Gareth Southgate described the England win against Germany as immense while reminding the team they needed to refocus before the quarterfinal. Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane helped England reach the final eight of Euro 2020. They had to endure a couple of nervous moments with Jordan Pickford making a couple of good saves to prevent Kai Havertz and Timo Werner from taking the lead. The win was England’s first win over Germany since 1966 in the knockouts.
“The players were immense, right the way through the team,” England manager Gareth Southgate said after seeing his side cheered to glory by 45,000 supporters. “The fans in the stadium were also incredible. I’ve been in here with a full house and not heard it near the levels heard today, but the energy was incredible in the stadium. To be able to send them home feeling as they do tonight… and you can’t beat a bit of ‘Sweet Caroline’, that’s a belter really!”
“For those people, after such a difficult year at home, to have that enjoyment we’ve given them today was very special,” he added. “It didn’t need me to say it, but when we got in the dressing room we were talking about Saturday already. Today’s been an immense performance but at a cost emotionally and physically. We need to make sure we recover well.”
England will now take on Ukraine in the quarter-finals after they got the better of Sweden in the round of 16.