By Rachael Grealish
England has reached its first competitive final since the team won the World Cup in 1966 – that’s right, the first time in 55 years, a helluva lot longer than any of the players have been alive.
England will face Italy in the final of the European Championships after defeating Denmark with a 2-1 victory.
60,000 people crowded in to Wembley – and inelegantly booed the opponents national anthem again – as England kicked off their semi-final match.
As it was the first semi-final England had reached since Euro 1996 fan were clearly on edge for this one – and rightly so.
Denmark scored first when Mikkel Damsgaard curled in a free kick.
England’s first goal only came in when Denmark player, Simon Kjær, scored an own-goal.
The odds were against England as previous matches against Denmark were not in their favour.
England had won just one of their last six competitive meetings with the team – that was back in the 2002 World Cup – that was until tonight, of course.
Now England must play Italy in the finals on Sunday July 11 – a team that has never lost to the home nation.
That’s right, the team has never lost to England at a major finals, with 2-1 FIFA World Cup victories in 1990 (third-place play-off) and 2014 (group stage) on top of those EURO triumphs.
But, who knows, football could be coming home after all.