Is it finally coming home this year? The long standing question in the minds of English football fans all across the globe would be answered in the next coming week as we head into the business end of the sixteenth edition of the European Championships.
England have so far perfectly delivered to the expectations of the public and potentially stand two games off winning EURO 2020. After the heartbreak in FIFA World Cup 2018, winning the European championships would be a perfect way to bring a sense of joy to the country which have been waiting for an international trophy for ages now.
England’s Progress from the Group Stages-
England were placed in Group- D of the EURO 2020 alongside the likes of Croatia, Scotland and Czech Republic. The Three Lions played all of their matches at home at the Wembley Stadium and emerged undefeated from the group stages. England registered a 1-0 victory to open their account against Croatia with Raheem Sterling scoring the only goal of the match. The victory against Croatia was followed by a dull and grim 0-0 draw against eternal rivals Scotland in their second match of the competition.
A lot of talk had started to emerge with regards to their attacking play as they failed to create goal scoring chances over the first 180 minutes. The final match of the group stages saw them take on Czech Republic who were also unbeaten till then. However, the English overcame the Czech challenge with yet another 1-0 victory and topped their group with 7 points from 3 matches.
A top spot finish in Group-D meant they had to play the second placed team from Group-F, which was regarded as the Group of Death in EURO 2020. Germany finished second from Group- F and fixed their date for a quarter final clash between the two heavyweights at Wembley.
England vs Germany – Round of 16
England took on Germany in the 4th quarter final of EURO 2020, with the unwanted record that they had never beaten the Germans in an international tournament since the World Cup final in 1966. But all of that record was put to bed as Gareth Southgate’s men put on an impressive display of football to silence their critics. They won the match 2-0 courtesy of goals from Raheem Sterling and their captain Harry Kane, who scored his first goal of the tournament.
The Three Lions set up a quarter finals clash with Ukraine at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, after Ukraine won their Round of 16 clash against Sweden by scoring a goal in the 121st minute of the match.
England vs Ukraine – Quarter Finals
The Three lions headed into the clash as the favourites, but coach Gareth Southgate fielded his best choice eleven to ensure no jitters. Jadon Sancho received his first start of the tournament as England ran riot over Ukraine registering a 4-0 victory. Harry Kane scored within the first five minutes of the match to set the tone for the entire match. Harry Maguire added a second just after the second half before Kane scored another to set the party bells ringing in the English camp. Jordan Henderson put the icing on top scoring the fourth goal after making his way back from injury.
The English Lions have been one of the most consistent teams of the competition so far and have the distinction of not have let in a single goal so far. Jordan Pickford has recorded 5 consecutive clean sheets and will hope to add one more when they face Denmark in the semi-finals of EURO 2020 on the 8th of July at the Wembley Stadium.
England’s Journey to the Semi-Finals of EURO 2020
|Group-Match||Czech Republic||1-0||Raheem Sterling|
|Round of 16||Germany||2-0||Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling|
|Quarter Finals||Ukraine||4-0||Harry Kane *2, Harry Maguire, Jordan Henderson|