Thursday morning UK news briefing: Today’s top headlines from The Telegraph

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1. England erupts in joy as Harry Kane books place in Euro 2020 final

England made history on Wednesday night as they reached their first major final in 55 years thanks to – of all things – a penalty. Harry Kane, the captain, scored the extra-time winner from the rebound after his spot-kick was saved to send the nation into ecstasy.

On the final whistle, 65,000 fans in Wembley and tens of millions watching on television erupted in an outpouring of collective hysteria, fuelled by millions of pints of beer – and sheer relief. Read the full story.

2. Vaccinated travellers still face costly Covid tests on return from amber list nations after July 19

Fully vaccinated holidaymakers will have to pay for Covid tests on their return from amber list countries, Grant Shapps is set to announce on Thursday.

The Transport Secretary is expected to say that quarantine for double-jabbed Britons coming from amber countries will end from as early as July 19 but will warn holidaymakers that they will be required to take a PCR test on day two of their return. Read the full story.

3. NHS staff deleting Covid app as calls grow for doctors to be exempt from self-isolation

NHS staff are quietly deleting the Covid tracing app amid calls from hospital leaders for doctors and nurses to be exempted from self-isolation rules before August.

It came as business leaders warned the app was causing huge levels of staff absences, sparking fears that some companies will be unable to cope after "Freedom Day". Read the full story.

4. Our nerves were left shredded with England’s win. And now we can do it all again on Sunday

What a result this was for Harry, England and Saint Gareth. Talk about redemption. Twenty-five years on from his moment of ignominy, when he missed a penalty as England fell at the last, here was Gareth Southgate standing on the same Wembley pitch watching on with the broadest of smiles as his players joined in an ecstatic singalong in celebration of reaching a major final for the first time in – whisper it – 55 years.

England’s manager had talked during this European championship of creating moments, of building history, of delivering a new narrative. His side did that all right. This was drama of the highest order. Read the full story.

5. Carrie Johnson’s charity in diplomatic row over elephant rewilding plan

Carrie Johnson’s charity is at the centre of a diplomatic row over plans to rewild elephants in Kenya.

A project by the charity to rewild the elephants from a Kent wildlife park to Kenya has been thrown into doubt after the Kenyan government said it had not been told about it. Read the full story.

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