Football fever is gripping England. In a few hours, we will know if the Three Lions are through to the Euro 2020 final. 

Their semi-final showdown with Denmark kicks off at 8pm at Wembley. Follow all the build-up and the action itself in our liveblog. 

England manager Gareth Southgate, who saw his penalty saved in a sudden-death shootout 25 years ago, will be hoping his team can make it to the final against Italy on Sunday evening. He is expected to stick with a back four. The full team announcement will be here shortly before the match. 

We asked our top sport writers to name the teams they would pick. Ally McCoist breaks down the key areas that could decide the match. 

Meanwhile, Jamie Carragher explains why this England team has stirred him like no other.

Wembley will host 60,000 supporters. My colleague Greg Dickinson had been due to be among them – until he was "pinged" by the NHS Covid app this morning. He describes his feelings of denial, guilt and anger. 

From the Band of the Coldstream Guards to Atomic Kitten, watch how the country has been preparing for the match. 

And, win or lose, Guy Kelly explains why the English will always love the Danes.

‘Deeply, deeply sorry’: PM apologises for suffering

Boris Johnson has said he is "deeply, deeply sorry" for the suffering endured by grieving families, after he was lambasted by a Labour MP denied the chance to see his dying relatives. Tanmanjeet Dhesi attacked the Prime Minister’s "sycophantic, spineless, hypocritical" ministers for defending then-chief adviser Dominic Cummings, while recounting the "agony" of losing relatives without being able to comfort them in their "final moments". Watch how he grew increasingly angry during the clash at Prime Minister’s Questions. It came before Mr Johnson faced a two-hour grilling by the Commons Liaison Committee – at which he defended the decision to delay the easing of self-isolation rules until a month after lockdown restrictions are due to be lifted in England on July 19.

Djokovic lives up to his Wimbledon favourite tag

Novak Djokovic marched into his 10th Wimbledon semi-final this afternoon after a straight-sets win on Centre Court. The five-time champion, looking to claim a record-equalling 20th grand slam title, swept aside unseeded Marton Fucsovics. Mick Cleary describes how Djokovic’s eyes narrow and gaze hardens as he closes in on the booty. Meanwhile, after Emma Raducanu unexpectedly retired from her last-16 match, Molly McElwee argues that the 18-year-old showed more poise and resilience than three middle-aged men put together.

At a glance: Coronavirus evening briefing

  • Travel | Quarantine-free amber list holidays could start July 19
  • Eurozone | Growing panic over variant as economies reopen
  • France | Delta variant ‘could ruin summer’ if fourth wave emerges
  • Scotland | SNP accused of being ‘missing in action’ amid surge
  • Education | Pupils missed more than half of class time in pandemic

Also in the news: Today’s other headlines

Vardy 1 Rooney 0 | Rebekah Vardy has claimed a partial victory in the latest round of the so-called Wagatha Christie legal battle, after a judge ruled being a "publicity seeker" does not prove she leaked Coleen Rooney’s secrets. The wives of high-profile English footballers have been locked in a libel dispute since 2019 over allegations stories were leaked to the tabloid press. Izzy Lyons has the latest from the High Court.

  • ‘Pact with devil’ | Teenager guilty of stabbing sisters in Wembley park
  • Stockwell Six | Three men have convictions overturned after 49 years
  • ‘Illegal’ policy | Judge says asylum seeker should come back to UK
  • Brexit treaty | Brussels tells UK to prove it can be trusted
  • It’s a steal | HSBC and TSB launch Britain’s cheapest-ever mortgages

Around the world: Haitian president assassinated

Jovenel Moise, the president of Haiti, was shot dead in his home early today and his wife is in hospital with a gunshot wound. The country’s interim prime minister, Claude Joseph, described the 53-year-old’s killing as an "inhuman and barbaric act". He is said to have been assassinated in the middle of the night after a group of "unidentified Spanish-speaking individuals" broke in at around 1am.

Wednesday long-read: How climate change is exacerbating record heatwaves

Record-breaking heatwaves have dominated the news recently, affecting large parts of North America, Eastern Europe and even the Arctic. Could these extreme temperatures become a regular annual event as the world warms? Environment Editor Emma Gatten explains what we know. Read the full story

Comment and analysis

  • Patrick O’Flynn | Government seeks to ping us back into submission
  • Sunetra Gupta | Children should never have been locked down
  • Ben Wright | Selling our biggest chip factory looks hopelessly naive
  • Anthony Peregrine | When we travel, let’s avoid brutish behaviour
  • Telegraph View | We cannot lose critical technology companies

Editor’s choice

  • BBC pay | ‘No newsreader – even the great Huw Edwards – is worth £429,000 a year’
  • Aggie MacKenzie ‘vindicated’ | I was right all along – your house can never be ‘too clean’
  • Moral Money | ‘I dislike two grandchildren. Do I have to help them like the others?’
  • Business and money briefing

    Hot air? | Boris Johnson wants the UK to become the "Saudi Arabia of wind", but experts say that can only happen with drastic cuts to red tape. Rachel Millard explains how the dream risks being blown off course.

    • Wise up | Payment firm founders become billionaires
    • JPMorgan | Bank wrongly sacked trader for alleged ‘spoofing’
    • On top of markets | Live stocks and shares updates 24 hours a day

    Sport briefing

    Lions in turmoil | Coronavirus threatens to bring the British and Irish Lions’ tour to South Africa to a premature end. Outbreaks laid waste to the weekend’s fixtures and deepened uncertainty. It had appeared that the Lions had escaped the virus, until it was announced this lunchtime that a member of the management team had tested positive.

    • Cycling | Tour de France 2021, stage 11 – live updates
    • Cricket | England could still fail to qualify for World Cup
    • Ranked | Scyld Berry’s top 10 cricketing out-grounds

    Three things for tonight

    • Watch | RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival, BBC Two, 9pm
    • Listen | Hong Kong Silenced podcast: ‘Jail risk hangs over me all time’
    • Play | Telegraph Puzzles featuring today’s Crossword and Sudoku

    And finally… for this evening’s downtime

    ‘I can’t grieve for my mother as she’s still here’ | As Sophie Mumford navigates the loneliest moments of midlife, she wonders how much of her dementia-gripped mother actually remains.

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