Kane ended a worrying worldwide scoring drought by netting within the 2-0 final-16 defeat of Germany in midweek and he put England forward inside 4 minutes on a sweaty night within the Italian capital.
As it happened: Ukraine vs England
Gareth Southgate’s aspect then put this quarter-ultimate tie out of sight with two extra objectives early within the second half, one from Harry Maguire earlier than Kane netted once more.
Substitute Jordan Henderson obtained the fourth, and as Denmark lie in wait within the Wembley semi-ultimate on Tuesday England will likely be assured of happening to achieve a primary ever European Championship ultimate and even now claiming a primary main worldwide title since 1966.
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The draw right here was form for them, with Ukraine absolutely as weak an opponent as they may hope to face in 1 / 4-ultimate, a stage at which they’ve misplaced to the likes of Italy and Portugal in current European Championships.
However the statistics are spectacular, with England having come by way of 5 video games at this match all with out conceding a purpose.
Some of their play in large areas was excellent, with Raheem Sterling and Jadon Sancho — making his first begin on the Euro — too sizzling for Ukraine to deal with.
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Kane, their captain, had gone near eight hours with out discovering the web for his nation however his opener right here was his second in simply eight minutes following the late strike that secured victory over Germany.
Regardless of the opposition, their show on the Stadio Olimpico was a step-up in school within the ultimate third to earlier video games on the Euro and they are going to be favourites at dwelling in opposition to a Danish aspect who performed their very own quarter-ultimate in opposition to the Czech Republic on Saturday in distant Baku.
This would be the solely match England play away from dwelling within the competitors and it marked fairly a distinction to their defeat of the Germans, which was watched by greater than 40,000 supporters at Wembley, the place coronavirus restrictions have been eased.
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With Italy presently imposing a 5-day quarantine on all arrivals from the United Kingdom, the quantity of England followers in Rome was restricted to these already primarily based within the European Union though they nonetheless made themselves heard within the crowd of underneath 12,000.
They had lots to rejoice, not like their Ukrainian counterparts, as Andriy Shevchenko’s crew got here up quick of their bid to take the nation to a primary ever main match semi-ultimate.
They scraped out of their group and then edged 10-man Sweden in additional time within the final 16, and their probabilities of surprising England seemed lifeless and buried once they fell behind early on.
Sterling, who terrorised the Ukraine defence down the left, performed in Kane who poked the ball past Georgiy Bushchan.
Ukraine’s big striker Roman Yaremchuk compelled a save from Jordan Pickford and a Declan Rice piledriver was stored out by Bushchan, with England wanting comfy.
However Ukraine have been a distinct proposition after injured defender Serhiy Kryvtsov was changed by Dynamo Kiev winger Viktor Tsygankov within the thirty sixth minute.
They completed the primary half strongly and extra pessimistic England followers might have spent the interval reliving their exit from Euro 2016, once they misplaced to Iceland within the final 16 regardless of additionally having opened the scoring within the fourth minute.
They needn’t have apprehensive.
England scored once more lower than a minute after the restart when a foul on Kane allowed Luke Shaw to ship a free-kick from the left for Maguire to move in.
Four minutes after that Sterling equipped the overlapping Shaw and he crossed for a rejuvenated Kane to move dwelling.
The Tottenham star practically had his hat-trick, a stinging volley producing a wonderful save from Bushchan.
From Mason Mount’s ensuing nook got here the fourth purpose, one other header, this time from Henderson, the primary of 5 substitutes despatched on by Southgate who would have been desirous about the semi-ultimate lengthy earlier than this quarter-ultimate was formally over.