Gareth Southgate insists semi-final finishes are NO longer good enough for his ambitious England heroes… with Three Lions boss admitting a Euros knockout against Denmark ‘won’t be enough to fulfil’ his players
- England have reached the Euro 2020 semi-finals after thumping Ukraine 4-0
- Gareth Southgate says a final-four finish would not be enough for the squad
- The Three Lions were knocked out at this stage at the World Cup three years ago
- They are now just one more game away from reaching their first final since 1966
- Find out the latest Euro 2020 news including fixtures, live action and results here
Gareth Southgate insisted semi-finals are no longer good enough for his England heroes as he tipped them to take the final steps towards greatness this week.
The 4-0 demolition of Ukraine here in Rome on Saturday ensured England’s place in the last four of successive tournaments.
But Southgate vowed his squad ‘won’t feel totally satisfied’ to just be in a semi-final, with England a game away from reaching their first final since 1966.
Gareth Southgate insists semi-final finishes are no longer good enough for his England stars
‘We’ve knocked off so many hoodoos or perceived barriers already and I feel like this group of players will feel this is just the next challenge,’ said the England manager.
His side also reached the semi-finals of the inaugural UEFA Nations League in 2019 and their recent successes are a far cry from the dismal period prior to Southgate’s reign, when England had failed to win a knockout game at a major tournament since the 2006 World Cup.
But he insisted: ‘We won’t feel totally satisfied if it’s just a semi-final for us whereas maybe three years ago, although there was massive disappointment after the semi-final (at the World Cup), there was a feeling we’d come a long way.
Harry Kane netted twice as the Three Lions beat Ukraine to set up a final-four tie with Denmark
Southgate says the ambitious nature of his squad means they won’t be satisfied at this stage
‘Now we’ve replicated what we did there, but that won’t be enough to fulfil the group. That’s a positive sign.
‘The other thing that is so positive is these young players getting more experiences of England that are positive and they’re feeling what it can be like to be in an England shirt and have fun and win matches and have a relationship with the fans that is positive.
‘That’s so important for a generation to come.’
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