Some of the nation’s biggest names have responded after England beat Denmark to progress through to the final of Euro 2020, in which they will face Italy on Sunday.
The Three Lions were pushed all the way by Denmark as their semi-final clash at Wembley went to extra-time on Wednesday night after a 1-1 draw inside 90 minutes.
But Harry Kane’s rebound from a missed penalty proved to be the difference as England held their nerve to emerge victorious in front of 64,950 fans, and millions watching at home.
The victory sparked wild celebrations across the country, and many of England’s biggest names from both within and outside of football reacted to the news.
In reference to the anti-racism gesture England have taken before matches, former striker and BBC presenter Gary Lineker wrote on Twitter : “If @England go on to win this, they may well end up taking the knee in front of the Queen.”
England’s hat-trick hero from the 1966 World Cup, the last time they played in the final of a major tournament, Sir Geoff Hurst also shared his jubilation on social media.
The 79-year-old posted: “Wow! We’re in the final. Brilliant game. Well done England. Fantastic.”
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Speaking on BBC Breakfast this morning, ex-England forward Alan Shearer said: “I got back to Newcastle at about 4am. What a night, what an atmosphere!
“We said before a ball was kicked this tournament that hopefully this England team can give us something to smile about, some hope, some excitement, and what a month it’s been.”
Former Liverpool and England defender Jamie Carragher praised the efforts of Raheem Sterling, who could have scored several times and was instrumental in the win.
He said: “He’s been outstanding for Gareth Southgate since the World Cup over a two or three year period and especially the way Kane is playing, he’s coming a lot deeper for the ball, you have to have players running in behind.
“Before this tournament started the two first names on the teamsheet would be Harry Kane and Harry Maguire. But now it has to be Sterling joining those two.”
From outside the world of football, die-hard Arsenal fan and former GMB presenter was full of praise for Gareth Southgate and his side.
He wrote on Twitter: “I was 16 months old when England last reached the final of an international tournament. It’s been a long, painful 55 years…
“Thanks Gareth Southgate, @HKane & the whole magnificent squad for finally putting us out of our agony. Now go win it!”
Meanwhile, a tweet from the account of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, as FA president Prince William was seen watching on from the stands, said: “What a game, what a result! A huge team effort @England.
“The whole country will be behind you on Sunday #ItsComingHome.”
And Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who was also seen watching the match inside Wembley, wrote on Twitter: “Tonight @England played their hearts out. What a fantastic performance from Gareth Southgate’s squad.
“Now to the final. Let’s bring it home.”