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ENGLAND REACTS: Players and fans react to the win over Germany

England beat Germany 2-0 thanks to goals from Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane and players & fans react to the win.

England defender Harry Maguire enjoyed helping the nation smile again by delivering the historic 2-0 win over Germany in the last 16 at Euro 2020.

Goals from Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane in the final 15 minutes gave the Three Lions their first major tournament knockout victory over Germany since 1966, sending them through to a quarter-finals against Ukraine in Rome.

It came in front of 41,973 raucous fans at Wembley, as life returned to something like normal in the biggest attendance for a football match in this country since the coronavirus pandemic struck 15 months ago.

The noise sounded like there was double that number as both goals and the full-time whistle were greeted with an incredible din and Maguire said it felt like a “proper football match”.

The Manchester United defender was also happy to give something back to the fans following a difficult time.

“First and foremost to have the fans, that felt like a proper football match, the first time I have felt it in a long time, that was the atmosphere we were missing and the atmosphere football deserves,” he said.

“It is magnificent to get the fans back in the stadium, of course to put a smile on their faces after a tough couple of years for everyone in the country.

“We knew the pressure of coming out at Wembley against Germany. We knew we had to win the game, we did it with a great performance, a controlled performance and a magnificent victory and a big celebration in the end.

“It is a magnificent night for everyone involved who follows this country, we put a smile on a lot of people’s faces, that’s what we do, that’s why we play football.

“But come Saturday we know it is business again and we can take the momentum and confidence from the deserved victory we have managed to get.”

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