England ‘needed to go through adversity’ at Euro 2020 and did so with semi-final victory over Denmark, says Jamie Carragher as he insists ‘there’s different things you have to overcome if you want to win a tournament’
- England are in the final of Euro 2020 after beating Denmark 2-1 in extra-time
- The Three Lions fell behind to a Mikkel Damsgaard free-kick on 30 minutes
- It was the first goal that Gareth Southgate’s side had conceded all tournament
- Find out the latest Euro 2020 news including fixtures, live action and results here
Former England defender Jamie Carragher has hailed the Three Lions after coming from behind to beat Denmark and reach the final of Euro 2020.
Gareth Southgate’s side fell behind on the half-hour mark to a Mikkel Damsgaard free-kick but a Simon Kjaer own goal nine minutes later levelled the scoreline before Harry Kane won it in extra-time.
Damsgaard’s set-piece was the first goal England had conceded all tournament and put them on the backfoot before they adjusted and fought back.
Jamie Carragher says England ‘needed to go through adversity’ and got that in win vs Denmark
Mikkel Damsgaard broke the deadlock with this free-kick to give Denmark the lead at Wembley
Simon Kjaer (left) put through his own net to allow England to equalise just nine minutes later
Harry Kane (centre) scored the winner for England in extra-time to book their place in the final
And Carragher believes how the match played out was a good thing for Southgate’s side as their journey to the semi-finals before had been too plain-sailing.
‘I think when the Denmark goal went in that created panic but England always needed to go through adversity, whether that was last night in the semi-final or the final, as it’s almost been a perfect progression in some ways,’ he told Sky Sports on Thursday morning.
‘Either conceding the first goal, having to go to a penalty shootout or a player getting sent off there’s different things you have to overcome if you want to win a tournament, title or cup competition.
‘I think Italy have been through it against Spain [in the semi-final] and Austria [in the last 16] where they were very fortunate with an offside decision – so you need these little things to go for you.
‘I always felt something would happen in the next couple of games that England would have to overcome so fingers crossed that was it and it’s not Sunday as well.’
Gareth Southgate’s side will now face Italy at the Euro 2020 final at Wembley on Sunday night
England will now face Italy in Sunday night’s final at Wembley and Carragher has hailed getting to the showpiece itself as a ‘massive’ achievement – surpassing his expectations too.
‘It’s massive, I didn’t think England were capable of getting to the final,’ he continued.
‘I thought getting to the semi-final would be a great achievement for this squad before the tournament and that was looking at the draw and who would we be pitted against in the last 16 – I thought it would be really difficult whether it be France, Germany or Portugal.
‘And not since 1966 has an England team not just got to a final but actually beat a major nation in a knockout game and that’s what we did against Germany and will have to against Italy.
‘I’ve been mightily impressed by Italy. I think Italy and England is the right final, they’ve been the two most impressive teams in the competition and the winner takes all on Sunday.’
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