England are into another semi-final, and this time Gareth Southgate‘s side will fancy themselves as the favourites of Euro 2020‘s final four teams to go all the way and finally end their 55-year wait for silverware.
Having fallen just short at the 2018 World Cup – blowing a lead to be eliminated in the semi-finals to Croatia – then again losing a lead in another semi-final in the 2019 UEFA Nations League against the Netherlands, England have tournament experience that none of the other three semi-finalists boast.
Southgate‘s current squad has a nice mix of tournament experience and freshness at the very highest international level.
The likes of Mason Mount, Declan Rice, Jadon Sancho and Jude Bellingham won’t have any bad memories of previous shortcomings, and have a lot to offer when they step onto the pitch.
At the same time, the more experienced squad members like Harry Kane, Jordan Henderson, Kyle Walker and others will be desperate to go one further than they’ve managed in recent tournaments, particularly with the semi-finals and final to be played at Wembley.
Kane‘s desire to win silverware has become increasingly clear of late, with the England and Tottenham captain now keen to move on from Spurs in order to compete at club level, but that thirst could be quenched this summer.
Despite not having won a trophy in his career, Kane has the mentality of an elite-level pro, while the likes of Henderson, Stones and Walker know what it takes to win trophies thanks to their successes with Liverpool and Manchester City, respectively.
Kieran Trippier is a LaLiga Santander title winner, while the Chelsea players in the squad are European champions.
The novel format of this summer’s European Championship hasn’t been universally well received, but with each of the four semi-finalists having had the luxury of playing their group games at home, it’s clear that home advantage and less travelling has made a difference.
England, having played in Rome for their quarter-final, are now back on home soil at Wembley for the semi-final and potential final, giving them the edge against both Denmark and – should they get past the Danes – Italy or Spain.