Four-tastic! England thrash Ukraine and set up semi-final date with Denmark

The Three Lions totally outclassed Ukraine in Rome to seal their first European Championship semi-final place since 1996.

The 4-0 victory marked England's biggest ever win in the knockout stages of the Euros. Gareth Southgate's men were unstoppable in attack and strong in defence as they kept their fifth clean sheet of the tournament.

Harry Kane gave England the perfect start after netting the opener in the 4th minute of the game.

The Tottenham forward calmly tucked away his shot from inside the area as Southgate's men put aside any early quarter-final nerves.

Ukraine rarely threatened as the Three Lions took their one-goal advantage into the half-time break.

A minute after the restart, Harry Maguire further improved England's position.

The Manchester United centre-back headed the ball past Georgi Bushchan as England created further headway.

Just four minute later, Kane all but secured England's spot in the semi-final.

The 27-year-old capitalised on Luke Shaw's delivery to head the ball past the Ukraine goalkeeper and put England into a commanding position.

England's Luke Shaw produced two assists
England's Luke Shaw produced two assists

Jordan Henderson replaced Declan Rice in the 57th minute and just moments later, he added a fourth for Southgate's men after heading from a corner.

There was simply no way back for Ukraine who failed to test England's defence throughout the match. 

In the end, the Three Lions celebrated a historic win in Rome. 

You can read the full report on our sister site, Football365.

Stat of the day

From OptaJoe: England are the first side in European Championship history to score three headed goals in a single match, and have done so in a single game themselves in any competition for the first time since November 2016 v Scotland.

What's next

England will return to Wembley stadium for a mouthwatering semi-final clash with Denmark this Wednesday night.

The Danes progressed to the final four following a 2-1 victory over the Czech Republic.

Kasper Hjulmand's side won the competition back in 1992 and this will be their first semi-final appearance since that title winning campaign.

For this England side, the semi-final stage is nothing new. Three-years-ago Gareth Southgate's men reached the same stage of the 2018 World Cup before crashing out at the hands of Croatia.

The Three Lions will be looking to right the wrongs when they welcome Denmark to the home of football.

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