ITV's Sam Matterface tells views to take the day off after England's Euro 2020 ...

ITV's Sam Matterface tells views to take the day off after England's Euro 2020 ...
ITV's Sam Matterface tells views to take the day off after England's Euro 2020 ...

England fans last night got an unexpected treat when commentator Sam Matterface said they could 'have the day off' after the Three Lions reached the final of Euro 2020.

The clearly elated commentator launched into an emotive monologue as England closed in on a 2-1 extra time victory against Denmark.

But with the emotions running high his speech spilled into the bizarre, as he encouraged ITV viewers to ring their bosses and take the day off.

He said: 'I tell you what, if this comes off, you can do what you want tonight. You've had a terrible 16-months.

'Kids you can stay up, don't you dare go to bed. The rest of you call your boss, you ain't coming in in the morning.

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'You deserve this, England deserves this. Feel it, ride it. All that pent up emotion which is 50 seconds away. 

'Just try to be safe and follow the rules, or I'm going to be in one hell of a lot of trouble.'  

The amusing moment was picked up on Twitter, where fans made tongue-in-cheek comments about not going into work today.

Others drew comparisons to legendary commentator Kenneth Wolstenholme, who famously uttered the immortal words: 'They think it's all over... it is now', after England's 1966 World Cup win.

One Twitter user said: 'Phoned my boss to say I'm not coming in to work tomorrow cos Sam Matterface said so. I'm not going in an hour early.' 

Commentator Sam Matterface embarked on an emotive post-match monologue as England fans celebrated their 2-1 extra time victory against Denmark last night

Commentator Sam Matterface embarked on an emotive post-match monologue as England fans celebrated their 2-1 extra time victory against Denmark last night

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Another, Tom Brooks, wrote: 'Sorry boss, won't be into work tomorrow because Sam Matterface told me it's okay.'

Dave Flynn, imitating a conversation between a boss and employee, wrote: 'Why didn't you show up for work today? Sam Matterface told me I didn't have to.'

Another added: 'So no one is at work tomorrow thanks to Sam Matterface and ITV.'

One Twitter user put: 'Result. Day off work tomorrow thanks to Sam Matterface.'

Another joked: 'Sam Matterface single handedly destroying the UK economy by telling everyone not to go to work tomorrow.' 

Twitter user, Paddy, added: 'Well, that's different! And, according to Sam Matterface, I now have carte blanche to do whatever I want and not to go to work tomorrow. I'm sure those vulnerable people will take care of themselves.'

Others drew comparisons to the legendary commentator Wolstenholme and his famous line from England's 1966 World Cup final win over Wembley - also at Wembley.

Just as the final whistle was about to blow in that game the commentator said the now immortalised words: 'Some people are on the pitch... they think it's all over... it is now!'.

However, the comparisons were not so friendly, with Scotsman columnist Martyn McLaughlin saying: 'Sam Matterface's attempts to hit on his Kenneth Wolstenholme moment are lurching from the desperate to the inane.'

Another, writer and broadcaster Carrie Dunn put: 'Matterface thinks he's going to be the new Wolstenholme.'

And another Twitter user added: 'Love how Sam Matterace went for his Kenneth Wolstenholme moment in the closing seconds and ended up at Charlie Nicholas.'

It comes as England's footballers ended their 55-year wait for a major final last night – and are just 90 minutes

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