England has done it, it might finally be coming home (not to jinx it) but for the first time in more than 50 years, England will be in a major final.
Fans have been celebrating all over the UK and will probably carry on right until the final on Sunday – and we certainly don’t blame them.
After a tenuous start, with Denmark scoring an early goal, it looked like it might go the same as it always does and England would just miss out on the glory. But no, Southgate’s lads managed to get one back against the Danes – although it was an own goal it still meant they equalised.
With both teams on even footing, we then entered what seemed like the longest second half before we entered the first extra time of six minutes… and then the final half-hour.
Luckily, Kane scored in the 104th minute on a soft penalty and that clinched England’s win – they still had another 15 minutes of extra time to go. But then the final whistle blew and that was it, England made history.
In one Essex bar, fans gathered around to watch the final moment, arms locked and with a glimmer of hope in their eyes. They were rewarded – England did it and then the celebrations truly began.
There were cheers, faces of shock, scenes of absolute delight and a sense of camaraderie which we haven’t seen over these past 16 months. A wonderful sight to see.
As soon as the referee blew the whistle that was it, it was celebrations all around. England will now play Italy in the final on Sunday, July 11 and we will see if even more history can be made.
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