The English boss led his team to their first major final in 55 years by defeating Denmark in extra time
Gareth Southgate joked to two of his young players that the final of a major tournament, as England did on Wednesday, is not normally what happens to the Three Lions.
England reached their first major final in 55 years by defeating Denmark 2-1 after extra time at Wembley, with Harry Kane’s controversial winner book a place against Italy in the final on Sunday.
The victory helped banish some painful semi-final memories for England, including a loss to Germany at Euro 96 and a defeat against Croatia during the 2018 World Cup.
What was said?
‘I just had to tell [Bukayo] Saka en [Jude] Bellingham, it normally does not work that way! Southgate said ITV of his teenage duo.
“I’m so proud of the players. It’s an incredible opportunity to be a part of. The fans were incredible all night. It would not be straight. The match was in Rome the other night, but we had the players said they will have to show resilience and come back from some setbacks, and we did that tonight.
“If you waited as long as we had to go through a semi-final, given the limited amount of international experience some of the players had, they did an incredible job.
“The most pleasant thing is that we gave a fantastic evening to our fans and nation, and that the journey takes another four days. For the team to get through this kind of night, we suffered in Moscow on a night like this [against Croatia in 2018], we managed to fix it. ”
‘We are in a final, we have to enjoy the fact, but there is still a huge obstacle to overcome. Italy is a very good team, they have shown really excellent form, have defensive fighters at the back, it’s going to be a great match to look forward to. “
What’s next for England?
With Wednesday’s victory, England are in the first major final since the 1966 World Cup, which they won on their own soil by defeating West Germany.
England will also be home for the Euro 2020 final as they face Italy at Wembley on Sunday.
The Italians booked their place in the final on Tuesday by defeating Spain in a penalty goal in their semi-final.