England manager Gareth Southgate says he is “so happy for his country” to have reached the finals of the 2020 European championship after defeating Denmark 2-1 at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday night.
The mentor went on to add that his side cast aside the “suffering” of their World Cup semi-final defeat at the expense of Croatia in 2018 to book a place in Sunday’s Euro 2020 final.
The Three Lions will be in their first major tournament final since their 1966 World Cup.
“We’ve managed to put that right,” Southgate told ITV.
“I’m so proud of the players. It’s an incredible occasion to be a part of. We knew it wouldn’t be straightforward.
“When you’ve waited as long as we have to get through a semi-final, the players – considering the limited international experience some of them have – have done an incredible job.”
Southgate’s side will take on Italy in the final on Sunday, 11 July at Wembley Stadium.
A crowd of about 60,000 fans will be allowed for this mouthwatering showpiece.
“The most pleasing thing is we’ve given the fans and nation a fantastic night and the journey carries on for another four days,” he added.
“We’ve got to enjoy the fact we’re in the final but there’s one more massive hurdle to conquer.”
He admits that the ‘Azzurris’ are a “fantastic team”.
“We know the size of the task, we know they have those two warriors at the back who have seen all this before,” he said in an interview with BBC Radio 5 Live.
“But what a brilliant moment for us. Let’s savour tonight then we can think about that later.”
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