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England make it through to Euros semi-finals | Is football coming home? | Reaction

Stephen Kisbey-Green
Stephen Kisbey-Green

22:11 3 Jul 2021

England booked their place in the European Championships semi-final with an emphatic victory over Ukraine on Saturday, for the first time since 1996.

Harry Kane looked like a completely different player compared to his performances leading up to the knockout stages, as he scored a brace, while Harry Maguire and Jordan Henderson each added to England's tally.

England will head into the final four without having conceded a goal, and will be hoping that this defensive effort combined with Kane's new-found nose for the net will help them in their semi-final.

Ukraine were not necessarily the most challenging of opponents at the end of the day, some pundits suggesting that their round of 16 opponents would have faired better against England.

While some fans were not impressed with the type of football on display in Rome, others were just upset that they didn't put money on Harry Kane to score a hattrick.

England being the old foe that they are, a lot of Irish fans were thinking the same thing; at least England scoring goals will help Irish football.

Kane England England's Harry Kane celebrates scoring their side's first goal of the game during the UEFA Euro 2020 Quarter Final match at the Stadio Olimpico, Rome. Picture date: Saturday July 3, 2021.

Gareth Southgate has taken some criticism from fans in recent weeks, most often being questioned about whether he knows his best XI or not.

However, after that 4-0 victory, some fans have taken to the English manager, and believe that he might be in line for some higher honours.

With England making it to the semi-finals for the first time since 1996, the question on everybody's lips is the same; is football coming home?

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