Euro 2020 LIVE: England to play Italy in final after beating Denmark in EXTRA-TIME, Azzurri overcome Spain on penalties

ENGLAND are finally back in a major tournament final after 55 years!

The Three Lions beat Denmark 2-1 AET last night at Wembley to seal a spot in Sunday's showpiece final against Italy.

Harry Kane's 105th-minute winner was enough for Gareth Southgate and his side to see their tough clash with the Danes through.

Italy reached the final with a win over Spain on penalties.

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  • Dylan Terry

    GREAL BRAVE

    England boss Gareth Southgate has explained why he substituted Jack Grealish just 36 minutes after he came on against Denmark.

    Just a minute after Harry Kane had scored from his rebounded penalty to make it 2-1, Grealish was hauled off for Kieran Trippier.

    ITV pundit Gary Neville called it 'embarrassing' to happen to a player.

    His fellow Manchester United legend Roy Keane praised Southgate for having a 'nasty streak' to get results.

    And now the Three Lions gaffer has explained his reasoning behind subbing off the Aston Villa playmaker.

    The 50-year-old told talkSPORT: "Jack had a brilliant influence on the game.

    “Denmark threw four forwards forward and we needed five [defenders] back.

    “Raheem [Sterling] was such a threat that it was either going to be Phil [Foden] or Jack to get the solidity without the ball.

    “We still needed to get that pressure up the pitch. We sank a little bit too deep for five minutes or so.

    “We just needed to keep the ball and it took us five minutes to work that out. When we started to keep it, we were running the clock down with a lot less anxiety.”

  • Dylan Terry

    DANE PAIN

    Martin Braithwaite fumed ‘I have to be careful what I say’ when quizzed about England’s controversial penalty last night.

    The Three Lions were awarded a spot kick during extra time against Denmark last night.

    But replays showed that minimal contact was made on Raheem Sterling.

    Harry Kane stepped up, burying the rebound after a superb Kasper Schmeichel save.

    And the goal proved to be the winner, as England ran out 2-1 victors, booking their place in Sunday’s final against Italy.

    While Three Lions fans have rejoiced, Denmark have been left wondering what might have been.

    After the match, Barcelona forward Braithwaite, 30, said: “We have to swallow that.

    “We are proud, but also incredibly disappointed in the way it happened.

    “I don’t think it was entirely fair, but I have to be careful what I say.”

  • Dylan Terry

    FOR MUM AND DAD

    Gareth Southgate said his parents no longer have to suffer the pain of his Euro 96 heartache after masterminding England’s run to the final.

    The England manager let out a huge roar in front of an adoring Wembley faithful after the semi-final win over Denmark.

    Southgate’s Three Lions beat the Danes 2-1 after extra-time to reach the European Championship final for the first time ever.

    It is 25 years on from one of Southgate’s lowest moments in his football career.

    The ex-England defender missed the decisive penalty at the old Wembley in the semi-final against Germany.

    England were captained on that day by Arsenal’s Tony Adams.

    And Adams appeared on Good Morning Britain on Thursday to reveal what the win over Denmark meant to current boss Southgate.

    Adams revealed: “I text him (Southgate) congratulations because I’m so proud to be his pal. He came back with a beautiful answer.

    “He said: ‘Thank god my mum and dad don’t have to put up with all that pain any more’.

    “He’s making a new path now for all these young players, some of them weren’t even born when he missed that penalty.”

  • Dylan Terry

    JACK IT IN

    Jack Grealish became just the third England substitute to be hauled off during a tournament match last night.

    The first was at Euro 96 against Scotland.

    Jamie Redknapp was thrown on by Terry Venables for Stuart Pearce at half-time.

    But the Liverpool ace was then sacrificed with five minutes remaining for Sol Campbell.

    A similar incident happened under Sven-Goran Eriksson a decade later at the World Cup in Germany.

    Tottenham’s Aaron Lennon was brought on for David Beckham after 52 minutes against Portugal in the quarter-finals.

    But ahead of a penalty shoot-out, Jamie Carragher replaced the winger with 119 minutes on the clock.

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