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England laid down an emphatic statement of their intent with a brilliant performance against Ukraine to reach the semi-finals of Euro 2020.

The other teams remaining in the draw will have been watching on nervously as Harry Kane opened the scoring just four minutes into the last-eight clash, while the Three Lions put the game to bed with three goals in the second half.

Harry Maguire doubled the advantage from a corner just one minute after the interval, Kane grabbed his second of the match moments later and Jordan Henderson popped up with his first England goal from another corner.

Gareth Southgate's tactics were spot on for the quarter-final clash, and his players followed up a famous victory over Germany with a performance at Stadio Olimpico which will be talked about for years to come.

Here are five talking points on a momentous night for England in the Italian capital, which sets up a semi-final versus Denmark.

They're like buses, Harry

Kane scored twice to vanquish any remaining doubts over his fitness and form

When Harry Kane opened his Euro 2020 account against Germany, relief was painted all over his face.

Kane faced scathing criticism throughout the group stage but there was a presiding sense that one goal – which came against Germany in the last 16 – could lead to many more.

This school of thought was proved correct just four minutes into the action at Stadio Olimpico, when the 27-year-old latched onto a sublime Raheem Sterling through-ball to poke the Three Lions ahead.

Kane added his second of the match in the 50th minute after more brilliant work by Sterling and Luke Shaw to take his tally to three goals in five games – which suddenly looks a much more healthy tally for the tournament.

It could have been four in five, too, but for a brilliant save from Ukraine goalkeeper Heorhiy Bushchan to deny a venemous volley from the edge of the area.

Kane's rejuvenated performance rubbished speculation over his fitness and, all in all, Denmark should be very worried about England's captain, who has hit form at just the right time.

Sterling shines again

Sterling has struck up a simply brilliant partnership with Kane in attack
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While Harry Kane opened the scoring, England's game-changer yet again his attacking colleague wearing the No. 10 jersey.

While an accomplished Premier League performer with Manchester City, Raheem Sterling has enjoyed a coming of age at international level during Euro 2020.

Once a figure of frustrating inconsistency for the Three Lions, the 26-year-old has been his country's most-dependable, most-impactful performer this summer.

Adding to his three decisive goals in the first four games of the tournament, Sterling threaded Kane through on goal to show he also has match-winning assists in his repertoire.

The former Liverpool prospect was a constant outlet on the left flank and his footwork proved too much for the Ukraine defence to handle on many occasions, as shown when his back-heel trickery set Luke Shaw away to assist Kane's second.

Watching Sterling flourish on the grand stage has been a true delight to behold for England fans, and he will be the first name on the team sheet to face Denmark.

Southgate's back-four switch

Southgate has the trust of the nation after the brilliant nous he has shown throughout Euro 2020
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Not for the first time this tournament, credit must go to Gareth Southgate.

The England boss has no qualms with switching system depending on the opposition – putting his and his players' egos to one side – and decided to revert to a back four after besting Germany with a five-man defence.

Sensing the Three Lions could benefit from a more attacking shape against Ukraine, Southgate sacrificed wing-back Kieran Trippier for midfielder Mason Mount.

England instantly reaped the rewards of their expansive system with Harry Kane's early goal, which marked their first goal in the first half of a Euro 2020 match. And, of course, the Three Lions ran away with the match with their flurry of brilliant attacks in the second half.

But equally impressive was the control the Three Lions exhibited throughout the match, as none of Southgate's tactical tweaks have come at the cost of defensive solidity – a treasured quality in tournament football.

Even when Andriy Yarmolenko was able to get in behind the full-backs, there were countless men in white and blue ready to snuff out the danger.

Indeed, you can count on one hand the number of clear-cut chances England have let slip in their five games so far; as they say, defences win championships…

Sighs of relief for tightrope trio

Rice – who went close with a shot in the first half – was withdrawn without a booking
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England went into the match with three of their starting XI in jeopardy of missing the semi-finals if they picked up another yellow card: Harry Maguire, Declan Rice and Kalvin Phillips.

The latter duo had to navigate much of the match with Germany while booked and their blossoming partnership has been one of the bedrocks of the Three Lions' Euro 2020 success so far.

Harry Maguire, meanwhile, has more than justified Gareth Southgate's decision to bring him to the tournament, which was made while he was still suffering with an ankle injury.

The Manchester United captain has helped England keep their immaculate clean-sheet record intact and he is a constant threat from set pieces, as shown with his goal, which will have reminded fans of the 2018 World Cup.

As such, it was a huge relief for all three members of England's spine to come through the game without a booking.

Southgate was able to replace Rice and Phillips with Jordan Henderson and Jude Bellingham respectively in the second half, while Maguire hardly put a foot wrong all night, not for the first time this tournament.

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England's confidence is at its highest point in a generation after a 2-0 victory over Germany and a 4-0 quarter-final triumph over Ukraine in Rome.

It has been a tournament of brilliant performances and collective effort. The likes of Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane have already been picked out for praise, but a special mentions should also go to Luke Shaw, who picked up two assists to take his tally to three in two knockout fixtures.

Elsewhere, England's defence was brilliant, Jordan Pickford was solid but for one late questionable decision which went unpunished, Jadon Sancho showed patches of brilliance and Jordan Henderson let his emotions roar as he opened his account for his country.

In fact, the Three Lions have been so impressive that the painful memories of Frank Lampard's ghost goal, the embarrassment by Iceland and 55 years of hurt have evaporated.

For now.

Indeed, Gareth Southgate knows everything his side have achieved will count for very little unless England can overcome Denmark at Wembley on Wednesday night.

The pressure is now on for England to go one better than they did at the World Cup three years ago and progress beyond the semi-finals.

The Three Lions reset and humbled themselves after the victory over Germany; they must do so again ahead of the clash with an equally-spirited Denmark side.

But, for now, the anticipation and expectation among England fans rises to levels unseen for many years.