The delight of England’s footballers reaching a major final for the first time in 55 years is celebrated on the front pages of the newspapers, combined with satisfaction that the team has finally succeeded.
The headline in the Mirror simply reads “Finally,” emphasizing that Harry Kane’s winning goal means that “after 55 years of suffering, Harry and his heroes finally overcome the Danish…”
“Now it’s time to match the heroes of 1966.”
“And finally,” the Express writes, “now bring on Italy!” beneath a photo of the team celebrating Kane’s winning goal, which was scored on the rebound after his penalty was saved by Danish goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.
Under the title “Perhaps the best feeling in the world,” The Sun parodies the renowned advertising slogan of the Danish beverage Carlsberg.
The front page of the Guardian is dominated by a photo of Kane wheeling away triumphantly after his goal, with the headline “Englands dreaming: now final awaits for first time since ’66” atop a column by Jonathan Liew encapsulating the nation’s dreams.
“For this country’s long-suffering fans, there are still grimmer agonies ahead,” he adds, referring to Sunday’s final against Italy.
But here, today, beneath dark sky and dazzling lights, England made us happy.” Guardian top page, Thursday, July 8, 2021 – England’s dreaming: now final awaits for first time since ’66 pic.twitter.com/VM7eOr0Hl0 — The Guardian (@guardian) July 7, 2021 The Telegraph takes a long look back to the legendary World Cup triumph of 1966 with the heading “The history boys” over another photo of the goal censer.
Inside the paper, there’s also a 12-page extra.
The front page of tomorrow’s Daily Telegraph: ‘The history boys’#TomorrowsPapersToday Join up for the Front Page newsletter: https://t.co/x8AV4Oomry pic.twitter.com/228bBRRRrc — The Telegraph (@Telegraph) July 7, 2021
“England is in a final — a final!” opens Henry Winter’s match report, “and they are the oddest, rarest, and most beautiful of words to write, read, or even imagine.” “Make you believe it,” writes the Mail, describing a “night of drama” in which the team had the country on the edge of their seats.
The i salutes “Fairytale football,” while the Stars splash asks, “Is this the best fantasy ever?” as it emphasizes the supporters’ experience on the first page.
STAR: Is this the best fantasy ever #TomorrowsPapersToday pic.twitter.com/bwLHGHGNns — Neil Henderson (@hendopolis) July 7, 2021 Just the Financial Times (@hendopolis) of the London editions defies the football lure.
Its first issue opens with the headline “Fintech Wise valued at up to PS9 billion following record London direct listing.”
It’s a different story north of the border.
The Scotsman’s front page headline is “Lockdown easing at risk as hospitals struggle,” but there is a photo of England manager Gareth Southgate celebrating the victory.
THE SCOT: Lockdown easing at risk as hospitals struggle #TomorrowsPapersToday pic.twitter.com/blqCYytyHv — Neil Henderson (@hendopolis) July 7, 2021
In Denmark, things were different.
The headline on the first page of the news website Politiken read, “The adventure is ended.”