Harry Kane scored twice as a buoyant England cruised by means of to the semi-finals of Euro 2020 with a one-sided 4-0 win over Ukraine in Rome on Saturday.
Kane ended a worrying worldwide scoring drought by netting within the 2-0 last-16 defeat of Germany in midweek and he put England forward inside 4 minutes on a sweaty night within the Italian capital.
Gareth Southgate’s facet then put this quarter-final tie out of sight with two extra targets early within the second half, one from Harry Maguire earlier than Kane netted once more.
Substitute Jordan Henderson bought the fourth, and as Denmark lie in wait within the Wembley semi-final on Tuesday England might be assured of occurring to succeed in a primary ever European Championship closing and even now claiming a primary main worldwide title since 1966.
The draw right here was form for them, with Ukraine absolutely as weak an opponent as they might hope to face in a quarter-final, a stage at which they’ve misplaced to the likes of Italy and Portugal in current European Championships.
However the statistics are spectacular, with England having come by means of 5 video games at this event all with out conceding a aim.
Some of their play in huge areas was excellent, with Raheem Sterling and Jadon Sancho –- making his first begin on the Euro –- too scorching for Ukraine to deal with.
Kane, their captain, had gone near eight hours with out discovering the online for his nation however his opener right here was his second in simply eight minutes following the late strike that secured victory over Germany.
Regardless of the opposition, their show on the Stadio Olimpico was a step-up at school within the closing third to earlier video games on the Euro and they are going to be favourites at residence in opposition to a Danish facet who performed their very own quarter-final in opposition to the Czech Republic on Saturday in distant Baku.
Hat-trick of headers
This would be the solely match England play away from residence within the competitors and it marked fairly a distinction to their defeat of the Germans, which was watched by greater than 40,000 supporters at Wembley, the place coronavirus restrictions have been eased.
With Italy presently imposing a five-day quarantine on all arrivals from the United Kingdom, the variety of England followers in Rome was restricted to these already based mostly within the European Union though they nonetheless made themselves heard within the crowd of beneath 12,000.
They had loads to rejoice, not like their Ukrainian counterparts, as Andriy Shevchenko’s workforce got here up brief of their bid to take the nation to a primary ever main event semi-final.
They scraped out of their group after which edged 10-man Sweden in additional time within the final 16, and their possibilities of stunning England regarded useless and buried after they fell behind early on.
Sterling, who terrorised the Ukraine defence down the left, performed in Kane who poked the ball previous Georgiy Bushchan.
Ukraine’s large striker Roman Yaremchuk compelled a save from Jordan Pickford and a Declan Rice piledriver was stored out by Bushchan, with England trying snug.
However Ukraine have been a distinct proposition after injured defender Serhiy Kryvtsov was changed by Dynamo Kiev winger Viktor Tsygankov within the thirty sixth minute.
They completed the primary half strongly and extra pessimistic England followers might have spent the interval reliving their exit from Euro 2016, after they misplaced to Iceland within the final 16 regardless of additionally having opened the scoring within the fourth minute.
They needn’t have anxious.
England scored once more lower than a minute after the restart when a foul on Kane allowed Luke Shaw to ship a free-kick from the left for Maguire to go in.
Four minutes after that Sterling provided the overlapping Shaw and he crossed for a rejuvenated Kane to go residence.
The Tottenham star almost had his hat-trick, a stinging volley producing a positive save from Bushchan.
From Mason Mount’s ensuing nook got here the fourth aim, one other header, this time from Henderson, the primary of 5 substitutes despatched on by Southgate who would have been occupied with the semi-final lengthy earlier than this quarter-final was formally over.