Was it something we said? EU chief Ursula von der Leyen trolls England and says she backs ITALY to win the Euros final after Three Lions knocked out her German national team 2-0… but Brexiteers say it is a ‘lucky sign’ for Southgate’s men
- The England football team is taking on Italy in the final of the Euros on Sunday
- Ursula von der Leyen has made it known she will be supporting Italy in match
- England knocked out the German politician’s national team earlier in tournament
Brexiteers today hailed a ‘lucky sign’ for England after Ursula von der Leyen backed Italy to win the Euros final on Sunday.
The EU commission president’s spokesman told reporters in Brussels that her ‘heart is with the Squadra Azzurra’.
The German politician’s allegiance could be down to the two countries both being members of the bloc – although England did humiliatingly knock out her national team 2-0 earlier in the competition.
She has opted to take sides with Italy despite living in London for a year when she took refuge from kidnap threats by the communist Bader Meinhof gang.
But Tory MPs shrugged off the intervention, saying it is ‘another incentive’ for the Three Lions to emerge triumphant.
Conservative backbencher Peter Bone told MailOnline: ‘I think that may indicate their true attitude towards the UK. You’d have thought someone in her position might want to be neutral on these things.
‘It is only to be expected. Her supporting Italy is probably good news. It will give another incentive for us to win.’
‘It could be a lucky sign.’
EU commission president Ursula von der Leyen’s spokesman told reporters in Brussels that her ‘heart is with the Squadra Azzurra’
England humiliatingly knocked out the German national team 2-0 earlier in the competition
Only Italy stands between England and a first major international tournament victory in 55 years – since the 1966 World Cup
Ms von der Leyen’s spokesman revealed who she will be cheering for at a briefing in Brussels this morning, reportedly saying: ‘Her heart is with the Squadra Azzurra so she will be supporting Italy on Sunday.’
Only Italy stands between England and a first major international tournament victory in 55 years – since the 1966 World Cup.
Gareth Southgate’s team saw off Denmark in a nerve-jangling match on Wednesday that went to extra time.
Wembley is set to be rocking again for the final on Sunday, with more than 60,000 lucky fans due to be present. Boris Johnson is expected to attend again, after watching the victory along with a host of other dignitaries earlier this week.
Ms von der Leyen, daughter of a wealthy German politician, spent a year in London in the 1970s hiding from notorious communist terrorists.
She has spoken fondly of her time in the ‘seething, international, colourful city’, where she went to avoid the baader-Meinhof Gang, a hard Left group that carried out a string of bomb attacks and assassinations.
While in Britain she called herself Rose Ladson – a combination of her nickname as a child, ‘Röschen’, or ‘Little rose’, and her American great-grandmother’s surname, Ladson.
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