By Rachael Grealish
England has reached the semi-finals of the European Championships, for the first time in 25 years – that’s right, longer than some of the England players have been alive.
This is the first time the team has made is this far in the competition since Euro 1996.
The team kicked off their quarter-final match, in Rome, against Ukraine – a team they’ve only lost one out of their last seven games against, but that didn’t guarantee victory.
What did was the four goals in the back of the Ukrainian net – two scored by the team’s captain, Harry Kane.
The vibes for the team were positive from the onset as Kane scored his first goal within three and a half minutes of the game’s kick off.
The other three goals were scored in the game’s second half – two of which were scored by Harry Maguire and Jordan Henderson.
The last time the team made it to the semi-finals when the team were kicked out of the competition, by long-time rivals Germany – however this wouldn’t be an issue this time as England beat Germany 2-0, kicking them out of the Euros in their last match.
It was a young Gareth Southgate – that’s right, the current England manager – who missed his penalty in 96 putting them out of the Euros, so he’ll be feeling the pressure on Wednesday when the team head back to England.
England will face Denmark in the semi-finals – a team that was ravished with devastation in their very first game of the Euros, against Finland, when their captain, Christian Eriksen, collapsed on the pitch and require CPR.
Although the 29-year-old was fortunate to recover from the experience he hasn’t played again in the Euros.
England play Denmark on Wednesday, July 7.
The question now is; is football coming home? We’ll have to wait and see.