England fans woke up bleary-eyed on Thursday to the reality of a first major tournament final in 55 years after a momentous win against Denmark set up a Euro 2021 showdown with Italy. Three years on from their defeat to Croatia in the World Cup semi-final, Gareth Southgate’s men overcame the Danes 2-1 in extra-time at a rocking Wembley to reach their first European Championship final. FRANCE 24’s Bénédicte Paviot tells us more.
England overcame Denmark 2-1 in extra time in the sem-final to reach the European Championship final for the first time. Harry Kane’s goal, following up after his penalty had been saved, saw off battling Denmark on a night to remember in front of almost 60,000 roaring fans. England fell behind to Mikkel Damsgaard’s superb free-kick, which was equalised with an own goal from Simon Kjaer.
The nation that lays claim to being the inventor of the beautiful game, but is more fittingly one of the sport’s great underachievers, is back in a final — against Italy in Euro 2020.
The teams will meet at Wembley in London where England will be going for its first major title since winning the 1966 World Cup on their home field. The Italians are unbeaten in 33 games.
It’s been 55 agonizing years for England through 26 World Cups and European Championship tournaments, seven of which they didn’t even qualify for.