England advanced to the Euro 2020 quarter-finals with a 2-0 victory against Germany on Tuesday, putting a stop to decades of suffering at the hands of their bitter rivals.
In a tight last 16 contest at Wembley, Sterling scored with 15 minutes left before Kane sealed England’s first knockout stage victory against Germany since 1966.
The Three Lions had suffered a sad litany of defeats against Die Mannschaft when the stakes were highest in the 55 years since they overcame Germany in the World Cup final.
Germany knocked England out of the 1970, 1990, and 2010 World Cups, as well as the Euro 96 semi-finals at Wembley.
However, the demons of Paul Gascoigne’s tears and their own manager’s penalty mistake from 25 years ago have finally been exorcised by Gareth Southgate’s side.
England put on a tenacious performance highlighted by accurate finishes from Sterling, who now has three goals in the tournament, and Kane, who eventually scored his first goal of the tournament.
England, who have yet to allow a goal in the tournament, will face the winner of Tuesday’s other last-16 fixture between Sweden and Ukraine in a quarter-final in Rome on Saturday.
England’s side of the draw looks wide open in their pursuit of a first major international title since 1966, with a potential semi-final against Denmark or the Czech Republic unlikely to strike fear into their hearts.
It was England’s first win over Germany at Wembley since 1975, and only their second knockout stage triumph in the European Championship’s history.
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