ENGLAND proved they are a special brew under boss Gareth Southgate.
The Three Lions hammered Ukraine with a four-goal masterclass to set up a mouth-watering semi-final clash with Denmark back at Wembley on Wednesday.
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Harry Kane’s double blast, a Harry Maguire effort and Jordan Henderson’s first international goal gave England their biggest win in the knockout stages of a major tournament.
Three Lions boss Southgate roared: “I know what will be happening at home and that’s great – beers in hand, in the air, wherever it is.
“They should do that, they should enjoy. Party hard – well, within the rules.
“It has been a long year for everybody. I’m chuffed that the performances have brought so much happiness to people.
“It’s fabulous for the country. A semi-final at Wembley everyone can really look forward to that.
Three-semi finals in three years, but we want to go a step further, two steps further.
“We didn’t want to take a backward step we wanted to really grasp the opportunity rather than hope that we might win or let fate have a chance to play its part.
“I thought the players were decisive and ruthless all night.”
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England blew Ukraine away with their best performance of the tournament and took control when Kane opened the scoring within four minutes.
Kane bagged a double to banish any fears over his form and immediately set his sights on helping England overcome the Danes to end their semi-final hoodoo.
Southgate has seen his side lose World Cup and Nations League semi-finals over the past three years and Kane insists the players are ready to put the record straight.
He said: “It’s where we wanted to be. We set out a vision before the World Cup of what we want to achieve. We are knocking it off step by step.
“The World Cup was great but we fell short, we had a good run in the Nations League. We’re in another semi-final.
“Obviously there are a few of us in this team who played in that semi and we know how much it hurt not getting to the final and go all the way.
“It has been a great tournament so far and we have ticked off the boxes as we have gone along but the bottom line is we have a vision of where we want to be and it has to be winning major tournaments.
“We have a very tough game coming up. We have our supporters there as well we are going to have 60,000 in the stadium and we want to do them proud.”
Southgate added: “We’ve had to suffer a bit to get to where we are. Some difficult nights and tough performances but we are now playing with a lot belief and the players can see what’s possible.
“We still have a long way to go and we are not satisfied. Tonight is a really enjoyable night for everybody but I’ve got to say I was already thinning about the next challenge before the end of the game.
“That’s the one for us – we’ve never been to a European Championship final it’s another opportunity to make history.”
Three Lions legend Alan Shearer said: “Something special is happening.
“We started the tournament slowly but we are improving with every game. My head is telling me to calm down but my heart is getting carried away.
“Really, really positive, well done Gareth and well done England!”
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