- Title: England fans excited for historic Euro final
- Date: 8th July 2021
- Summary: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (JULY 8, 2021) (REUTERS) THE RIVER THAMES AND CITY OF LONDON SKYLINE CITY OF LONDON PLAQUE VARIOUS OF PEDESTRIANS AND TRAFFIC ON LONDON BRIDGE (SOUNDBITE) (English) LONDON RESIDENT, JAMES PAUL, SAYING: â€œListen, years and years and years of not getting this far. Watching the game with my nine-year-old last night, who thinks this is how England plays now and how we win, it's great for the future, isnâ€™t it?â€ (SOUNDBITE) (English) LONDON RESIDENT, SIMON, SAYING: â€œI can't wait. It is good to be alive to actually see it, to be honest. I never thought I would. He has done a great job, Gareth (Southgate, England manager), hasn't he?â€ VARIOUS OF PEDESTRIANS ON LONDON BRIDGE (SOUNDBITE) (English) LONDON RESIDENT, SAM BERRY, SAYING: â€œYeah, I am looking forward to it. I had a bit of a bad reaction to the penalty yesterday, it put a dampener at the end of the game, but yeah. I thought we played well. I enjoyed the match, it was good to watch with my family.â€ (SOUNDBITE) (English) LONDON RESIDENT, JAMIE HORNE, SAYING: â€œI am 100% not coming in on Monday. We are well up for it. It is such a good buzz around and England has never really created that, so yeah. Proper.â€ PEDESTRIANS WALKING ON LONDON BRIDGE VARIOUS OF ST. PAUL'S CATHEDRAL
- Embargoed: 22nd July 2021 10:49
- Keywords: Denmark England Euro 2020 Euro 2020 final European Championship Gareth Southgate Harry Kane Wembley Stadium
- Location: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
- City: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
- Country: United Kingdom
- Topics: Europe,Soccer,Sport
- Reuters ID: LVA001EKZEV5Z
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: England's long-suffering soccer fans were in dreamland on Thursday (July 8) after their team overcame Denmark 2-1 in extra time on Wednesday (July 7) to reach the European Championship final for the first time.
The last major final England appeared in was when the team beat West Germany to lift the World Cup in 1966.
Team captain Harry Kane's goal, scored on the rebound after his penalty had been saved, finally saw off battling Denmark to set up a Sunday (July 11) showdown against an Italy side that last won the title in 1968.
Denmark briefly sent jitters throughout England when they took the lead with a sensational first-half free-kick that silenced much of London's Wembley Stadium, but England equalised when Simon Kjaer bundled Bukayo Saka's cross into his own net.
England fans will now be planning for Sunday's final - again at Wembley - but face an Italy side that has gone unbeaten for nearly three years.
(Production: Will Russell, Ben Makori)
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