England 2-1 Denmark: – ‘This is not a team, it’s a family’ – pundits react to semi-final win

There are very few nations in the modern world where football is more than just a sport. It’s a way of life for many. England are one of those countries, but we lost to Denmark, despite scoring first and looking the more likely to win the game for so long.

If you missed the semi-final of Euro 2016 yesterday, you have probably heard of the Danish team. Some call them a family, others refer to them as the Danes, and yes, they are Danish.

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The wait is finally over. England reached the final of the main tournament for the first time since 1966 after a 2-1 victory in extra time over Denmark at Wembley Stadium.

Former players and critics alike were full of praise for Gareth Southgate’s team, who ended 55 years of waiting by reaching the final of Euro 2020.

It’s not a team, it’s a family

As England players and staff sang Sweet Caroline to their fans, former England midfielder Karen Carney, who worked on the pitch for Radio 5 Live, said the scenes were magical.

England came into this tournament and they knew they believed in themselves [that they could do well] and they won’t make the final, like it was a shock, she said.

It’s a team. It’s not really a team, it’s a family. At this point, they are absolutely together. I have goose bumps.

After a while, we’ll always be talking: Where were we? …and it’s so moving here. Gareth Southgate walked up to Raheem Sterling and hugged him like I’ve never seen him before. It’s magical. Absolutely magical.

Gary Lineker said: It’s been a long time coming. It finally happened. There was a time when I doubted I would ever see him again in my life.

Former England right-back Gary Neville added on ITV: We’ve never done this before in our lives. We went through so much pain and frustration, and now we’re going to the finals. It’s not just guys, they really did something this year.

I have never known such an atmosphere as today

The wait is finally over. England’s men are in a major final for the first time since 1966 after a 2-1 win over Denmark in extra time at Wembley.

Former players and pundits were full of praise for Gareth Southgate’s side as they ended a 55-year wait by reaching the final of Euro 2020.

‘This is not a team, it’s a family’

As England’s players and staff celebrated by singing Sweet Caroline in front of their fans, former England midfielder Karen Carney, who was pitch-side for Radio 5 Live, said the scenes were “magical”.

“England came to this tournament and they knew they believed in-house [that they could do well], and they’re not going to the final as if it’s a shock,” she said.

“This is a team. Actually it’s not a team, it’s a family. They are absolutely all together in this moment. I have got goosebumps.

“In time we’ll always go ‘where were we?’ and this is so emotional down here. Gareth Southgate went up to Raheem Sterling and gave him the biggest cuddle I’ve ever seen. It’s magical. Absolutely magical.”

Gary Lineker said: “It’s been a long time coming. It’s finally happened. I was doubting I’d ever see it again in my lifetime at one point.”

Former England right-back Gary Neville added on ITV: “We have never done this before in our lifetimes. We have had so much pain, so much let-down and now we are going to a final. These are not nearly lads, they have actually gone and done something this year.”

‘I’ve never felt an atmosphere like I’ve felt today’

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