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Gareth Southgate savouring 'incredible' England victory over Denmark

Tom Gott
Gareth Southgate has led England to their first major final since 1966
Gareth Southgate has led England to their first major final since 1966 / Frank Augstein - Pool/Getty Images
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England boss Gareth Southgate has hailed his side's winning mentality as they sealed a spot in the final of Euro 2020 with an excellent 2-1 win over Denmark.

After falling behind to a glorious free-kick from Mikkel Damsgaard, England fought back and tied things up with a Simon Kjaer own goal. However, they were made to wait until extra-time for the winner, which came as Harry Kane fired home his rebounded penalty to send England to their first major final in 55 years.

The win kicked off a party atmosphere inside Wembley, and after the game, Southgate confessed he had never heard anything like it.

"I'm so proud of the players," Southgate told ITV. "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.

"The most pleasing thing is we've given the fans and nation a fantastic night and the journey carries on for another four days. We've got to enjoy the fact we're in the final but there's one more massive hurdle to conquer."

Southgate also admitted his delight towards England's resilience, pointing to just how well they responded after falling 1-0 down to the Damsgaard free-kick.

"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.

"When you have waited as long as we have to get through a semi-final the players - given the limited amount of international experience some of them have - have done an incredible job.

"The most pleasing thing is that we've given our fans and nation a fantastic night, and the journey carries on for another four days.

"For the team to come through this sort of a night, we suffered in Moscow on a night like this, we managed to put that right."


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