when this is bbc news. when i'm shaun ley — the headlines at 10:00pm: england's footballers have arrived at their hotel near london ahead of tomorrow's match against italy in the final of euro 2020. ahead of the historic match their manager gareth southgate says his team want to �*bring the trophy home�* it always comes back to tomorrow and we are here to win. it always comes back to tomorrow and we are here to win. italy are unbeaten in 33 games — they've now arrived in the uk, hoping to win their second euros trophy. in other news — fully vaccinated nhs staff could be let off having to self—isolate after contact with someone with covid — to try to tackle staff shortages. and, at wimbledon, world number one ashleigh barty has won her first ladies singles title — she beat the eighth seed karolina pliskova in three sets.
hello and welcome to bbc news. the queen has sent a message of support to the men's england football team, ahead of their euro 2020 final against italy tomorrow night. if they win, it would be their first major tournament victory since the 1966 world cup. the italian side arrived in london earlier today, while gareth southgate�*s squad had their final training session at st george's park , before taking a two hourjourney by coach to their north london hotel where they arrived earlier this evening. speaking from the hotel, the england manager praised the home support, and said his players
would give everything to win their first european championship. it has been fantastic to have obviously a letter from the queen, letter from the prime minister to all of the team. and the recognition that the players and all of the staff of gone about this on the right way. we had a fabulous reception when we left saint georges, all the local villagers had come out and were lining the route and people pulled over in lay—by is in so you got more a sense of what is going on outside the bubble. but it always comes back to tomorrow. we are in a final and we are here to win.
so everything, it is important how we represented people and we are pleased that legacy has been there. but now we want to go and bring the trophy home to everybody. the england captain harry kane said the players were determined to deliver the fans their first major trophy in 55 years. that is the challenge. we have been, we have the opportunity to my own identity the fans in the street, like they have been commencing the reception that we have and as we were leaving, just showing us how big of an occasion it is. in russia we were over there and we are in our own bubble and we could see videos of what it was like back home but we could only experience that ourselves and even this camp, obviously, we have been onto the next one, onto the next one, just focusing on the next game, what we have done for
this final but it is great to see the reception we are getting and we know how much it means to the fans all over the country so we are proud to be representing them and hopefully we can do them proud again tomorrow night. italy will be looking to win a second european championship tomorrow night. the italian manager robert mancini said his side will need to be at their best to beat england. translation: there's great passion for football in england just _ as there is in italy. england have been very unfortunate in the past in world cups and european championships. they've always boasted good teams just as they do now. they have a top side. i think it will be a wonderful match in front of a packed house.
and i think that's wonderful news for football—lovers everywhere. so, i think it will be a great day, it will be a great day to play this match. and we know they have a lot of quality. so, we'll see how the game pans out. if england have made it to the final, it shows that they're a great side. italy's captain, giorgio chiellini, who at the age of 36 could make his last international appearance in tomorrow's euros final. he said his team mates would need to keep a cool head if they are to beat england at wembley. matches like tomorrow night are games that might not come again in the league career of a player so very fortunate to be involved in matches like these. and even before the semifinal the head coach has tried to really take the sting out of things in terms of nerves because of course we are very tens going into a match like this. we are all well aware
of what the game is, there is no need to necessarily highlight that but you need to just try to dampen some of the enthusiasm. when you go into final. that goes for us in the same goes for england. it is only natural that will be the situation. we need to really thrive and savour this occasion. and when we met up before the competition i said we needed just a hint of madness and cool heads and that has brought us this far and hopefully it can take hours to win the competition. in a moment we'lljoin martine croxhall and viewers on bbc one for a full round up of the day's news. first, more on tomorrow's final at wembley. the england winger, raheem sterling has been one the side's stand—out performers this tournament, silencing his critics with crucial goals and assists. earlier i spoke to one of his former coaches, paul lawrence, and got his memories about working with a young raheem
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the. tonight, gareth southgate said they're here to win. it's been opportunities to make history every time we've played, it seems. so, we've done that, the players have done that, and, yeah, we're looking forward to the challenge. millions of england fans are getting ready to cheer on their team, as they face italy at wembley. doctors warn that people should remain cautious when covid
restrictions ease in england, as cases continue to rise. world number one ashleigh barty wins her maiden wimbledon final, becoming the first australian women's champion for 41 years. i didn't sleep a lot last night. i was thinking of all the what ifs, but i think when i was coming out on this court i felt at home in a way, and i think being able to share that with everyone here, to share with my team is incredible. good evening. the queen has sent a message of support to the men's england football team, ahead of their euro 2020 final against italy tomorrow night. her majesty said she hoped history would record the team's success, but also "the spirit,
commitment and pride" with which they had conducted themselves. she said she had seen what a major tournament victory had meant to the players 55 years ago, when england won the 1966 world cup. gareth southgate's squad had their final training session at st george's park in staffordshire this morning. tonight, the england manager said they were here to win. our sports editor, dan roan, is at wembley. that is right. the moment that english football has been waiting so long for, is almost upon us. will all those years of hurt, finally end for the national team here, at wembley tomorrow? gareth southgate has been completing his final preparations but in truth, there is a limit to what he can do now, it is ever to the player, they must try and find a way to deal with the unique pressure that comes with a match of this magnitude, and occasion, simply the biggest game of their lives. southgate has urged them to remain calm and come poled and block out the noise, the hype
and block out the noise, the hype and excite. but as today has shown us, that will not be easy. but as today has shown us, that will not be easy. how's this for a sendoff? england, leaving their st george's park training base this afternoon, for their lastjourney before the team's biggest match for more than half a century. it's coming home! later, a heroes' welcome as the team arrived at their hertfordshire hotel. just imagine if they win. the local villages had come out, lining the route, and people pulled over in lay—bys. so, you've got more of a sense of what is going on outside the bubble that we've been in. but it always comes back to tomorrow. you know, we're in a final, and we're here to win. having had almost a full squad to choose from through these euros, today, some concern for southgate. midfielder phil foden a doubt for the final after missing training earlier with a foot injury. but this is a squad with strength in depth. this time, sterling! and no shortage of belief.
i think we have a real focus and determination to win. i think we've shown that in the last tournament we played, and going into this tournament, knocking down barriers that have been there for our country for a long, long time. meanwhile, sir geoff hurst, the hat—trick hero in the nation's last major tournament final in the 1966 world cup, a west ham legend, gave these words of encouragement to the club's only current england player. i just think it's absolutely unbelievable. i've had a good run, 55 years. it's about time someone else took over and won something. you're sat here just buzzing now, you just want to go out there and win the game. i'm sat there listening to him speak, obviously how much it means to him and what he's done. honestly, speaking to you, buzzing. newsreel: bobby moore leads england up to the royal box to receive _ the jules rimet cup. 55 years ago, the queen was at wembley to hand the trophy to england captain bobby moore. tonight, she sent congratulations to southgate and his team for reaching the final, and said she hopes that history will record not only your success, but also the spirit,
commitment and pride with which you have conducted yourselves. earlier, italy had their final training session, having proved a formidable force of these euros. the team is 33 matches unbeaten, but seems full of respect for its opponents. translation: england have been very unfortunate in the past _ in world cups and european championships. they have always boasted good teams, just as they do now. they have a top side. i think it will be a wonderful match in front of a packed house. and i think that's wonderful news for football lovers everywhere. and so, history beckons here at wembley. sporting immortality, the prize. the wait, almost over. but what's one more sleep when you've waited 55 years? tens of millions of england football fans will be getting ready to watch the match tomorrow night in pubs, outdoorfanzones and sitting rooms across the country.
those aamong the lucky 6 #0u 0 ticket, some are being offered thousands to sell. # three lions on a shirt...# the choir of canterbury cathedral adding their voices to the chorus of support for england's team. # no more years of hurt...# in shops, hairdressers and even at number 10, it's all about the football. i think it's going to be a tight one, but i think we'll do it, i think we've got it in us. it's coming home. just waiting for the big day, get there early, take - in the atmos, i can't wait. us, three, them, one. how much is the big flag? at romford market in essex, st george has proved good for business. two for a fiver. face paints for two quid. all you've got to do is blow that up and set your drinks on it. but when it comes to wembley tickets, there's no haggling to be done. been offered... i've had a guy come up, who wanted to give...
he said, "i'll give you eight grand for the four tickets." i said, "mate, no money buys these tickets. no chance. no chance, we're going." after the long wait, england have finally made it to a final, and it's at home here in wembley. so, it's hardly surprising fans are willing to pay eye—watering sums of money to be at the game tomorrow night. we know that people are willing to pay thousands of pounds - to get here tomorrow. the last thing that you would want to do is take that - risk and turn up here, _ have a duplicate ticket and not get admission to the stadium. we would advise you go - via the uefa ticketing portal. the chances are very slim that you will get a ticket, - but there is a small chance. tomorrow will be a special day, not least for the staff here at harry kane's old school. clearly very gifted, a talented footballer from a very early age. right from the very beginning, it was clear to see. that he had a special gift as far as football is concerned. but, generally speaking, a really nice, all—round, very humble, well—behaved young man. has he kind of credited
you with some of his...? yeah, it's all down to me, it's all down to my management! of course, there are those, like italian chef giuseppe, who are hoping to crush england's dream. but he'll have his english wife sarah to deal with if italy wins. half family english, half the family italian. i'm thinking,, after all these years, maybe england deserve to win. but obviously, inside me, i want italy to win. at the end of this, one of us is going to be really, really sad. and i want it to be you, not me. 11,000 miles from wembley, braving temperatures of —20, scientists from the british antarctic survey. even if they can't be, they are hoping football is coming home. sarah campbell, bbc news. well there have been suggestions that tomorrow's match could become the most watched tv event in uk history, estimates of round 33
million viewer, perhaps even more in sitting rooms and puns across the country it gives you a sense of how this is more than a game of football. it could be a vast collective shared national event, especially as it comes in the middle of the pandemic, i think the value of the pandemic, i think the value of that for many people has been amplified. watching this young and diverse team doing so well. expressing themselves on and off the pitch. it won't be easy for england, italy are a very good side, england have never beaten them at a major tournament. they have been in ten major tournament final, this will be england's second, as i said they are 33 matches unbeaten but if gareth southgate's side can do it it will complete a fantastic sports story, the revival and renaissance of the national team. the revival and renaissance of the nationalteam. so the revival and renaissance of the national team. so long symbolic of underachievement southgate has achieved that. the sense is his
players are winners on and off the field. thank you very much dan let's take a look at the latest official coronavirus figures. they show that in the past 2a hours, 3a deaths were reported and 32,367 new infections were recorded across the uk. it means on average 30,504 new cases were reported per day in the past week. more than 88,000 people received a first dose of the vaccine in the latest 24—hour period. 45.7 million people have had theirfirstjab, that's almost 87% of uk adults. almost 167,000 people have had their second dose, meaning just over 34.5 million people are fully vaccinated — that's 65.6% of adults. medical leaders are warning that people should remain cautious after restrictions are lifted in england injust over a week's time as cases continue to rise. the academy of medical royal colleges says the nhs is "under unprecedented pressure" amid staff shortages because of self—isolation rules and as it tries to tackle the backlog of routine operations. it says that clear messaging
was needed from government. 0ur health correspondent, katharine da costa, reports. covid infections in oxford have soared to their highest levels since the start of the pandemic, mostly among young adults. from monday the city will follow places like bolton and bedford in getting extra government support for surge testing and vaccinations. with restrictions in england due to end in nine days' time, people are urged to continue wearing facemasks in crowded indoor areas. so i have no problem with continuing to wear a facemask after they are not in force, because i think if it helps people to feel reassured, you know, it's just a piece of cloth over your face. it is more about thinking of others as well. i mean, i'm fairly young but the older generation are more vulnerable. elsewhere, large parts of the north east of england have the highest infection rates in the uk. many of them rising sharply in the last week.
with people getting together for the big final tomorrow, there is a plea from hospital bosses. as much as it's an exciting opportunity and potentially once in a lifetime for our country, i ask that you know, fans remain at a distance as best they can, wash their hands at every opportunity, drink alcohol in moderation. please do not overwhelm our a&e services. here in liverpool, over 18s are being turning up to get their first jabs. there is a big push to get more young people to come forward. with predictions covid cases could hit 100,000 a day later this summer and a third of adults not fully vaccinated, medical leaders are warning things are likely to get worse before they get better. many people have just had or are about to have their first doses of the vaccine and this virus is rampaging through society. and although far few people are ending up in hospital and dying at present, than have previously, because the vaccine is helping, actually many of people who get covid will get go
on to get long covid. hospitals are extremely busy, with record number of patients in some a&es, while trusts are trying to catch up with the huge backlog of postponed operations. health bosses are warning the sharp increase in infections will lead to major staffing issues if doctors and nurses have to self—isolate every time they are in close contact with someone testing positive. 0ne hospital trust is said to have 500 staff off due to the virus. ministers are considering making double jabbed nhs workers exempt from self—isolating when lockdown ends. that is welcomed by health unions if there appropriate testing and ppe. katharine da costa, bbc news. tennis, and world number one ash barty has won her first wimbledon title. the 25—year—old australian beat the eighth seed karolina pliskova of the czech republic in three sets. both women were making their debut in the final of the grass—court grand slam tournament, the first time that's
happened since 1977. 0ur sports correspondent joe wilson watched the action. deep breath, step forwards. two women who had played every kind of occasion, except a wimbledon final. 55 versus 61, ash barty overcame karolina pliskova's height. pliskova battled her own nerves, fearsome serve gone. with it, the first set. between navratilova and king, urgent discussions in the royal box. all spectators wanted a worthy final. the second set produced the back—and—forth tension that is tennis. pliskova at the net had to win this point, didn't she? that moment went to barty. the second set went to a tie—break. in the capacity crowd, you come to sit down, you want a reason to stand up.
that's pliskova's husband. one set all. the deciding set was tight, but bartyjust had more. she'd given up tennis for a while — there'd been pressures, expectations, injuries. now ashleigh barty was champion. a private moment of triumph in front of the world. it took me a long time to verbalise the fact i wanted to dare to dream it, and say i wanted to win this incredible tournament, and being able to live out my dream right now with everyone here, this has made it better than i ever could have imagined. 50 years ago, another indigenous australian, the great yvonne goolagong won this title on this court. that's inspiration. i hope i made yvonne proud. all in all, on centre court, ash barty did everyone proud. well, it's hours since ash barty won and there she is, still doing interviews. that kind of attention comes with being wimbledon champion. and it's just her first time.
four wimbledon titles now for the british pair of alfie hewett and gordon reid, champions again. while in the women's wheelchair doubles, britain'sjordanne whiley and japan's yui kamiji secured their fifth title here, but the first for whiley as a mother. go on, son. you are allowed to join in. after all, joy is something to be shared. joe wilson, bbc news, wimbledon. that's it from me for this evening. andrew marr will be here at 9am tomorrow, when he'll be hearing from the england camp and the ceo of the fa, mark billingham, and from the vaccines minister nadhim zahawi. goodnight. queen sent a good luck message to the england football team. today the england squad have their last training session and
if we run things on a bit weird going to find out on the other side of the atlantic much more undulation in thejet stream of the atlantic much more undulation in the jet stream pattern. that will propagate the jet stream and drive it to the north high pressure to build up from the south—west and setting things down. some rain in the forecast and that will induce heavy showers across northern england, scotland and northern ireland and thickening cloud. with more sunshine to the midlands, east anglia and the south—east, temperatures should be a little bit
higher. this rain marches its way eastwards towards wembley later on this evening. there is more rain to come as we head into the start of next week because low pressure still in charge. that is sitting over the uk. we are looking at more rain more widely, i think. uk. we are looking at more rain more widely, ithink. it uk. we are looking at more rain more widely, i think. it could lead to localised flooding. downpours developing in scotland. it looks at this stage that northern ireland may see some of the driest weather. that low pressure bringing the downpour pushes away and it starts to dry. this is where all the heavy downpours are. not far away from the south—east of england. a few showers around on tuesday but fewer and