Three Lions roar into semi-finals

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England beat Ukraine 4-0 to cruise into a Euro 2020 semi-final at Wembley.

England got off to a strong start with Harry Kane latching onto Sterling’s pass to give the Three Lions the lead after just three minutes.

Then in the second half Harry Maguire and Harry Kane both headed goals into the back of the Ukrainian net followed by Jordan Henderson who scored his first goal for England. The final result 4-0 and a solid win for England as they head back home to meet Denmark at Wembley on Wednesday for the Euro 2020 Semi-Final.

Speaking to the BBC, Manager Gareth Southgate said:

“It’s fabulous. I suppose it’s still sinking in that it’s another semi-final – three in three years.

“We want to go two steps further. I know what will be happening at home. It’s lovely to see everyone on a Saturday night, beer in hand. They should enjoy it. It’s been a long year for everyone. I’m chuffed the two performances have brought so much happiness to people.

“We’ve known we had players we needed to look after physically. We’ve been able to introduce them. We know across seven games the squad is so important, trying to give people a breather at the right time. We learned a lot from Russia in that instance. We were trying to balance players with knocks and yellow cards. ‘Do we take the centre-back off? Because we’ve the game sown up he won’t need to make a tackle.’

“It’s fabulous for our country – a semi-final at Wembley. Everyone can really look forward to that – it’s brilliant.”

Captain Harry Kane added:

“It’s a great feeling. Back to back semi-finals at a major tournament is a great achievement, but, I don’t want to be a party pooper, but we don’t stop here.

We’ve got a big game coming up and we want to go further this time than we did at the World Cup. It’s a great feeling to win here, and the way we’ve done it shows how we’ve progressed as a country. Long may the improvement continue! We have great belief in the dressing room.

The first half was tough, we got the early goal but they caused us a few problems after changing it a few times. The second goal settled us down a lot and from then on we controlled the game.

It was an impressive performance. It’s hard to soak it all in when you’ve got another big one coming up. The dressing room will be a great atmosphere tonight, but when we wake up we’ll be focused again. This group of players aren’t settling for a semi-final, we want to go further.”

England vs Denmark will be the second Euro 2020 semi-final at Wembley, taking place on Wednesday July 7 at 8pm.

Photos courtesy of England Football Association.

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