Jude Bellingham has admitted he ‘couldn’t resist’ the urge at hand over his England shirt to a Birmingham City fan after the victory over Ukraine.
Having topped Group D and crushed Germany 2-Zero in a mammoth last-16 tie, the Three Lions flourished as they headed on the street for the primary and solely time at this pan-European event.
Harry Kane scored twice in Saturday’s quarter-final in opposition to Ukraine in Rome, the place Harry Maguire and Jordan Henderson additionally discovered the online in a 4-Zero victory that sealed their return to Wembley.
And it’s clear that Bellingham, who began his profession at Birmingham earlier than transferring to Borussia Dortmund in 2020, will at all times have the Blues in his coronary heart as he handed over his England shirt to a fan after the match.
Gareth Southgate is now being hailed as one of many nation’s best managers ever and believes England have put themselves again on the soccer map and introduced the nation collectively because the Three Lions stormed into the semi-finals.
“Once I take a look at the people who find themselves in that checklist of England managers, Sir Bobby (Robson) and Sir Alf (Ramsey), so most of the managers who’ve gone earlier than, it’s an absolute honour to be in that kind of firm,” he mentioned.
“I understand how excessive I maintain them in esteem and it’s beautiful to have the ability to get the outcomes which might be placing our nation again on the soccer map once more, actually.
“Groups should go on a little bit of a journey they usually should undergo some ache typically to have the ability to progress.
“We’ve had some nice nights over the past 4 years, however we’ve additionally had some painful nights and we’ve discovered from all of these experiences and that’s undoubtedly helped us put together for one more event and put together for the person video games.
“We didn’t wish to take a backward step, we needed to actually grasp the chance quite than hope that we’d win or, you understand, let destiny have an opportunity to play its half. And I assumed the gamers had been decisive and ruthless all night time.”