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Harry Kane propelled England to just their second major tournament final as Gareth Southgate’s men secured an extra-time win against Denmark to set-up Sunday’s shot at European Championship glory.
After topping their group, beating Germany and swatting aside Ukraine, this semi-final victory gives the Three Lions a chance to follow in the footsteps of the triumphant 1966 World Cup side by lifting silverware at Wembley.
Italy lie in wait after a tense, pulsating semi-final under the arch on Wednesday night, when Simon Kjaer’s own goal cancelled out a superb Mikkel Damsgaard free-kick before Kane sealed a 2-1 extra-time win after his penalty was saved.
The final whistle sparked pandemonium in the ground and across the nation as dreams of football coming home edged closer to reality, 25 years on from Southgate’s penalty miss at this stage of the competition against Germany.
England's forward Harry Kane (R) celebrates with England's midfielder Phil Foden (L)
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JORDAN PICKFORD 6
His most jittery game so far and won’t like being beaten from 25 yards by Damsgaard’s free-kick.
KYLE WALKER 7
Good battle with Damsgaard. His pace is such an asset. Did everything he had to tidily.
JOHN STONES 7
Was as calm and assured as he has been throughout the tournament. Another impressive display.
Maguire produced a man-of-the-match performance for the Three Lions
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HARRY MAGUIRE BOOKED 8
Really good in the air from the off and forced a good save from Schmeichel. Defended superbly.
LUKE SHAW 7
Whipped in a couple of dangerous crosses. His foul on Christensen led to Denmark’s goal.
KALVIN PHILLIPS 7
Didn’t have it all his own way early on but grew stronger as the game progressed.
DECLAN RICE 7
Like Phillips, ate up plenty of ground. Sat a little too deep early on but from half-time onwards was excellent
Saka's incisive cross forced the error from Simon Kjaer
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BUKAYO SAKA 7
His pace caused plenty of problems for Denmark. Provided the cross that led to England’s goal.
MASON MOUNT 6
Worked hard again but still not creating anywhere near as much as he does at club level.
RAHEEM STERLING 7
Always tried to set the tempo for England. Missed a fine chance but forced Kjaer’s own-goal and won penalty.
HARRY KANE 8
Worked so hard as game wore on. Incisive pass released Saka for England’s goal. Missed penalty but buried the rebound.
Subs: Grealish (for Saka 68) 7, Henderson (on for Rice 94) 6, Foden (on for Mount 94) 6.
Schmeichel produced yet another assured display and kept Kane's penalty out before he was beaten by the rebound
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KASPER SCHMEICHEL 8
Five big saves from Sterling, Maguire, Kane and Grealish. Saved penalty but unlucky on rebound. Denmark's man of the match.
ANDREAS CHRISTENSEN 7
Solid at the back and won the free-kick that led to Damsgaard’s goal.
SIMON KJAER 6
Looked his usual assured self until the own-goal. Sterling would have scored if Kjaer hadn’t.
JANNICK VESTERGAARD 7
Another solid performer at the back for the Danes. Did well on a couple of occasions against Mount.
JENS STRYGER 6
Defended well but didn’t get much change out of Shaw and offered little going forward.
Hojbjerg was solid in the centre of the park for the Scandinavians
PIERRE-EMILE HOJBJERG 7
Usual no-nonsense but no-frills performance from the Spurs man. Solid display as ever.
THOMAS DELANEY 7
His energy gave England’s defensive midfielders plenty to contend with.
JOAKIM MAEHLE 6
Always looked to offer width but Walker kept him contained when he pushed further forward.
MARTIN BRAITHWAITE 7
Worked his socks off but couldn’t find the opening he and his nation wanted.
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KASPER DOLBERG 6
Has had a very good tournament but this was a quiet evening against Stones and Maguire.
MIKKEL DAMSGAARD 7
Whipped home a terrific 25-yard free-kick to give the Danes the lead. Always lively.
Subs: Wass (for Stryger 66) 6, Poulsen (for Damsgaard 66) 6, Norgaard (for Dolberg 66) 6, Andersen (on for Christensen 78) 6, Jensen (on for Delaney 87) 6, Wind (on for Vestergaard 105).
Referee: D Makkelie (Holland)
Man of the Match: Harry Maguire.
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