Bore draws, penalty drama and Netherlands glory – England’s route to Euros final

England will play Spain in the Euro 2024 final on Sunday after beating the Netherlands 2-1 in their semi-final on Wednesday evening.

Here, the PA news agency takes a look at the route Gareth Southgate’s side have taken to the Olympiastadion.

Serbia 0 England 1 (Group C, June 16)

Jude Bellingham celebrating against Serbia
Bellingham opened his account against Serbia (Martin Rickett/PA)

Harry Kane had a late header saved onto the bar before Jordan Pickford made a great stop to deny Dusan Vlahovic from distance, with ‘Sweet Caroline’ echoing around the ground at full-time.

Denmark 1 England 1 (Group C, June 20)

Harry Kane scoring against Denmark
Kane put England ahead against Denmark (Bradley Collyer/PA)

But, as against Serbia, they wobbled after going ahead and Morten Hjulmand’s belting 30-yard shot in off the foot of a post drew Denmark level as ragged England fumbled their chance at early progress in Frankfurt.

England 0 Slovenia 0 (Group C, June 25)

Harry Kane and Kobbie Mainoo going for the ball
England’s final group game finished goalless (Martin Rickett/PA)

The Euro 2020 runners-up bossed possession against well-drilled opposition but were unable to turn their dominance into a morale-boosting victory as the Cologne clash ended goalless and with more groans.

England 2 Slovakia 1 (last 16, June 30)

Ivan Schranz’s low 25th-minute strike into the bottom corner had looked set to secure wily, well-organised Slovakia their biggest win as an independent nation and dump England out of the competition.

However, in the fifth of six minutes’ stoppage time, Bellingham produced a moment of magic, scoring an incredible overhead-kick to send the match to extra time.

And, less than 60 seconds into the additional period, Kane completed the turnaround. Eberechi Eze’s shot into the ground was smartly headed on by fellow substitute Ivan Toney and the skipper nodded home at the far post in front of the England section.

England 1 Switzerland 1 – England win 5-3 on penalties (quarter-finals, July 6)

Jordan Pickford saves a penalty
Jordan Pickford saved Manuel Akanji’s penalty (Martin Rickett/PA)

Cole Palmer, Bellingham and Toney were also successful from 12 yards before Trent Alexander-Arnold wrapped up a 5-3 triumph for England after Jordan Pickford had saved Manuel Akanji’s first spot-kick.

Netherlands 1 England 2 (semi-finals, July 10)

Ollie Watkins struck at the death to send England to their second successive European Championship final as Southgate’s side dug deep to see off the Netherlands.

Harry Kane’s controversially-awarded spot-kick cancelled out a superb Xavi Simons opener before Watkins stepped off the bench and wrote his name into the history books by sealing a 2-1 triumph in the 90th minute.

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