Didi Hamann believes that a "blatant dive" from England forward Raheem Sterling and VAR's failure to flag it as such cost Denmark the chance of a place in the final of Euro 2020.

Harry Kane propelled England to just their second major tournament final as Gareth Southgate's men secured a 2-1 extra-time win against Denmark to set-up Sunday’s shot at European Championship glory.

However, the victory was only secured when Kane converted a penalty at the second attempt when tapping in the rebound from an excellent Kasper Schmeichel save.

Joakim Maehle was adjudged to have stopped Sterling in his tracks which led to the spot-kick in the 104th minute, but the contact – if any – from the Dane was barely perceptible.

"I think it's scandalous," the RTÉ analyst fumed after the match.

"Obviously, they saw the game out well after going ahead.

"Did they deserve it? I have to disagree with Liam because they won with a penalty which was a blatant dive.

"This is not in the spirit of the game and England always prides itself on being the home of fair play and no diving."

Turning his attention to the role of VAR in the controversy, Hamann added: "We brought VAR in, Sterling probably though the challenge is going to come so I give him the benefit of the doubt, but Maehle pulls out of the tackle because he sees he can't get there.

"There's no contact whatsoever. VAR was brought in to rectify these decisions and change blatant mistakes by the referee. This is as blatant a mistake as you will see and this is a European Championship semi-final."