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Prince William praises England’s ‘top team performance’

Prince William praised England’s spectacular 4-0 win against Ukraine as a ‘top team performance’ as he lead social media reaction to the Three Lions’ triumph.

The Duke of Cambridge said he ‘can’t wait for Wednesdays semi final’ against Denmark as he lauded the team’s ‘clean sheet’ during the match in Rome’s Stadio Olimpico.

William – who is president of the Football Association – watched England’s match against Germany in Wembley earlier this week with his wife Kate and their football-mad son Prince George.

But the Cambridges – like thousands of England fans – were unable to travel to Italy for the game on Saturday night because all UK arrivals needed to self-isolate for five days after arriving in Italy – which is on England’s amber list. 

Prince William praised England’s spectacular 4-0 win against Ukraine as a ‘top team performance’ as he lead social media reaction to the Three Lions’ triumph

William - who is president of the Football Association - watched England's match against Germany in Wembley earlier this week with his wife Kate and their football-mad son Prince George

William – who is president of the Football Association – watched England’s match against Germany in Wembley earlier this week with his wife Kate and their football-mad son Prince George 

A post on the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s official Twitter account read: ‘Another top team performance and clean sheet from England tonight. 

‘Well played to Ukraine. Can’t wait for Wednesdays semi final!’

The tweet was signed off with the letter ‘W’.

His praise was echoed by Ant and Dec, who said in a post: ‘Oh boy. Hard not to get carried away innit!? Euros2020, its coming home’.

Pundit Chris Kamara tweeted ‘brilliant superb fantastic’ and said ‘most of all unbelievable’, while former-Top Gear host James May simply wrote : ‘Crikey.’

David Baddiel and Frank Skinner – who together recorded the 1996 football anthem Three Lions alongside band The Lightning Seeds – wrote: ‘Well I was going to save this for the end of the game but hey. …. coming…’

He went onto share a post by Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher which said ‘it’s coming home’, and replied: ‘Ok I’ll let him say it.’

The England team’s official Twitter account thanked fans for their support.

A post read: ‘To those in Rome and those at home: thank you for your incredible support!’

Football commentator Gary Lineker wrote: ‘Very proud of our England football team. 

‘They’re a credit to themselves, their families, their sport and their country, both on and off the pitch. 

‘Well played and keep it going, lads.’

England annihilated Ukraine with four goals to nil at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome on Saturday night – taking them to their first European Championship semi-final for 25 years.

Harry Kane headed home the third on the 49th minute sending millions of fans into rapture just minutes after Harry Maguire headed in a second goal at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome

Harry Kane headed home the third on the 49th minute sending millions of fans into rapture just minutes after Harry Maguire headed in a second goal at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome

Drinks go flying through the air as an England fan stripped to his underwear goes wild with his friends at a screening of the quarter finals in Manchester

Drinks go flying through the air as an England fan stripped to his underwear goes wild with his friends at a screening of the quarter finals in Manchester 

England fans celebrate as the leave the Stadio Olimpico in Rome victorious

England fans celebrate as the leave the Stadio Olimpico in Rome victorious

Beers were sent flying through the air as revellers went wild at big screen events from London to Newcastle as the Three Lions secured a glorious return to Wembley where they take on Denmark in front 60,000 fans on Wednesday.

It was the two Harrys, Kane and Maguire, who dealt the Ukrainians hammer blow goals just after the start of the second half, making it 3-0.

It came after the talisman Kane gave England an early lead when he poked the ball home with just four minutes on the clock after a killer though-ball from Raheem Sterling, who gave another classy performance.

Luke Shaw was also a standout player with two superb pieces of play to set up the Kane and Maguire goals before Jordan Henderson landed the final blow just after the hour mark to put England’s dreams beyond doubt.

Booming chants of ‘We are going to Wembley’ were bellowed out by crowds in England, while in Kyiv, distraught Ukrainians looked on at big screens with tears in their eyes as the two Harrys dealt them a brutal one-two punch.

Henderson heads in England's fourth goal to make certain the Three Lions' semi-final place at Wembley

Henderson heads in England’s fourth goal to make certain the Three Lions’ semi-final place at Wembley 

England manager Gareth Southgate celebrates on the field following England's stunning victory in Rome

England manager Gareth Southgate celebrates on the field following England's stunning victory in Rome

England manager Gareth Southgate celebrates on the field following England’s stunning victory in Rome

Harry Maguire of England celebrates with Declan Rice after scoring their side's second goal during the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Quarter-final match against Ukraine

Harry Maguire of England celebrates with Declan Rice after scoring their side’s second goal during the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Quarter-final match against Ukraine

The lucky few thousand England fans who had made it to Italy celebrated into the early hours in Rome.

‘It has been the most amazing night,’ said James Curran who had travelled from Prague with two friends for the match. ‘I don’t think anyone in the stadium expected this result. Everyone is in dreamland.’

Steven Langmead almost shouted himself hoarse during the match cheering on the Three Lions.

‘I feel really privileged to have been here. Always had a feeling we would win, but not by four goals. Bring on the semi-final. I’d love to be at Wembley but will settle for watching it on the TV back home in Spain.’ 


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