Raheem Sterling defends decision to award England a ‘clear penalty’ in extra-time Euros win over Denmark

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Raheem Sterling defended the decision to give England the penalty that sent them into the Euro 2020 Final.

Sterling was fouled by Joakim Maehle in extra-time before Harry Kane scored the rebound of his missed spot-kick as England beat Denmark 2-1 in their semi-final at Wembley.

Denmark were unhappy with the award of the penalty but Sterling said: "I went into the box and he stuck his right leg out, and it touched my leg so it was a clear penalty."

England will play Italy in the final at Wembley on Sunday.

"It was a top performance - we had to dig in deep after the first goal we conceded in the tournament, and we regrouped well and showed a good team spirit to come back and win the game,” Sterling told ITV.

"It was difficult going behind but we knew we had to stay patient - we knew with the legs we've got, the aggressiveness and the power we have in the team, it would be a matter of time before we broke them down."

“It's another step in the right direction. But once we're back in the dressing room it's over and we've got to focus on the weekend now. It's step-by-step and that's all we can do.”

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