Alan Shearer says "something special is happening" in brilliant England analysis

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Alan Shearer believes "something special is happening" with England after reaching the Euro 2020 semi-finals.

The Three Lions have secured their place in the last four after romping to a 4-0 win against Ukraine at the Stadio Olimpico, Rome.

Harry Kane grabbed a goal either half while Harry Maguire and Jordan Henderson headed in for a dominant performance.

It also saw England make it five games without conceding a goal, the only team left in the tournament to keep clean sheets.

And Shearer, who scored 30 goals for his country including seven goals at European Championships, believes the team could go all the way.

When asked on Match of the Day by Gary Lineker if the result was "not bad", he said: "Not bad? Something special is happening, Gary.

"We started the tournament slowly, we’re improving in every game.

"My head is telling me to calm down but my heart is getting carried away and long may that continue.

"What a performance, what a night. So many special performances: [Jadon] Sancho, [Raheem] Sterling, [Luke] Shaw – how good was Luke Shaw?

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"Harry Kane scoring, Maguire, Henderson scoring, it’s endless. Well done, Gareth [Southgate], well done, England.”

Shearer's Match of the Day colleague Rio Ferdinand picked out one quality that was different in the Three Lions against Ukraine.

He added: “I’m even more confident now. I think the biggest compliment I can give this side is that I’ve never ever seen an England team so composed, under such pressure, with so much at stake.

"The semi-final against Denmark, who are a team that you’d fancy us against, that’s the biggest compliment.

"All the players that are coming on, they’re all impacting the game in a positive way. The manager is utilising the squad, he’s been able to do that because of the quality.

"They’re hard to play against. When you play against a team and you come off the pitch and you get beat by them or whatever, sometimes it can be just a bit of luck, but this team, they grind you down, they work you hard, they ask questions of you physically and mentally and they manage every phase of the game.

"At the end of it, they’re potent and now they’re managing to get goals. Goals are the things we were waiting for and now Harry Kane has hit the ground. We’ve got our man scoring now.”

England will take on Denmark in the semi-finals at Wembley on July 8, looking to face either Italy or Spain in the final.

  • Euro 2020
  • England Football Team
  • Rio Ferdinand

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