West Ham midfielder Declan Rice claims that England has silenced their doubters with their 2-0 victory against Germany in the Euro 2020 round of 16 at Wembley.
The Three Lions secured two victories and one draw in their group stage games, which led to several criticisms for their conservative style of play that saw them score just two goals in those three games, and highest paying casinos placing odds on the game.
While the Three Lions seemed to have struggled to create chances against Germany at the early stages of the game, Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane were still able to step up for the team to secure a spot in the quarter-final of the Euro 2020.
Speaking to the media, Rice said: “It’s incredible, a lot of people had written us off in the group stage. Complaints about the performances, not scoring enough but we want to put people wrong, with a full house everyone had the fire in the belly to one, knock Germany out and two, progress in the tournament.
“Maturity comes in, you have had a yellow card and you have to stay composed and focused.
“Raheem Sterling is proving so many people wrong, scoring so many goals. Harry Kane is made for the big occasions, scored the goal that put the game to bed.”
Manchester United defender Harry Maguire added via best online casino Australia: “It’s a magnificent moment for myself, the team, the fans. It’s been a tough couple of years for everyone in this country so to put smiles back on faces, at home and here in the stadium, is to enjoy a great moment, a feeling.
“We’re not done with it yet, though, because we’ve got another big game on Saturday.”
Speaking about their victory over Germany, Three Lions head coach Gareth Southgate said to the media: “The players were immense, right the way through the team. The energy was incredible in the stadium. For those people, after such a difficult year at home, to have that enjoyment we’ve given them today was very special.
“It didn’t need me to say it but when we got in the dressing room we were talking about Saturday already. Today’s been an immense performance but at a cost emotionally and physically, we need to make sure we recover well.
“It’s a dangerous moment for us. We have the feeling round the country that we only have to turn up to win the thing, but it’s going to be an immense challenge from here on. The players’ feet are on the ground, they should feel confident from the way they’ve played, but we came here with an intention and we’ve not achieved that yet.”
The Three Lions quarter-final match will be held in Rome, and should they become victories, England will have the chance to play both the semi-finals and final match at their home stadium, Wembley.