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We are ready to reach the final - Southgate

Wed 07 July 2021 | 5:23

The English coach hopes that he can achieve a good result in today's crucial match.

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manager Gareth Southgate advised his players to get rid of the painful ghost of the past and reach the final for the first time before his side's crucial Euro 2020 semi-final against Denmark.

England failed to win a major trophy after winning the 1966 World Cup. They lost in the semi-finals of the 1990 and 2018 World Cups and the Euro 1968 and 1996 and did not reach the final, and today's crucial match could mark their first final in 50 years. The Three Lions reached the semi-finals by defeating Germany and Ukraine, and Southgate hopes his students can break the spell and reach the final.

"The prize is one that we've never experienced. We've never been to a (Euro) final, so it's a great opportunity for our players to make some more history,"

Southgate said.

"These players are making history and breaking barriers all the time, and have done so in this tournament.

"The players are ready. They've got tremendous experience having been in this situation before. Our preparation has been calm."

England reached the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup after losing to Iceland at Euro 2016 and now hope to break the spell.

 

"We are ready for the game and the players are ready. We have the experience of being in this situation before," he said.

"We have always tried to build step by step. You can talk about winning things all you like but until the team has evidence of it, it is hollow really.

"Before the run in Russia we had lost in France and been beaten by Germany and we weren't beating the top teams.

"On the back of that run to the semi-finals in 2018 we have since won in Spain and beaten Germany the other week, as well as Belgium in the Nations League.

"So there is more evidence and more belief now. You need to be winning the big games and winning them consistently and that has to be the aim."

 


source: SportMob

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