Harry Kane’s goal to make it 2-1 was enough to send England through to the Euro 2020 final, after the Three Lions defeated an inspired Denmark team.
It was a rollercoaster of emotions for fans around the country, from the highs of making a comeback, to the lows of having to suffer going behind and conceding their first goal of the tournament.
Constant fluctuations of feelings and nerves during a game is just what fans of the national team are prone to year in, year out.
Nothing can be done the easy way and this was showcased in Wednesday night’s game.
Mikel Damsgaard’s wonder free-kick in the 30th minute gave all England fans flashbacks of semi-final heartbreak, with the Croatia game in the 2018 World Cup still hurting to this day.
But this is a new England. A team that is built on character and personality, and this was shown nine minutes after conceding, with beautiful link-up play between Tottenham’s Harry Kane and Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka resulting in defender Simon Kjaer turning into his own goal.
Chances came and went for the Three Lions as the game approached the 90-minute mark, with the possibility of extra-time scaring the whole nation.
Southgate’s players on the pitch, however, relished having 30 extra minutes to keep knocking on the door of a tiring Denmark side.
They were 30 minutes which England made count, with the winning goal coming just at the end of the first half of extra time.
England’s Player of the tournament so far, Raheem Sterling, was brought down in the box by Joakim Maehle – giving Kane the chance to send the nation into raptures.
He obliged – at the second attempt – as his penalty was saved by Kasper Schmeichel initially, but his predatory instincts meant that he was able to pounce on the follow-up and send the nation into a state of euphoria.
Watch the video below to see the celebrations.
The Spurs striker now has four goals for the tournament, meaning that he is only one off levelling with top scorers Patrick Schick (Czech Republic) and Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal).
But more importantly, it is England’s first final in any major competition since 1966.
The team will be looking to summon up the spirit of 1966 to win the European Championship on home soil. Italy now lie ahead on Sunday, as this golden generation of players look to cause even more celebratory scenes all across the country.