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We’re all behind you: PM, celebrities and football legends praise England on Germany win

Fans, football legends, celebrities and politicians have praised the England team after their 2-0 Euro 2020 victory over Germany at Wembley.

Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane’s goals were enough to see England through to the quarter-finals on Tuesday evening.

The Three Lions now face Ukraine in the last eight in Rome on Saturday, but Italy’s COVID restrictions mean most England fans will struggle to get to the showdown.

Speaking on Sky News on Wednesday morning, minister for energy, clean growth and climate change Anne-Marie Trevelyan called on supporters to “watch from home and to cheer on the team as loudly as you can”.

While the stands erupted at Wembley, fanzones, pubs and bars up and down the country went wild with supporters’ cheers.

The Euro triumph was on the front of every newspaper, with fans taking to social media to share their joy.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted a picture of himself mirroring Kane’s goal celebration, with the caption: “Well done England. We’re all behind you, bring it home!”

Even the German ambassador to the UK Andreas Michaelis described it as a “much deserved victory” and conceded: “We will have to build a new team.”

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who were in the crowd with Prince George, praised the team for their “incredible performance”.

There were other famous faces in the stands, with David Beckham and singer Ed Sheeran pictured next to each other celebrating at full time.

Rapper Stormzy was nearby at Wembley’s Boxpark and was filmed jumping around and dancing after the win.

England fans in the stands show their support prior to the UEFA Euro 2020 round of 16 match at Wembley Stadium, London. Picture date: Tuesday June 29, 2021. (Photo by Nick Potts/PA Images via Getty Images)© PA Wire/PA Images England fans in the stands show their support prior to the UEFA Euro 2020 round of 16 match at Wembley Stadium, London. Picture date: Tuesday June 29, 2021. (Photo by Nick Potts/PA Images via Getty Images)

Former England star Wayne Rooney posted a picture of him and his son wearing England shirts on Instagram with the words “Get in. Well done lads”.

Gary Lineker tweeted a picture of scorer Sterling and said he was “doing the country proud” and said the phrase ‘the Germans always win’ could “rest in peace”.

Comedians David Baddiel and Frank Skinner, who first performed the football anthem Three Lions at the 1996 Euros, posted a selfie of them in the crowds with the word “It’s…”

Tuesday night’s goals didn’t come until the second half, with Sterling scoring his third in four matches and Kane heading a cross from Jack Grealish with less than 10 minutes to go.

The captain said of the win: “An amazing day – an amazing game.

“To hear Wembley like this was just a moment none of us will forget.”

Manager Gareth Southgate’s celebrations were short-lived, saying in a post-match interview: “I’ve had to say to them – I’m the party pooper because if we don’t go and capitalise on that on Saturday then it doesn’t count for anything.”

It was only England’s second ever European Championship knockout game win, five years on from the 2-1 defeat at the last-16 stage by Iceland.

It has been suggested, with the likes of France, the Netherlands, and reigning European champions Portugal already eliminated, this is England’s best chance of a major tournament success since 1966.

Reacting to England’s victory on Wednesday morning, Ms Trevelyan said: “Obviously it is very difficult not to smile just to see all those wonderful flags waving, it just makes you so proud of our team doing so well last night.

“But really, the ask is to watch from home and to cheer on the team as loudly as you can.

“I think the challenge is can they hear us from Rome? And I’m sure we’ll take up that opportunity to be as supportive as we can of our amazing England team.”

Source: News.sky.com

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