Euro 2024: Reaching The Final Stands As My Top Accomplishment – Southgate

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Gareth Southgate has said that guiding England to a first major tournament final on foreign soil is the best achievement of his coaching career.

In Dortmund, England overcame a 2-1 deficit to defeat the Netherlands 2-1 thanks to a spectacular 90th-minute goal from substitute Ollie Watkins. This victory qualified England to play Spain in the European Championship final on Sunday in Berlin.

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Xavi Simons had earlier given Netherlands a seventh-minute lead with a superb long-range strike before Harry Kane equalised after 18 minutes with a spot-kick awarded on VAR review following Denzel Dumfries’ challenge on the England captain.

Southgate, who took charge of England in 2016, has now steered them to a quarterfinal, a semifinal, and two finals in his four tournaments at the helm.

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England have never before reached a major final on foreign soil, having lost the last Euros final at Wembley on penalties to Italy. Their only tournament success came in lifting the World Cup in 1966, again in London.

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Asked where he placed Wednesday’s achievement in his eight-year tenure, Southgate told ITV: “Yeah, I think it has to be the best. It’s another landmark, but the way that we played as well, we played so well throughout the game.”

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