Gareth Southgate savoured a historic night for England football as his side beat Denmark 2-1 in the Euro 2020 semifinal at Wembley. This will be the first major tournament final for England since the World Cup in 1966. Harry Kane scored the winner in extra time after his penalty was saved by Denmark keeper Kasper Schmeichel.
“I’m so proud of the players,” Gareth Southgate said after England beat Denmark at Wembley. “It’s an incredible occasion to be a part of, the fans were incredible all night. For our country… I’ve not heard the new Wembley like that, ever. To be able to share that with everybody is very special.”
“It was never going to be straightforward, the game the other night in Rome was, but we told the players that they would have to show resilience and come back from some setbacks, and we did that tonight,” Southgate added. “I felt we would get over the line but knew we would have different sorts of battles. Denmark are so underrated as a team; they did cause us a lot of problems.”
Southgate did not waste any time in praising their opponents in the final, Italy. They have been incredible form over the last few years. Their win against Spain in the semifinal was their 33rd game unbeaten.
“I think Denmark had only lost four matches out of 30-odd games; Italy’s record is even better than that. They have been a top team for the last couple of years, we’ve followed their progress closely, we know the way they play, with great energy and style,” he added.