For the first time in its history, England qualified for the Euro final. In a mad Wembley, the Three Lions have overcome the Danish surprise. The English press returned to length and breadth on this qualification – without however dwelling for a very long time on the contentious phase of the penalty awarded to Sterling – and began to dream of a first international trophy since 1966.
“England is in the midst of a dream”, headlined The Guardian newspaper, “After an intense duel with Denmark, England are ready for their first major final since 1966.”
For the tabloid The Sun, this qualification is undoubtedly “the best feeling in the world”. The English newspaper made no secret of its relief after Kane’s winning goal in extra time, “We’ve been waiting ages for ages, so no one will blame Kane for waiting a little longer to score the decisive goal after his penalty kick. We Englishmen used to miss our penalties. at the end of the semi-finals but this time we don’t care. “
For the English press in general, this qualification of the Three Lions is a deliverance, they who have been waiting for many years for a final in a big tournament. a feeling very well summed up by the Daily Mirror front page: “Finally !”, headlined the British tabloid, “Harry [Kane] and his heroes defeated the Danes … now you have to match the English immortals of 1966. “
On its front page, the Daily Mail dared the pun: “Kane you believe it (for Can you believe it)” before highlighting the tension that reigned at Wembley before the release of the goal of the English striker, “On an epic evening, the Three Lions kept millions of Englishmen on the edge of their seats … before Captain Harry qualified us for this historic final at Wembley.”
“England ecstatic after Harry Kane rebounded in extra time to seal an epic victory over Denmark. The Three Lions are placed for their first major final since 1966”, exults the Mail which takes the opportunity to already spoof their opponent in the final, “now it’s Italy’s turn!”
For the Times, “England wrote history”, as the English daily headlined. “A loud scream around Wembley Stadium. People cascaded out of pubs and bars and roamed the streets of the country. It was a scream of euphoria that has been awaited for 55 years. The football team England are back in the final of a major tournament for the first time since 1966 and if it may seem so wonderful once it stops being so scary imagine the delirium if England win Euro 2020 Sunday”, continued the English newspaper.