England players celebrate Henderson's first goal for his country

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England stormed into the European Championship semi-finals for the first time in 25 years after two goals from Harry Kane helped Gareth Southgate’s side thrash Ukraine 4-0 to book a clash with Denmark.

Kane got his side up and running in their quarter-final tie with a fine finish inside four minutes at the Stadio Olimpico, England’s earliest goal in a Euros match since 2004.

Harry Maguire’s bullet header less than a minute into the second half made it two, before captain Kane nodded home his second of the game and third of the tournament four minutes later.

Substitute Jordan Henderson completed the rout with his first international goal to ensure England’s comfortable passage into the last four.

England (4-2-3-1)   

Jordan Pickford — 6/10
Reacted sharply to turn away Yaremchuk’s near-post effort. Miscued clearance was a nervy moment in the second half, but hardly fatal. Another clean sheet.                                      

Kyle Walker — 7/10 
Sloppy pass allowed Ukraine their first chance of the game but that was his only error. Recovery pace is such a useful asset at the back.

John Stones — 7/10 
As calm as ever in possession, he also did more than anyone to shut down the intermittent threat of Yaremchuk in the first half.

Harry Maguire — 8/10 
Another emphatic answer to anyone doubting his fitness. Always a threat from set pieces, he used all his neck power to head home the second.

Harry Maguire lets rip after scoring for England after the break

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Luke Shaw — 9/10
Tireless and creative. Surely his best performance for England. Magnificent delivery from wide allowed Maguire and Kane to score after the break.

Kalvin Phillips  — 7/10 
Intelligent and patient presence in midfield. Not as adventurous in attack as in previous matches but there was no need for him to bomb forward.

Declan Rice — 7/10 
Kept the ball moving in midfield and almost scored with a thumping effort from the edge of the box. Removed early, with the job done. Always involved and cutting out danger, he is growing into his role with England.

Jadon Sancho — 8/10 
Offered so much spark in attack, causing all sorts of problems with his inventive dribbling and sharp movement. Worked back diligently. 

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Mason Mount — 8/10 
Always busy in the final third and also defended well, making a crucial block in the first half. Curling delivery found Henderson for the fourth.

Raheem Sterling — 8/10  
Underlined his status as England’s best player at this tournament with a superb assist for Kane. Too quick, on both flanks, for Ukraine’s defenders.

Harry Kane — 9/10 
No one is doubting him now. A predatory finish for his first goal and a classic striker’s header for his second. Kane looks like Kane again.

Body contorted, Harry Kane gets his rewards again for England

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Subs: 

Henderson for Rice 57 
Trippier for Shaw 65 
Bellingham for Phillips 65 
Rashford for Sterling 65 
Calvert-Lewin for Kane 73

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Eng player ratings vs ukraine

Ukraine (3-5-2)   

Georgiy Bushchan — 6/10  
Largely helpless for all of England’s goals, especially the headers from close range, although he produced a wonderful diving save to stop a Kane volley.

Illia Zabarnyi — 4/10  
Just one part of a defence that simply could not handle England’s attacking threat, in the air or on the floor. A gruelling, painful evening.

Serhiy Kryvtsov — 4/10  
Another player who had a night to forget. Allowed Kane to escape for the opening goal and then limped out of the action before half-time.

Mykola Matvienko — 4/10  
Highly-rated centre-back was eager to bring the ball out of defence but not so keen to defend. Overpowered by Maguire for England’s second.

Oleksandr Karavaev  — 5/10  
Looked to push forward occasionally but then had to scarper back. Not alone in being unable to deal with the pace of England’s wide players.

Serhiy Sydorchuk  — 4/10  
Had the unenviable task of trying to slow down the England midfield. Mount’s movement caused him endless problems, as did England’s intensive pressing.

Mykola Shaparenko  — 5/10   
Easily beaten by Sterling in the build-up to Kane’s opener and looked lightweight against England’s midfield. Fizzed a fierce shot wide.

Oleksandr Zinchenko — 6/10  
Technician was one of Ukraine’s main threats at first. Everything goes through him but he seemed on a different level to his inferior team-mates.

Oleksandr Zinchenko was one of Ukraine's better players

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Vitaliy Mykolenko — 5/10  
Forced to do so much desperate defending and looked shattered before an hour had been played. Had no answer to Sterling and Sancho’s speed.

Andriy Yarmolenko — 5/10  
The leader of the Ukraine team had little service and no chance to demonstrate the power of his left foot. Frustrated by England’s defence.

Roman Yaremchuk — 6/10   
Ukraine’s most dangerous player. Tested Pickford after seizing on Walker’s underhit pass in the first half, but also lacked any quality deliveries to attack.

Subs: 
Tsygankov for Kryvtsov 36 
Makarenko for Sydorchuk 64