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Schools and businesses are being praised for plans to give pupils and workers a lie-in after watching England's Euro 2020 final clash with Italy.

Win or lose, there are guaranteed to be more than a few sore heads at work following the England men's first major tournament final since the 1966 World Cup.

Amid calls for a bank holiday on Monday should England win, many schools are allowing pupils to come in late after staying up to watch the match on TV, with employers doing the same.

As businesses do the same, Chris Donnelly, 30, was dubbed the country's "best boss" after he gave his 65 workers the day off on Monday, regardless of the result.

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Pupils at Alexandra Park Primary School in Stockport, Greater Manchester can show up late on Monday
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Mr Donnelly, chief executive of digital marketing firm Verb Brands, wrote on social media: "History is being made and it's only right that everyone gets to witness it – without having to think about work the next day.

"This is about more than just football.

"It's about spending time with out favourite people, feeling a real sense of national pride and having something genuinely brilliant to celebrate.

"I think other companies should follow suit and wouldn't it be amazing if the government did too!"

Essex and East Anglia-based roofing merchants AJW Distributions has told its staff, about 60 in total, they can come into work two hours late on Monday instead of their usual 7am start.

Chris Donnelly, 30, was dubbed the country's "best boss" after he gave his 65 workers the day off on Monday
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The firm wrote on its website: "After the stressful past 18 months we felt that the AJW team deserved to enjoy the football final without having to be at work for 7am. So, we have given everyone a two hour lay in as we are opening at 9am."

The Co-op and Lidl are changing the opening times of their stores in England so staff can watch the match.

Co-op said its shops in England will close at 7.45pm instead of 10pm or 11pm. Stores will reopen as normal the following morning.

Lidl said its stores will open late on Monday if England win.

Downing Street has said bosses need should be flexible and allow staff nursing hangovers to go into work late on Monday or even take the day off if England defeat Italy.

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Parents were relieved when they found out their children could show up a little later than usual.

At Alexandra Park Primary School in Stockport, Greater Manchester, headteacher Phil Brooke has told students to come in at 10:30am so they can make the most of the evening without "worrying about school in the morning".

Mr Brooke told the Manchester Evening News that pupils, parents and teachers have had a tough year during the pandemic, and he wants fans to enjoy the night.

He said: “My thinking is just that I want the children to have a great night and not have to worry about school in the morning.

“And I want the parents to have a great night too.

A pupil at Alexandra Park Primary School in Stockport who is ready to cheer on England
(Image: Manchester Evening News)

“I have two little girls myself and I know they need to go to school but this way everyone can just celebrate it and really enjoy it.

“If they can have a fantastic memory of the night, that’s the important thing.”

It should come as no surprise the reaction has been overwhelmingly positive, as many parents were worried about their kids being exhausted the day after the final.

Kick-off is at 8pm and the match is likely to end just before 10pm unless it goes into extra time. If it goes to extra time or a penalty shootout, the game would conclude closer to 11pm.

Any trophy presentation for the Three Lions would likely delay bedtimes even further.

Rossmere Primary School in Hartlepool is giving pupils a lie-in on Monday
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Rossmere Primary School in Hartlepool was also celebrated by parents after it told students they would not be marked as late if they arrived at 10.30am on Monday.

A spokesman said: “We would rather have children rested and in school ready to learn rather than absent all day or grumpy.

"Its 55 years since England reached a major football final so let them watch, talk about the importance of the National Anthem, talk about pride and resilience and possibly disappointment.

"This is a learning opportunity."

Gemma Donnelly, head of Braywick Court School in Bray, Berkshire, has told parents that children will not be marked as late if they are in by 10.30am.

In a letter to families, Mrs Donnelly said: “This gives you the option to stay up late and watch the match, or watch it in the morning before coming to school if you would like to.”

In King's Lynn, Norfolk, Howard Junior School renamed itself Harry Kane Junior School for the occasion.

Pupils wore masks of the England captain to celebrate Wednesday's semi-final win against Denmark. Previously, a video of the children singing Three Lions was viewed more than 100,000 times.

Victory at Wembley would mark the men’s football team’s first major tournament win since the 1966 World Cup.

It comes as momentum for a national day off in the event of glory continues to grow – though police have warned fans not to get carried away by the occasion.

Pupils at Howard Junior School, renamed Harry Kane Junior School, wear masks of the England captain
(Image: Howard Junior School)

The mechanics for a bank holiday this Monday seem unworkable, given the short turnaround between the final ending late on Sunday night and when the day off would come into effect, potentially an hour later.

The number of signatures calling for a bank holiday to celebrate an England win passed the 300,000 mark on Friday morning, although it was reported that ministers are considering scheduling the day off for August when coronavirus rules are relaxed.

Downing Street remained coy on the prospects of a bank holiday – either on Monday or a later date – if England do triumph.

A No 10 spokesman said: “We don’t want to pre-empt the result and tempt fate. We would obviously set out any plans, if necessary, in due course. Let’s see what happens on Sunday.”

The order for any bank holiday would have to come from the Queen.

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Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer and football figures such as Harry Redknapp have backed the calls.

Meanwhile, Frances O’Grady, general secretary of the TUC (Trades Union Congress), said: “Bosses should talk to their staff about flexible working arrangements ahead of Monday morning – perhaps allowing them to start later and claim back their time afterwards.

“And bosses should show flexibility too towards the 2.2 million workers who work on a Sunday – many of them key workers.

“Many of them will want to watch the match, and they should be able to, either at work or by finishing early and making up the time.”

The British Beer and Pub Association reckons nearly 13 million pints could be bought on Sunday.

Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane and Jordan Henderson celebrate winning Wednesday night's semi-final
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It estimated 7.1 million of those would be sold within the course of the game itself if it ends within normal time – equating to almost 1,000 pints a second.

The Home Office confirmed on Friday that pubs can continue to serve until 11.15pm on Sunday to reduce the risk of customers being told to leave before the match ends.

There were boisterous scenes across some of England’s biggest cities on Wednesday night, as supporters celebrated the semi-final victory long into the night.

But police urged for people to respect coronavirus restrictions.

Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Laurence Taylor said: “I think the big challenge has been large numbers of people gathering in breach of Covid regulations.

“On occasion behaviour going a little bit beyond what would be reasonable.

“Wednesday was busy, lots of people around, lots of excitement, we fully anticipate Sunday to be even busier.”