ITV pundit Ian Wright singled out Raheem Sterling for praise after England reached their first major final since 1966 by beating Denmark 2-1 at Wembley. The Three Lions will meet Italy in Sunday’s showpiece event.
Sterling was in fine form throughout the semi-final clash with Denmark as he forced Simon Kjaer to put the ball into his own net for the equaliser after Mikkel Damsgaard’s thunderous free-kick.
The Manchester City winger then won the decisive penalty in extra-time when he was brought down in the box.
“I’ll just say one name, Raheem Sterling,” Wright said post-match.
“He’s attacked this tournament, and again today I think he was the difference.
“I’m delighted for him, I’m delighted for Gareth [Southgate] and I’m delighted for this country.”
Meanwhile, Roy Keane felt Denmark’s Premier League goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel was the stand-out performer.
“I think a bit of courage, character, leadership,” Keane said. “Gareth really deserves all the credit in the world, he’s done an unbelievable job.
“Man of the match is probably Kasper Schmeichel, which says a lot.”
Match-winner Harry Kane scored the rebound after his penalty was saved by Schmeichel and he said: “We’ve got one more game to go but we got the job done. What an opportunity to be at Wembley for our first Euro Champ final.
“These games are about courage and belief and we definitely have those in this squad.
“As a penalty taker, sometimes the keeper goes the right way and the penalty was not executed as well as I should. I was fortunate it bounced for me but that’s football.
“We stayed calm, there was no panic and we managed to get the breakthrough.
“We have not won anything yet but we want to enjoy winning games with the fans – we know there is more to do.”
Pundit Emma Hayes commented: “Finding words to describe something that the entire country will be overwhelmed with is impossible.
“I feel so emotional to be here, this is a wonderful time for football in this country.
“These footballers, Gareth Southgate and his staff, deserve all the plaudits.
“They’ve brought joy to all of us.”
And Gary Neville added: “Denmark played a brilliant game, they faded a bit towards the end, but I have to say Gareth Southgate, his team, his staff, all of them, they’ve been absolutely unbelievable.
“Everyone is mesmerised in this stadium right now.”