It is done. The mission, accomplished. England have beaten Germany in a knock-out match at a tournament, for the first time since 1966.
Sterling, Kane and Maguire all had chances but England couldn’t find a first-half opener. Nor could Germany, with Werner seeing his left-footed strike denied by Pickford.
Sterling did, however, find the opening goal in the second half as he touched past Neuer.
Muller then wasted a glorious opportunity to equalise as he dragged wide before Kane’s finish sealed a 2-0 win for the Three Lions.
Gareth Southgate has faced a barrage of criticism for his decisions at Euro 2020, not least for persisting with Raheem Sterling when England have so many other attacking talents.
Many fans had been calling for Jack Grealish, Phil Foden or Jadon Sancho to take Sterling’s place on the left wing but, once again, it was the latter who made the breakthrough when England needed him most.
Sterling didn’t just finish the move, either. It was he who made a driving run through the middle which ended with him tapping home a low cross from Luke Shaw with just 15 minutes remaining in this last-16 clash.
The Three Lions manager must have felt fully vindicated when the Manchester City forward repaid his faith by netting his third goal of Euro 2020 in Tuesday night’s 2-0 win over Germany before a raucous crowd at Wembley.
Harry Kane’s late header from a Grealish cross ensured that someone other than Sterling would get on the scoresheet for England for the first time at this tournament, which would have only made Southgate feel even better for sticking with his struggling centre-forward.
England, who won’t forget this remarkable victory any time soon, will have to come back down to earth and prepare for a quarter-final clash against either Ukraine or Sweden in Rome on Saturday.
Germany, who drop out of the Euros before the semi-final stage for the first time in three tournaments, next face Liechtenstein in September in the World Cup qualifiers.