England reached the semi-finals of Euro 2020 as Harry Kane struck twice in a comfortable win over Ukraine in Rome.
Going into the quarter-finals, it was a fairly straightforward night for the Three Lions, who lost 4-0 at Stadio Olimpico and will face Denmark in the last four.
Kane started the night well with an early strike before scoring his second shortly after Harry Maguire doubled the lead immediately after half-time.
The fourth came courtesy of substitute Jordan Henderson, who broke his England scorer’s duck to seal a great team performance.
Having reached the 2018 World Cup semi-finals, Gareth Southgate is hoping his side will do better as they prepare to face Denmark at Wembley on Wednesday night.
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Alan Shearer on Harry Kane on the BBC
“The nation, our country is watching Harry Kane because he is such a special player and when it doesn’t happen it won’t be good but he will be on top of the world again.
“Something special is happening. My head tells me to calm down but my heart races.
Gary Lineker at the BBC
“England ends Italian work! They only exploded the bloody scores!
Now let’s count every hour until Wednesday.
More from Southgate
“It’s still flowing a bit. We are in another semi-final. That’s three in three years. But we want to go further.
“It’s nice to send everyone out on a Saturday night with beer in their hands in the air. They deserve it. It has been a long year.
Southgate to BBC
“The players have been fantastic. Playing as well as they did in a game where there is so much rest was really impressive.
“I’m actually just thinking about the guys we didn’t have on the pitch. They are the ones who make the success of this team. The mentality of the team has been fantastic.
“I spend more energy worrying about the three I have to leave out of the 26. They all give their all in training. “
Frank Lampard on the BBC on Luke Shaw
“From the outside, something seems to have really clicked with [Luke Shaw] in the past 18 months.
“You always had the feeling that he is a machine and you can get what you want from him and now we see him. “
“It was a very good evening. We are very satisfied with the level of performance. We cannot dwell on it too much. We have a big game coming up on Wednesday.
” It’s almost time [I scored for England]. I felt one coming and luckily I have it on the scoresheet. Guys deserve it tonight.
“I always thought it would happen eventually. But I never really think I need to score goals.
Harry Kane at the BBC
“What a great performance in a big, big game. Playing like we did was the best draw. It was a perfect night for us.
“We’re not getting carried away, we have a great unit here from the back to the front. We are on the right path. We must continue to work hard.
“This is where we want to be. We are destroying it step by step. The World Cup was great, but we failed. It is now a question of crossing the line, of taking the next step. That’s what we need to do on Wednesday.
“We look confident so hopefully we can continue like this. We are on the right path. “
Well that was a lot of fun to watch.
Harry Maguire on the BBC
“It’s a great feeling; consecutive semifinals at a major tournament is a great achievement. I don’t want to party, but we want to go beyond 2018.
“We have great confidence in the dressing room. The first half was difficult. We got the goal we wanted and the second goal calmed us down a lot.
“It’s hard to soak it all up when you have another game coming up. This group of players is not content with a semi-final. We want to go further.
It was England’s biggest win at Euro in the round of 16. It’s the first time they’ve scored four goals in a knockout game since … the 1966 World Cup final.
Is this a sign? Come on, let’s get carried away.