REVEALED: How Gareth Southgate’s extra-time team talk inspired England with advice of ‘be brave and stay patient’, as Kieran Trippier hails his positivity and calmness at a key moment to reach the Euro 2020 final
- Gareth Southgate’s England squad wrote their name history after reaching final
- England saw off Denmark 2-1 after extra-time in the semi-final at Wembley
- Sunday is England’s first appearance in final at a major tournament since 1966
- Kieran Trippier has revealed what Southgate told his players before extra-time
- Find out the latest Euro 2020 news including fixtures, live action and results here
Kieran Trippier has revealed what Gareth Southgate said during his team-talk prior to extra-time to inspire his England players to an historic victory over Denmark in the Euro 2020 semi-final.
England booked their spot in Sunday’s showpiece final against Italy, their first at a major tournament since their World Cup triumph in 1996, following a nervy 2-1 victory over Denmark at Wembley on Wednesday night after extra-time.
Denmark had gone ahead through a superb free-kick from Mikkel Damsgaard before England levelled before half-time following a Simon Kjaer own-goal. Then as the game went into extra-time, Harry Kane sent the Three Lions to the final after following up on a rebound from his missed penalty.
Gareth Southgate urged his England players to be ‘brave’ and ‘stay patient’ during extra-time
Kieran Trippier soaks up the historic moment after England booked their place in Euros final
And now it has been revealed by Trippier that Southgate told his England stars to be ‘brave’ during his pivotal team-talk while also urging them to ‘stay patient’ in their search for the all-important winner.
‘It was just: “We’re in a good position, we’re playing well, it’s about being patient with and without the ball”,’ Trippier told the Guardian when disclosing what Southgate said to his players, who are now on the cusp of history.
‘And just to keep doing what we’re doing. We’ve got a brilliant team and Gareth was just so positive as he always is. “Just be patient and your chance will come.”
‘That was all really. “Keep the ball well. Just be patient because our chances will come. And just be brave.”
Harry Kane scored the winning goal over Denmark after following up from his penalty
‘I thought everybody was, and it’s just hard to put into words how proud I am of this team and everybody involved, the staff. They work so hard every day, and everybody in England has got to be just so proud and enjoy the moment now.’
After going behind, England ensured it wouldn’t be back-to-back semi-final exits at a major tournament, having lost to Croatia at the 2018 World Cup.
England levelled after Kjaer put through his own net with Raheem Sterling lurking following Bukayo Saka’s cross.
Then Sterling played a pivotal role in the decisive goal in injury-time, winning the spot-kick for Kane following a mazy run into the penalty area.
Southgate’s England squad will now be aiming to etch their name in the history books with victory over Italy on Sunday night, with Roberto Mancini’s side qualifying for the final after a dramatic penalty shoot-out win over Spain on Tuesday at Wembley.
The England squad celebrate in front of their jubilant fans inside Wembley on Wednesday night
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