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No need to pinch yourselves, everyone. England’s triumph at Wembley last night was not a dream.
After 55 years of hurt – having not beaten Germany in a major tournament since 1966 – the lionhearts roared to a 2-0 victory over their old foes.
And so the lads will travel to Rome today to gear up for their Euro 2020 quarter final showdown with Ukraine on Saturday.
The triumph, secured by goals from Raheem Sterling and captain Harry Kane, has, of course, dominated the UK front pages this morning.
Here, we take a look at what the papers have had to say about the historic win...
Trust The Sun to dish up a hearty pun for it’s headline – playing on the lyrics to footie anthem ‘Three Lions’ to pay tribute to star player Sterling:
Tomorrow's front page: 'England fans are daring to dream that football could finally be coming home'… https://t.co/JygfpLD78o — The Sun (@The Sun)
Meanwhile, The Metro harks to England’s dismal record against the Germans, suggesting now, at last, “the jinx is over”. Note that they also manage to tie in that classic old sporting epithet: “They think it’s all over… it is now.”
In case you didn’t know, that derives from none other than the closing moments of the 1966 FIFA World Cup Final – the last time England knocked out Germany to seize a major trophy:
Wednesday's front page:
THE JINX, IT'S ALL OVER
#tomorrowspaperstoday #BBCPapers #skypapers https://t.co/miukNMmGal — Metro Newspaper UK (@Metro Newspaper UK)
Indeed, last night’s win was a surreal moment for many, heralding the start of an exciting new chapter for the national team.
The Guardian says England’s victory was “like emerging from a dream into a strange new light”:
Guardian front page, Wednesday 30 June 2021: England 2 Germany 0 - Like emerging from a dream into a strange new li… https://t.co/DO273BQumU — The Guardian (@The Guardian)
The Daily Mirror follows a similar theme, saying it is now “time to dream” that England just might go all the way this time:
Tomorrow's front page: Time to dream #TomorrowsPapersToday
https://t.co/0qh03N17Cl https://t.co/8erb864171 — The Mirror (@The Mirror)
The Times also latches on to the word, branding the 2-0 scoreline a “dream result” and hailing the end to England’s “German nightmare”:
TIMES: Bid to end school Covid chaos #TomorrowsPapersToday https://t.co/IYExIfwp8L — Neil Henderson (@Neil Henderson)
While The Daily Express reassures readers: “No, it wasn’t a dream!” – Gareth Southgate’s team really did it:
EXPRESS: Have police lost the plot? #TomorrowsPapersToday https://t.co/HUJc4Vohuk — Neil Henderson (@Neil Henderson)
The Star, meanwhile, takes a characteristically playful tone – pointing out that, for once, England didn’t lose against the Germans.
It calls to mind the pithy joke famously made by Gary Lineker: “Football is a simple game. Twenty-two men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans always win.”
Tomorrow's front page: England DON'T lose to Germany
#TomorrowsPapersToday https://t.co/AgLlSmaVqx — Daily Star (@Daily Star)
And while most splashes picture the gleaming face of captain Kane celebrating his first goal of the tournament, The Daily Mail also serves its readers what they want: a photo of a royal.
They spotlight a jubilant young prince applauding from the Wembley stands, under the headline: “By George, we did it!”
Wednesday's @DailyMailUK #MailFrontPages https://t.co/kwJ3Ept9dg — Daily Mail U.K. (@Daily Mail U.K.)
The euphoric heir to the throne was in good company, as The Daily Telegraph points out, saying the football was “finally something to cheer about”:
📰The front page of tomorrow's Daily Telegraph:
'Isolation hitting poor pupils hardest'
Sig… https://t.co/PTGSlmudOW — The Telegraph (@The Telegraph)
While the i keeps things simple, immortalising that “thrilling” score in ink: “Lionhearts 2 – Germany 0”.
Wednesday's front page: Jabs stockpile to help UK live with Covid-19 #TomorrowsPapersToday
🔴 Preparations for mix-… https://t.co/lNWJ4BvWNk — i newspaper (@i newspaper)
The Independent offers up the bulk of its front page to a photo of Kane as the Three Lions’ “stride past Germany into the quarter-finals”:
And The Financial Times gives a nod to the game’s first goal scorer, hailing the squad’s “Sterling effort” and suggesting they had “recall[ed] the spirit of ‘66.”
Just published: Front page of the Financial Times, UK edition, for Wednesday 30 June https://t.co/ui8i8QQJxD — Financial Times (@Financial Times)
Here’s looking at Saturday, boys. We don’t think it’s all over just yet...