'It's going to be a tough, but we've got this far'

Ollie Watkins scoring the winner against the Netherlands in the Euros semi-final
Ollie Watkins' 90th-minute winner has sent England to the Euro 2024 final [Getty Images]

Football fans across Surrey have been celebrating England's semi-final win over the Netherlands at Euro 2024.

The national team beat the Dutch 2-1 in Dortmund thanks to a last-minute goal by Aston Villa's Ollie Watkins.

Both Watkins and Cole Palmer, who provided the pass for the winner, were late substitutions by manager Gareth Southgate. England will face Spain in the final on Sunday.

Angela Walters, head of girls football at Beacon Hill FC, near Hindhead, told BBC Radio Surrey: "It's going to be a tough match, but we've got this far."

She said reaching the final had probably come as a surprise, so anything was possible.

"After the first few matches in the rounds, did we really think we were going to get this far? Probably not," she said.

"We could possibly do it on Sunday and that would be amazing, because both the women's and men's teams would be European champions at the same time."

England celebrating their win over the Netherlands
England's last gasp semi-final win secures them a place in the final against Spain [Getty Images]

Tommy Widdrington, manager of Aldershot Town Football Club, said: "Gareth's stuck to his guns.

"It's shown the character of him and the group because that was near enough the team that started the first few games, which was pilloried by the media.

"To me, they embody what a squad's all about. "

Marc White, the owner and manager of Dorking Wanderers, recalled when Watkins played non-league football for Weston-Super-Mare.

He said: "He played against lots of players that I know and I think it was an amazing moment for Ollie.

"This England team, I believe, will win the Euros.

"With their tails up in a one-off match, it's a game they could win comfortably."

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