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Sterling, Kane power England past Germany

Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane got the goals as England edged Germany 2-0 to reach the Euro 2020 quarter-finals at Wembley.

Gareth Southgate’s side battled hard to earn the statement victory that has so often eluded England, and it was their talisman of this tournament, Raheem Sterling, who made the decisive breakthrough.

Sterling, who netted the winners against Croatia and the Czech Republic in the group stage, guided home Luke Shaw’s cross after 75 minutes to send over 40,000 England fans – including Ed Sheeran and former captain David Beckham – into wild celebrations.

The win was secured four minutes from time when captain Kane stooped low to head in from substitute Jack Grealish’s perfect delivery for his first goal of Euro 2020.

At the other end, Gareth Southgate’s men were once again thankful for the brilliance of Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, who has yet to concede a goal in the tournament and saved crucially from Timo Werner and Kai Havertz in each half, while Thomas Muller missed a glorious chance to equalise before Kane struck.

England will now go up against the winner of tonight’s clash between Sweden and Ukraine.

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