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England v Denmark: Fans and celebrities jubilant as Southgate’s men triumph

Written by on 8 July 2021

Fans across the country are joyous after England reached their first finals since the World Cup run of 1966.

England beat Denmark in a nail-biting match that ran into extra-time.

Despite the visitors going ahead in the first half, England equalised through an own-goal from the Danes.

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‘It’s beyond words!’ England fan’s joy The goal sent Wembley wild Image: Wembley went wild

In the first period of extra-time, Harry Kane was denied a penalty goal by Kasper Schmeichel, before the England captain turned home the rebound.

Fans at Luna Springs in Birmingham watch the Euro 2020 semi final match between England and Denmark. Picture date: Wednesday July 7, 2021.  Image: There were some nail-biting moments throughout the match England fans react at the Vinegar Yard in London as they watch the Euro 2020 semi final match between England and Denmark. Picture date: Wednesday July 7, 2021.

At Trafalgar Square, fans waved flags and sang at the end of the 120 minute thriller.

Oliver Ways, 28, from Mitcham, south London, said: “This time it’s coming home, the momentum is with us, I don’t care what anyone says.”

He added: “I can’t believe I’m saying this but England are in a final!”

The prime minister and his wife were at Wembley, as was Prince William. Pic: AP Image: The prime minister and his wife were at Wembley, as was Prince William

Prince William was in the crowd to watch the win at Wembley, and congratulated the team after the final whistle.

A post to the Duke’s official Twitter account said: “What a game, what a result! A huge team effort @England.

“The whole country will be behind you on Sunday #ItsComingHome.”

Boris Johnson tweeted: “Tonight @England played their hearts out. What a fantastic performance from Gareth Southgate’s squad.

“Now to the final. Let’s bring it home.”

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer tweeted following the final whistle with just the hashtag “#ItsComingHome”.

He was joined in his celebration by the Duchess of York, who tweeted: “Gareth Southgate and @England, we herald you.”

Fans and Police vans outside the Vinegar Yard in London watching the Euro 2020 semi final match between England and Denmark. Picture date: Wednesday July 7, 2021.  Image: Police watched on as the match played out Fans at the Vinegar Yard in London watch the Euro 2020 semi final match between England and Denmark. Picture date: Wednesday July 7, 2021.

Current and ex-players also joined in on social media.

Jack Grealish, who was substituted on in the 69th minute before coming off in extra-time, tweeted: “I love this team!! What a night at Wembley!”

England legend Gary Lineker posted: “There were some superb performances. All the back 4 were outstanding, and as for @sterling7, well, that was one of the greatest displays I’ve seen from a player in an @England shirt. Stunning.”

Alan Shearer said: “Magnificent. Brilliant. Fantastic Amazing. Yesssssss @England you all of those and more.”

Some fans are old enough to remember 1966, when the Three Lions last made it to the final match in a major tournament.

John Engall, 65, from Bedington, was 10 during at the time.

Fans at the Vinegar Yard in London watch the Euro 2020 semi final match between England and Denmark. Picture date: Wednesday July 7, 2021.  Image: Fans at the Vinegar Yard in London watching the Euro 2020 semi final match between England and Denmark Wycombe Wanderers' Adebayo Akinfenwa on stage at BOXPARK in Croydon as he celebrates England reaching the final after the Euro 2020 semi final match between England and Denmark. Picture date: Wednesday July 7, 2021.    Image: Adebayo Akinfenwa celebrated on stage at BOXPARK in Croydon

“I remember ’66 but I’m much more ecstatic now than when I was 10,” he said.

“It was a brilliant game, it could have gone either way but well, it seems to have gone our way.”

It wasn’t just football fans who celebrated the victory.

Amy Reeves, 27, from Maidenhead, in Berkshire, said: “I’m not really a football fan but I can get behind this.

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“People look happy and one thing this country needs is happiness.

“Everything that has happened over the past year has lead to this – it’s unbelievable!”

At Trafalgar Square, fans waved flags and sang at the end of the 120 minute thriller.

The Three Lions are now preparing to face off against Roberto Mancini’s Italy on Sunday night at Wembley in the final of the competition.

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