England secure their place in the last four of Euro 2020 with a 4-0 hammering of Ukraine at the Stadio Olimpico.
Harry Kane fired the Three Lions ahead in the fourth minute. Harry Maguire then doubled their advantage almost immediately after the restart before Kane added a third with a close-range header.
Jordan Henderson put the game beyond doubt with his first England goal, allowing Gareth Southgate and his team to canter into the semi-finals for the second major tournament in a row.
This was England’s seventh successive game without conceding a goal, a new national record.
Kane has now scored nine goals in major tournaments, one short of Gary Lineker, the country’s leading scorer at Euros and World Cups.
This England team is bearing down on history. It has got to the point where you look at the line-up and think people will remember who played in this tournament just as they can still recite the starters in the 1966 World Cup Final.
And so, a quarter of a century after he missed a crucial penalty at Wembley in a European Championship semi-final shoot-out, Southgate is heading back to try to set things right.
After England beat Germany last week, he said he still thought about the teammates he felt he had let down in 1996.
On Saturday night in Rome was another step on his road to redemption, another leap forward in England’s quest for release from the failures of the
England take on Denmark in their semi-final clash at Wembley on Wednesday. Ukraine are next in action in their World Cup qualifying campaign against Kazakhstan in September.