Euro 2024: England manager Gareth Southgate – Another final is my greatest achievement | Football news
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Euro 2024: England manager Gareth Southgate – Another final is my greatest achievement | Football news

Ollie Watkins’ late brilliant strike sends England into the Euro 2024 final; Gareth Southgate’s side will face Spain in the final on Sunday in Berlin; Southgate said: ‘It’s got to be the best. It’s another milestone’

23:08, UK, Wednesday 10 July 2024

Gareth Southgate has hailed England’s victory over the Netherlands to reach the Euro 2024 finals as his “greatest achievement”, but Roy Keane wants him to “finish the job”.

Ollie Watkins’ late goal gave England a 2-1 victory over the Netherlands, sending the Three Lions through to the final against Spain in Berlin.

England have reached the final of the European Championships for the second time in a row, and Sunday’s match will be the first time the men’s team has reached the final of a major tournament abroad.

Southgate, speaking to ITV Sports, said: “It has to be the best (achievement). It’s another milestone, but the way we played, we played so well throughout the game. It was a complicated game, they kept changing, we had to react. We caused them problems all night long and the end is so special for the team.

Euro 2024 Final – Spain vs. England

“The most important thing is that the whole team is ready to play. We spend a lot of time with these guys (the reserves) and I am so happy with Ollie.

“We felt like we were starting to lose the pressure (in the second half) in terms of energy. Ollie can press well and make those runs in behind. We thought it was a good time to try him out.

“We deserved to win. We were very fluid in our formation, it wasn’t just three defenders, we had to adapt all the time and the players made a lot of good decisions.”

England fans across the country went wild as Gareth Southgate’s side booked their place in the European Championship finals

Keane: Southgate must go and finish this now

On Sunday, England have the chance to end 58 years without winning a major trophy.

“Sky Sports” Roy Keane, speaking about Southgate ITV Sports, he said: “He did a great job from day one. He created an environment where players could come out and express themselves, there was a bit of luck, but we all need that.

“He made some big decisions before this tournament, leaving out Grealish and Rashford… but now he has to finish it.

Ollie Watkins insisted his friends and family had told him beforehand that he would score and make the difference for England against Holland

“His stats are fantastic and if he manages to win a trophy at the end it would be amazing for him.

“I think Spain are favourites, but sometimes when it comes to England, fate is written by the stars.

“They should have gotten over it a week ago, but they’ve gained momentum now.

“It’s good to see players coming off the bench with the right attitude. They want to get into the game and make an impact.

“They come on and score goals at the end, it will be a great match against Spain.

“The impact of reserve players has been huge for many teams in this tournament.”

Foden: The best time I played was in England

Phil Foden celebrates England’s win with Kieran Trippier

Phil Foden believes his impressive display against Holland was his best for England, saying: “I’ve improved in the last two games and the position I play in helps me get the ball in dangerous areas.”

“I looked more like my Manchester City self – on the edge of the box, taking shots.

“The most important thing was the team win but I feel like today was probably my best game in an England shirt. I’m delighted.”

Foden missed out on England’s final defeat by Italy three years ago, but is expected to feature against Spain. He added: “It’s very important for us.

“This is going to be the biggest match of my career. You can see the smile on my face – I can’t wait.

“We believe in our abilities. We know Spain are a fantastic team, the way they keep the ball, but we know our strengths. This could change our lives.”

Van Dijk frustrated with referee’s attitude

Virgil van Dijk challenges Harry Kane in semi-final

Dutch captain Virgil van Dijk was disappointed with the performance of referee Felix Zwayer in the defeat to England.

Asked if he was frustrated by the referee’s attitude, the Liverpool defender replied: “Yes.”

Pressed on what worries him, he replied: “Some decisions. Referees can make mistakes too, but we can communicate with the referee and of course when I got the yellow card it was unnecessary, but some decisions didn’t go our way and I don’t want to blame that on the fact that we lost the game.

“Of course it affected the game a few times and everyone is trying to help the referees now, but they also have to take responsibility sometimes.”

The 33-year-old added: “If you take into account the way we played in the second half, we played quite well against a very good England team.

“We fought them off and felt we could get the points but obviously it couldn’t be done and our dreams were coming to an end and it’s very hard to take after such a demanding year and a difficult tournament but that’s the reality and it’s very disappointing.”