England End winning drought against Germany


After 55 years of hurt, England finally ended their winning drought former European champions Germany with Raheem Sterling – their Euro 2020 hero – and Harry Kane sending them into the quarter-finals with a 2-0 win over their arch rivals.

Sterling had been England talisman with two goals in the group phase and began and finished their slick second-half move to light up a previously tense, stodgy game and send the majority of the 45,000 fans inside Wembley wild with delight.

Earlier, Thomas Muller had a wonderful chance to level it up for the Germans but fluffed it with a shot wide, giving Kane the opportunity to put England in full control, shrugging off a difficult campaign so far, and a first half in which he was starved of the ball, to head in Jack Grealish’s cross.

Germany had gone seven games unbeaten at Wembley, not losing a competitive fixture at England’s national stadium since the 1966 World Cup final, but Gareth Southgate’s new generation of players made history of their own on Tuesday evening.

It was redemption for the manager, too, with Southgate striking a blow against the side he missed the vital penalty against at Euro 96. His focus will now be on claiming the title, which England came so close to 25 years ago.

Their next step on that journey will be in Rome against Sweden or Ukraine – and after recording a victory which will be remembered for years to come, they will go to Italy full of belief.


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