Euro 2024: Another final is my best achievement – Southgate

Gareth Southgate has hailed England’s victory over Netherlands to reach the Euro 2024 final as his “best achievement” but Roy Keane wants to see him “finish the job”.

Ollie Watkins’ late stunner fired England to a 2-1 win over the Dutch, sending the Three Lions into the final against Spain in Berlin.

England have now reached the final of back-to-back European Championships, with Sunday’s showpiece the first time the men’s team have progressed to a major tournament final on foreign soil.

Southgate, speaking to ITV Sport, said: “This has to be the best [achievement]. It’s another landmark, but the way we played, we played so well throughout the game. It was a complicated game, they kept changing, we had to respond. We caused them problems all night and the end is so special for the squad.

“The most important thing is that the whole squad are ready to come into the game. We spend a lot of time with those guys [the substitutes], and I’m so chuffed for Ollie.

“We felt, energy wise, we were starting to lose some pressure [in the second half]. Ollie can press well and make those runs in behind. We thought it was a good moment to try him.

“We deserved to win. We were very fluid in our formation, it wasn’t just a back three, we had to adapt all the time and the players made so many good decisions.”


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