Now this is something we can all get behind.
Bosses across England are being urged to let their workers finish early today so they don’t miss a minute of the Three Lions’ huge Euro 2020 clash with Germany.
The second round match takes place at Wembley, kicking off at 5pm, meaning a lot of workers across the country could miss the first half, or at least part of it, as most people will be clocking off when the ref blows his whistle.
The Trades Union Congress (TUC) have called on firms to be as flexible as possible with their staff so they can make kick off for the vital game.
TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said, “Bosses should talk to their staff and try to let people who want to watch games do so – at work or at home – and then claim back the time afterwards.
“Whether it’s about major sporting events like Euro 2020, attending a medical appointment or picking up the kids from school, allowing people more flexibility in how and when they do their work makes them happier.
“It cuts absenteeism and raises productivity.“
Gareth Southgate’s team will host Joachim Low’s Germany team, who progressed from the ‘Group of Death’ alongside Portugal and France. England, meanwhile, topped their group after beating Croatia and the Czech Republic 1-0 each and drawing 0-0 against Scotland.
The two countries last met in the European Championships in 2000, where an Alan Shearer goal separated the teams in the group stage clash, although both nations would exit the tournament at the first hurdle, with Portugal and Romania advancing at their expense.
Before that victory, of course, came the infamous Euro ’96 semi-final clash, which saw Southgate’s missed penalty cost England a place in a Wembley final. Hopefully history doesn’t repeat itself this time round, though and instead big Gareth reigns supreme, 25 years after his penalty heartbreak.
And let’s hope workers across the country are able to finish early to see it happen.