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THE SCOTTISH SUN 🔵 England fans hope to end 58 years of hurt & roar Three Lions onto Euros victory

ENGLAND fans are gearing up to roar the Three Lions to a sensational Euros victory this weekend – ending 58 years of hurt.

Supersub Ollie Watkins last night sent England to their second Euros final in a row — with a sensational 90th-minute winner against the Netherlands.

England fans celebrated Kane's penalty in London's Boxpark


England fans celebrated Kane’s penalty in London’s BoxparkCredit: Story Picture Agency
Fans at Manchester’s AO Arena couldn't contain their joy


Fans at Manchester’s AO Arena couldn’t contain their joyCredit: Story Picture Agency
Jubilant fans celebrating in the stadium


Jubilant fans celebrating in the stadiumCredit: Getty
England fans cheered in Manchester’s AO Arena


England fans cheered in Manchester’s AO ArenaCredit: Story Picture Agency
England fans roared on the team


England fans roared on the teamCredit: Story Picture Agency

Gareth Southgate’s men now face favourites Spain in Berlin on Sunday night — just one match from ending an agonising  58-year trophy drought.

In Dortmund, diehard England supporters believe they can win their first men’s tournament since the 1966 World Cup after Aston Villa striker Watkins’ late heroics.

Plymouth hospital anaesthetist Simon Courtman, 56, who took his lifeguard son Sonny to the game as an 18th birthday present, said: “Our name is on the cup now – it’s written in the stars. 

« It’s taken 24 hours and cost a fortune to get us here but I’ve got the bug and I’ve loved partying with the Dutch.

“But Berlin beckons now for the big one – bring on the Spanish!”

Sonny roared: “It’s coming home – no doubt about it now.”

Last night, in a titanic Euros semi-final between two heavyweight nations, the Dutch went ahead on seven minutes with a scorching drive from Xavi Simons.

But skipper Harry Kane equalised 11 minutes later with a penalty which he won.

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Then, after a nervy second-half with few chances, substitute   Watkins — who came on for Kane — slammed in a sensational 90th-minute winner to send the Three Lions fans into dreamland.

Watkins said after the game that he told team-mate Cole Palmer he would score and the Chelsea man would provide the assist — and that is exactly that happened.

He said: “When I saw it in the bottom corner, it was the best feeling ever.

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“There’s been a lot of criticism but at the end of the day, we’re in the final. Forget all the outside noise – we’re in the final.

“We’ve got that bounceback factor…we never give up. We’ve won on penalties, we’ve come from behind. One more game now.”

Fans were over the moon in Boxpark Wembley


Fans were over the moon in Boxpark WembleyCredit: Rex
England fans at Central Park, Newcastle, celebrated Watkins' blinder


England fans at Central Park, Newcastle, celebrated Watkins’ blinderCredit: PA
Fans in Dortmund roared on the Three Lions


Fans in Dortmund roared on the Three LionsCredit: Tom Bowles

When asked if the squad were ready for Spain, and their 16-year-old wonderkid Lamine Yamal, he smiled and nodded: “Ready.”

The King also sent the team a good luck message for the final, and asked them for a favour.

Charles said:  “If I may encourage you to secure victory before the need for any last minute wonder-goals or another penalties drama, I am sure the stresses on the nation’s collective heart rate and blood pressure would be greatly alleviated!”

New PM Sir Keir Starmer also said he will be there for the final on Sunday.

The epic semi-final victory sent the Dutch and their vast orange fan army packing  as beer-chucking joy erupted among millions of England fans   back home.

Telecoms boss Andrew Louka, 44, from London said: “We’ve surprised ourselves yet again and I’m sure we can  beat Spain. The Spaniards have been the best team in the tournament  but the most-fancied sides don’t always win.”

Recruitment consultant Mark Knapper, 65, from Codicote, Herts, said: “I’m elated. Beating Holland will give the team the belief we can bring football home at last.

“Our big names are coming good at the right time. Spain play open football and England play better against teams with that style. We can beat them.”

The late win sparked a swarm of messages online. Prince William said: “What a beauty, Ollie! Congratulations England! #EURO2024 Finalists”

Rio Ferdinand said: “GIVE SOUTHGATE HIS FLOWERS!!! Every game substitutions! Ollie Watkins!!!!!”

Piers Morgan said: “Brilliant win. Brilliant goal. Brilliant performance. Brilliant management. Congrats to England, and especially Ollie Watkins and Gareth Southgate.

« One game from immortality, lads – go bring it home.”

Gary Lineker said: “Yesssssssss! Ollie Watkins, you absolute beauty.”

England WAGs at the game included Jordan Pickford’s wife Megan, Declan Rice’s girlfriend Lauren Fryer, Kane’s missus Katie and Dani Dyer, Jarrod Bowen’s girlfriend. Kyle Walker’s spouse Annie Kilner was also there with the couple’s four children.

England supporters were outnumbered by at least five to one in Dortmund as  120,000 Dutch fans nuts flooded across the border.

They occupied the famous “Yellow Wall” end of Borussia Dortmund’s 62,000-seat BVB Stadium – turning it orange.

England supporters were wary of German referee Felix Zwayer after he was previously  banned for match-fixing, leading to a row with Jude Bellingham.

The former Borussia Dortmund star   was fined £34,000 by the German FA in 2021  for blasting Zwayer after his  side lost 3-2 to Bayern Munich.

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The referee, under pressure from VAR, awarded England a penalty after Kane was caught by Denzel Dumfries’ follow-through. He also booked  Bellingham   for a rash second-half challenge.

Southgate’s jubilant squad flew back to their base at Blankenhain in central Germany last night and will have a rest day today.

England fans were in dreamland in the stands


England fans were in dreamland in the standsCredit: Getty
England fans were over the moon


England fans were over the moonCredit: Getty
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