In pictures – England beat Denmark to reach first European Championship final

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History beckons for England after they reached the European Championship final for the first time by beating 1992 champions Denmark 2-1 at Wembley on Wednesday night.

Anticipation was at fever pitch even before Gareth Southgate’s men walked out at Wembley, and a dramatic 120 minutes beneath the arch simply intensified the atmosphere as Harry Kane won it in extra-time, converting the rebound after Kasper Schmeichel had saved his penalty.

Here, the PA news agency takes a look at the best pictures in the hours before, during and after the semi-final.

Two England fans stand outside Wembley with a half-and-half scarf (Nick Potts/PA)
Two England fans stand outside Wembley with a half-and-half scarf (Nick Potts/PA)
Fans take in the atmosphere at Wembley (Mike Egerton/PA)
Fans take in the atmosphere (Mike Egerton/PA)
England fans dressed as knights outside Wembley (Mike Egerton/PA)
England fans dressed as knights outside Wembley (Mike Egerton/PA)
A Denmark fan surveys the scene (Zac Goodwin/PA)
A Denmark fan surveys the scene (Zac Goodwin/PA)
England v Denmark – UEFA Euro 2020 – Semi Final – Wembley Stadium
Ed Sheeran and David Beckham made the trip down Wembley Way (sort of) (Mike Egerton/PA)
Looks painful...
Looks painful… (Zac Goodwin/PA)
The atmosphere was building
The atmosphere continued to build (Zac Goodwin/PA)
The England players arrived
The England players arrived (Mike Egerton/PA)
Fan parks and beer gardens filled up around the country
Fan parks and beer gardens filled up around the country (Tess Derry/PA)
Frank Skinner and David Baddiel hoping it will be coming home
Frank Skinner and David Baddiel hoping it will be coming home (Mike Egerton/PA)
Fans start making a noise inside the ground
Fans start making a noise inside the ground (Nick Potts/PA)
Prime minister Boris Johnson was roaring on England at Wembley
Prime minister Boris Johnson was roaring on England at Wembley (Mike Egerton/PA)
England fans were ready for kick off at BOXPARK in Croydon
England fans were ready for kick off at BOXPARK in Croydon (Tess Derry/PA)
England captain Harry Kane and Denmark captain Simon Kjaer swap pennants and a signed Christian Eriksen shirt in tribute to the Denmark midfielder who suffered a cardiac arrest earlier in the tournament
England captain Harry Kane and Denmark captain Simon Kjaer swap pennants and a signed Christian Eriksen shirt in tribute to the Denmark midfielder who suffered a cardiac arrest earlier in the tournament (Mike Egerton/PA)
England started well, with Raheem Sterling threatening
England started well, with Raheem Sterling threatening (Nick Potts/PA)
But Mikkel Damsgaard beat Jordan Pickford with a brilliant free kick to stun England
But Mikkel Damsgaard beat Jordan Pickford with a brilliant free-kick to stun England (Mike Egerton/PA)
England fans in Trafalgar Square reacted to the opener
England fans in Trafalgar Square reacted to the opener (Kirsty O’Connor/PA)
England reacted brilliantly and Simon Kjaer's own goal levelled the scores nine minutes later
England reacted brilliantly and Simon Kjaer’s own goal levelled the scores nine minutes later (Nick Potts/PA)
England fans celebrate at the Vinegar Yard in London
England fans celebrate at the Vinegar Yard in London (Kieran Cleeves/PA)
Kasper Schmeichel made a brilliant save to deny Harry Maguire
Kasper Schmeichel made a brilliant save to deny Harry Maguire (Mike Egerton/PA)
Pop star Anne-Marie watches on at Wembley
Pop star Anne-Marie watches on at Wembley (Mike Egerton/PA)
Harry Kane is mobbed by team-mates after firing England ahead from the penalty spot
Harry Kane is mobbed by team-mates after firing England ahead from the penalty spot (Nick Potts/PA)
Fans in Trafalgar Square celebrate England’s second goal (
Fans in Trafalgar Square celebrate England’s second goal (Kirsty O’Connor/PA)
Tyrone Mings and Conor Coady carry Bukayo Saka as they celebrate victory over Denmark
Tyrone Mings and Conor Coady carry Bukayo Saka as they celebrate victory over Denmark (Mike Egerton/PA)
England manager Gareth Southgate celebrates on the final whistle
England manager Gareth Southgate celebrates on the final whistle (Nick Potts/PA)
England fans celebrate at the Vinegar Yard in London
England fans celebrate at the Vinegar Yard in London (Kieran Cleeves/PA)
England fans celebrate outside Wembley
England fans celebrate outside Wembley (Zac Goodwin/PA)
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