Five key moments as England hammer Ukraine 4-0 to set up semi-final with Denmark including Sancho in and Grealish OUT

ENGLAND booked their spot in the Euro 2020 semi-finals with an emphatic 4-0 win over Ukraine.

The Three Lions were virtually flawless throughout the 90 minutes in Rome.

Harry Kane scored twice while Harry Maguire's header and a first international goal for Jordan Henderson wrapped up the victory.

Attention turns to Wednesday night's final-four clash against Denmark back at Wembley.

But first SunSport looks back on five key moments from last night…


It has not been a bad week for Jadon Sancho – sealing a £73million transfer to Manchester United and then getting his first Euros start.

The winger, 21, had only featured once in the tournament so far – a six-minute cameo against Czech Republic – but was given the nod by Gareth Southgate against Ukraine with Raheem Sterling on the other wing.

And he justified the selection with a stellar performance across the 90 minutes with Rio Ferdinand labelling him 'unplayable'.

The BBC pundit added: "He dances past guys like he's on the dancefloor. He mesmerises defenders, he's got a confidence and balance that is very rarely seen."



Skipper Kane was coming in for flack during the group stages but got his first goal of the tournament to seal the win over Germany.

Fast forward four days and he is lauded as the best striker in the world again with two goals – the first coming four minutes in to settle the nerves and take full control of the match.

He got his second when he headed in Luke Shaw's inch-perfect cross through the goalkeeper's legs.

And the Spurs star came within a whisker of an incredible perfect hat-trick when his sweetly-struck left-foot volley was tipped past the post.

He is now up to nine major tournament goals for England, one behind Gary Lineker's record, and a few more could help fire his nation even further at this one.

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Having not played much football after recovering from an ankle injury, being on a yellow card and not exactly up against the toughest strikers in the tournament, it would have been easy for Southgate to rest Maguire.

But the boss reverted to the back four of Kyle Walker, John Stones, Maguire and Shaw – and they kept another clean sheet, spending another 90 minutes together at the back.

Then to top it off, just as he did three years ago against Sweden, the towering centre-back thumped in a bullet header to help send England through.

Sat in the stands at the last Euros, the Manchester United captain sent his supporters inside the stadium and millions watching on back home wild with the goal coming right at the beginning of the second half.


Declan Rice and Kalvin Phillips have become one of the standout midfield pairings of this Euros, helping to protect their defence and bossing things in the engine room.

But with both one yellow card away from a semi-final suspension, there was talk one – or both – may sit this one out to ensure they could be available to face Denmark.

Southgate showed his trust in them, though, and they repaid him with mature, commanding, sensible performances.

As expected, the West Ham and Leeds stars were withdrawn early with Henderson and Jude Bellingham coming on.


Jack Grealish came on and changed the game against Germany with a pre-assist and then an assist in the 2-0 win.

But despite calls for him to start against Ukraine, Southgate decided to go for the more direct, pacey options with Sancho and Sterling.

And with the game wrapped up early, there was no need for the Aston Villa captain so the manager could save his legs, keeping him fresh to face the inspired Danes on Wednesday.

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