In a thrilling semi-final match between England and Denmark, the Three Lions managed to barely edge out the Euro 92 champs in a 2-1 win in extra time to book a spot in the finals of the latest instalment of the prestigious Euro tournament. This would mean that the self-fulfilling prophecy of “It’s Coming Home” reiterated ad infinitum by fans of the English national team is now a mere 90 minutes away from coming true — ending a 55-year trophy drought in the process. That is, of course, if England manages to beat former world champions and international football powerhouse, Italy on Sunday. And Gareth Southgate’s bid for England’s first major international tournament trophy since the 1966 World Cup will certainly be bolstered by an advantage in their home turf of Wembley Stadium.
A Short Recap of England v. Denmark
England emerged cool, calm, and collected at Wembley which had a crowd of almost 65,000 passionate supporters who, as per tradition, whipped themselves into a frenzy with rousing chants of “Sweet Caroline” and the ever-recognisable “Football’s Coming Home”.But despite the massive home-field advantage, Denmark managed to silence the crowd somewhat by opening up the scoreboard on the half-hour mark when Mikkel Damsgaard made the most out of Luke Shaw’s foul on Andreas Christensen — hitting the back of the net with a free-kick to give the outsiders the 1-0 lead.This first goal was vital as it showed that England’s defence is not entirely invincible, as thousands of Danes celebrated wildly for England’s first conceded goal in the entire tournament. However, the English team managed to equalise a mere 10 minutes later when Denmark captain Simon Kjaer made the massive error of scoring an own goal after deflecting a searching cross from Bukayo Saka.England definitely took full advantage of this mistake by striking hard and fast but neither side could find another goal in the second half of the game as normal time slowly trickled to a close — bringing extra time into play to decide the penultimate winner of the semi-final game.The fans certainly put in their own effort into cheering on the local team as the volume in the stadium reached a crescendo when Raheem Sterling was fouled in the box by Joakim Maehle. And while Harry Kane’s penalty kicked was saved by Kasper Schmeichel, he managed to right his wrongs immediately by scoring the rebound to give England the advantage. From then on, the team held steadfast in securing their lead and ultimately managed to seal the win after the final whistle. At the end of the game, scenes of delirium and raucous cheering decorated the stands and on the pitch as both players and crowd celebrated with excitement.More importantly, this semi-final win is particularly vital for morale and the psyche of the team as England have suffered plenty of semi-final heartbreaks in the past including crashing out four times in major tournament semi-finals since becoming world champions in 1966.Those agonising defeats have been etched in the very fabric of English football, but hopefully, the vibrant young team helmed by Southgate will be able to overcome the trials and tribulations of their failed predecessors and finally lift the Henri Delaunay Cup come 11 July.