D.England’s national soccer players ticked off the 4-0 victory in the European Championship quarter-finals against Ukraine in a hurry. Immediately after the final whistle of the game in Rome on Saturday, double-goal scorer Harry Kane and his teammates only knew one topic: the semi-final against Denmark at London’s Wembley Stadium – and the opportunity that came with it. “We want to win a big tournament. This is a great opportunity, ”said Kane. “We have to recover now, take the confidence out of this game and prepare for a tough opponent.”
The Three Lions were able to gain a lot of self-confidence against an overwhelmed Ukraine. Captain Kane (4th / 50th minute), Harry Maguire (46th) and Jordan Henderson (63rd) scored for the host of the semi-finals and the final, who was able to convince offensively for the first time in this tournament. The 4: 0 was the highest victory in the long history of the English European Championship. “In the end it was a really impressive performance,” praised defense chief Maguire, whose defense has been good throughout the tournament and was the only team to score again in the fifth European Championship game.
“Have made great progress”
With Denmark, however, a much tougher opponent should wait on Wednesday at London’s Wembley Stadium than Ukraine, which despite the early deficit could hardly create any danger forward and made too many mistakes in the second half. “They are a good team, they have shown that again here,” warned coach Gareth Southgate of the Scandinavians, who last inflicted a 1-0 home defeat on England in the Nations League and wrested a 0-0 win. “You are riding a wave of emotionality after what happened to Christian,” said Southgate, referring to the collapse of Dane Christian Eriksen in the first European Championship game.
After long years of waiting, England are in a European Championship semi-final for the first time since 1996 – and feel ready for their first major title since winning the World Cup in 1966. “It’s a great feeling to win like this here,” said Maguire. “That shows the great progress we’ve made. And we keep improving. “
The Three Lions should also be helped by the experiences from the recent past – for example from the 2018 World Cup, when the semi-finals ended with a 1: 2 against Croatia. “Anyone who was there at the time still remembers how painful it was not to make it to the final,” recalled Kane. Judged Coach Southgate, “Teams need to go on a journey and go through pain in order to develop. We had great nights, but also painful nights, and we learned from them. “
How much, England can prove that on Wednesday at Wembley. Next milestone: the final on June 11th. Opponents could then be the so far strong Italians or Spain. “We still have a long way to go, we are not satisfied yet,” said Southgate. “We have never been in a European Championship final. This is the next opportunity for us to make history. “