England’s historic victory over Germany in Euro 2020 is the stuff of dreams for the front pages of Wednesday’s papers, with the win doubling as a release from a 55-year football nightmare and 18 months of a gruelling pandemic.
Half of the Guardian’s front page is devoted to a euphoric image of the players celebrating Harry Kane’s goal sealing the 2-0 win, England’s first over Germany in a knockout tie since 1966.
The piece alongside the picture is headlined “Like emerging from a dream into a strange new light” as chief sports writer Barney Ronay pinpoints the lifting of a weight from the English part of the nation.
“At the end, as the crowd basked and bounced in the seats it was hard to shake the feeling of people emerging from a fever dream into some strange new light,“ 他写. “The last 18 months have been a gruelling, bruising alternative timeline. But it seems good things can also happen here too.”
The Guardian’s main story, 然而, focuses on the finsings of the Marmot report: “‘Jaw-dropping’ fall in life expectancy in poor areas”.
这 Mirror goes all-out on the football. Its front page features the same picture as the Guardian of the players celebrating with Kane, and has the headline “Time to dream” after what it calls “England’s night of glory”.
Both papers have the punning headline “It’s coming Rome” on their back pages, as they look forward to Saturday night’s quarter-final against Ukraine in the Italian capital.
这 Telegraph has an enormous picture of Harry Kane wheeling away after scoring, and the headline: “Finally something to cheer about”.
The Wembley crowd was raucous, it reports, but “wanted something more, perhaps even more so for all the football and the life they have missed in the last 16 months”. Its main lead is “Isolation hitting poor pupils hardest”.
It’s a similar Kane picture on the front of the Times with the headline “Dream result: England end their Germany nightmare”. That runs above the main splash which is “Bid to end school Covid chaos”.
这 Express also chooses to run with a picture of Harry Kane and the headline “No, it wasn’t a dream! We really did beat Germany”. But its main story concerns police action, or lack of it in the paper’s view, over the harassment of chief medical officer Chris Whitty. “Have police lost the plot?”
England’s match-winner, Raheem Sterling, gets the top billing he deserves from the 太阳 which features a picture of him celebrating his crucial first goal. The headline is an elaborate nod to the famous 1996 anthem Three Lions (Football’s Coming Home): “55 years of hurt never stopped us Raheeming!”. The back page is a picture taken from behind of England coach Gareth Southgate celebrating the win and the headline “No more looking back”.
这 Mail also devotes its entire front to the football with the headline: “By George we did it!” alongside a picture of a beaming Prince George as he sat alongside his parents at Wembley. “England erupts as we beat old foe at Wembley – ending 55 years of hurt,” the strapline adds.
这 i leads with “Jabs stockpile to help UK live with Covid” underneath another picture of Kane and the headline “Lionhearts 2 – Germany 0”.
这 Star doesn’t pass up the chance to hit a sardonic note with its splash headline of “England DON’T lose to Germany” coupled with a picture of wildly celebrating fans gathered at a large screening of the match.
Metro riffs off the quote of ‘66 with the headline: “The jinx, it’s all over” and features a triumphant Kane helping end the team’s “55-year curse”.
And we should also spare a thought for the vanquished Germans. Their footballers have inspired many self-pitying, hand-wringing Fleet Street headlines in the past but this time it’s their turn. The country’s biggest-selling paper, Bild, splashes with “Jogi, Alles Aus” (“Jogi, it’s all over”) 作为 coach Joachim Löw steps down. It also notes Thomas Müller’s shocking miss (Müller verballert Ausglleich), player Joshua Kimmich’s tears, and the royal celebrations.