Harry Kane and Harry Maguire led England’s attack and defence respectively, as the Three Lions came from a goal down to beat Denmark and reach their first ever European Championship final.
It took a brilliant free-kick from Mikkel Damsgaard in the first-half to finally breach the English defence in the Euros. Nevertheless, Denmark’s lead didn’t last long, as Simon Kjaer’s own goal just before the break levelled the scores.
Maguire’s presence at the back ensured Denmark never managed to create anything clear-cut for the rest of the night. Kasper Hjulmand’s side also copped impressively well with England’s frontline in the second-half to take the game into extra-time.
Kane needed a penalty – won by Raheem Sterling in the 104th minute – and a rebound to get past Kasper Schmeichel, who otherwise was phenomenal throughout the match, keeping the Danish hopes alive with fine saves to deny Sterling and Maguire earlier in the match.
Testing Schmeichel from a corner wasn’t even the former Leicester City man’s high point of the game, as he produced a heroic defensive display at Wembley, with the only blemish being a harsh yellow-card in the 49th minute.
Harry Maguire’s game by numbers vs. #DEN
90% pass accuracy
13 duels won (=most)
9 aerial duels won (most)
5 interceptions (most)
2 shots on target
A colossus at the back. 🪨 pic.twitter.com/FNnU3y0fas
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) July 7, 2021
Harry Maguire at #EURO2020:
🔘 20 aerial duels contested
🔘 17 aerial duels won
Phenomenal. 🙌 pic.twitter.com/VbcvwIEDKd
— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) July 7, 2021
Feels like a good time to say once again that Harry Maguire has been one of England’s best players this tournament.
— Maram AlBaharna (@maramperninety) July 7, 2021
Finally getting the respect that he deserves. Harry Maguire, my CB. 💪 pic.twitter.com/NhRjns9257
— Ryan. 🔰 (@Vintage_Utd) July 7, 2021
I think this Euros campaign has showed us that Harry Maguire is a better CB than Ruben Dias pic.twitter.com/TTt63nwoH6
— Latch💎 (@LfcLatch) July 7, 2021
There is nothing left to say about Harry Maguire & Luke Shaw — this has been a breakout tournament on the world stage for the pair.
— ً (@utdrobbo) July 7, 2021
England are on the cusp of glory. Gareth Southgate will hope for just one more similar performance from his star centre-back to end the country’s 55-year wait for a major trophy.
The coveted continental prize might further usher more doubters to wax lyrical about the Manchester United captain.