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Gareth Southgate. Credit: Nick Potts/PA

Gareth Southgate. Credit: Nick Potts/PA

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Gareth Southgate. Credit: Nick Potts/PA

Gareth Southgate says England are ready to end their semi-final hoodoo this week by making history and reaching their first final since 1966.

Having topped their Euro 2020 group and beaten old foes Germany in the round of 16, the Three Lions increased hope and expectation with Saturday’s thumping 4-0 quarter-final win against Ukraine in Rome.

Denmark are all that stand between England and their second ever final, having fallen at the penultimate hurdle at major tournaments on four occasions since winning the World Cup in 1966.

The galling World Cup semi-final defeat to Croatia three years ago was the latest, but Southgate believes his side have learned from that disappointment and are ready to write their own history once again.

“We’ve knocked off so many hoodoos or perceived barriers already and I feel like this group of players will feel this is just the next challenge,” the England manager said. “I guess the interesting part for us is we won’t feel totally satisfied if it’s just a semi-final for us, whereas maybe three years ago, although there was massive disappointment after the semi-final, there was a feeling we’d come a long way.

“Now we’ve replicated what we did there, but that won’t be enough to fulfil the group. That’s a positive sign.

“The other thing that is so positive, these young players – 18, 19, 20, 21 – are getting more experiences of England that are positive and enjoyable and they’re feeling what it can be like to be in an England shirt and have fun and win matches and have a relationship with the fans that is positive.

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“That’s so important for a generation to come. We’ll get more out of their talent if we can keep that relationship with the fans.”


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