'Unthinkable': England in raptures over Euro 2020 masterclass

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Jordan Henderson (pictured right) scoring for England and (pictured left) English fans celebrating in Piccadilly Circus.
England defeated Ukraine 4-0 at Euro 2020, which sent the nation into a frenzy (pictured left). (Getty Images)

England sent the nation into pandemonium overnight after putting in their best display yet to defeat Ukraine 4-0 at Euro 2020.

Captain Harry Kane scored twice as England swept past Ukraine in their quarter-final on Saturday then immediately switched his team's thoughts to the job ahead, determined to keep a lid on rapidly-rising expectation.

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It was the only match that England had to play away from Wembley Stadium and it was the team's most dominant performance of the tournament.

Harry Maguire and Jordan Henderson also scored as England kept a clean sheet for the fifth straight match.

Just like scenes after England defeated Germany in Round of 16 at Wembley, fans gathered in bars, pubs and outdoor areas in scenes reminiscent of time before the Covid-19 pandemic.

Despite England up against an in-form and inspired Denmark outfit in the semi-final, fans couldn't help but imagine what could be with the Three Lions now firm-favourites to reach the final.

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England face Denmark at Euro 2020

England now face Denmark at Wembley on Wednesday.

The Danes, who have won admiration and developed into a surprise contender after their tournament began with midfielder Christian Eriksen suffering cardiac arrest on the field, advanced by beating the Czech Republic 2-1 in their quarter-final in Baku.

Italy will face Spain in the other semi-final match on Tuesday, with the final next weekend also to be played at Wembley.

Fans of England celebrate after winning the UEFA EURO 2020 quarterfinal football match between Ukraine with 4-0, on July 3, 2021 in London, United Kingdom.
Fans of England celebrate after winning the UEFA EURO 2020 quarterfinal football match between Ukraine with 4-0, on July 3, 2021 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Hasan Esen/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

The last time England made it to the last four of the European Championship was in 1996. But the bigger goal at this point is to duplicate the success of the 1966 England team who won the World Cup on home soil.

"I've said it all along it's all about peaking for the right time," Kane said. 

"We are on the right track."

Harry Kane (pictured left) congratulated by head coach Gareth Southgate (pictured right) as he leaves the pitch during the UEFA EURO 2020 quarterfinal football match between Ukraine and England.
Harry Kane (pictured left) congratulated by head coach Gareth Southgate (pictured right) as he leaves the pitch during the UEFA EURO 2020 quarterfinal football match between Ukraine and England. (Photo by Isabella Bonotto/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

"To perform like we did was top-drawer - another clean sheet, four goals, it was the perfect night for us.

"We don't get carried away...we've got to keep working hard and recover well.

"We haven't done nothing yet. We've got a semi-final at Wembley. ... What a moment for us as a team, as a nation. It's there for us, it's an opportunity for us. We have to grab it with both hands."

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