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Gary Neville launched a withering attack on prime minister Boris Johnson seconds after England edged out Denmark to set up a Euro 2020 final clash with Italy.
The Three Lions advanced to their first major tournament final in 55 years thanks to Harry Kane's extra-time rebound following his missed penalty, which came after Simon Kjaer's own-goal cancelled out Mikkel Damsgaard's opener in the first half of regular time.
The conclusion of 120 hard-fought minutes was met with raucous scenes at Wembley, with players, fans and manager Gareth Southgate celebrating their triumph to choruses of Three Lions and Sweet Caroline.
Former England defender Neville joined in the songs – but he also tore into Johnson as the festivities unfolded.
Neville laid into Johnson after the full-time whistle blew at Wembley
"The standard of leaders in this country the past couple of years has been poor, looking at that man (Southgate), he’s everything a leader should be, respectful, humble, he tells the truth," Neville told ITV Sport .
He added: "We’ve never done this before in our lifetimes. These lads have to focus but we don’t have to. This country is bouncing, national holiday, enjoy yourselves!"
Fellow pundit Ian Wright also picked out Southgate for praise while hailing Raheem Sterling, who played a key role in both of England's goals.
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"There was a bit of luck with the way it came about [the penalty], but all the years waiting, maybe that’s the luck. I’ve been dreaming of this day and now it’s come, I can’t believe it’s here," said Wright.
"Raheem Sterling has attacked this tournament. I believe he was the difference, I am delighted for him, Gareth and the whole country.
"I am speechless because I want England to win something in my lifetime."
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Wright added: "Denmark played a brilliant game, faded at the end, but Gareth Southgate, his players, staff, everyone has been unbelievable. This crowd… it’s mesmerising being in this stadium right now."
Chelsea Women boss Emma Hayes said: "Finding the words to describe something the entire country will be overwhelmed with is impossible. This is a wonderful time for football in this country."
Premier League chief executive Richard Masters also toasted the Three Lions' success, saying: "Congratulations to the England team on making the Euro 2020 final – England’s first and a fantastic moment for the whole country.
"The players, Gareth Southgate and his coaching staff deserve great credit for their progression on the international stage over the last five years. They have captured the imagination of the nation.
"Everyone at The FA, especially St George’s Park, has done a brilliant job despite the many challenges of COVID-19. We are proud to see England players remind everyone that our football is among the best in the world.
"It’s great there will be thousands of England fans back at Wembley on Sunday cheering the team on to go one step further. I can’t wait!"