English boss delivers a statement to take England to the Final in Berlin with a 2-1 victory over the Netherlands

England once again took the hard way but managed to secure their place in the finals of UEFA Euro 2024. The Netherlands were the latest prey to the resilience shown by Gareth Southgate’s side throughout the tournament. Xavi Simons’ thunderous effort put the Dutch in front, which was canceled out by a Harry Kane penalty 11 minutes later. Substitute Ollie Watkins grabbed the winner in stoppage time leaving the Netherlands with no scope to get back into the game.

A big clash awaits in the final in Berlin as England prepare to face Spain. It will certainly be a battle between two contrasting playing styles with the Spaniard looking to dominate in every aspect throughout the Three Lions prepare again to fight against adversity. It will be the first time that the England National Team will play in the final of a major international tournament on foreign soil.

Gareth Southgate’s brave calls are paying off

The English manager has had his fair share of criticism surrounding his tendency to be reactive rather than proactive. His passive and pessimistic style of soccer did not always please the English community but Southgate played a big role in England’s 2-1 victory over the Netherlands. The first half was undoubtedly the best 45 minutes played by the national team so far in the European Championship.

However, the 53-year-old’s biggest contribution came in the 81ˢᵗ minute when he decided to bring on Ollie Watkins and Cole Palmer in place of Harry Kane and Phil Foden. The England captain scored the England goal while the Manchester City man was a constant threat in the match, making the call a very brave one. The bravery, however, paid off when Palmer assisted Watkins’ goal in the dying moments.

Kobbie Mainoo grabs the limelight again

The center of the park was a major concern for England in the opening two outings against Serbia and Denmark, where the opposition could easily overrun the dysfunctional English midfield. Gareth Southgate tried to launch Trent Alexander Arnold as well as Connor Gallagher as the partner for Declan Rice in the pivot. Ultimately, Manchester United’s Kobbie Mainoo proved to be the solution.

The 19-year-old was a real spark with his pace and freshness. Even at such a tender age, Mainoo is not afraid to assert his dominance on the pitch. He was by far the most striking midfielder for England in Germany. The form of Kobbie Mainoo will again be decisive for the Three Lions capture their European dream against Spain in Berlin.

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