Thursday evening UK news briefing: England charged by Uefa after laser pen incident against Denmark

Uefa have opened proceedings against England over the "use of a laser pointer" which appeared to be shone in the face of Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel before Harry Kane’s semi-final-deciding penalty. 

The spot-kick was already the subject of controversy after Raheem Sterling was accused of diving in the first half of extra time at Wembley last night. 

Television footage later revealed that someone in the crowd shone a green laser pen in Schmeichel’s face in the moments before Kane stepped up to take it. 

The incidents have left a bitter taste for Danish fans today. Read how the country’s newspapers reacted – and the rest of the world. 

Yet Jamie Carragher says Sterling was savvy not cynical in winning his penalty – and says it is about time England got streetwise.

A laser pen shines on Kasper Schmeichel's face as he prepares to face Harry Kane's penalty

Credit: ITV

Aside from the controversy, there is little hiding the euphoria – even disbelief – felt across England after the Three Lions’ performance. 

Thom Gibbs examines the two minutes and forty seconds of the match that proved England have grown up. 

Cartoonist Matt has taken a look back at his 30 years of hurt – and shows how he has captured England’s journey to this moment.

More than 30,000 people have signed a petition for a UK-wide bank holiday on Monday if England win the final and, as if there was no end to his talents, manager Gareth Southgate has even healed a musical rift by inspiring a new version of Atomic Kitten’s Whole Again.

Holiday bookings to soar as amber list gets go ahead

British holidaymakers are set to flock to their favourite overseas holidays hotspots after the Transport Secretary announced that fully-vaccinated Britons will no longer be required to quarantine on return from amber list destinations. The change in rules, which comes into effect from July 19, unlocks more than 140 places on the amber list, including France, mainland Portugal, mainland Spain, Italy and Greece – although the Foreign Office may still advise against non-essential travel to some. Here are the details. Read how to get the best travel insurance for green and amber countries but Hugh Morris looks at the unresolved issues.

Queen back at Coronation Street after nearly 40 years

The Queen today paid a visit to Coronation Street’s famous cobbles, asking if the characters were nice to each other before acknowledging: "I suppose, life’s a trouble isn’t it?" Her Majesty, 95, described the long-running show as "part of the fabric" of society, saying it was "rather remarkable" that it had been running for 60 years. She met long-serving cast members including William Roache, 89, who plays Ken Barlow, and Barbara Knox, 87, who plays Rita Tanner, asking the actors which houses they lived in. It is the Queen’s first visit to the set in nearly 40 years. Take a look at the history of royals who have visited the cobbled streets.

At a glance: Coronavirus evening briefing

  • Tokyo Olympics | No fans allowed for delayed Games in Japan
  • GP appointments | Face-to-face meetings plummet as A&E visits soar
  • Self isolation | Covid app could be tweaked to cut number of pings
  • ‘Lab leak’ | ‘No evidence’, leading virus-hunters conclude
  • Cannes film festival | President breaks kissing rule on red carpet

Also in the news: Today’s other headlines

Pension concerns | Rishi Sunak has suggested he could temporarily break the triple lock amid concerns that state pensions may rise by 8 per cent due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Read on for details and click here for five pension tax traps to avoid. You can also read how to use your Isa to dodgethe pensions lifetime allowance tax charge.

  • President’s assassination | Haitian police kill four ‘mercenaries’
  • Drug study | Statins ‘do not cause muscle pain any more than placebo’
  • North Korea | Pope Francis sets sights on visit
  • Fit for a King (or Queen) | ‘Opulent’ lifestyle of bishops revealed
  • ‘Moralising God’ | Societies developed concept ‘to help them grow’

Around the world: British forces leave Afghanistan

British forces have withdrawn from Afghanistan after 20 years of conflict and 457 dead, it has been announced, as the Prime Minister said there could never be a "perfect moment" to leave. Earlier, General Sir Nick Carter, the Chief of the Defence Staff, confirmed it was on June 24 that the last Union flag in Afghanistan was taken down in a secret ceremony, as previously revealed by The Telegraph. Read what Mr Johnson said and, after two decades of conflict and tens of thousands dead, The Telegraph asks whether the UK’s involvement was worth it?

Thursday big-read

Anne Theroux: What it was like when my marriage to Paul ended

Anne Theroux

Credit: Alex Lake/Guardian/eyevine

Her union with writer Paul Theroux finished after 22 years. Now, 30 years later, former counsellor Anne Theroux wants to tell her side of the story – and help others in the process

Read the full article

Comment and analysis

  • Ambrose Evans-Pritchard | Xi’s regime cannot coexist with West
  • Angela Epstein | Families have been forgotten again by Government
  • Jill Kirby | Testing is encouraging Covid paranoia
  • Ella Whelan | Mask row could become a very British culture war
  • Tom Stevenson | The investment lessons to be learned from golf

Editor’s choice

  • Childish, impossible, psychotic | How Val Kilmer earned his ‘difficult’ reputation
  • Ageless style | Princess Caroline of Monaco’s ‘glamsuit’ is this summer’s essential
  • Chic grey hair | Cannes style Andie MacDowell and Helen Mirren give a masterclass
  • Business and money briefing

    Troubled steelmaker | Sheffield Forgemasters is close to being nationalised in a deal that will safeguard its vital defence work and help push the Government’s renewable energy agenda through a new generation of mini nuclear power stations. Read on for details.

    • Property | Banks gear up for mortgage price war as house prices cool
    • Jobs bonanza | Wind turbine makers invest £190m in UK factories
    • On top of markets | Live stocks and shares updates 24 hours a day

    Sport briefing

    Wimbledon | World No 1 Ashleigh Barty defeated Angelique Kerber to become the first Australian woman to reach the Wimbledon singles final for 41 years. She will face Karolina Pliskova who came back from a set down to reach her first Wimbledon final. Read the match report.

    • Tour de France | Mark Cavendish’s record-equalling bid on hold
    • England vs Pakistan | Stokes’ new-look side bowls tourists out for 141
    • Austin Healey | It’s not too late to bring the Lions home to save series

    Three things for tonight

    • Watch | Diana’s Decades, ITV, 9pm and more of tonight’s TV
    • Listen | Planet Normal podcast: We must put children first
    • Play | Telegraph Puzzles featuring today’s Crossword and Sudoku

    And finally… for this evening’s downtime

    ‘Strictness brings results’ | Blind rule-following may boost grades but does it stamp out individuality? A teacher with who knows discusses the pros and cons amid the rise of super-strict schools.

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