Euro 2020: England fans climb Shaftesbury memorial fountain after Ukraine victory
Gareth Southgate’s side return to Wembley for their next game – and for the final, should they make it there – after winning this game in Rome, their first fixture of the tournament outside of London. They will meet Denmark in the semi-finals, after the storied Scandinavians won their own encounter with Czech Republic 2-1 in Baku just hours before the Three Lions triumphed.
On the other side of the draw, much-fancied Italy will play Spain, with the Azzurri seeing off Belgium in impressive fashion and La Roja just sneaking through past Switzerland on penalties.
Just three games remain after a thrilling and absorbing summer of action spread across the Continent, with the semi-finals taking place across Tuesday and Wednesday nights. Dreams of success have quickly become concrete optimism for four national teams and their fans, but work remains to be done to reach the final. Follow all the build-up to the two semi-finals at Euro 2020 live here:
England vs Ukraine audience tops 20 million
England’s win over Ukraine attracted a peak audience of 20.9 million on BBC One, with a further 5.2 million streams across the BBC iPlayer, making the quarter-final the most-watched live TV event of the year.
The total eclipsed the peak audience that tuned in for England’s win over Germany in the last 16, and the combined viewing figures of TV plus online streams would put the Ukraine match in the top 10 most watched broadcasts ever in the United Kingdom.
Jamie Braidwood4 July 2021 11:08
When are the Euro 2020 semi-finals?
Everything you need to know is right here: what day each game is, how many fans can go and plenty more besides.
Karl Matchett4 July 2021 11:02
Euro 2020 Golden Boot odds and top scorer standings
It’s going to take a big effort from one of the England duo in the running to overtake those at the top!
5 – Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal
5 – Patrik Schick, Czech Republic
4 – Karim Benzema, France
4 – Emil Forsberg, Sweden
4 – Romelu Lukaku, Belgium
3 – Georginio Wijnaldum, Netherlands
3 – Robert Lewandowski, Poland
3 – Haris Seferovic, Switzerland
3 – Xherdan Shaqiri, Switzerland
3 – Raheem Sterling, England
Karl Matchett4 July 2021 10:53
England will use World Cup ‘hurt’ to drive Euro 2020 success – Harry Kane
The captain speaks on going one step further:
“Obviously there are a few of us in this team who played in that semi-final and we know how much it hurt not getting to the final and go all the way.
“It has been a great tournament so far and we have ticked off the boxes as we have gone along but the bottom line is we have a vision of where we want to be and it has to be winning major tournaments.
“We are on the right track but we have a very tough game coming up. We have our supporters there as well, we are going to have 60,000 in the stadium and we want to do them proud and friends and family proud.”
Karl Matchett4 July 2021 10:45
Five clean sheets for England at Euro 2020 – what’s the secret?
You may have noticed a distinct lack of players and teams celebrating against England this summer. Scotland did so to an extent at full-time, having earned a hard-fought point, but that’s it – no goals against, certainly no defeats. How have England managed to go a record-breaking five games in a row at the Euros without conceding? Mark Critchley details the collective approach which has thwarted everyone from top scorer Patrik Schick to the profligate Thomas Muller this summer.
“There is no official ‘golden glove’ award at the Euros but if there was, only Italy’s Gianluigi Donnarumma would be within a chance of equalling Jordan Pickford.
“England’s tactical shape when out of possession, even among the attacking players, has been generally excellent.”
Karl Matchett4 July 2021 10:38
Luke Shaw delivers the perfect response…and free-kick
Just a few days after Jose Mourinho had suggested Luke Shaw’s set-pieces were “very poor” for England, he sent over a couple of bangers.
One landed on the forehead of Harry Maguire, a brief second before the ball hit the back of the net, while he also assisted another Harry Kane header and showed an all-round improvement in his game in both halves of the pitch which has been increasingly apparent over the past 12 months.
Vithushan Ehantharajah extolls the virtues of the left-back who is finally earning the credit he deserves.
Karl Matchett4 July 2021 10:29
Sterling’s defence-splitting pass which decided Ukraine’s fate early
England made the perfect start in Rome, scoring just a few minutes in. He might not have been on the scoresheet this time but Raheem Sterling’s contribution was no less vital, with his incisive pass paving the way for that first goal and the eventual, comfortable, win. Melissa Reddy details Sterling’s “masterclass in delivering a killer pass” as his impact on Euro 2020 continues to grow.
Karl Matchett4 July 2021 10:20
Denmark feeling the love after Eriksen absence
Kasper Hjulmand said he “definitely” feels the public support Denmark are receiving at Euro 2020 and says Christian Eriksen will be very much in the squad’s thoughts as they dream of emulating the 1992 European Championship-winning squad.
“I think the whole world of football understood that second and the days after the fundamental things in life and in football, the fundamental values of football came through right at that moment,” he said after the win over Czech Republic.
“There are so many other agendas in football, but we all remembered why we started to play football, what values football is based on and we had a reminder of this.
“I am still thinking of Christian every single day. He should have been here.
“We are happy that he survived, we carry him all the way to this match and all the way to Wembley. I think about him all of the time.
“We all understood maybe that the values of football came through – and maybe we are a symbol of it. I could not be more happy than that.
“The team showed it without being told, ‘this is the way you should act’.”
Karl Matchett4 July 2021 10:14
What can England expect from Denmark?
The big question for Gareth Southgate and Co now is: how do they navigate the next tough test, in Denmark?
Impressive counter-attacks, a new tactical system and some good results are all noteworthy – but the Danes are obviously playing for something more, still riding the emotional wave which has come about as a result of Christian Eriksen’s on-pitch collapse in their first match.
Since his subsequent recovery, the team are by their own admission playing for him and constantly thinking about their skipper, and it was undoubtedly a factor in them reaching the knockout stage.
Against Wales and Czech Republic, though, it has been the tactics, clinical edge and impressive rotation of positions from Denmark which has really marked them out as a team to be respected.
Karl Matchett4 July 2021 09:59
Harry Maguire has echoed the thoughts of Henderson and the prevailing theme from post-match in Rome is pretty simple: England have to go further this time.
Successive semis are impressive, no question, but the team want to take more steps.
“It’s a great feeling, back-to-back semi-finals at major tournaments is a great achievement. I don’t want to be a party pooper but we don’t stop here. We want to go further than we did at the World Cup.
“The way we have won it shows the big progress we are making. Long may the improvement continue. We have another big one coming up.
“We have great belief in the dressing room. The first half was tough, we got the early goal and they caused us a few problems with their shape but the second goal settled us down a lot.
“From there we controlled the game really well. It was an impressive performance in the end.”
Karl Matchett4 July 2021 09:48