Euro 2020: England will ‘never have a better opportunity to win’, says Alan Shearer – Asia Despatch

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England will ‘never EVER have a better opportunity’ to win the Euros than this one, insists Alan Shearer after Three Lions crush Germany at Wembley… with legendary striker believing the ‘lucky’ home Wembley crowd will be crucial

Alan Shearer believes England will ‘never ever have a better opportunity’ to win the European Championships than this summer after the Three Lions beat Germany at the last-16 stage. 

Gareth Southgate’s men showed patience and panache to beat their arch-rivals at Wembley on Tuesday night as late goals from Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane sealed victory in front of a raucous 40,000-strong crowd. 

Should England beat Sweden or Ukraine in the quarter-final on Saturday, they will need to beat one of Czech Republic or Denmark in the last four tie in London, with Shearer claiming the home Wembley crowd could be a crucial factor to their team’s success. 

England beat Germany 2-0 in a thrilling Euro 2020 last-16 tie at Wembley on Tuesday night

England beat Germany 2-0 in a thrilling Euro 2020 last-16 tie at Wembley on Tuesday night

Alan Shearer says the Three Lions will never get a better chance to win the Euros than this one

Alan Shearer says the Three Lions will never get a better chance to win the Euros than this one

The former England striker told Asia Despatch: ‘The draw is decent I would say. England will never ever ever have a better opportunity of winning the Euros than this opportunity now. 

‘They’re at Wembley, I know they go away for the next game but if they’re lucky enough to get to a final that would have been six games at Wembley and you can’t ask for any more than that with an atmosphere like this. They’re right behind the players and the players are responding. 

‘If you could have picked something like that (draw) then you would have.  Before the game there’s a lot of talk saying we can’t finish top because we might play France or Portugal or whoever. 

England, who took the lead through Raheem Sterling (right), will play Sweden or Ukraine next

England, who took the lead through Raheem Sterling (right), will play Sweden or Ukraine next

‘You’ve got to go on and see what happens. We’ve beaten Germany and we’ve done it in an impressive way today.’

England have not won a major tournament since they beat West Germany at the 1966 World Cup but the Three Lions have not beaten the Germans in a competitive match in two decades, when Michael Owen’t hat-trick sealed a World Cup qualifying victory. 

Three Lions manager Southgate has also put to bed a personal nightmare with Germany as he missed the crucial penalty in the Euro 96 semi-final tie in London.

Harry Kane netted his first goal of the tournament for England's second goal of the last-16 tie

Harry Kane netted his first goal of the tournament for England’s second goal of the last-16 tie

Jurgen Klinsmann claims England's Euro 2020 quest is 'doable' but 'there is a long way to go'

Jurgen Klinsmann claims England’s Euro 2020 quest is ‘doable’ but ‘there is a long way to go’

Jurgen Klinsmann, who was part of that Germany squad 25 years ago, claims the prospect of the Three Lions winning Euro 2020 is ‘doable’, but reminds Southgate’s squad that there is a long way to go. 

The German said: ‘You have to recognise the moment. This is England’s moment. You’ve got to realise if you go through the quarter-final you play a semi-final here, you maybe have a sell-out crowd in the final.

‘It’s not going to be an easy road to the final, but it’s doable. Now they have showed the belief, Harry Kane broke through and the energy is high. You’ve got to take advantage of that and win this all.’

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