England came from behind to beat Denmark 2-1 in the Euro 2020 semi-finals on Wednesday, meaning they will be in a men’s major tournament final for the first time in 55 years.
Denmark opened up the gates of goals when Mikkel Damsgaard smashed a free-kick past the despairing dive of Jordan Pickford, which was the first goal England had conceded in the entire tournament.
England leveled within 10 minutes when Simon Kjaer bundled the ball into his own net after a searching cross from Bukayo Saka.
In extra time, England put Denmark under intense pressure and they finally got their reward when Raheem Sterling was fouled in the box by Joakim Maehle.
Harry Kane’s penalty was saved by Kasper Schmeichel but he converted the rebound to give England the advantage and they held Denmark at bay to seal the win.
Sterling said: “It was a top performance — we had to dig in deep after the first goal we conceded in the tournament, and we regrouped well and showed a good team spirit to come back and win the game.
“It’s another step in the right direction.
“But once we’re back in the dressing room it’s over and we’ve got to focus on the weekend now. It’s step-by-step and that’s all we can do.”
The match was graced by British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson.
Gareth Southgate’s men will face Italy on Sunday infused with the belief they can win a first major international tournament since the 1966 World Cup.