How the football world reacted to England’s Euro 2020 win over Ukraine
Wenger calls England “super favorite”
Arsene Wenger made England “super favorites” to win Euro 2020 after what he called the “perfect” night for the national team in their 4-0 semi-final victory over England. Ukraine.
Wenger, who himself was offered the England job several times while at Arsenal, believes the home advantage and the team’s defensive strength provide an exceptional chance to end the 55 years of waiting for international success.
“It’s a good picture to see,” Wenger told beIN Sports. “It was a perfect night for English football – a perfect night for the England team. They did not concede, easily qualified, could rest important players. To win a tournament you need defense stable.
“He kept the defense stable and improvised a bit up front. He did not find the complete formula offensively but they did not concede a goal. They are super favorites, for me, to win this tournament.
Carlos greets the sensational Shaw
Roberto Carlos was among those who congratulated Luke Shaw after his two assists in England’s 4-0 win over Ukraine.
Shaw had tweeted “what a night”, eliciting applause from the Brazilian dead ball specialist, ranked among the greatest left-backs in football history. With three assists, Shaw is second at Euro 2020 behind Swiss Stephen Zuber in four.
Reaction of the England camp
Gareth Southgate, meanwhile, praised his England players for uniting the country this summer and challenged them to make history over the next seven days by winning the European Championship at home.
With quarantine rules meaning only expats in Italy could officially cheer on England, Southgate is hoping the party continues at Wembley on Wednesday for the semi-final in front of 60,000 fans in Britain’s biggest football crowd after the pandemic of Covid-19.
“The most important thing in my mind is that we want to take two more steps and I know what’s going to happen at home and that’s great,” Southgate said. “It’s nice to send everyone out on a Saturday night with a beer in hand or in the air, they should take advantage. It has been a long year for everyone and I am delighted that both performances have brought so much happiness to people.
“I am aware that it is not only our country that has struggled but we also had a lot of divisions for a little while and I know these nights in England bring everyone together, communities, families, so give them so much pleasure. the last two games in particular – having them hopefully now – is part of the privilege of being at work. “