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Saunderson's Euro-vision: Harry Kane is able (to score) and Raheem Sterling ensures it is sofa so good for Gareth Southgate's England after win against Germany


By Chris Saunderson

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JUST when people were starting to think that Kane wasn't able - up he popped with his first goal at Euro 2020 to seal a 2-0 win over the Germans.

Double act. Goalscorers Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane.
Double act. Goalscorers Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane.

Despite Harry not scoring in their three group games, England had gone into today's game with their old foes after topping their group.

It's a case of sofa so good as the Sterling summer extravaganza continued at Wembley and Raheem scored his third goal of the tournament to put England ahead against Joachim Löw's side.

Before the tournament, few people thought Sterling would be a starter for England, but now he is very much part of the furniture again, top drawer and Southgate's main man.

Gareth Southgate congratulate Jack Grealish.
Gareth Southgate congratulate Jack Grealish.

For much of the game it looked as if it might finish goalless and end up going to penalties - and we all know how much England like penalties.

However, let's be clear and balanced - Gareth Southgate's men deserved the win against the Germans.

Oh what have I done! Tomas Müller can't believe he missed that chance.
Oh what have I done! Tomas Müller can't believe he missed that chance.

Tomas Müller and Declan Rice really should be team-mates just for the novelty value if nothing else. However, it was Rice and co who Müllered the Germans.

Sweet taste of success. Rice helped his team Müller the Germans.
Sweet taste of success. Rice helped his team Müller the Germans.

The England-Germany game did not live up to the drama of Monday night's round of 16 games when Spain dumped Croatia 5-3 after extra-time and then the Toblerone boys said Au Revoir to the World Champions on penalties, after the game finished 3-3.

Old Golden Balls himself David Beckham with Ed Sheeran.
Old Golden Balls himself David Beckham with Ed Sheeran.

Switzerland were good value for the win after coming from 3-1 down late on, despite a Paul Pogba-inspired France looking good in the second half.

The Welsh dragons were slayed by the Danish Vikings 4-0, while Italy, my tip for the title, stuttered to a 2-1 win against Austria.

Prince William cheers on England.
Prince William cheers on England.

There was no delight for De Ligt as the Dutch defender saw red and his team crashed 2-0 to the Czech Republic.

And Cristiano went in the huff after the game as Portugal fell victim to a Hazard on the road to the next round - Thorgan not brother Eden. It's hard to believe that the former Wigan Athletic dream team of Roberto Martinez and Shaun Maloney have masterminded Belgium's march to the last eight.

Fashionable exit for Joachim Löw as he bowed out as manager of Germany.
Fashionable exit for Joachim Löw as he bowed out as manager of Germany.

That just leaves Sweden and Ukraine to fight it out for the last place in the round of 8, or do we still refer to it as the quarter finals? I'm old school, so its the quarter finals this weekend.


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