FOOTBALL FEVER: What has England’s success done for the nation?
As 27 million people tune in to watch the Three Lions reach their first final since 1966, what has England’s success done for the nation?
It was a record viewing figure for a football match on one channel as ITV recorded 27.6 million people tuning in to watch England beat Denmark 2-1 at Wembley.
England came from a goal down to win thanks to an own goal and Harry Kane’s rebounded penalty in front of a raucous Wembley and millions watching from pubs and sofas.
It continues an exciting journey at Euro 2020 for Gareth Southgate’s side as they topped a group containing Croatia, Scotland and Czech Republic before beating Germany in the last 16 and Ukraine in the quarter-finals. England have not been this far at a major tournament since 1966 when they won the World Cup.
It means one more game at our national stadium on Sunday evening at 8pm as England will take on an Italy side that have flown through the tournament and are unbeaten in 33 games.
“I think Denmark have only lost four matches out of 30-odd,” England boss Southgate said. “Italy’s record is even better than that.
“They’ve been a top team for the last couple of years. We followed their progress closely. We know the way they play.
“They play with great energy, they play with great style. They’re, as always, difficult to score goals against so without doubt they deserve to be in the final. They’ve beaten two top teams to get there in Belgium and Spain.
“It’s the biggest possible test we could have. We’ve a day less to recover but we have got to prepare from now and of course it’s wonderful to have that opportunity to take them on.”
We asked for some of your views on how much England’s success has helped give the country a lift and whether it has brought us closer together.
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