Starmer hopes for England score updates during Nato summit

Sir Keir Starmer cheers while watching England play
Sir Keir Starmer cheers while watching England play

Sir Keir Starmer has said he hopes officials will keep him updated on England’s Euro 2024 semi-final against the Netherlands as he attends a Nato summit in Washington.

The Prime Minister will be with world leaders – including his Dutch counterpart Dick Schoof – at the Nato event while Gareth Southgate’s team is in action on Wednesday evening.

After last week’s landslide election victory, Sir Keir said his advice to Southgate on leading a team to success was: “Win!”

He added that although he would not be able to watch the whole of the match, he hoped aides would pass him notes during the summit.

Sir Keir said: “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 dramatic quarter-final goal that levelled the score against Switzerland, he said: “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.”

England beat Switzerland after a penalty shootout on Saturday night. If they beat the Netherlands, they will progress to the final to face Spain, who beat France 2-1 on Tuesday night.