England have qualified for the finals of Euro 2020 with a rollercoaster 2-1 win over Denmark at Wembley last night.
The match had finished 1-1 in 90 minutes which saw agony and ecstasy for the Three Lions, but England found a second wind to snatch a late goal in extra time to seal the win.
With an increased capacity, 60,000 fans were there to witness the incredible moment Gareth Southgate’s men secured their place in their first major final in 55 years, after coming back from a goal down.
Mikel Damsgaard opened the scoring for Denmark, with a superb long range free kick after back to back fouls from England.
A Simon Kjaer own goal, from Bukayo Saka’s cross, levelled proceedings, before Harry Kane slotted home the rebound from his penalty in extra time.
In a nervy affair, England had enjoyed the better opening minutes of the game.
Raheem Sterling jinked his way into box to work himself a half chance, before scuffing his shot straight at goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.
Two minutes later, Kane then blazed a warning shot over from just outside the box.
However, it would be the Danes that opened the scoring.
Mikel Damsgaard gave England a sign of things to come, after he made space for himself in the corner of the box and unleashing a curling effort, which went just wide.
England then gave away back to back fouls and Damsgaard didn’t waste his second chance.
The 21-year-old hit a powerful dipping free kick from way out, that left England keeper Pickford sprawling and put Denmark 1-0 up 29 minutes into the crucial clash.
England, understandably shocked, did not let it affect them for too long.
Bukayo Saka played through captain Harry Kane who’s cross found the in form Sterling in the middle of the box, but he fired straight at Schmeichel.
Saka and Kane combined again moments later, as captain Kane played a weighted through ball to put the winger in behind.
Saka fired in a dangerous low cross which Danish captain Simon Kjaer could do nothing with but put in his own net, with Raheem Sterling dashing in just behind him for a tap in.
Cue Wembley Stadium erupting in scenes of joy, with England drawing level to put the game at 1-1.
Clearly buoyed by their equaliser, England came out in the second half with their tails up.
Harry Maguire thought he’d headed in when he connected with a Mason Mount free kick, but he was denied by a superb one handed save from Schmeichel.
Mount then took too long on the ball after being played in behind by an excellent over the top pass from Kalvin Phillips, before firing a curling shot straight at the keeper just after.
Ten minutes later Sterling again found space in the box, but saw his shot quickly blocked, as nerves started to build for both sides with the minutes ticking down.
A minute later saw a heart in mouth moment for both sides.
Harry Kane broke into the box with the ball and hit the deck after a collision with a Danish defender.
England fans and players went up with shouts of penalty, but the referee was having none of it, giving the free kick to Denmark after a VAR check.
With the sides unable to find a winner in 90 minutes, the clash went to extra time and the possibility of penalties.
Straight away England were on the front foot, Kane being played in behind, before seeing his low effort at tight angle expertly stopped by Schmeichel, three minutes in.
Tricky play from substitutes Phil Foden and Jack Grealish, gave Sterling a sight of goal but the Man City forward blazed over. Chance missed.
The 26-year-old soon made up for it though, again jinking into the box, but this time finding his heels clipped after breaking through two defenders.
Penalty shouts once more from fans and players alike, this time given by referee Danny Makkelie.
After what seemed like an age, a VAR check confirmed the decision.
Harry Kane stepped up and saw his effort to the right saved by Schmeichel, but kept his cool to prod home the rebound, sparking scenes of jubilation.
A stadium, moments before lamenting Kane, in wild celebrations.
The goal seemed to knock the stuffing out of Denmark, who had done so well to progress this far, as they barely threatened the England goal.
Southgate’s men passed the ball round the stylishly to try seal out the win, before Sterling drove into the box in the last few seconds and nearly wrapped things up, but saw his effort saved.
England, in their first major tournament final since 1966, will now face Italy on Sunday at Wembley.