EURO 2024. King Charles urges footballers to win final: ‘Before we need last-minute wonder goals or another penalty shootout’

At least two of the members of the Royal House of Great Britain are ardent football fans and follow with great emotions the evolution of the national team at EURO 2024, which is taking place in Germany.

King Charles asked the English forbalists: “Less stress!”. Archive photo

After England dramatically qualified for the final, scoring a 90th-minute winner against the Netherlands, King Charles jokingly “ordered” the English footballers to beat Spain on Sunday when the final takes place , but not to give so many emotions to the fans. And, above all, to avoid “another drama of penalties”, for the sake of the nation’s emotional health.

“Less stress… A gap is a disaster!”, said King Charles and asked the players of the national team orders to impose themselves more clearly, “before last-minute wonder goals or another penalty shoot-out drama are needed.”

The King joked about the stress and emotions endured by England fans, including a last-minute second-round equalizer against Slovakia and a penalty shoot-out win over Switzerland in the quarter-finals, asking them to take care the nation’s blood pressure in the final showdown with Spain, The Guardian reports.

In an official message to Gareth Southgate’s team after England’s historic 2-1 win over Holland, King Charles sent the players his “best wishes” and the royal family’s “warmest congratulations”.

“My wife and I join our entire family in offering you our warmest congratulations for reaching the final of the UEFA European Championship and our best wishes for Sunday’s match. Good luck England“, he said.

For his part, the Prince of Wales, who is an Aston Villa fan, congratulated England and wanted to highlight Ollie Watkins, the author of the goal in the 90th minute, in a message on social media.

“What a beauty, Ollie! Congratulations England! #EURO2024 finalists”, wrote Prince William on his page.

Prince William's message posted on his page

Prince William’s message posted on his page

He also made it clear that he intends to go to Berlin for Sunday’s final, especially since he is also president of the Football Association.

As for Prime Minister Sir Keir Starmer, who was able to watch part of the game while attending a NATO summit in Washington DC, he has confirmed he will attend Sunday’s final in Berlin.

In a post on X, he said: “What a game @England and what a winner. Berlin here we come!”.