Have your say: How far will England get at Euro 2020?

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Following their historic win over Germany, England have taken one step closer to Euro 2020 glory.

Raheem Sterling and captain Harry Kane sealed their 2-0 last-16 victory at a bouncing Wembley on Tuesday, setting up a quarter-final clash with Ukraine in Rome.

Having reached the World Cup semi-finals three years ago, Gareth Southgate’s men now have a first major trophy since 1966 in their crosshairs.

Watch: England squad train at St George's Park

And Kane, who scored his first goal of the tournament against the German side, says England must ensure beating Germany “wasn’t for nothing”.

He said: “We have a vision of where we want to be and it’s not just winning them one-off games, them one-off knockout games. It’s going all the way.

“We’ve got to make sure we recover well now. The boys are training who didn’t play and training hard, and we’re going to need everyone if we are going to go far in this tournament.”

Southgate is optimistic, saying England now has the “chance to do something really special”.

He added: “These players keep writing history and they’ve got the chance again.”

But Southgate warned that this is a “dangerous moment” given the warmth of success and rising expectations, especially with England in the easier looking half of the draw.

They also have a change to deal with as they head on the road for the first time during this multi-host European Championship after playing all four matches in front of a partisan Wembley crowd.

England's forward Harry Kane (C) celebrates with England's forward Raheem Sterling (L) and England's midfielder Jack Grealish after their win in the UEFA EURO 2020 round of 16 football match between England and Germany at Wembley Stadium in London on June 29, 2021. (Photo by Andy Rain / POOL / AFP) (Photo by ANDY RAIN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
England's forward Harry Kane (C) celebrates with Raheem Sterling (L) and midfielder Jack Grealish after their win over Germany. (Getty)

If England beat Ukraine, they would face either the Czech Republic or Denmark back on home turf at the semi final at Wembley Stadium.

The Czech Republic’s stunning win over the Netherlands leaves them to face in-form Denmark for the right to potentially face England back at Wembley in the semi-finals.

Pundits are increasingly optimistic that Southgate’s men have seldom had a better chance to make the final.

England manager Gareth Southgate celebrates his side's second goal of the game, scored by Harry Kane during the UEFA Euro 2020 round of 16 match at Wembley Stadium, London. Picture date: Tuesday June 29, 2021.
England manager Gareth Southgate celebrates his side's second goal of the game against Germany. (PA)

Belgium and Italy – arguably the two most impressive teams in the tournament so far – plus former winners Spain are both safely situated in the opposite side of the draw.

Former England star Alan Shearer now believes Southgate’s men are on the cusp of something special.

Shearer said: “England will never, ever have a better opportunity of winning the Euros than this opportunity now. If they’re lucky enough to get to the final that will have been six games played at Wembley, and you can’t ask for more than that.”

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