Monday morning UK news briefing: Queen hails 'inspiration' as Lionesses make history winning Euro 2022

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Morning UK news briefing: Today's top headlines from The Telegraph
Morning UK news briefing: Today's top headlines from The Telegraph

The Queen hailed England's women footballers as "an inspiration for future generations" after they thrilled the country with an epic victory in the final of Euro 2022.

The Lionesses' 2-1 win over Germany, after a near-perfect run to the final, was watched at Wembley Stadium and on television by record numbers of fans in a tournament that has been transformational for the women's game.

England won their first major trophy in heart-pounding style, as Chloe Kelly's extra-time goal thwarted old rivals Germany.

Tom Garry has the match report on the day of high drama, intense nerves and ultimately immeasurable joy. Kelly's journey to a place in English football history came after an incredible fightback from a serious knee injury.

While her match-winner was a scrappy affair, Ella Toone's opening strike was a moment of pure class.

Luke Edwards analyses the Beauty and the Beast of goals.

Oliver Brown says the Lionesses have purged the deepest ache in England's sporting psyche.

For generations of fans too young to remember 1966, it was the first time they had seen their team win a major tournament – and how it showed as spectators and the players soaked up the moment of glory.

The Lionesses returned to their London hotel celebrating with cans of lager and dancing with their newly-won trophy in joyous scenes that matched those around the nation.

England's European Championship heroines will celebrate their triumph with fans in Trafalgar Square today. Read on for details.

However, Germany were left fuming by a "clear handball" on the goal-line by England captain Leah Williamson after their defeat.

Manager Martina Voss-Tecklenburg criticised referee Kateryna Monzul for not rechecking the first-half incident herself.

German newspapers described the defeat as hurtful and dramatic, as Germany missed out on their ninth title.

Amid the echoes of 1966, Jane Shilling sets out why the Lionesses are not the same as male footballers – they are far better.

Sunak promises biggest income tax cut in 30 years

Rishi Sunak has promised the biggest income tax cut in 30 years, vowing to slash the basic rate from 20pc to 16pc if he becomes prime minister. In a major announcement as he battles to close the gap to frontrunner Liz Truss, the former chancellor pledged to deliver the change by the end of the next parliament. Read how much the move would save someone earning the average UK salary. Gordon Rayner analyses how Mr Sunak is inviting direct comparisons between himself and his great hero Lord Lawson. However, the former chancellor suffered another blow after Nadhim Zahawi formally endorsed Ms Truss to be the next Conservative Party leader. Writing in the Telegraph, he, compared her "booster" economic approach to Mr Sunak's "doomster" attitude. Ms Truss has proposed that thousands more foreign workers could be allowed into the UK each year to temporarily take up agricultural jobs like picking fruit.

Forget five-a-day, 30-a-week is what you need

The five-a-day campaign – which was adopted in 2003 by the UK government – is based on advice from the World Health Organisation, which recommends eating a minimum of 400g of fruit and vegetables a day to lower the risk of serious health problems, such as heart disease, stroke and some types of cancer. However there is a new mantra on the chopping board: 30 a week. Scientists such as the epidemiologist and nutrition expert Professor Tim Spector and Dr Megan Rossi, aka The Gut Health Doctor, aim for 30 different plant foods a week. This is the variety needed, they say, to ensure that we have good gut health. Yet getting the variety we need may seem daunting for stressed-out and time-poor Britons. Boudicca Fox-Leonard reveals how to get your 30-a-week.

Today's political cartoon

The scramble against time for Rishi Sunak's team to secure Tory leadership votes provided inspiration for Blower's latest cartoon. Matt is away, but you can view his latest work here.

Also in the news: Today's other headlines

Lilia Valutyte stabbing | A 22-year-old man has been charged with the murder of nine-year-old Lilia Valutyte, who was stabbed while playing in the street in Lincolnshire on Thursday evening. Deividas Skebas, a Lithuanian national, was detained after four CCTV images were released of a man detectives said they wanted to trace. Read the police statement.

Around the world: Zelensky warns on Ukraine harvest

Volodymyr Zelensky has warned that Ukraine's harvest could be halved by Russia's invasion in a move that threatens to trigger a global food crisis. The Ukrainian president warned of a catastrophic impact on this year's harvest in the "breadbasket of Europe" but insisted the country was finding a way for grains to be delivered alternatively. It came as John Rich, chairman of MHP, Ukraine's largest agricultural produce company, said that a push by Ukrainian forces in the south of the country could hit the rebuilding of ports and surrounding roads crucial to restarting grain exports. It comes as witnesses saw torches lighting up the home of Ukraine's biggest grain trader hours before he was killed by a Russian missile, in what may have been a targeted strike called in by Russian spies. Danielle Sheridan has this dispatch from Mykolaiv.

Russia's invasion has already led to global food shortages - AP
Russia's invasion has already led to global food shortages - AP

Comment and analysis

Sport briefing: Track horror as cyclist flies into crowd

Olympic gold medallist Matt Walls was one of three riders hospitalised following a horror crash on day three of the Commonwealth Games track cycling on Sunday. Walls, who won omnium gold in Tokyo last year, was sent flying over the barriers and into the crowd at the Lee Valley velodrome as he tried to take evasive action to avoid a pile-up ahead of him. A number of spectators including a small girl were hurt in the dramatic incident, leading Dame Laura Kenny, the five-time Olympic champion, to call for bigger barriers or screens to be fitted. Meanwhile, in the pool there was the upset of these games so far, as Adam Peaty lost his first race in eight years to finish out of the medals in the 100m breaststroke, with gold going to England's James Wilby.

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Business briefing: Fuel prices second only to Finland

British motorists are paying higher petrol prices than anywhere else in Europe except Finland, the RAC claimed as it attacked the Government's failure to reduce fuel duties. Prices are at least 20p per litre cheaper in the eurozone's big four economies of Germany, France, Italy and Spain, while many countries made much bigger cuts to fuel taxes, according to the motoring group. It comes as markets are betting on the Bank of England doubling interest rates by the end of 2022 in a bid to tackle rampant inflation, as investors brace for the biggest increase in 27 years at this week's meeting. Roger Bootle sets out the reasons why Britain must prepare for an interest rate shock in this new inflationary era.

Tonight's dinner

Quick beetroot, lentil and dill salad | The joy of this dish by Georgina Hayden is its speed and flexibility.

Travel inspiration: Spain's most scenic rail journeys

As flight chaos and escalating fuel prices dominate the international headlines, the Spanish government's announcement to make trains free or half-price from September was a global crowd-pleaser. Sally Davies says that rolling through olive groves, past vivid blue lakes and across mountain viaducts might be the best way to admire Spain's landscapes.

And finally... for this morning's downtime

Why do composers fall in and out of fashion? | Chopin is 'in', Liszt is marginal, Raff is 'out'. Every composer of any worth eventually gets his or her moment in the sun at the Proms, but Ivan Hewett examines who is controlling our taste in classical music.

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