England fans are euphoric as the Three Lions head to victory over Ukraine
England fans were propelled into a state of euphoria after a hat-trick from the team’s two Harrys brought the Three Lions one step closer to Euro 2020 glory.
Captain Harry Kane and Manchester United skipper Harry Maguire delighted fans with goals in their team’s quarter-final clash against Ukraine on Saturday.
And it was Jordan Henderson who made it 4-0 as the nation began to contemplate a semi-final tie with Denmark.
Fans who dared to dream that Gareth Southgate’s men will continue on their way to glory received a boost when Kane hit the back of the net just minutes into the game.
The jubilant fans of Trafalgar Square in London stood up and shouted in joy, tossing their beer mugs in the air and kissing each other in celebration.
The game remained 1-0 in favor of England at half-time, with fans hoping the country was just an enthusiastic pep talk and 45 minutes from victory.
And it wasn’t long before fans had reason to rejoice with a successful header from Maguire, which was quickly followed by a second goal for Kane, bringing the score to 3-0.
Within minutes, Henderson headed his first international goal to make it 4-0.
England had to win at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome to advance to the semi-finals, but fans and pundits were confident a victory.
Fans have been urged not to travel as Italy remains on the UK’s orange list, but support for Gareth Southgate’s men has remained high regardless of pandemic restrictions.
Photos showed England fans posing outside the Colosseum ahead of the match, with some living outside the UK managing to secure tickets to the match.
In London, people gathered in the Trafalgar Square fan zone for what they hoped would be a night to remember for all the right reasons.
Fans sang DJ Otzi’s Hey Baby and dozens of men ripped their shirts off, spinning them around their heads after England scored the fourth goal.
One supporter, Marc Ghossein, told PA: “It’s an incredible feeling. We have been waiting for this for 25 years. We’re almost in the semi-finals, it’s coming home. England will win this year.
Her friend Ellie Mhanna added: “England will definitely win the Euro this year. They have been consistent and they deserve it.
A woman, whose boyfriend celebrated victory with the crowd, told PA: “He’s taken off his shirt now, there’s nothing I can do.”
Leicester Square supporters sang and chanted ‘it’s coming home’.
Trevor Harris, 40, of Watford, told PA: “It’s coming home. You can hear everyone singing it. England is England and it’s about time we started playing.
Keira Starr, 19, added: “I thought we were going to lose, but now I actually think we will be in the final.”
This victory allows the men’s team to reach their first European Championship semi-final in 25 years.
The England Lionesses reached the Euro semi-final in 2017 but were eliminated after being beaten 3-0 by the Netherlands.
The Southgate team, meanwhile, reached the World Cup semi-final in 2018.