England manager Gareth Southate felt his squad of players showed another way to win when beating Denmark 2-1 in Wednesday's Euro 2020 semi-final.

Harry Kane dispatched a controversial penalty in extra-time at the second attempt as Southgate's side advanced to Sunday's decider against Italy

England fell behind after 30 minutes when Mikkel Damsgaard curled in a brilliant 25-yard free-kick after Luke Shaw fouled Andreas Christensen.

The hosts were in arrears for just nine minutes though as they levelled thanks to a Simon Kjaer own goal.

Afterwards the winning manager was quick to praise the way his players dealt with overcoming a battling Danish outfit.

Speaking to RTÉ Sport, he said: "The players and all the staff that work with me deserve it. The way the players have accepted their different roles at different times and the way they have shown different ways to win football matches was there tonight.

"We had to show a lot of resilience to come back from an early setback when a lot of the doubt and anxiety raised its head. The players stayed calm. They have a learned a lot over the last few years from the big matches they have been involved in.

"In the end we got over the line. I'm not going to say we were perfect by any means but semi-finals can be like that."

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Southgate also alluded to England on a learning curve when it comes to managing games better and a somewhat disrupted start to their prep for the tournament.

He continued: "We had a very unusual preparation period with nine players in the Champions League final and other players in the Europa League final. That is difficult when you want to get the cohesion and the training time that you want.

"Throughout the players have responded to what we have wanted them to do. We are learning in how to manage games - we didn't manage the first five minutes of the second half of extra-time too well - invited too much pressure.

"It's a brilliant night for our fans and our country."

As for Sunday's 'Italian Job', well it's a case of preparing for a big task ahead.

"Italy are a top team; they have been fantastic for a couple of years. Roberto (Mancini) has done a great job and he's got those two warriors (Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci) at the back. We know how big a task it is. We're there and now we have to prepare for it."

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