England will face Ukraine in the last eight of Euro 2020 in Rome after beating Germany; Gareth Southgate: “The players were immense, right the way through the team”
Gareth Southgate has described England’s display in their historic 2-0 win over Germany as “immense” – but warned his players must quickly refocus for their quarter-final.
Despite several anxious moments, most notably when the excellent Jordan Pickford saved from Timo Werner and Kai Havertz either side of half-time, England booked their place in the last eight of Euro 2020 with late goals from Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane. The win was England’s first over Germany in a knockout game since the 1966 World Cup final.
“The players were immense, right the way through the team,” England manager Southgate said after seeing his side cheered to glory by 45,000 supporters. “The fans in the stadium were also incredible.
“I’ve been in here with a full house and not heard it near the levels heard today, but the energy was incredible in the stadium. To be able to send them home feeling as they do tonight… and you can’t beat a bit of ‘Sweet Caroline’, that’s a belter really!
“For those people, after such a difficult year at home, to have that enjoyment we’ve given them today was very special.
“It didn’t need me to say it, but when we got in the dressing room we were talking about Saturday already. Today’s been an immense performance but at a cost emotionally and physically. We need to make sure we recover well.
England’s Bukayo Saka goes for the ball ahead of Germany’s Thomas Mueller during the Euro 2020 soccer championship round of 16 match between England and Germany, at Wembley stadium in London, Tuesday, June 29, 2021. (Andy Rain, Pool via AP)1:03
Southgate says his England side found the right balance between defence and attack in their 2-0 win over Germany
“It’s a dangerous moment for us. We have a feeling round the country that we only have to turn up to win the thing now, but it’s going to be an immense challenge from here on. The players’ feet are on the ground, they should feel confident from the way they’ve played, but we came here with an intention and we’ve not achieved that yet.
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