Second-half goals from Raheem Sterling and skipper Harry Kane were enough to see Gareth Southgate’s men advance to the final eight. where they will face Ukraine or Sweden.
It wasn’t all easy for the home side – but fans could have been forgiven for thinking it was their night when Thomas Muller missed a golden opportunity to equalize in the 81st minute.
The German veteran – who scored twice against England on their 2010 World Cup exit – was scored on goal and inexplicably dragged aside.
Five minutes later, Kane stepped forward to nod at point blank range to seal the victory.
The captain said of the result: “An incredible day – an incredible game.
“Hearing Wembley like that was just a moment none of us will forget.
“It was an incredible performance, two to zero, another clean sheet… just the perfect afternoon. “
Asked about his first goal of the tournament, he added: “Massive. As a forward you just have to be ready for the next chance.
“Jack (Grealish) made a great cross and I was able to do it. “
After the final whistle Sterling said: “We had to do a performance against a very good team and I thought we did today.
“Scoring for your country is always special – so it’s a very special time for me.
“It was a great team performance from all points of view. “
The victory was all the sweeter for manager Gareth Southgate, who missed a crucial penalty kick in the Euro 96 semi-final shootout against the same opponents.
And he was delighted with the result.
“It was a brilliant afternoon,” said the boss.
“The players have been huge throughout the team and the fans too.
“Only 40,000 but it was as good a vibe as I can remember at Wembley. We played extremely well and deserved the win.
“But I had to tell them – I’m the party freak because if we’re not going to capitalize on it on Saturday, it won’t count for nothing.” “
In the crowd to enjoy the victory were the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their seven-year-old son Prince George.
Other famous faces included former Three Lions skipper David Beckham and musician Ed Sheeran.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted: ‘Well done England!
“We’re all behind you – take it home!” “
It was only England’s second win in the European Championship knockout game, five years after the 2-1 humiliation of the round of 16 against Iceland.
It has been suggested, with France, the Netherlands and the reigning European champions Portugal already eliminated, this is the best chance for England to win a major tournament since 1966.
Before Tuesday night, Germany had been a thorn in England’s side.
Previously, they had eliminated the Three Lions from the 1970, 1990 and 2010 World Cups (the first in West Germany), as well as the semi-finals of Euro 96.