Gareth Southgate has said England deserve to advance to the Euro 2020 final – despite the Denmark manager claiming Harry Kane’s crucial penalty should not have been imposed.
England triumphed 2-1 after extra time thanks to Kane’s goal and had the lion’s share of the odds.
They now face Italy – almost undefeated for nearly three years – at Wembley on Sunday for the chance to win their first major since 1966.
Southgate praised the Danes on an “incredible tournament” and said they had made things “really tough” for England, but insisted his players won their places in the final.
The England coach said: “We were so smooth in the quarter-final and relatively unscathed in the second round.
“We knew that at some point we were going to concede and we had to respond.
“Denmark had an amazing tournament. I have to give them huge credit.
“But I think on the balance of the game, when you look at the number of saves we forced the goalkeeper to make and the long stretches of play where I felt we were the biggest threat, I think we deserved it. “
Denmark briefly silenced home fans when they took the lead with a sensational free kick in the first half, but England equalized when Saka’s cross fell on the Denmark captain.
The crux came in extra time – Raheem Sterling ruled he was tripped in the box and VAR upheld the penalty decision.
Kane stepped up, but his kick was easily saved by Kasper …
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