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Boris Johnson backs honors for victorious lionesses after Euro win

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The Prime Minister’s spokesman said Boris Johnson would “definitely” want the team to “get the recognition it deserves”.

The Prime Minister’s spokesman said there was a “process” to be followed but that the public “clearly” wanted Lionesses to be recognized for their victory.

England’s Lionesses could be lining up for honors after their historic Euro win after Downing Street confirmed Boris Johnson would support giving the footballers gongs.

He added that the Prime Minister “definitely wants to see the team get the recognition they rightly deserve for their historic win”.

However, there are no plans to introduce a new bank holiday to mark this moment and there will be no reception at Downing Street.

Mr Johnson is attending the funeral of Northern Ireland peace process architect Lord Trimble on Monday and will be on holiday from Wednesday.

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: “Obviously we all want to celebrate the Lionesses’ victory but there are no plans to change the current pattern of public holidays.”

Downing Street was adorned with St George’s flags on Monday to celebrate the England women’s 2-1 victory over Germany in the final of the European Championship.

The Lionesses defeated Germany in extra time in front of 87,000 fans at Wembley Stadium on Sunday to give the country its first major tournament title since 1966.

Team captain Leah Williamson could be in line for a tribute from the Queen, goalkeeper Mary Earps and match winners Ella Toone and Chloe Kelly.

Mr Johnson also faced questions as to why he did not attend the game in person on Sunday, opting instead to watch it on TV from home.

Johnson’s German counterpart Olaf Scholz traveled to Wembley to watch the game.

When asked why he attended the men’s EURO final and not this one, the No10 spokesman said: “The Prime Minister saw it on TV along with what appears to be a significant segment of the British public and gave them constant support.”

“The Minister for Foreign Affairs and the Minister for Culture represented the government at the final last night.”

Asked if the Prime Minister’s absence from Wembley had negatively affected his attitude towards women’s football, the spokesman said: “I think the public will judge the government by the support it has given women’s football.

“This is a government that is unwavering in its support and investment in women’s football. The Prime Minister has been supporting the team throughout and has been watching the game with his family at home.”

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