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Thank you and good night!

2021-07-07T22:45:00Z

No need to pinch yourselves, England fans - you are not dreaming. The Three Lions are finally - finally! - back in a major tournament final.

Three years after they fell short in Russia, Gareth Southgate's side have made history to reach the Euro 2020 Final, on home turf no less, against Italy at Wembley on Sunday.

Would you be anywhere else in the world? We'll be here all the way - and until then, we'll bid you a very good night. Remember - love's got the world in motion, for the first time in half-a-century. Don't you dare miss it.

England celebrate Harry Kane penalty vs Denmark, Euro 2020
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Rice: My emotions are all over the place

2021-07-07T22:30:00Z

It's a doubly special night for Declan Rice - he's just become an uncle, as he tells BBC Radio 5Live!

"My brother has literally had a baby, as the second goal went in," he gushes. "He's crying his eyes out, he's had a little girl. It's a special night all round."

"A first final since 1966. I so want to do it for the people at home. Seeing the reactions - I'm a fan as well. I wish I was with them cheering. We've not won anything yet. Italy are a top side but we're ready."

Grealish nonchalant after roundabout swap

2021-07-07T22:20:00Z

Wembley has mostly been emptied now, but England's players remain, kept apart from their families due to Covid-19 rules, but still chatting away.

Jack Grealish is sprawled across a tarpaulin, looking every inch the nonchalant figure. His switch looks to have been tactical more than anything else this evening, a desire to bring on a player who would prove more experienced at tracking back in defence once Kane had found the eventual winner.

He will naturally be a little frustrated, but this England team's collective spirit seems to trump all. There's a very good chance he'll get off the bench on Sunday at Wembley.

Kane hails "proudest moment"

2021-07-07T22:18:00Z

Harry Kane hasn't stopped smiling since the full-time whistle went. He's going to have serious jawache in the morning if he's not careful, but he won't be bothered.

"This is right up there in my career," he tells ITV, breathless. "First time in our history getting through to a European final, at Wembley.

"One of the proudest moments of my life, for sure. But we haven’t won it yet, we’ve got one more to go.”

Southgate offers final words

2021-07-07T22:14:00Z

Some final words from Gareth Southgate, who must be attempting to stay firmly on the ground instead of floating up to the Wembley arch, with ITV: “We’re in a final, we’ve got to enjoy that fact, but there is one more massive hurdle to try and conquer.

"Italy are a very good side, they have really shown outstanding form, have defensive warriors at the back, it’s going to be a great game to look forward to.

"We’ve had three memorable games on the bounce. We said we wanted to create memories for our nation, now we’ve got to finish the job. Finals are there to be won, we’ve got to regroup, repair and recover because tonight has taken a lot emotionally and physically.”

Southgate pays tribute to downed Denmark

2021-07-07T22:10:00Z

Even more from Gareth Southgate now, who tells ITV:  “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, given the limited amount of international experience some of the players have, they have done an incredible job.

No job done

2021-07-07T22:08:00Z

Southgate: Moscow ghosts laid to rest

2021-07-07T22:07:00Z

The last time England were in a major semi-final, three years ago, they saw an early lead pegged back before they were sunk in extra-time in Russia by Croatia. Tonight, they managed the reverse, battling back to claim victory in the space of two full hours.

Gareth Southgate feels it makes amends for their shortfall, telling ITV: "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.” 

Henderson almost lost for words

2021-07-07T22:05:00Z

Southgate: I haven't seen penalty call

2021-07-07T22:03:00Z

More from Gareth Southgate, who has admitted that he has not seen the incident where Raheem Sterling won that decisive penalty since it happened, though he pays tribute to both goalscorer Harry Kane and goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel, 

“I haven’t seen the penalty again, but I thought Raheem Sterling was a thorn in their side all night," he tells ITV.

"Frankly there is nobody you would rather have on a penalty than Harry Kane, but he was up against a great goalkeeper. Thankfully that is now immaterial.”

Grealish in-and-out a rare occurrence

2021-07-07T22:01:00Z

Southgate full of pride in players

2021-07-07T21:59:00Z

Gareth Southgate's redemption song is arguably complete now, isn't it? He's gone further in a major tournament as a manager than a player - he has dismissed the ghosts of Euro 1996 tonight.

He's hailed his side for their efforts this evening, telling ITV: "I’m so proud of the players. It’s an incredible occasion to be a part of, the fans were incredible all night.

"It wasn’t going to be straightforward, like 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."

Sterling: It was a penalty!

2021-07-07T21:55:00Z

Denmark protested that spot-kick furiously but Raheem Sterling has absolutely no complaints - he thinks it was a fair call (and is any Englishman going to argue otherwise?)

“It was definitely a penalty, I went into the box, he stuck his leg out and it was a clear penalty," he tells ITV.

“This is another step in the right direction. Once we step back in the dressing room it’s all over, we have to focus on the weekend now, it’s step by step, that’s what we need to do.”

Denmark leave with heads held high

2021-07-07T21:53:00Z

Home or Rome?

2021-07-07T21:51:00Z

The crowd at Wembley will be moved on soon enough, and it is only right that England should soak in this moment in time, one they would surely love to freeze.

But there's still one more game to go, a final test that will make or break how this tournament is remembered in the history books.

They will have another final on home soil, 55 years on from their last - and this time, it will be Italy who stand in their way. History beckons for both the Three Lions and the Azzurri.

Despair as Danish dream falls short

2021-07-07T21:43:00Z

As Declan Rice rides Harry Maguire around Wembley like a cowboy, Kasper Hjulmand leads his players over to applaud the Denmark fans who have made the journey.

From where they started - torn apart on the turf of Copenhagen, rocked by the tragedy of Christian Eriksen's collapse - they have come within a whisker of completing a fairytale run here.

They had to play part of that second half of extra-time with 10 men due to injury too. Kasper Schmeichel consoles his team-mates. He has been a giant in this game - and it is so harsh that he must be on the losing side.

Sweet Caroline

2021-07-07T21:41:00Z

England's players, their squad, their staff - they are all in a line together, in front of their fans, jumping up and down and bellowing Neil Diamond's Sweet Caroline together.

Gareth Southgate punches the air. He will urge caution, surely, to his side. He will warn them that this is far from over.

But whatever happens on Sunday night, he has made history here. England, back in the final of a major men's football tournament for the first time since they won the World Cup.

ENGLAND BEAT DENMARK TO REACH EURO 2020 FINAL

2021-07-07T21:37:00Z

FT: England 2-1 Denmark (AET)

Harry Kane's beaming smile could power a whole city right now. It's powering a nation, no less - his winning finish, knocking in Kasper Schmeichel's save from his own penalty - has put England into the final of a major tournament.

England's players have mobbed the pitch. Denmark's men are have dropped to their knees. Gareth Southgate and Kasper Hjulmand shake hands, before the former wheels away to celebrate with his staff.

It's official - the Three Lions will play Italy to decide who will be crowned European Championship winners on Sunday.

ETFT: England 2-1 Denmark

2021-07-07T21:36:29Z

THEY'VE DONE IT! ENGLAND HAVE DONE IT!

The Three Lions are heading to the final fo Euro 2020!

Drink it in. They haven't seen scenes like this for half-a-century in these parts!

England reach their first major tournament final for 55 years with a battling extra-time victory over a resilient Denmark side. They were asked the biggest question of their summer so far - and they answered it with half-an-hour of extra-time drama at Wembley Stadium.

Devastation for the Danish Dynamite. Triumph for the Three Lions. It is a night that will live in sporting legend for both nations.

One added minute

2021-07-07T21:35:15Z

Raheem Sterling has carried the ball superbly tonight - and he does so again, pushing hard down the right edge now, taking it as close as he can to Schmeichel before the keeper parries it away.

England will hold it in the corner now, surely.

England retain possession

2021-07-07T21:32:00Z

There's no air at Wembley - it has been sucked clean out, the tension is that taut.

But England have brought the ball back under control and are holding it deep in midfield, pressing into Denmark's rear corners when they can. Both sides look spent.

Time is running out for a Danish miracle.

Denmark force corner

2021-07-07T21:29:00Z

Truly perilous times for England now, their backs to the party of Danish fans who have made the trip to Wembley today.

Moments after Raheem Sterling embarks on a brilliant run to ease the pressure on the hosts, the visitors are straight back down the other end and snap up a corner after Pickford tips a deflected ball around his post.

It's a clean header away by the Three Lions at the back.

Pickford faltering under pressure

2021-07-07T21:26:00Z

The nerves are getting to Jordan Pickford - his distribution has taken a dive since the whistle went. He slices two consecutive clearing efforts straight out for throw-ins - and both of them far closer than England would want.

Those last changes from both sides have twisted the dimension of this match - now it is Denmark camped deep in opposition territory, pressing and prodding as they look to get through. Luke Shaw somehow gets everywhere in defence and keeps the lines clear.

Record-breaker, history-maker

2021-07-07T21:23:00Z

Back underway

2021-07-07T21:20:00Z

For the final quarter-hour of this Euro 2020 semi-final, we are underway for the final time this evening.

England have made a change - but whether it is tactical or enforced is another matter. Kieran Trippier is on to shore up the defence - and Jack Grealish, himself only brought on in the second half, is on.

Kasper Hjulmand's men have nobody else to bring on. What do they have up their sleeve?

EXHT: England 2-1 Denmark

2021-07-07T21:17:00Z

Referee Danny Makkelie blows - and England have just a quarter-hour to survive to reach a first major tournament final since 1966.

Harry Kane's lashed follow-up, after Kasper Schmeichel saved his penalty kick, has put the Three Lions ahead at Wembley.

Denmark need a goal to stay in Euro 2020. A huge 15 minutes or so awaits, in the sporting history of these two nations.

Three added minutes incoming

2021-07-07T21:14:00Z

First, it was England's game to chase. Now, Denmark have it all to do across what's left here, plus the second half of extra-time.

They've made a change - and it is an attacking one. Defender Vestergaard is off for their final swap of the night and forward Jonas Wind is on.

GOAL: England 2-1 Denmark

2021-07-07T21:12:00Z

(Harry Kane, 104)

Kasper Schmeichel saves - but Harry Kane smashes in the rebound!

That is a dreadful penalty from the England skipper, the sort that you would make you a pariah in a shootout - but the Denmark keeper cannot keep hold of his stop, as he reads it perfectly and dives left to the right post.

Kane is there, looming straight back down and lashes it in at the opposite side. Wembley erupts in pure pandemonium. For the first time, after a hundred minutes of football in this game, the Three Lions lead.

Penalty to England!

2021-07-07T21:10:00Z

Raheem Sterling is down - and referee Danny Makkelie points to the spot! 

VAR will have a look, because it has to, but there's just enough contact from Daniel Wass to justify the call. This is a huge moment in the game.

Harry Kane will step up, of course. Can he be the one to finally break the deadlock for the Three Lions?

Three Lions unable to turn dominance

2021-07-07T21:09:00Z

Vestergaard dips his head to block Henderson's cross as the Liverpool man roars through on the right flank. Foden sees his delivery muscled away by Daniel Wass.

England have not enjoyed the purchase with set-pieces that Denmark have this evening, but virtually none of this opening period of extra-time has been played inside their own half. They are dominating without reward now - and the Danish Dynamite know it.

Sterling lofts chance into stand

2021-07-07T21:06:00Z

England win a corner and it brings a spell of dangerous balls into Denmark's box.

Jack Grealish forces a smart save from Schmeichel, parried back into open play and then comes again, before cutting it back to Sterling - who puts his finish into orbit.

Three Lions rings heartily around the stadium. The supporters are trying to get the hosts over the line.

England make double swap

2021-07-07T21:03:00Z

Here come the reinforcements for the Three Lions - and as predicted, it is Jordan Henderson and Phil Foden who arrive onto the scene.

They replace Rice and Mount, as Vestergaard picks up some running repairs for a blow in the Danish box dealing with a Raheem Sterling move moments before.

Kane forces Schmeichel save

2021-07-07T21:01:00Z

Kasper Schmeichel rides to Denmark's rescue there - but it could have been so much worse for them.

Harry Kane swarms into the right edge of the box and fires low towards the far post. The goalkeeper leaps across to palm it away, back into open play, where his defenders just do enough to mop it up before any England player can follow it up for a tap-in.

ETKO: England 1-1 Denmark

2021-07-07T20:58:00Z

Referee Danny Makkelie blows his whistle and we're on for the first half of extra-time.

Neither manager has made a further swap at the break. To recount, England have made only one change - Jack Grealish - while Denmark will have an extra one, having used all five during regular time.

Jordan Henderson and Phil Foden are both getting instructions on the sidelines though.

Three Lions frustrated by Danish Dynamite

2021-07-07T20:56:00Z

If the first semi-final of Euro 2020 was a more lopsided affair on the ball in favour of Spain, then this has been a closer encounter.

But Denmark had just the one shot in that second half, compared to nine for England. Shades of La Roja - and their failure to convert - are creeping into the Three Lions' evening, for certain.

Can either side find a breakthrough over the next half-hour?

FT: England 1-1 Denmark

2021-07-07T20:53:00Z

History repeats itself.

As they did so in 1990, and 1996, and 2018, England are heded to extra-time in the semi-final of a major tournament.

Neither they nor Denmark could find a second goal - a third of the game - to add to their first-half efforts, with the attack of the Three Lions unable to unlock the Danish Dynamite.

They will have another half-hour to split themselves apart. If they don't, then they are heading to a penalty shootout - and we all know how that normally goes for England in major last-four games.

Maguire heads to Schmeichel

2021-07-07T20:51:00Z

A free-kick conceded by Vestergaard is pounded in. Maguire gets a header to it, angled low - but there's too much distance and too little power behind it, making it an easy save for Schmeichel on his line.

Is that the last chance for England to rescue this one from extra-time?

Phillips skies late chance

2021-07-07T20:49:00Z

A brilliant bit of work from Shaw wins a free-kick in midfield as Demark look to counter and England play it as fast as they can.

The visitors' clearing efforts come up short and Sterling slips back into the box. He beats one defender, and pulls it back for Kane and Grealish, neither of whom can reach it. 

It falls to Kalvin Phillips on the edge, who - never the natural finisher - skies it over the crossbar and into the stands behind. Three added minutes are gone.

Six added minutes incoming

2021-07-07T20:46:00Z

A late Denmark corner is paused so that the visitors can make another change, with Mathias Jensen on for Thomas Delaney.

There's going to be six added minutes for both sides to either find a winner - or hold their nerve.

This is white-knuckle football.

Extra-time incoming?

2021-07-07T20:43:00Z

Tension palpable at Wembley

2021-07-07T20:40:00Z

John Stones flicks a Luke Shaw free-kick comfortably wide of the right post now. England's supporters - so loud at the dawn of this game - are growing restless, a chorus of discontent starting to echo around Wembley.

Poulsen, looking very much the spark for Denmark in the middle since he came on, is helping to stretch the Three Lions wide when the visitors do come down the middle. Time is running out for either side to find a winner though.

Thomas Delaney flicks a delivery into the hosts' box, which skims comfortably past everyone assembled and out for a goal-kick.

Both sides tiring late on

2021-07-07T20:37:00Z

Luke Shaw's crosses have been the talk of the town at Euro 2020 but this one is ably blocked, too short to cause Denmark serious danger inside the box.

Phillips fires wide from distance. Both sides are tiring out there, starting to run on fumes - except, it seems, for Jack Grealish, who is running around the park with all the energy of a puppy.

Will Gareth Southgate make another change late on here?

Christensen off with leg niggle

2021-07-07T20:34:00Z

Andreas Christensen goes for an almighty stretch to cut off a counter-delivery put towards Jack Grealish, and stays down growling in pain.

That could be his hamstring there. He's able to get to his feet, but Kasper Hjulmand is taking no chances. Joachim Andersen is on for Denmark now.

England have had five shots to Denmark's one this half - but they have not found that second goal they crave.

Kane has penalty call dismissed

2021-07-07T20:31:00Z

Harry Kane goes down in the box, moments after a spot of England pressure - via a Mount chip - almost unlocks Denmark at the back.

Referee Danny Makkelie is uninterested however and gives the free-kick to Norgaard instead. VAR will have a look in the background - and agrees with the on-field call.

The tension inside Wembley could be cut with a knife. There's a quarter-hour left on the clock. England have been here before, three years ago, with this very scoreline.

Wass booked for sharp foul

2021-07-07T20:28:00Z

Daniel Wass and Jack Grealish have hardly been on the pitch a few minutes each, but the former has already been booked for fouling the latter, a man famed for being on the end of such challenges with alarming regularity.

That's a turn of pace from the Aston Villa man - and it might yet prove to be the thing England need to push on for a winner here.

Grealish on for England

2021-07-07T20:25:00Z

That prolonged changeover period has done the trick for taking the momentum out of England's attack - but now the Three Lions throw on their first change.

Jack Grealish, to Wembley's delight, is the man who arrives. He helped win the match for them here against Germany after arriving at a similar point. Can he do so again here?

Bukayo Saka, justifying his recall today, is the man who makes way.

Denmark make triple swap

2021-07-07T20:22:00Z

A fluid spell of pressure from England sees Denmark match them blow for blow as the Danish Dynamite continue to frustrate their hosts attempts at the back.

Mount eventually lifts a little shot in and Schmeichel mops it up easily enough, That's the signal for Andreas Christensen to go down and get some treatment - which allows Denmark to regroup on the sidelines and mull some changes. They have a clutch of players ready to come on - though play resumes before they can.

Now they arrive; Yussuf Poulsen, Daniel Wass and Christian Norgaard are all on, replacing Stryger Larsen, Damsgaard and Dolberg.

England give glimpse of talents again

2021-07-07T20:16:00Z

Ah, there's the flash of England that they've been perhaps missing in the second half so far. Sterling holds up a fine delivery in the box and flicks it on for Shaw on the short side.

The left-back can't pull it across quite for Saka in the middle, deflected out for a corner instead. Denmark steady their hand and Shaw's volley back in is seized upon by Schmeichel.

Denmark swelling in confidence

2021-07-07T20:13:00Z

A corner for Denmark almost comes undone for the visitors, after Saka's clearing header is almost picked up by Sterling for the counter. They manage to bring it back, before they volley it well wide of the mark.

Dolberg sticks a shot straight to Pickford a moment later. The Danish Dynamite are picking off England's passes all too easily in midfield right now for the Three Lions' liking.

Fine saves at both ends

2021-07-07T20:10:00Z

Denmark are having another promising spell now, and Martin Braithwaite swings a very dangerous ball into England's box. 

Pickford comes flying off his lines to punch it away but the danger is far from over. The Three Lions ride it out - just - and then hurl a wonderful break downfield through Sterling, with Kane winning a free-kick out on the right flank.

Mount puts it in - and that is a super save from Schmeichel to deny Maguire's header at the left post! What a touch from the keeper. He has kept his side in this match there with his work. 

Maguire picks up first booking

2021-07-07T20:07:00Z

The ball is curled in and referee Danny Makkelie immediately awards a free-kick to the visitors in the box.

Not only that, but it will be a yellow card for Harry Maguire. The England man is furious but the officials deem that he caught Simon Kjaer across the face and neck with a swinging arm there.

Medics take their time checking out the Danish captain, before play resumes and Kasper Dolberg is flagged for offside after firing a shot that forces a good save from Pickford down the other end.

Saka earns early set-piece

2021-07-07T20:04:00Z

Bukayo Saka pops up on the right wing in broken play to make a move forward and Jannik Vestergaard boldly checks him to the ground.

It's a tough angle for a set-piece delivery but both sides pile bodies into the box. 

Back underway

2021-07-07T20:01:00Z

Here we go then. There's a huge three-quarters of an hour incoming at Wembley - and maybe more beyond that.

Both sides have dodged extra-time this tournament so far, unlike Italy, who await the winner on Sunday. Will they be forced to go the distance this time around?

There's been no changes at the break too. It's as you were for both Gareth Southgate and Kasper Hjulmand.

Changes incoming?

2021-07-07T19:57:00Z

It's hard to see quite what England need to alter - both Raheem Sterling and Bukayo Saka, out wide, have pressed up exceptionally well in attack.

One of them will likely drop off for a replacement if the game remains tied well past the hour-mark though - and it's not like the Three Lions are short of options.

As for Denmark, they have looked shrewd on the ball and perhaps a little less sure off it when their hosts have gone for low rather than high deliveries. There's not many ways to shore that up if chasing a winner however.

England shade possession but Denmark remain potent danger

2021-07-07T19:51:00Z

With 60 per cent of the ball, England have shaded this one for overall control so far - but much as Italy did last night, Denmark have picked their moments smartly on the counter-attack.

Jordan Pickford - who conceded moments after setting that England record to a brilliant free-kick - has looked a little bit twitchy. If the Danish Dynamite throw more at him, he could be in for a long evening.

With four shots apiece, this is nicely poised. Who will still be dreaming when the final whistle goes?P

Jordan Pickford, Euro 2020
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England reap rare own goal benefits

2021-07-07T19:48:00Z

HT: England 1-1 Denmark

2021-07-07T19:45:00Z

A pair of ping-pong balls from Walker and Shaw, across the penalty area, keeps Denmark on their toes but there's no penetration from England on this occasion to cause them too much chaos at the back.

Kane tries to thread a ball through to Saka and the visitors lash it out for a throw-in. The Three Lions look content to hold it until the break - and it comes without injury time at Wembley.

That will be that for the first half. Mikkel Damsgaard's superb free-kick has been negated by Simon Kjaer's own goal. It's all square in London - and it's there for the taking.

England offer shrewd response

2021-07-07T19:42:00Z

Quite how Sterling didn't bury that earlier opportunity moments before the equaliser - again, Kane and Saka setting him up bang in front of goal - is something of a miracle.

But England, having gone behind for the first time in this tournament, have shown their mettle to square it up in pleasingly quick fashion. Gareth Southgate will be happy with that.

Is there a third finish before the break in this match?

GOAL: England 1-1 Denmark

2021-07-07T19:39:00Z

(Simon Kjaer OG, 39)

Raheem Sterling rides to the rescue again and England are level with half-time in sight!

It's actually not the Manchester City man who will get the goal but rather Simon Kjaer, netting yet another Euro 2020 own goal. Moments after the forward is denied at close-range by a superb Kasper Schmeichel stop, the Three Lions come down the right wing in blistering fashion.

Kane shapes a superb ball for Saka and the latter cuts it back for Sterling to steer home - but the Denmark captain does the job for him with his defensive block, putting it into his own net. We're back on level terms!

Denmark retain sharp danger

2021-07-07T19:36:00Z

A free-kick for England now, after Kane is felled near the edge of the Danish box, is rattled straight into Kjaer's head by Sterling - and then, after Walker's throw is cleared, the visitors tear downfield on the counter.

That is swift, sharp stuff and only a wayward looping ball at the end allows John Stones to clear off the danger. Denmark can smell blood in the water; a second goal before the break would give them a huge cushion in a clash like this.

Damsgaard blinder makes Euro 2020 history

2021-07-07T19:33:00Z

Believe it or not, that is the first direct free-kick goal at this tournament - and what a strike it is too.

Denmark are in absolute dreamland with that one and you can't blame them in the slightest. They weathered the early test of England possession and have struck back with a piece of solid gold.

The Three Lions are looking very nervy now. Jens Stryger Larsen flicks a backheel all too easily through the defence and the hosts are fortunate there is no-one there from the attack to latch on to it.

They have gone behind for the first time this summer. What a test they face under the glare of expectation.

GOAL: England 0-1 Denmark

2021-07-07T19:30:00Z

(Mikkel Damsgaard, 30)

Holy cow, what a free-kick finish from Mikkel Damsgaard that is! England concede for the first time at Euro 2020!

A particularly messy huddle reaching for the first set-piece produces another Denmark free-kick, after Shaw is deemed to have wrestled Andreas Christensen to the ground.

From just over 20 yards out, the attacker steps up and leathers it towards the near top-left corner. Jordan Pickford gets fingertips to it but only just; it skims past his gloves and almost takes the net off the goalframe.

It just got a whole lot more taxing for the Three Lions at Wembley.

Denmark steadying field position

2021-07-07T19:27:00Z

A foul on Saka presents England with a set-piece chance 30 yards or so out on the centre-right flank, but Denmark prove sternly up to the task in defence. A few different balls are swept in by the Three Lions, to no avail.

The Danish Dynamite come through midfield now and Mason Mount leaves a little too much on Kasper Dolberg, to concede some field position. The visitors have found some rhythm with the ball at their feet now.

Pickford sets new goalkeeper record

2021-07-07T19:25:00Z

Tempo dropped at Wembley

2021-07-07T19:24:00Z

They've done it before and they'll do it again - England have dropped the pace under the arch in north London.

It's been a feature of Gareth Southgate's side this summer, measuring themselves throughout - and given they've gone unbeaten in every game so far, they can't be blamed too much for trying the same trick here.

Nobody has exploited them so far, and Damsgaard is the latest to fail to take advantage; after a superb tackle in midfield robs Kane, the passage of play Denmark put together comes to an end with a wayward shot.

Denmark almost punish hosts' mistakes

2021-07-07T19:18:00Z

Phillips and Pickford have had superb tournaments for England, but a pair of consecutive errors nearly undoes their country's work here now. The former misplaces a touch and Hojbjerg fires a low shot in.

Then the goalkeeper's distribution fails him and he sends it straight to Damsgaard, who sees his ball back into the box carried wide for a corner.

Pickford makes amends with a neat punch to clear the set-piece, but that should be a suitable wake-up call for England. The luxury of an early lead, as found against Ukraine, has not fallen for them this time around.

England fire in first efforts

2021-07-07T19:15:00Z

England's first corner of the game is ably headed away by Denmark and almost sparks a swift counter, but some sharp work allows the Three Lions to cut off their avenues.

Sterling, very much the man of the moment for his country over the past year, cuts around two defenders and fires a tight, low shot straight to Kasper Schmeichel. That will be the first proper attempt on target of the game.

If England watched any of yesterday's semi-final, they'll know they cannot do what Spain did - muster the possession and spurn the chances.

Kane absolutely slashes a half-volley into orbit now after a fine pass from Walker puts him into a spot of space on the edge of Denmark's box. Two shots for the hosts now.

Walker shows defensive mettle

2021-07-07T19:09:00Z

The pressure has been one-way traffic for England so far, but Joakim Maehle now makes an incursion down the left wing. He squares up with Kyle Walker and the Manchester City man comes out on top with some smart, intelligent defending.

That will be a tussle to watch throughout. Denmark clip a long ball into a large gap a moment later, and Walker again hurries across to muscle out Mikkel Damsgaard, allowing Jordan Pickford a hassle-free collection.

Some smart spot selection from the Danish Dynamite there. They will take their chances when they come - and come they certainly will, given how England tend to regulate their tempo after fast starts.

Kane lays on first opportunity

2021-07-07T19:06:00Z

You've seen that kind of move from England before, down through the years! A misplaced Three Lions pass sparks a Denmark counter, one quickly defused, and then the hosts throw defence into attack.

Kalvin Phillips flicks Bukayo Saka on down the right, who slips Harry Kane further on and the keeper curves a lovely ball low into the box.

Sterling is just a little too late to get the touch on it, and it drifts harmlessly away to be mopped up by Denmark at the back.

Early exchanges show crunching initiative

2021-07-07T19:03:00Z

Both Raheem Sterling and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg are on the end of some hefty challenges across the opening plays, with the former immediately looking to put a high press to good use in Denmark's half.

Luke Shaw gets a quick word for a challenge on Jens Stryger Larsen, before England appeal for a back-pass to Kasper Schmeichel. The officials are not interested in their claims.

The noise is biblical, truly, at Wembley. It's an echo chamber that could burst the eardrums in here.

KO: England v Denmark

2021-07-07T19:00:00Z

After England have taken a knee against racism, to applause from Denmark, the referee blows his whistle - and we are underway in the last semi-final of Euro 2020!

Anthems concluded

2021-07-07T18:57:00Z

Insert the obligatory "this anthem slaps" quote here, though it is fair to say not many people have been as enthused about the songcraft quality of God Save the Queen as many of its rival contenders.

For the fourth time at Euro 2020, the Netherlands' Danny Makkelie takes the whistle as match referee - and the second time at Wembley, no less, having been the man in the middle for the Three Lions' win over Germany.

Harry Kane and Simon Kjaer shake hands in the middle of the park under his watch. Both look cool, composed. They - and their teams - are in for a huge evening.

Teams emerge at Wembley

2021-07-07T18:54:00Z

How are your nerves, England fans? How about you, Denmark supporters?

The time is almost upon us. Wembley, limited with Covid-19 restrictions, is still a sea of red and white. The two sides are in the tunnel; the Three Lions in white and the Danish Dynamite in red.

Here they come for the national anthems! Listen to that roar!

Almost time...

2021-07-07T18:51:00Z

If you thought it was noisy at Wembley last night, then think again. Compared to yesterday's volume, this is off the charts.

This is the biggest game in modern England history to be played on home soil, surely - trumping the win over Germany last week by sheer default of what this occasion is.

Denmark have very much brought their support though. One note to keep in mind - the Danish Dynamite have gone further in this contest on the road, having been forced to head all the way to Baku to beat the Czech Republic before heading here. Could there be a jet lag hangover for them?

Klinsmann: England always Euro 2020 faves

2021-07-07T18:45:00Z

But if the ex-Manchetser United man firmly believes that the hosts are on the back foot, then Germany legend Jurgen Klinsmann thinks otherwise.

The former national team boss was on the side that lifted the trophy at Euro 1996 on English soil, though he missed his nation's penalty shootout victory over the Three Lions in the semi-finals.

But in assessing the shortcomings of his home country at this tournament - another disappointing finish to end Joachim Low's tenure on a whimper after they were downed at Wembley - the famed forward feels that Southgate's side were the ones to beat all along this summer.

Can Saka's unicorn swing it tonight?

2021-07-07T18:42:00Z

Denmark favourites to win, says Schmeichel Sr

2021-07-07T18:39:00Z

We've already mooted whether it is apt to describe England as favourites tonight, given that momentum feels just as much with Denmark as it does them - and one Danish legend certainly feels that it is wrong to give them the tag.

But while Kasper Hjulmand stopped shy of claiming that his side were the favourites after disabusing their underdog moniker, legendary goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel has absolutely no qualms about suggesting that his nation are on top heading into this clash.

The shotstopper was of course pivotal to the Euro 1992 triumph of the country, and his son Kasper has followed in his footsteps to become a Premier League and FA Cup winner with Leicester City. Why shouldn't he see them as the ones to beat tonight?

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Maehle Denmark's latest shining star

2021-07-07T18:33:00Z

If Luke Shaw is going to have competition in the wing-back stakes tonight though, he couldn't have asked for much of a tougher opponent than Joakim Maehle, perhaps Denmark's biggest breakout on the Euro 2020 stage.

The Atalanta man has been one of the Danish Dynamite's standouts, and arguably makes for their most incisive threat from deep in their own territory, a player capable of tearing up the pitch with his pinpoint runs and deliveries.

He's just the latest talent to emerge from the Serie A side - and in the absence of Eriksen, he's held himself up as an attacking lightning rod for his side to rally around.

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Stacked to the back?

2021-07-07T18:30:00Z

Golden Glove is England's - but Golden Boot up for grabs

2021-07-07T18:27:00Z

Italy's failure to keep a clean sheet last night means that, no matter what happens here, England have already picked up one honour from Euro 2020, with Jordan Pickford the tournament's Golden Glove victor after his five clean sheets in five games.

But the matter of the Golden Boot remains up for grabs among a clutch of players tonight. England duo Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling, plus Denmark's Kasper Dolberg, all have three apiece, two shy of the top of the scoring charts.

Cristiano Ronaldo sits there, despite Portugal being knocked out in the last-16 - and he holds the summit of five finishes at Patrik Schick of the Czech Republic for good measure.

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Eriksen and medics invited to Euro 2020 Final

2021-07-07T18:21:00Z

In further Denmark news, Christian Eriksen may not be able to play right now, but he could be among the crowd on Sunday.

He his wife and the half-dozen medical staff who attended to him following his cardiac arrest have been invited to the final by UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin.

It is currently unknown whether Eriksen will make the trip from his home country, where he continues to recover, though the six medics are expected to attend as guests on Sunday.

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'Has it ever been home?' - Schmeichel aims dig at England

2021-07-07T18:18:00Z

If you've been lucky - or unlucky, perhaps - to be within earshot of Three Lions this summer, then you'll have heard that it may well be coming home.

Kaspar Schmeichel, whose long career on British shores probably makes him among the most English-versed members of Denmark's squad however, certainly couldn't resist a crack about whether it actually has come home before when someone thought to ask him earlier this week.

England, of course, have never won the European Championship. Their previous best finish was the semi-finals, at Euro 1968 and Euro 1996.

Euro 2020 Top 100 Kasper Schmeichel
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Maguire repays Southgate's faith

2021-07-07T18:12:00Z

If Shaw has been the brightest spark among his nation's impressive defence, then credit must also go to Harry Maguire, whose participation in this tournament looked in jeopardy just over a month ago.

Having missed Manchester United's run-in through injury, there's a debate to be made that he might not have made the cut for his country had there not been expanded squads, but he has recovered to start their knockout games - and proven a robust presence at the back since then.

Given where the centre-back found himself ahead of last term - in a jail cell in Greece - it has been a remarkable turnaround, with the former Leicester City man nabbing a goal against Ukraine to further repay Southgate's faith in him.

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How England hero Shaw proved Mourinho wrong

2021-07-07T18:09:00Z

Plenty of heroes have emerged for the Three Lions across the past few weeks - but perhaps none has been as low-key impressive as Luke Shaw, with the left-back completing his global rehabilitation.

A member of England's Brazil 2014 squad under Roy Hodgson, injury and intermittent form - along with a prolonged spell out of favour at Manchester United under Jose Mourinho - looked to have scuppered his hopes of ever reemerging on the international stage.

But a superb season for club has earned him a richly deserved recall for country - and since then, he has locked down his position ahead of Ben Chilwell and Kieran Trippier with a clutch of superb performances, including two assists against Ukraine.

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Ready, aim, fire?

2021-07-07T18:06:00Z

Road to Wembley: Denmark

2021-07-07T18:03:00Z

Like every side that made it to the semi-finals, the Danish Dynamite had the luxury of a group stage played entirely in their own backyard, though their progression has proven a more curious story to watch.

Rocked by Christian Eriksen's exit in extraordinary circumstances, an opening defeat to minnows Finland looked to have sunk their chances before they started, while a battling defeat to Belgium next up seemed to signal the end.

But a riotous response against Russia, followed by a late evisceration of Wales in the last-16 showed that their mettle was strong enough to weather the storm - and they've turned pain into pleasure since, managing their win over the Czech Republic with intelligence. Can they repeat that tonight?

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Road to Wembley: England

2021-07-07T18:00:00Z

When Raheem Sterling tucked in the sole finish against Croatia at Wembley in the Three Lions' opening game of Euro 2020, in Group D, a wave of relief passed through those assembled - but even the dreamers amid England's faithful might have seen their patience tested.

Gareth Southgate's steadfast, defensively-orientated football yielded a blank draw against Scotland and another narrow one-goal win over the Czech Republic, neither game a surefire sign of a team hitting their straps at the right time.

But then, the epoch-defining win over Germany seemed to light the nation's fuse once more, a generational result given how often they have chocked against their old enemy - and a subsequent trip to Rome to rout Ukraine showed that they have only grown in confidence since. They're home today - and on Sunday too, if they get there, in a major psychological boost to their chances.

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Hjumland rallies Denmark with soulful belief

2021-07-07T17:57:00Z

But if Southgate has restored the pride of a nation, then his opposite number has done just as superb a job in putting back together its soul.

It has been a long time - almost three decades - since Denmark last darkened the doorstep of a last four appearance at a major tournament and after the scenes of their first match, it felt like the wait would go on.

Kasper Hjumland and the band of brothers under his watch have had other ideas however - and now they stand one match away from the final. The manager has worked wonders throughout a testing time, and ahead of tonight, played down their underdogs tag as they look to make history.

Kasper Hjulmand, Euro 2020
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Southgate further restores English status

2021-07-07T17:54:00Z

No matter what happens today, it will be hard to argue about Gareth Southgate's place in England history. From the proverbial poster boy of Three Lions failure after Euro 1996 - remember the Pizza Hut advertisement? - he has led them to consecutive last-four finishes at major tournaments for only the first time in their history.

In doing so, they've become only the fifth European nation to achieve the feat since the turn of the century, following in the most recent footsteps of France, who made it to the Euro 2016 final before triumph at Russia in 2018.

News broke earlier this summer that the former Middlesbrough man is in line for a new contract through the next European Championship, at Germany 2024. Whatever the outcome tonight, it is hard to dispute that he deserves it, no matter what the social media naysayers believe.

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Can the Kane train score at Schmeichel Station again?

2021-07-07T17:51:00Z

...but Denmark lurk close

2021-07-07T17:48:00Z

But for all those quick to anoint England - unbeaten at this tournament with five clean sheets from five games - the de-facto favourites, just hold your horses, because no side gets to a major tournament semi-final without being at least a bit good at football.

Boss Kasper Hjulmand has already rubbished his side's tag as nominal underdogs - more on that later - and there is no shortage of matchwinners at their disposal as they look to complete a tournament run that started with the trauma of arguably their best player rushed to hospital into an unlikely triumph.

Christian Eriksen has loomed large in his absence over the spirit and drive of the Danish Dynamite, but so too has the spectre of their last appearance in the last four of a major tournament, when they shocked the continent to win Euro 1992. Peter Schmeichel was in goal then; his son Kasper aims to repeat

Denmark celebrate against Czech Republic, Euro 2020
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England expects...

2021-07-07T17:45:00Z

The sounds of Baddiel & Skinner & Lightning Seeds, of New Order, of Fat Les, of Ant and Dec - it has been the incorrigible chorus of an English summer quite unlike any other in recent memory.

The delirious fever of Russia 2018 three years ago was a different kettle of fish, the sense of an outside contender wrestling their way through the ranks on a remarkable run to the World Cup semi-finals.

Now, in 2021, Gareth Southgate's men sat among the favourites before the curtain even rose - and they're the only one of the four most-backed sides still standing at this stage. This is no longer the runaway dream; this is England expects, on home turf, as history beckons.

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Team News: England v Denmark

2021-07-07T17:39:00Z

The rumours are true - it's just the one change for the Three Lions, in the lone right-winger-slash-midfielder position of their 4-2-3-1 formation that Southgate has tinkered with throughout the tournament.

For the third time, Bukayo Saka will start, having done so against the Czech Republic and Germany, before injury forced him out for the Ukraine game. He takes the spot of the man who replaced him in Rome, Jadon Sancho.

Denmark, as they did against Wales and the Czechs, keep faith with the 3-4-3 formation that has served them so well in the knockout stages. There's no changes from them. We'll have full lineups shortly.

Last time out...

2021-07-07T17:36:00Z

Whoever wins today will already have the luxury of knowing who they will face this weekend - and perhaps even hold the key to knowing how to trump them too.

Italy, unbeaten since 2018 across all matches, had looked to have emerged as tournament favourites heading into the last four after a string of fine performances, but a fiendish Spain gameplan kept them limited to dangerous counters at Wembley.

While Federico Chiesa's breakaway opener on the hour-mark proved to not be enough to beat off Alvaro Morata's equaliser, La Roja's wastefulness proved to give them one lifeline too many - and Jorginho's superb finish in the penalty shootout was enough to book them a dramatic final spot.

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Today's order of play

2021-07-07T17:33:00Z

Yesterday, two titans of Mediterranean football went the distance - and now it is the turn of the two remaining rivals in this tournament, vying for a spot at Wembley this weekend.

They'll take to the field in north London in just over an hour and a bit, knowing that there are no second chances left for them - either they fly or they freeze on the biggest stage.

It's two sides with a little bit of recent history, having met in the Nations League last autumn - and it's the hosts who will be out for a spot of revenge along the way too It is, of course:

England v Denmark (2000, London)

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🎉 ⚽️ Welcome to Goal Matchday Live! ⚽️ 🎉

2021-07-07T17:30:00Z

Hello and welcome to Goal's live matchday coverage of Euro 2020!

Walk out into the streets of Europe and there's something in the air. There's a current, an electrical charge that hums and crackles. Touch it, feel it; it's almost tangible as it hangs in the balance, just like the final of this tournament.

In a world ravaged by the Covid-19 pandemic, this summer's rearranged festival of football has delivered time and again with spectacle to savour. It did last night, as Italy and Spain played out a true knockout tussle - and expectation is that will do so again.

Is football finally about to trade in its half-century holiday and think about coming home? Or is it headed across the North Sea for a fairytale stop-off instead? It's semi-final night at Wembley Stadium - and there's one last shot at the crown on the line. Buckle up.

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