When the decisive blows arrived it was the entire squad piling on top of one another in the victory scrum. Hugo Lloris, the goalkeeper, had run the entire length of the pitch to join in the celebrations. All the substitutes were throwing themselves into this heap of arms and legs. There were even members of the backroom staff contemplating joining in, and who could blame them? France were on their way to winning the World Cup and a party was under way behind the goal where the tricolours were fluttering.
Those were the moments when everybody knew that no side – not even one with Croatia’s resilience and powers of durability – would find a way back. Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappé had scored in quick succession and the next edition of the France national shirt will have two stars, rather than one, above the cockerel. Didier Deschamps has become only the third man in history to win the World Cup as a player and manager, standing alongside two giants of the game in Mário Zagallo and Franz Beckenbauer. Mbappé is a world champion at the age of 19, the first teenager to score in a final since Pelé in 1958, and they were jubilant scenes after the final whistle as the players gave Deschamps the bumps, as the rain turned biblical and the trophy was lifted amid a backdrop of thunder and slate skies.
PM reveals president’s Brexit advice was not to negotiate with the bloc at all
Theresa May has revealed that Donald Trump advised her to “sue the European Union” rather than negotiate with the 27-country bloc, in a private conversation that the US president referred to during his visit to the UK on Friday.
The prime minister was asked on the BBC’s The Andrew Marr Show what the “brutal” Brexit negotiating advice was that Trump had talked about in their joint press conference outside the prime minister’s Chequers country retreat.
Report shows transplant service short of necessary skilled staff and equipment
Plans to save hundreds of lives by making everyone in England a potential organ donor could fail because hospitals are so short of transplant surgeons and specialist nurses, the NHS’s own analysis of the policy has revealed.
Lives could be lost because teams of organ retrieval specialists are already under “extreme stress” and understaffed transplant centres are struggling to keep up with existing demand, according to NHS Blood and Transplant’s (NHSBT) impact assessment of switching to a system of presumed consent.
• Serb wraps up his 13th major title with straight-sets win • Anderson’s battle to reach the final catches up with him
It took Novak Djokovic five minutes to break Kevin Anderson’s serve, but he could not break his admirable spirit over two hours and 19 minutes in a Wimbledon final memorable only for the South African’s dogged but doomed fightback.
Anderson, troubled early in the match by a sore right elbow, was forced to endure one of the most gruelling afternoons of his career but Djokovic suffered too, swearing at the crowd as his frustrations consumed him before he secured his 13th grand slam title, his fourth here, winning 6-2, 6-2, 7-6 (3).
Law will ‘reveal ugly face of ultranationalist Israel in all its repugnance’, professor says
Israel is in the throes of political upheaval as the country’s ruling party seeks to pass legislation that could allow for Jewish-only communities, which critics have condemned as the end of a democratic state.
For the past half-decade, politicians have been wrangling over the details of the bill that holds constitution-like status and that Benjamin Netanyahu wants passed this month.
Andrew Griffiths ‘deeply ashamed’ as he quits role as minister for small business
A government minister has resigned following allegations that he sent two female constituents “depraved” sexual messages.
Andrew Griffiths, the Conservative MP for Burton and Uttoxeter, whose wife gave birth to their first child in April, said in a statement he was “deeply ashamed” and was “seeking professional help to ensure it never happens again”.
Ex-Trump strategist tells LBC radio he doesn’t think jailed far-right leader is ‘a bad guy’
Steve Bannon, the former adviser to Donald Trump, has defended the jailed far-right leader Tommy Robinson, saying that he didn’t think he was “a bad guy” and that “he’s got to be released from prison”.
Bannon’s remarks came during an interview with LBC radio’s political editor, Theo Usherwood.
Deaths have more than doubled as specialists warn of increasing danger for city-dwellers
Specialists in Brazil have warned of the rising danger of deadly scorpions amid a spiraling number of reported deaths and stings by the hardy arachnids which are proliferating in the country’s urban centres.
The number of deaths from scorpion stings reported to the country’s public health system has more than doubled in the past four years, from 70 in 2013 to 184 in 2017, while cases of scorpion stings rose from 37,000 in 2007 to 126,000 last year.
Max Rushden is joined by Paul Doyle, Marcela Mora y Araujo and Eliot Rothwell to look back at the penultimate day of the 2018 World Cup, starting with England’s 2-0 defeat to Belgium in the third-place play-off. Over seven games, England managed just 10 shots on target from open play - four in this game, but they fell to goals from Thomas Meunier and Eden Hazard.
Divorce, miscarriage, career knock-backs – the big moments in life often come through crisis and make us who we are, so don’t airbrush them out, says Elizabeth Day
A few months ago, I spent an evening sitting on the sofa in my flat, cropping my head out of a series of wedding photographs. It was a fairly surreal experience excising my smiling face from the pictures taken outside the chapel. It was not something I had ever anticipated, because you don’t think about divorce when you’re walking down the aisle. You don’t imagine it will happen to you. You don’t believe that one day, you will be digitally altering your wedding photographs so that you can sell your mermaid-style gown and long-sleeved lace bolero to a stranger on eBay.
And yet this is where I found myself. The dress had been hanging in my wardrobe for three years since the end of my marriage. It had been pressed up against the winter coats, shrouded in its dry-clean carrier, and although I tried to forget about it, I never could. The dress took up residence like an unwanted tenant, a constant reminder of my failure.
Catrin Huber and Newcastle University team’s installation opens at World Heritage sites
In the cool shadowy interiors of houses whose owners died almost 2,000 years ago in one of the most famous disasters in history, the first contemporary art works, created by the German artist Catrin Huber with a team from Newcastle University, have just been installed in Pompeii and Herculaneum.
Every centimetre of surviving original material is precious in the World Heritage sites that attract millions of visitors every year. Any damage, such as recent collapses at Pompeii, creates world headlines.
Daniel Kokotajlo was brought up in the Christian sect. Now his extraordinary debut film casts an acute eye on the religion he turned his back on
Making a film is always, at almost any given moment, difficult-verging-on-the-impossible, and Daniel Kokotajlo’s first feature was no exception. His backers were expectant; his budget was miniature; far too many pages of the script over which he had laboured for so long needed to be filmed every single day. And just like any other tyro director, he brought with him all the usual doubts. Why on earth had he insisted on so many locations? What would it be like to give notes to his star, Siobhan Finneran? However, for Kokotajlo, whose quietly controlled screenplay is rooted in his upbringing as a Jehovah’s Witness, there were other, deeper things going on, too. It took this gentle, softly spoken man from Tameside, in Manchester, 21 days to shoot his film, and in that time his beard turned, somewhat dramatically, from mostly brown to mostly grey. “I lost loads of hair, as well,” he says, placing a hand ruefully on his head. “When we started, I looked about my age, which is 37. By the time we’d finished, I was 10 years older.”
Every day brought with it the feeling of transgression. “Even before the shoot, this was a subject I was uncomfortable with,” he says. “As Witnesses, we were told to avoid literature that was critical of us. We were made to feel it was almost on the level of being satanic. When I first got hold of one of these books, not long after I left the religion, I was literally shaking with fear – and when I started working on this project, that fear came right back.” Perhaps, though, this anxiety was also useful. One of the more remarkable things about Apostasy – and there are many; it’s hard to imagine a more accomplished debut – is its even-handedness, the way it stirs in the audience sympathy for characters whose beliefs most of us might ordinarily struggle to understand. Kokotajlo nods. “I did feel a pressure to be as accurate and as honest as possible. I didn’t want people still in the religion to be able to say: this is just propaganda. I needed it to be right.” Are Witnesses likely to choose to see it? “That depends. They’ll be advised not to. But if they’re curious, they might. There are the rules, and then there’s what people actually do.”
Keaton Henson, who suffers from depression, has teamed up with a ‘rollercoaster thrill engineer’ to create a unique musical experiment. And they’ve hooked the audience up to the lighting to monitor their response
One of the truly wretched things about mental illness is that it is very hard to describe what it’s like. Words aren’t enough – evengoodones.
But what about music? If the strings in Psycho can make us quail and the warm orchestral resolutions in Cinema Paradiso can make us cry, is there music that can make us understand what depression and anxiety feel like?
After a triumphant first series together, Prue, Paul, Sandi and Noel are back to tell us about the pressures of the show, the Hollywood handshake and why they might be naughtier this year
I have never been starstruck by a tent before, but then, this isn’t some damp old pop-up that’s been rotting at the back of the garage for a decade. This is the tent. The Great British Bake Off tent. The Great British Bake Off tent, during bread week, and I step inside its hallowed canvas just as a selection of ambitious showstopper challenges in unthinkable shapes have been taken out of the oven. I take a step, starting to salivate at the smell of baked dough and spices, and the floor creaks unnervingly. Someone with a clipboard shouts: “Don’t walk near the bakes!” The middle of the tent, down which the contestants make the long procession to the judges with their offering, is wobbly and uneven. I tiptoe, suddenly petrified that I’ll be responsible for destroying four hours’ worth of intricate bread work with one dodgy footstep.
On TV, you get a sense of what it must be like to be in there – the chocolate-melting heatwave days, the sweaty pressure of tight time constraints and unfamiliar ovens, the kind of gentle chaos that led to baked alaska-gate, when the nation stopped to pay witness to a woman accidentally removing someone else’s ice-cream from the freezer. But you can’t get any idea of how delicious it smells, all that bread, spiced and hot and buttery, desperately trying to stay upright in positions never attempted by baked goods before.
People thought they could make unkind comments with recourse before discovering users could see who was asking what
Instagram’s constant kamikaze launch of new features, in which they desperately try to hold on to their sizeable but fickle user-base by throwing new story modes and face filters at them, installed an interesting new question and answer function this week.
The feature is similar to sites like Ask.fm and the now-defunct Formspring, where users could ask anonymous questions of each other, with the answers made public. Some people used these sites to secretly tell someone they had a crush on them, or ask something they’d be too frightened to say in public, but they also became hotbeds of high school bullying and were blamed for a spate of suicides.
Supporters with tears in their eyes express ‘total love’ for young, diverse French squad
Tens of thousands of supporters wrapped in red, white and blue flags and singing the French national anthem have poured on to the Champs-Élysées in Paris to celebrate France’s World Cup victory over Croatia, cheering that the nation was now firmly a football superpower.
As the final whistle blew, shouts rang out and vast crowds that had gathered outside local bars began sprinting on to the 1.2 mile (2km) avenue in the centre of Paris.
Including: England’s mental shift, why everyone loves Neymar, and the height of Mel from Mel and Sue
But it doesn’t improve it much, either. Cancelling a Neymar penalty showed its value, but the snagging list was long: delays, missed calls and wrong calls, all of it encouraging dissent. One of the system’s suspect moments – Russia’s Ilya Kutepov being cleared of fouling Sergio Ramos in the box – earned meme status. Among the VAR verdicts: “It’s not fit for purpose” (Gary Neville); “It’s bullshit” (Nordin Amrabat); and “It’s extremely satisfying” (Fifa).
France’s Kylian Mbappé is a shoo-in and three Uruguayans, one Nigerian and an England player also make our team
Awarded for the first time in 2006, Fifa’s best young player award is usually a hotly contested prize to honour the best player aged 23 or under. This time, however, there is surely no contest.
Kylian Mbappé does not celebrate his 20th birthday until December but the France forward has been an undoubted star of the 2018 World Cup and will surely follow in the footsteps of the 2006 winner, Lukas Podolski, Thomas Müller in 2010 and France teammate Paul Pogba four years ago by taking the award. But which other eligible players have excelled in Russia? We select an XI of young stars.
• Greg Van Avermaet extends lead after finishing second • Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas among many to fall
The stars fell like ninepins on the cobbles of the Hell of the North, as the Tour de France finally exploded into life on the ruptured roads leading from Arras to Roubaix. But the thrills and spills that provided a stream of crashes were at significant cost to the peloton.
Out of the race is Richie Porte, long considered a threat to the defending champion Chris Froome, who crashed soon after the start, and was forced to abandon the race. Out of contention, it seems, is Rigoberto Urán, second to Froome last year, who now has several mountains to climb if he is to challenge the champion. Froome, who also took a tumble, survived, as did his Team Sky teammate Geraint Thomas, now at the head of the ‘virtual’ classification, in the light of the forthcoming Alpine stages which will not favour the current race leader, Greg Van Avermaet.
The 30-year-old has learned from her past experience of being No 1 and will be better equipped to cope should it happen again
The path to glory is rarely smooth. Angelique Kerber’s victory against Serena Williams on Saturday gave her a third grand slam title, two years after an eight‑month period in which she won the Australian Open and US Open and became the world No 1. As the enormity of being a Wimbledon champion began to sink in, the German said it was the experience of 2017, when she lost her way and fell out of the top 20, that laid the bedrock of her return to the top.
“The last two years gives me so much experience, good and bad things,” said Kerber, who allowed herself a brief sip of champagne a couple of hours after her 6-3, 6-3 win against Williams, whose own achievement in reaching the final, 10 months after a traumatic childbirth, was truly remarkable.
• Real have retained interest in bringing him back to Madrid • ‘What was on the table is different than what I can have’
Thibaut Courtois has suggested his performances for Belgium at the World Cup would merit of an improvement in the contract offer from Chelsea that has been on the table since the end of last year, with the goalkeeper to address his future in the next few weeks.
The Belgian kept three clean sheets in his team’s seven matches in Russia, including two against England, as Roberto Martínez’s side secured their highest ever finish at the tournament in third place. Yet, while he has been a regular for the last four years, Courtois’ current deal at Chelsea has drifted into its last 12 months with an improved offer, believed to be worth around £200,000-a-week, unsigned since talks took place last December.
The captain’s decision to trust his instincts at Lord’s was key to the victory that will see the ODI series settled at Headingley
We are bombarded with statistics in the 21st century – figures that are way more intricate than a sombre “He’s only averaging 26 this year”, which was the case with Eoin Morgan before the one-day international at Lord’s on Saturday. But how do you quantify the impact of a good captain? That remains one for the statisticians to ponder.
One could easily argue that Alex Hales, who is injured, is a superior ODI batsman to Morgan yet only a tiny minority would advocate that Hales should replace Morgan in the side. Morgan proved his worth at Lord’s. For a start he hit a valuable 53 when Kuldeep Yadav was threatening more destruction and throughout the day he kept making excellent decisions. Everything clicked to the extent that India were all too easily neutered by what Morgan described as no more than “a par score” with MS Dhoni strangely emasculated at the end.
If the former England captain was thinking about what could have been at the World Cup, he didn’t show it as he took to his new life in MLS with relish
For the first two weeks of his new life in America, Wayne Rooney lumbered sheepishly though his DC United press events, mumbling the usual banalities. But then came Saturday night, and his MLS debut, which was also United’s first game in their new stadium. He stepped on the pitch in the 59th minute and suddenly it was obvious to everyone that he was anything but ordinary.
Rooney is nearing the end of his career and came to the United States straight off a vacation, yet he was the best player in DC’s 3-1 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps. He sprayed passes to his teammates with such precision and velocity that they sometimes seemed surprised to see the ball coming. He lunged past defenders to fire shots at goal. A flicked header forced the Vancouver goalkeeper, Brian Rowe, to make a desperate save.
Fawning over Trump is supposed to be realpolitik, while a conciliatory attitude to Europe would never do. That’s madness
If leaving the EU was meant to be an exercise in self-belief, pride and patriotism, Donald Trump’s visit seems to have led some members of the political class to temporarily mislay these noble notions. The government that received him did not seem like a majestic keeper of the national flame, but a diminished, kowtowing embarrassment. It was a state visit of constant degradation. Trump came, he saw, and he humiliated the British political establishment.
An exercise in regaining sovereignty has ended up with Brexiters cowed before an incompetent president
Children educated by their parents must not be hidden from the authorities
The killing of 18-year-old Jordan Burling was needless and preventable, a judge told his mother and grandmother on sentencing them for his manslaughter last week. Burling died from bronchopneumonia following a heart attack in 2016, but the underlying cause was malnutrition and neglect so extreme that it is painful to imagine.
Defence lawyers stressed that Mr Burling was an adult, who had made what his grandmother Denise Cranston called a “choice” not to see a doctor. But he was a boy of 12 when his mother told the council she would home-school him. A safeguarding review will now examine how the authorities lost sight of Mr Burling, who had taken no exams nor gained any qualifications, and make recommendations as to how such a disaster can be avoided in future. But there is no reason for the government to wait before acting on behalf of other home-schooled children, of whom there are thought to be around 50,000 in the UK – a number that has increased sharply in recent years.
Though the prime minister has been a profound disappointment, she is only the symptom of a deeper malaise
Theresa May’s expression is hard to read at the best of times, and almost impenetrable at the worst. So it proved on Sunday when she made her second appearance in less than a month on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show. Was the embattled prime minister boldly channelling Marshal Ferdinand Foch during the first Battle of the Marne in 1914: Mon centre cède, ma droite recule, situation excellente, j’attaque (“My centre is giving way, my right is retreating, situation excellent, I am attacking”)? Or did her delphic mask recall the terror one imagines she felt in her youth when wickedly “running through fields of wheat”?
If May is apprehensive, she is absolutely right to be. Last week was bad enough – two senior cabinet resignations, Donald Trump’s helpful interventions – but this week the legislative substance of Brexit returns to the floor of Commons, in the form of the taxation (cross-border trade) bill and the quite distinct trade bill.
There is plenty that the two presidents should address. But they are unlikely to dwell on pressing issues, and there is concern about where they might reach agreement
Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin meet one-to-one in Helsinki on Monday, accompanied only by their interpreters – we think; at a previous private discussion, only the Russian leader’s aide was present. The two presidents’ histories and personalities tell us that this meeting is likely to be bad for America, and worse for its allies. If the US president’s solo encounter with Kim Jong-un is anything to go on, Mr Trump may not be certain what he is saying yes or no to; may not remember it; and may well make ill-judged concessions for little if any return.
We can also be sure that it is likely to be good for Mr Putin. He is already on a winning streak. Perhaps the only thing more satisfying than the World Cup’s success has been Mr Trump’s tour of Europe: undermining Nato, rattling governments and humiliating the leader of a close ally which is still dealing with the aftermath of a fatal nerve agent attack blamed on the Russian state. Mr Putin’s stature is boosted by the very fact of a private discussion with the US president. Mr Trump calls the European Union a foe, while if Russia is a foe “in certain regards”, its president is still “not my enemy”.
As a journalistic challenge, the spread of readers across regions and technologies is vastly different from the print-only era
Sport unites, divides, exhilarates and deflates. The football World Cup finals in Russia did all that again these past four weeks.
For those who love football, the feats and the cross-cultural spectacle of this World Cup were especially memorable. I’m one, but like any readers’ editor I am often made aware that a proportion of readers are indifferent to sport, or to football. I ask those readers to regard this column as a curiosity conveying something of the Guardian’s thriving international presence.
The former foreign secretary’s biographer asks if the political maverick has finally run out of road
As a six-metre high blimp of a blond-haired baby in a nappy rose above Parliament Square in London on Friday, a casual observer might have been forgiven for imagining they had witnessed an inflatable Boris Johnson. After all, the former foreign secretary had not been seen in public since his resignation last week and, judging by social media, he is about as popular with voters (and presumably Theresa May) as the visiting American president.
The blimp’s “babysitters” were targeting Donald Trump, but many of their complaints are equally valid against Johnson. Both men indulge in infantile petulance, self-obsession at everyone else’s expense and a fondness for dog-whistle pronouncements on Brexit, race and women. No wonder the Liberal Democrat leader, Vince Cable, briefly came out of hiding to brand them the “terrible twins”.
The reality of a month and a half without school or nursery, when half of our potentially child-caring family members are away, has been quite a surprise
Bear with me. Honestly, please give me two minutes to talk about the school holidays. Because I’m new to it, see, from this angle at least. Of course, I remember it from the other side, those gloriously boring deserts of time that stretched from July to infinity and took in almost 4,000 screaming rows and a number of own-brand Calippos.
In the early days of my now desiccated memory there are trips to Cornwall and long car journeys listening to Uncle Johnny’s Party Tape TM with its tight edit of Motown and Leonard Cohen (“Why do we have to listen to rabbi music?” I once whined), and there are also whole days down at the brook, banking our 5ps for a bottle of Tango. Then in later years, a slow promenade around Brent Cross, our local, well, now I suppose we’d call it a mall with no embarrassment? It was the first place we were allowed to go without adults, and we relished these hours gliding over its mezzanines of brutalist capitalism, these tuna sandwiches eaten like grown-ups, dangling our legs in the indoor fountain.
The columnist delivers a message from the anti-Trump protests in London. He says the Guardian exists to challenge the status quo and invites readers to help it maintain editorial independence to ensure that those at the top will continue to be challenged
In their first video interviews, the 12 boys rescued from the Tham Luang caves on 9 July say they are strong now, grateful for the help and support they have received, and would like to eat sushi and steak
The Guardian spends the day getting to know the people Donald Trump tried to avoid during his visit to the UK. More than 100,000 people travelled to London from around the country to protest against the US president, according to the organisers of the two marches that converged on Trafalgar Square
Keeping your eye on the ball is one of the first pieces of sporting advice we are all given, which seems pretty sensible when facing an object potentially moving at 100 mph plus. But, is it even possible? The average male tennis pro has a serve of around 125mph which, travelling over 75ft, means it's almost impossible to return if you're watching the ball. So here's how it's done
Syrian refugee Hassan al-Kontar has been stuck in Kuala Lumpur international airport for more than four months. He was refused a new passport by the Syrian embassy in the United Arab Emirates, where he was working when the war broke out in his homeland. After being forced to leave the UAE, he went to Malaysia, where he is now unable to leave the arrivals lounge.
Kontar says his only hope is a campaign to grant him asylum in Canada and though he wants his situation to be resolved as soon as possible, he says he is not unique and Syrians fleeing the war have been failed by the international community
Ever wonder why women shown shaving on TV adverts are already completely hairless? Breaking with decades of tradition, Billie, a US razor company, depicts women actually removing their body hair. Perhaps a sign of brands responding to calls for more realistic portrayals of femininity, say experts
Gavin McGregor was rummaging around in his friend's attic when he stumbled across a treasure trove of LGBTQ+ campaign material from the 1980s – a pivotal time in the fight for equality. In the run-up to London Pride he picks his favourites from the collection and says it should serve as a reminder of the bravery of activists from the time