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England braced for one last ‘massive hurdle’ after defeating Denmark

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The Three Lions made history last night by reaching their first major tournament final in over half a century.

England now have one final “massive hurdle” on their path to glory in the shape of Italy, says Gareth Southgate.

England advanced to the Euro 2020 finals after beating Denmark 2-1 at Wembley on Wednesday night.

An own goal from Simon Kjaer in the first half and a Harry Kane penalty in the first half of extra time was enough for them to make it to their first major final since the 1966 World Cup.

The Three Lions will have a chance to win their first major trophy in over half a century when they go against Italy, who have been unbeaten for almost three years, on Sunday.

“I’m so proud of the players. It’s an incredible occasion to be a part of, the fans were incredible all night,” Southgate told ITV post-match. 

“When you have waited as long as we have to get through a semi-final, given the limited amount of international experience some of the players have, they have done an incredible job.

“The most pleasing thing is that we’ve given our fans and nation a fantastic night, and the journey carries on for another four days.

“We’re in a final, we’ve got to enjoy that fact, but there is one more massive hurdle to try and conquer.

“Italy are a very good side, they have really shown outstanding form, have defensive warriors at the back, it’s going to be a great game to look forward to.”