Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane struck late goals as England reached the quarterfinals of the European Championship with a 2-0 win over rivals Germany at Wembley on Tuesday.
It was England’s first knockout round tournament victory over Germany since the 1966 World Cup final and their first ever knockout round win at the Euros inside 90 minutes.
The goals came after midfielder Jack Grealish was introduced in the 69th minute when the entire tempo and mood of the game changed.
Six minutes after Grealish came on he was involved in a flowing passing move which ended with left wing-back Luke Shaw slipping the ball across the face of the goal for Sterling to slide in his third goal in four Euro 2020 games.
But shortly after scoring Sterling almost gifted the Germans a leveller when he gave the ball away on the halfway line and Kai Havertz sent Thomas Mueller through on goal.
The experienced World Cup-winner had only England keeper Jordan Pickford to beat but dragged his shot wide of his right-hand post, leaving Sterling, who watched in anguish on his knees, to leap to his feet in relief.
After that reprieve, and with the crowd roaring England on, Grealish turned the direct provider for the second goal, crossing from the left for captain Kane to beat keeper Manuel Neuer with a stooping header.
It was Kane’s first goal of the tournament and his return to scoring ways will be another positive for England manager Gareth Southgate as he looks ahead at a potential route to the final.