Newspaper headlines: Javid's 'freedom fight' and PM 'rewrites history'

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Under the headline "End Madness of Isolating Children", the new children's commissioner for England tells the Daily Telegraph that school bubbles need to be scrapped.

With almost 250,000 pupils currently out of the classroom, Dame Rachel de Souza warns that a trauma is being inflicted on a generation of youngsters.

The paper features case studies of two schools. One, a high school in Lancashire where some pupils have been sent home on seven separate occasions and another, a primary in east London, where playtime was described as being like a "prison camp" because of social distancing.

The i quotes the head of the National Education Union, Mary Bousted, who believes that with cases trebling in a week, Covid testing needs to be done in school rather than at home. She says pupils are not doing the tests themselves because "they don't like shoving a stick down their throats or up their noses".

The Guardian forecasts ministers will soon announce that - from September - pupils in England will no longer have to stay at home after contact with a positive Covid case. A source tells the paper a new system will be in place next term.

The Sun also suggests a rethink on the rules. It calls the current rules draconian.

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Both the Times and the Financial Times report that hopes of reopening air travel between here and the US before the summer are fading. The Times says talks are likely to fail because of fears about the Delta variant and uncertainty about the AstraZeneca vaccine in the US.

The FT says it's the latest of several difficulties facing British holidaymakers, with Spain, Portugal, Malta and Hong Kong announcing restrictions on Monday.

That's been described as a Costa Palava in the Mirror. But there is some hope to be found in the Guardian.

It says the UK is close to a deal with the EU on Covid passports for fully vaccinated people. It says talks are advancing well on the mutual recognition of the NHS App and EU's digital Covid certificate.

The Times reports that an American law professor has caused consternation in France for suggesting that the country's cuisine is an "expression of white privilege".

According to the paper, Mathilde Cohen told a seminar at Nanterre University outside Paris that French eating habits had reinforced the dominance of white people over ethnic minorities.

The paper quotes one commentator who, with a hint of irony, called on the French to "take the knee in their kitchens" and "beat themselves with whisks".

The Telegraph reports that Border Force is to be overhauled because of its failure to stem the flow of illegal migrants across the channel. It says the bosses of the force and the other agency, Immigration Enforcement, are resigning and will be replaced by a single supremo.

One former head of Immigration Enforcement welcomed the news of a possible merger between the two agencies telling the paper it had been "mad" to break them up in 2012.

Vintage Murray

Photos of a familiar face roaring feature heavily as the papers celebrate the return to Wimbledon of the two time champion, Andy Murray.

His four set triumph over Nikoloz Basilashvili in his first match at SW19 since 2017 was vintage Murray, according to the Telegraph, as he crawled through the "quagmire" and put viewers through "an emotional assault course".

Murray had a decisive lead in the third set before losing seven games straight. It's "never straightforward when it comes to Andy Murray", says the Sun.

His victory after more than three hours was, for the Mail, "one of the most extraordinary performances of Murray's career".

"The 34-year-old Scot with a metal hip", it says, "continues to rage against the dying light."

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Make no mistakes, says the Guardian, it matters... England's Euro 2020 match against Germany this afternoon at Wembley has nerves jangling as, the paper says, a fixture "rich in history, controversy, tears and trauma" will cause a "nation to stop and go through it all over again".

The Mirror predicts a "night made for heroes" but as if to temper expectations says inside that "win or lose", "Southgate's spirited three Lions will still be a credit to England."

The Times believes the game isn't the grudge match it once was, "it's better". It says with many Germans playing in the premier league, the teams have a mutual respect - which has "changed the tone".

Writing in the FT, Simon Kuper believes the fixture has lost its bite - "for most it will be a friendly affair" he says "because English people now define themselves more against each other than against the Germans".

In the Sun, Tony Parsons says while England has other rivalries, it is "true that the agony and ecstasy of English football has largely revolved around games versus Germany".

He thinks the match is a chance for the country to feel good about itself and that beating the old enemy would be the "shot in the arm" the country craves and needs.