane you believe it”, while The Sun calls the thrill of victory “probably the best feeling in the world”.

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In a special souvenir edition of the Daily Star, the paper questions whether this is “the greatest dream ever”.

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The Guardian juxtaposes its coverage of England’s win with a story on scientists expressing alarm over the “dangerous and premature” lifting of remaining coronavirus restrictions on July 19.

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The Telegraph does similar, carrying a story on fully vaccinated passengers needing to pay for Covid tests on their return from amber list countries.

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And the Financial Times leads with the “landmark” £9 billion valuation of British fintech company Wise.

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