Boris Johnson has refused to rule out allowing a special bank holiday if England win the Euro 2020 final.
The Prime Minister was asked if people would be given a day off in the event of a historic triumph over Italy this Sunday.
He replied only: “I think that would be tempting fate – let’s see what happens.”
The Mirror understands the idea of either a bank holiday or a general day of celebration if England win the final has been discussed in government.
But sources stressed it was only at the very early stages and no decisions have been made.
Officials are also grappling with the logistical hurdle of how to hold events like a bus tour, when mass gatherings are still banned until July 19, and may be seen as ill-advised afterwards.
Other sources told the Mirror they had heard nothing of a possible bank holiday.
The Politico website had suggested some in Whitehall wanted a bank holiday this coming Monday if England win the final on Sunday night.
But one Whitehall source told the Mirror: “Logistically I don’t know how that’s possible.
“You’d only be able to announce that at 10pm if they win, which seems a little bit unreasonable for employers.”
The PM said today: “I thought it was the most extraordinary game. I don’t think I’ve ever seen an England team play with such creativity and flair and versatility and just keep going like that.
“It was a total nail biter.”
Meanwhile the government is highly unlikely to let Wembley Stadium operate at full capacity this Sunday, the Mirror understands.
The prospect has been discussed and considered in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, but there would be a string of challenges with allowing it to go ahead.
This breaking news story is being updated.