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Are the planets aligned above the “Three Lions” at Euro 2020? Everything suggests that England, who will play in the second semi-final on Wednesday against Denmark (9 p.m.), has every chance of winning on the European scene for the first time in its history. An abnormal lack of record for one of the great footballing nations, whose last international success dates back to the 1966 World Cup, at home. Fifty-five years later, history can be rewritten to the delight of England fans, who are just waiting to see “football finally come home”.

And these supporters have enough to hope for a victory for England in the final on July 11. The selection of Gareth Southgate performed well to arrive in the last four. It will be supported in numbers in its Wembley stadium where the semi-finals and the final of the Euro will take place.

She has the support of her audience

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This is the most important factor, apart from the game itself. England benefit from an unprecedented European Championship rather advantageous for its team. With a Euro exploded throughout Europe, the Three Lions were able to play all their group matches at home in London, for two wins and one draw. Before winning against Germany in the round of 16 (2-0), still at home, then finding her London haunt for the last four of the competition.

In a still delicate health context where supporters may encounter difficulties in traveling, this is a real asset for the English who rely on the support of their public. Evidenced by the effervescence during the victory against Germany in a molten Wembley.

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The remaining three teams – Italy, Spain and Denmark – also played at home during the entire group stage. This allowed them to not have to make any travel to get started in the competition. An advantage that the English have had throughout the Euro, with the exception of a short trip to Italy, Rome, for the quarter-final against Ukraine (4-0 victory). The Three Lions therefore had more facilities to recover after their matches.

His defense is intractable

Now let’s talk about the game. If England are to their advantage in this Euro, Perfidious Albion also owes it to their iron defense. The English selection is the only nation not to have conceded a single goal throughout the competition. A statistic which underlines the solidity of his system with three central defenders well assured by Harry Maguire, John Stones and Kyle Walker, and of his goalkeeper Everton Jordan Pickford.

England also went 4-4-2 in the quarter-final against Ukraine, again conceding no goals. This is the first time that the Three Lions have kept their clean sheet for seven games in a row. The sign of a solid defensive base that will be difficult for Denmark to cross on Wednesday.

Her stars Kane and Sterling are in good shape

Strong defensively, England are also effective offensively. His two attacking stars, Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling, meet expectations each with three goals scored during the Euro. The captain of the selection seems to have regained confidence since the round of 16 won against Germany, where he unlocked his goal counter with a furious header. “Hurricane” Harry Kane capitalized on this performance to add two quarterfinal goals against Ukraine.

The Tottenham player is therefore the main danger of the Three Lions, alongside a Raheem Sterling also in form. The Manchester City center forward, who is coming out of a not very prolific season with his club, launched his Euro perfectly by leading England to victory on three occasions. Mute against Ukraine, the 26-year-old English striker may reserve his best performances for the last four. In a Wembley stadium where he always dreamed of winning a major title for his country. Now is the time for Raheem Sterling.

The 2018 World Cup experience served him well

One of the last assets of the selection of Gareth Southgate lies in his unfortunate experience of the Russian World Cup, during which England lost in the semi-final against Croatia in overtime (2-1 ap). The Three Lions had quickly led in the score, before leaving the ball to the Croats who had returned in the second half and then won.

The coach in office since 2016 has learned from his mistakes so as not to repeat them on Wednesday against Denmark. He can count on a workforce that he has rejuvenated, with the arrival of new nuggets in midfield such as Jack Grealish, Phil Foden or Mason Mount. Everything therefore seems to be in place to foresee a new English triumph, after half a century of famine.

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