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Prime Minister Theresa May could not watch England penalty shootout

Image: Marcus Rashford scored a penalty in England's shootout win over Colombia

Theresa May has said she could not bear to watch the penalty shootout that saw England progress to the World Cup quarter-finals.

The Prime Minister found the tension too much as the last 16 tie against Colombia came down to the spot-kick finale.

A Downing Street source said Mrs May watched some of the match but added: "She actually said earlier she struggles to watch penalties because it's a nerve-wracking time."

Theresa May
Image: Theresa May found the penalties too nerve-wracking

At Prime Minister's Questions, Mrs May praised the Three Lions for their "very rare and welcome" penalty shootout victory in Moscow.

The team triumphed 4-3 from the spot, after the tie finished 1-1 following extra time, to secure their first World Cup win on penalties.

England now face Sweden in the quarter-finals on Saturday afternoon.

Meanwhile, Jeremy Corbyn wants the whole UK to get a day off if England win the World Cup in Russia.

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The Labour leader, who did watch the dramatic penalty shootout, thinks there should be a bank holiday if Gareth Southgate's team emulates the heroes of 1966.

 on June 29, 2018 in Livingston, Scotland.
Image: Jeremy Corbyn is calling for a bank holiday if England win the World Cup

A senior Labour spokesman said: "We don't want to get ahead of ourselves, but I think it is the case that Jeremy believes that if England were to win the World Cup there should be a public bank holiday in celebration."

The spokesman said any bank holiday would have to come soon after the match and would cover the whole of the UK, and not just England.

"The World Cup is a very special international competition," he said.

"It's something that brings people together on a very large scale and we need recognition of that and recognition of the importance of football in the country."

Harry Kane celebrates England's victory over Colombia
Image: Harry Kane celebrates England's victory over Colombia

Research undertaken by Labour when it proposed the establishment of four new bank holidays in its 2017 manifesto showed that some claims about the negative economic impact of an additional day off were "entirely invented", he said.

The spokesman said Mr Corbyn has not imposed a ban on shadow ministers attending games at Russia 2018 to match the official boycott by ministers and members of the royal family announced following the Salisbury poisonings.

However, he declined to say how the Labour leader would respond if invited to see England play in the final.

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