England reach second Euros final in a row after subs combine to beat Netherlands late on


England have reached the final of the Euros for the second time in a row after beating the Netherlands 2 – 1 in Dortmund.

A last gasp goal from substitute Ollie Watkins secured victory for England in dramatic fashion minutes after Bukayo Saka had an effort ruled offside.

England had survived a scare in the 64th minute when keeper Jordan Pickford was forced to make a good save following an effort from Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk.

The Netherlands had the initiative in the minutes that followed as another Liverpool player, this time forward Cody Gakpo, swept in a menacing cross that forced Pickford to guide the ball out for a corner.

Three Lions impress in entertaining first half

The game had started badly for England after Declan Rice was dispossessed in midfield before a wonder strike from Xavi Simons from outside the area put the Dutch 1 – 0 up after just seven minutes.

England responded brightly, but many will feel they were fortunate to be awarded a penalty following a challenge from Dutch defender Denzel Dumfries on Three Lions captain Harry Kane.

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Kane, who had been criticised for his performances in the tournament so far, fired the ball into the bottom left corner to level the score after 18 minutes.

England were unlucky to go ahead minutes later when Phil Foden slotted the ball through the Dutch keeper’s legs only for his effort to be cleared off the line by Dumfries.

Kane takes England's penalty to level the score. Pic: Reuters
Kane takes England’s penalty to level the score. Pic: Reuters

The Dutch defender was at the centre of the action for a third time when his headed effort struck the England crossbar minutes later.

In an entertaining first half, Foden then struck the post with a superb long range effort down the other end.

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