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England’s Mings slams UK’s home secretary over racism remarks

England’s football player Tyrone Mings says Patel ‘stoked the fire’ with her comments about players taking the knee.

England’s football player Tyrone Mings has criticised Home Secretary Priti Patel, saying she had “stoked the fire” by defending fans who booed Black players taking the knee during Euro 2020 final with Italy.

Patel had previously said taking the knee was “gesture politics” and Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who has enthusiastically waged verbal war on so-called woke politics, had also equivocated for days over the issue.

Patel had said on Monday the online racial abuse of the three Black players – Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka – after missing penalties in the shoot-out defeat by Italy was “disgusting”, but Mings issued a stinging response.

“You don’t get to stoke the fire at the beginning of the tournament by labelling our anti-racism message as ‘Gesture Politics’ and then pretend to be disgusted when the very thing we’re campaigning against, happens,” he tweeted.

Patel had previously said taking the knee was ‘gesture politics’ [File: Hannah McKay/Reuters]

The allegation of hypocrisy levelled against the government by Mings and even some Conservative MPs is particularly dangerous for Johnson, as the England team basks in widespread sympathy after its agonising loss.

Rashford had become a hero to many inside and outside football by successfully lobbying Johnson to provide free school meals for underprivileged children during the coronavirus pandemic.

“I’m Marcus Rashford, 23-year-old black man from Withington and Wythenshawe, South Manchester. If I have nothing else I have that,” the Manchester United forward wrote on Twitter.

“I can take critique of my performance all day long, my penalty was not good enough, it should have gone in but I will never apologise for who I am and where I came from,” Rashford added.

Images on social media showed a mural honouring Rashford in Withington had been defaced before locals covered the hateful language with messages of support.

“Seeing the response in Withington had me on the verge of tears,” Rashford said, as sympathisers planned a protest at the mural later on Tuesday.

Premier League teams have taken the knee since last year following the murder of George Floyd at the hands of a white police officer in the United States.

‘The painful truth’

Patel’s fellow Conservative legislator and former defence minister Johnny Mercer said: “The painful truth is that this guy (Mings) is completely right.

“Very uncomfortable with the position we Conservatives are needlessly forcing ourselves into.”

England manager Gareth Southgate said the online abuse was “unforgivable”, and team captain Harry Kane also lashed out at the trolls.

“Three lads who were brilliant all summer had the courage to step up and take a pen (penalty) when the stakes were high,” he said.

“They deserve support and backing, not the vile racist abuse they’ve had.

“If you abuse anyone on social media you’re not an England fan and we don’t want you.”

The racist attacks have also been strongly condemned by the English Football Association. Its president, Prince William, said he was “sickened” by the abuse.

‘Urgent need for action’

At a cabinet meeting, Johnson told his ministers that “the abuse was utterly disgraceful and has emerged from the dark spaces of the internet,” according to his spokesman.

He said that in his meeting later on Tuesday with representatives of social media companies, the prime minister will “reiterate the urgent need for action, ahead of tougher laws coming into force” in the UK.

The government’s planned “online harms bill” will, for the first time, bring firms such as Facebook and Twitter within the orbit of the UK’s communications regulator.

Under the bill, if social media companies fail to take down abusive content promptly, they could be fined up to £18 million ($ 25m) or 10 percent of their annual global turnover, whichever is higher.

Street artist Akse P19 repairs the mural of Manchester United striker and England player Marcus Rashford on the wall of the Coffee House Cafe on Copson Street, in Withington, Manchester [Jon Super/AP]

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England’s Euro 2020 end-of-tournament report: Every Three Lions player rated

Southgate hopes to lead England at World Cup in 2022

The infamous countdown clock installed after Greg Dyke’s galvanising speech at the start of the decade always pointed towards Qatar 2022 for England success.

Having fallen just short this time, Express Sport assesses which of the players are looking ready for the next World Cup – and which are not.

1 JORDAN PICKFORD – 8

7 games, 690 mins, 37.4 km

One of England’s stars. Has ‘moments’ with Everton but emerging as top international goalkeeper.

2 KYLE WALKER – 7

6 games, 599 mins, 59.9 km

His pace remains a vital attribute. A wobbly first game against Croatia but grew from there.

3 LUKE SHAW – 9

6 games, 575 mins, 62.6 km

Exorcised some Mourinho angst and final goal completing his transition to Shawberto Carlos.

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Gareth Southgate’s team went all the way to the Euro 2020 final, but how did each player rate? (Image: GETTY)

4 DECLAN RICE – 7

7 games, 538 mins, 62.5 km

Really looked the part in the final when his focus was much more forward-looking

5 JOHN STONES – 7

7 games, 679 mins, 67.3 km

His rehabilitation from the Nations League was remarkable alongside Maguire.

6 HARRY MAGUIRE – 8

5 games, 510 mins, 51.5 km

Shrugged off his injury in time to play a vital part at both ends of the pitch.

7 JACK GREALISH – 7

5 games, 172 mins, 22.0 km

Always seemed to lift the mood when he came on but never found that special something.

8 JORDAN HENDERSON – 5

5 games, 151 mins, 20.5 km

Disappointing final cameo. Scored goal, but card tricks aside he was not-so-magic Jordan.

9 HARRY KANE – 7

7 games, 649 mins, 74.3 km

Four goals but his own high standards demanded more. Needs a system that works.

10 RAHEEM STERLING  – 8

7 games, 641 mins, 68.3 km

Made a few wrong decisions in the final but who can forget that semi-final display?

11 MARCUS RASHFORD – 5

5 games, 84 mins, 10.7 km

Really needs to get his shoulder/back injury sorted so he can arrive fresh into next season.

12 KIERAN TRIPPIER – 7

5 games, 290 mins, 33.5 km

A reliable performer who sets a strong standard for a fit Trent Alexander-Arnold to match.

14 KALVIN PHILLIPS – 8

7 games, 655 mins, 83.0 km

Possibly the discovery of the tournament. Not fazed by anything. Undroppable.

15 TYRONE MINGS – 6

3 games, 191 mins, 19.4 km

Dependable in the group stages while Maguire was getting to full fitness. Good squad member.

17 JADON SANCHO – 5

3 games, 97 mins, 12.1 km

Barely given a chance then fluffed his penalty. Attitude was questioned – a big season ahead.

18 DOMINIC CALVERT-LEWIN – 5

2 games, 18 mins, 2.8 km

Always eager but often thwarted. Perhaps Southgate could have used his Plan B strengths more.

19 MASON MOUNT – 6

5 games, 464 mins, 50.4 km

The COVID isolation seemed to rob him of his energy as he struggled to emulate Chelsea form.

20 PHIL FODEN – 6

3 games, 159 mins, 19.8 km

Different tournament if shot against Croatia hadn’t hit the post. World beater in the making still.

24 REECE JAMES – 5

1 game, 90 mins, 9.0 km

A 99 per cent pass completion rate showed one thing – he was too timid to take the risks needed.

25 BUKAYO SAKA – 8

4 games, 272 mins, 31.4 km

As popular as he is dangerous. Will recover from penalty miss – he’s only 19 for goodness sake.

26 JUDE BELLINGHAM – 7

3 games, 56 mins, 7.9 km

Just a few tantalising glimpses of his capabilities showed just what a prospect he is for the future.

NOT USED: 13 D HENDERSON, 13 RAMSDALE, 16 COADY, 21 CHILWELL, 22 WHITE, 23 JOHNSTONE

White, Coady and keepers along for the ride. Massive miss for Champions League-winning Chilwell.

England’s Marcus Rashford pens emotional statement after Euro 2020 penalty miss

Rashford took to social media to release a written statement as he opened up and shared his thoughts as he reflected on England’s summer at Euro 2020 and his miss in the dramatic penalty shootout that concluded Sunday’s final against Italy.

Rashford came off the subs’ bench in the final moments of extra time specifically to be in the lineup for the shootout, but the Manchester United star, who is no stranger to penalty-taking duties for club or country, saw his spot-kick clip the outside of the post as his effort went wide.

On Monday night, Rashford shared a long written message to the supporters as he thanked them for their backing, praised his England team-mates and apologised for missing from the spot during the shootout.

“I don’t even know where to start and I don’t even know how to put into words how I’m feeling at this exact time,” he began.

“I’ve had a difficult season, I think that’s been clear for everyone to see and I probably went into that final with a lack of confidence.

“I’ve always backed myself for a penalty but something didn’t feel quite right. During the long run up I was saving myself a bit of time and unfortunately the result was not what I wanted.

“I felt as thought I had let my teammates down. I felt as if I’d let everyone down.

“A penalty was all I had been asked to contribute for the team. I can score penalties in my sleep so why not that one? It’s been playing in my head over and over since I struck the ball and there’s probably not a word to quite describe how it feels.

“Final. 55 years. 1 penalty. History. All I can say is sorry. I wish it had gone differently.

“Whilst I continue to say sorry I want to shout out my teammates. This summer has been one of the best camps I’ve experienced and you’ve all played a role in that.

“A brotherhood has been built that is unbreakable. Your success is my success. Your failures are mine.”

Rashford then addressed some of the abuse he had received following England’s defeat at Wembley on Sunday night.

“I’ve grown into a sport where I expect to read things written about myself,” he continued.

“Whether it be the colour of my skin, where I grew up, or, most recently, how I decide to spend my time off the pitch.

“I can take critique of my performance all day long, my penalty was not good enough, it should have gone in but I will never apologise for who I am and where I come from.

“I’ve felt no prouder moment than wearing those three ions on my chest and seeing my family cheer me on in a crowd of 10s of thousands. I dreamt of days like this.”

The United striker then thanked those who have provided him with messages of support, especially those from his home town, as he promised to bounce back better in the months and years ahead.

“The messages I’ve received today have been positively overwhelming and seeing the response in Withington had me on the verge of tears,” he said.

The communities that always wrapped their arms around me continue to hold me up.

“I’m Marcus Rashford, 23-year-old, black man from Withington and Wythenshawe, South Manchester. If I have nothing else I have that.

“For all the kind messages, thank you. I’ll be back stronger. We’ll be back stronger.”

Marcus Rashford mural vandalised just minutes after England’s Euro loss

Graffiti has been scrawled across the artwork, which depicts the much-loved Manchester United forward. The indecipherable lettering, daubed in blue paint on Sunday night, can barely be seen over the powerful black and white image.

The portrait, created last November, stands across a wall in the Withington area of Manchester, not far from where the footballer grew up. 

It’s the second time the same mural has been targeted by yobs in eight months, Manchester Evening News reports.

Rashford, 23, saw his penalty hit the post in the shootout last night.

He was one three England players to miss their spot-kicks during the tense lottery at Wembley in the final of Euro 2020.

But Rashford, who in the past year has been celebrated for spearheading a campaign for all children to have free school meals, received support online.

One post reads: “We were robbed. Saka, Rashford we got you – we are proud of you Raised fist @MarcusRashford @BukayoSaka87”

Another says: “People soon forget the great things someone has done just because of one mistake. They all should be proud of how far they took England, no other team has done that before.”

A third states: “Disgusting behaviour – show some respect. Players need our respect and should be applauded for their commitment.”

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Excitement abounds again on England’s Lord’s homecoming

Almost two years to the day since the 2019 World Cup final at Lord’s, England played their first ODI at the ground since that famous game, with capacity crowd at Home of Cricket treated to another thrilling, if not quite as close, encounter as hosts wrap up series win over Pakistan

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Ben Stokes returned to the scene of his 2019 World Cup heroics, captaining England to series-sealing win over Pakistan

Ben Stokes returned to the scene of his 2019 World Cup heroics, captaining England to series-sealing win over Pakistan

In some ways, England’s latest ODI at Lord’s couldn’t have been more different to their previous one at the iconic venue.

Saturday’s game was far less significant than that spellbinding World Cup final almost two years ago; the England XI – bar stand-in skipper Ben Stokes – was unrecognisable from the one that took the field against New Zealand on that unforgettable day; and the not-so-close finish meant those watching still had fingernails left this time around.

But, in other ways, it was extremely similar.

Fans trundling down from St John’s Wood underground station with their hampers in tow. Morning drizzle causing a delayed start. A packed crowd. The team batting first getting a working total in the 240s. England completing a victory that earned them a trophy. A thrilling Wimbledon final going on simultaneously (Novak Djokovic vs Roger Federer back then, Ashleigh Barty vs Karolina Pliskova this time).

Oh, and excitement. Plenty of excitement.

The concluding stages of the World Cup final may never be eclipsed on a cricket field in terms of drama, even if Stokes ran them close with his mind-bending, match-winning Ashes knock at Emerald Headingley later in that glorious cricketing summer.

But, if you recall, that 50-over showpiece was something of a slow burn before it developed into a cracking crescendo that featured a deflected six that should have been five, a Super Over, and England pipping the Black Caps by “the barest of margins”.

A slow burn on Saturday, though, it was not.

Having been denied cricket for 90 minutes by the frustrating mizzle and subsequently seeing the game trimmed from 50 overs a side to 47, the crowd at Lord’s – the first capacity crowd at an ECB-staged match since the coronavirus pandemic began – were treated to a thrill ride.

Dawid Malan and Zak Crawley, who made unbeaten half-centuries in Cardiff on Thursday as a Covid-altered England trounced Pakistan by nine wickets, were dismissed for ducks inside five overs.

Malan snicked Hasan Ali behind sixth ball having been severely tested by the Pakistan seamer for most of the first five, while Crawley was out to the first delivery he faced as Shaheen Shah Afridi pinged the stumps with a delicious dipping yorker that flew under the batsman’s blade.

A score of 21-2 after 4.1 overs rocketed to 118-2 after 17.2, however, with Phil Salt and James Vince – who was in England’s World Cup squad two years ago but did not play in the final – finding the fence in the manner the currently isolating Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy have been doing for years.

Phil Salt cracked a maiden ODI fifty, from 41 deliveries

Phil Salt cracked a maiden ODI fifty, from 41 deliveries

Salt – who overturned a caught-behind dismissal on 10 before being dropped at backward point a few balls later – attacked almost everything, nailing two fours off Afridi in the first over and four off Faheem Ashraf in the eighth as he went hell for leather in just his second England game.

The Sussex batsman moved through to a 41-ball maiden ODI fifty but that was outdone by Vince, who creamed a 36-ball second ODI half-century during a third-wicket stand of 97 from just 80 balls.

But, as the breathless action continued, back came Pakistan, with Salt, Vince, Stokes and John Simpson having their stumps struck and Craig Overton edging behind as England were reduced to 160-7 and the tourists delighted their numerous, and highly vocal, fans in the Lord’s stands.

Pakistan fans were as passionate as ever at Lord's

Pakistan fans were as passionate as ever at Lord’s

Stokes – called back into international action with England’s initial ODI squad having been confined to their hotel rooms in Bristol after a Covid outbreak – reignited memories of his sparkling innings in the World Cup final by reverse-sweeping his fourth ball for four and pulling his 11th for six.

The all-rounder, playing his 100th ODI on the same ground as his most memorable, was then bowled on the charge by the livewire Hasan, who ended with figures of 5-51 from 9.2 overs.

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Edgbaston will turn #BlueForBob during Tuesday’s ODI between England and Pakistan in memory of Bob Willis, and to raise awareness about prostate cancer and its treatments

Edgbaston will turn #BlueForBob during Tuesday’s ODI between England and Pakistan in memory of Bob Willis, and to raise awareness about prostate cancer and its treatments

Once Hasan had Overton out on review, Pakistan would have expected to polish off the England innings soon after, only for the hosts to add a further 87 runs from that point, with the majority of them coming in a 69-stand between Lewis Gregory and Brydon Carse for the eighth wicket.

At one stage it looked as though, rather fittingly, England may match the total of 241 scored by both themselves and New Zealand in the World Cup final, but Mahmood dashed a nerd’s dream scenario by striking a four off Haris Rauf with the home side on 240-9.

England’s total of of 248 proved plenty good enough as while they had been able to rally from 86-4 in the World Cup final, Pakistan were unable to rally sufficiently from 53-4 and eventually slid to 195 all out as Gregory backed up his contribution with the bat by taking three wickets and Mahmood, Overton and Matt Parkinson struck twice apiece.

Saqib Mahmood showcased his skills once again, including when he trapped Pakistan captain Babar Azam lbw

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Saqib Mahmood showcased his skills once again, including when he trapped Pakistan captain Babar Azam lbw

Saqib Mahmood showcased his skills once again, including when he trapped Pakistan captain Babar Azam lbw

The excitement, then, did not come from a close finish but from players who weren’t set for as much as a look-in before Covid hit the initial ODI group showing their skills in front of an army of supporters.

Mahmood following his 4-42 during the demolition job in Cardiff two days earlier with another electric display of seam bowling, which included dismissing Babar Azam once again, as he further pushed his Ashes claims.

Wicketkeeper Simpson claiming an outstanding catch down the leg-side as he premeditated Faheem’s sweep off leg-spinner Parkinson. Paceman Carse bagging a first international wicket.

What a catch! Wicketkeeper John Simpson showed brilliant anticipation to catch Faheem Ashraf on the sweep at Lord's

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What a catch! Wicketkeeper John Simpson showed brilliant anticipation to catch Faheem Ashraf on the sweep at Lord’s

What a catch! Wicketkeeper John Simpson showed brilliant anticipation to catch Faheem Ashraf on the sweep at Lord’s

Mahmood, Simpson, Gregory and Carse’s achievements, as well as those of Salt and Vince earlier in the day, plus Hasan marmalising three sixes in a row off Parkinson, were made all the better by a bellowing crowd appreciating them.

The supporters were in fine voice all day and often belting out renditions of Three Lions, Don’t Take Me Home, and Sweet Caroline, just like England’s football fans will be doing across London at Wembley on Sunday evening.

Exciting cricket back at Lord’s in front of a full house. Let’s never, ever take that for granted again.

Watch the third and final ODI between England and Pakistan, at Edgbaston, live on Sky Sports Cricket from 10.30am on Tuesday.

Euro 2020: Scottish fans urged England’s opponents to win – ‘Do it for Scotland’

England made history last night with a 2-1 win over Denmark in the semi final of Euro 2020, sending the Three Lions into their first final since 1966. Harry Kane’s rebound from a missed penalty in extra time settled the game after a valiant effort from the Danes. The penalty was won in controversial fashion by Raheem Sterling, who went down under light contact. The Scottish press have accused the England man of diving, with Scotland’s Metro saying: “England Dive Into The Final.”

The back page spread said “They Think It’s Fall Over…” before a sub-heading added: ‘It is now as Sterling’s “dive” earns England crucial penalty.”

The rivalry between England and Scotland is nothing new – as shown by events at the 2018 World Cup.

During England’s path to the semi-finals, Scottish fans backed their rival’s opponents.

Before England met Sweden in the quarter-finals, Scottish fans got behind the Scandinavians.

One social media user even begged his newly adopted country to “do it for Abba”.

Another added: “Come on Sweden, you can do it for Scotland, Henrik Larsson and Abba.”

One said: “Dear Sweden have we told you lately how much we love you, please do the damage against Engerland [sic] and we will love you forever. Yours lovingly, SCOTLAND.”

Sweden’s official Twitter account even expressed shock at how much support they were getting.

It said: “We are totally stunned by the amazing World Cup support from people outside Sweden.

“Thank you so much, it means the world to us! Hope you’ll all be behind us against England on Saturday! Heja Sverige!”

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Around 100 searches each were recorded for the likes of “Ukraine shirt”, “Ukraine top”, “Ukraine strip” and “Ukraine flag”, according to Google Trends.

For England’s game with Denmark, Scottish fans kept up the anti-England effort.

Searches for Denmark flags in Scotland has surged by 300 percent, the Daily Record reported.

Interest in shirts and tops of the Danish national team also spiked shortly after England’s victory against Ukraine.

One Twitter user wrote: “I have never wanted anything more in my entire life than Denmark to beat England the night, do us a favour please.”

Another said: “Denmark, your population has doubled for today. Let’s go.”

A third commented: “Come on Denmark, all of Scotland is supporting you tonight.”

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Mourinho and Wenger join criticism of England’s Euro 2020 decision – ‘Never a penalty!’

Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger have joined the chorus of criticism about the decision that saw England beat Denmark in extra-time on Wednesday evening.

Raheem Sterling was adjudged to have been fouled in the box, but Mourinho said it was “never a penalty”.

Harry Kane saw his resulting penalty saved by Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, only to tuck home the rebound to give England a 2-1 lead that ultimately proved enough to send them into the Euro 2020 final.

The result was just-reward for an excellent performance by Gareth Southgate’s side. But Mourinho says the decision itself was very soft.

“England were fantastic but, for me, it was never a penalty,” the former Spurs manager told TalkSport.

“At this level, the semi-final of the Euros, I don’t understand the referee’s decision and even less why the Var did not bring the referee to the screen.

“I’m very happy that England won. As a football man, I am disappointed that a penalty was given.”

READ MORE: England escape heartbreak as Kane’s penalty ‘shouldn’t have stood’

And Mourinho’s old Premier League rival Arsene Wenger is in total agreement that the officials made the wrong decision.

“In a moment like that I don’t understand why they don’t ask the referee to have a look at that and to have a clear view,” he said.

“It’s important that the referee must be absolutely convinced it was a penalty and I don’t understand why the Var did not ask him to look at it.”

The video assistant referee did look at the decision, but deemed it not a serious enough error for the on-pitch referee to reassess the penalty call.

Peter Schmeichel, the father of the beaten Denmark goalkeeper Kasper, also revealed that he has been inundated with angry comments about the decision from fellow Danes.

“Everyone says that it is not a penalty,” Schmeichel said. “This will be debated for a very long time.

“It’s a hard one to take. It’s not a penalty. I would have been much more relaxed and accepting if they scored one of the many chances they created.

“Unfortunately the referee made a big mistake. Anyway, we are very proud of the Danish team – we leave the tournament with honour.”

England will face Italy in the final of Euro 2020 on Sunday evening, with kick-off at 8pm at Wembley Stadium.

Kane is just one goal off the top-scoring charts for the tournament, having won the Golden Boot at the 2018 World Cup.

Italy beat Spain on penalties to reach Sunday’s showpiece final, with Roberto Mancini’s side heralded by many as the most impressive side at the tournament so far.

The visit to the final is England’s first at a major tournament since the 1966 World Cup.

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So bitter! German commentator hits out at England’s ‘joke penalty’ – ‘More like a dive!’

Johannes Mittermeier, FOCUS online editor, insisted the “VAR experiment has failed” after Raheem Sterling won a penalty that resulted in Harry Kane converting the winning goal in extra time to make it 2-1 at Wembley. Writing for the German website, Mr Mittermeier said: “A penalty kick, which many thought was ridiculous or even scandalous, helped England win against Denmark and get into the European Championship final.

“The fact that the video referee did not intervene because he did not want to, was not able to or was not allowed to, allows only one conclusion given the dimension of this decision: The VAR experiment has failed.”

The German commentator admitted England “deserves” its place in the final, saying the Three Lions were the “more dominant, better and dangerous team” in the semi-final.

But he condemned the semi-final being “decided in such an absurd way, by a highly controversial, highly complimentary, for many ridiculous or even scandalous foul penalty kick”.

Mr Mittermeier went as far as to say the VAR “failed at the most critical scene of the tournament”.

He said: “Common sense, colleagues!

“Sterling was simply not fouled. It was more like a dive. Period.

“Technical means must lead to a clarification of the situation – as an aid for the referee, not as an overly didactic corrective.”

Mr Mittermeier concluded by calling for VAR to be scrapped.

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Last night saw Gareth Southgate’s team secure victory sending them to their first major tournament final in more than half a century.

Prince William, Boris Johnson and David Beckham were among 60,000 supporters inside Wembley.

Denmark took an unlikely lead only to concede an own goal equaliser 10 minutes later.

Skipper Kane bundled home the rebound after his extra-time penalty had been saved.

England’s victory means the men’s team will play in their first major final since the 1966 World Cup, which they won.

Additional reporting by Monika Pallenberg.

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Louise Minchin worries she ‘jinxed’ England’s Euros chances ‘Asked myself the same thing!’

Louise Minchin, 53, was left questioning her actions after a fan pointed out she may have “jinxed” England’s chances in last night’s Euro 2020. The national team ended up making it to the final after what was a very tense match, but before the semi-finals began, the BBC Breakfast host found something she believed might be a sign we would make it.

With the nation on the edge of their seats ahead of the what would be a hugely successful game, Louise took to Twitter after her stint on the breakfast show had finished.

“Never [noticed] this until today, and never walked underneath it before. @mrdanwalker #signs #EURO2020,” she wrote, alongside a photo of her under a stone wall which had 1966 engraved into it – the most historic date in English football, when the national team took home the World Cup.

So, naturally, it seemed like a good luck sign to Louise.

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Sports presenter Sally, who was reporting from the stadium, said: “I have to say, guys, just remember tonight. Because watching last night – gosh the atmosphere was amazing.

“But think about tonight though; England v Denmark, and the only people who are allowed in here are the people who live in this country already.

“So just imagine the support and that wall of noise for England – it’s going to be mad.”

Cutting back to the studio, Louise looked tetchy as she laughed: “It really is!”

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England’s Euro 2020 route: Finally, it’s Italy

England will face Italy in the final of Euro 2020 on Sunday after beating Denmark in the semi-finals after extra-time.

The game at Wembley will kick-off at 8pm.

It will be the first time England have played in the final of a European Championship and it will be England’s first tournament final since the 1966 World Cup.

More than 60,000 fans will be allowed into Wembley after the ground’s capacity was permitted to increase to 75 per cent for the final three games of the competition.

England's Harry Kane celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the Euro 2020 soccer semifinal match between England and Denmark at Wembley
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Harry Kane celebrates after scoring England’s winner against Denmark

Remember when topping Group D seemed like a bad idea?

While the ‘risk’ of topping Group D was, from the outset, that England were likely to face a powerhouse opponent in the last 16, the longer-term advantage of progressing as winners was that England were now in the other half of the draw to Italy and Spain.

Victory over Germany meant England knew they would face either Ukraine or Sweden in what would be their only game of the tournament outside of Wembley and following their emphatic defeat of Ukraine in Rome, they returned to Wembley to defeat Denmark with Harry Kane scoring the winning goal in extra-time.

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