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Inside England dressing room after Swiss game as bottles of £20 wine left behind

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ENGLAND made sure to celebrate their quarter-final victory over Switzerland.

The Three Lions reached the semi-finals of Euro 2024 after beating the Swiss after a penalty shootout.

England’s dressing room after the win over Switzerland
A couple of wine bottles were found in the coaching area
There was also a document showing England’s kit order

Bukayo Saka netted England‘s equaliser in the match following Breel Embolo’s opening goal.

England then scored all five of their penalties in the shootout, with Trent Alexander-Arnold sealing the victory.

After the game, the players returned to the dressing room to celebrate moving on in the tournament.

The players were treated to pizza as there was a leftover box found left behind

There were also two bottles of £20 Pouilly-Fume white wine found in Gareth Southgate‘s coaching room.

That was not the only alcohol there as there was also some cans of Bitburger beer, according to Bild.

And the Three Lions put some effort in to tidy things up at the end of it all – rubbish appeared to be swept into a refuse bag and placed under the table.

A document was also discovered which showed how many kits are ordered for the players.

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The players spent 90 minutes celebrating before heading to Dusseldorf airport to travel to Erfurt.

It shows that captain Harry Kane and star Jude Bellingham are allowed five shirts each.

Gareth Southgate admits England stars gripped by fear of Euro 2024 failure – but reveals huge change in last match

The players have been lucky enough to have some beer before the Switzerland game.

England’s Harry Kane dilemma laid bare as stats show MAJOR problem before Holland clash

GARETH SOUTHGATE has a Harry Kane dilemma ahead of the Euro 2024 semi-final, writes Kealan Hughes.

England face the Netherlands on Wednesday night as they bid to reach back-to-back Euros finals with their captain the subject of huge scrutiny.

Kane, 30, was taken off in extra-time against Switzerland after a lacklustre performance which saw the striker barely involved in play.

In 109 minutes, he completed just EIGHT passes – only one of which was in the final third.

Kane also made just four touches in the opposition penalty box, with critics lamenting his failure to get into the area to get on the end of one of Bukayo Saka’s many crosses.

Alan Shearer has advised Kane to do his work in the box rather than dropping back.

In fact his average position against Switzerland was DEEPER than wing-backs Saka and Kieran Trippier.

That might be understandable, with the pair bombing on to provide width.

But Kane was also, on average BEHIND Jude Bellingham, Phil Foden and even holding midfielders Kobbie Mainoo and Declan Rice.

Read SunSport’s analysis on Southgate’s Kane dilemma in full.

Southgate revealed that the players shared a drink when they were visited by popstar Ed Sheeran.

He said: “We were lucky that Ed Sheeran sang for us (in the team hotel).

“It was great that the players had a few beers before the last game.

“They can bond that way.”

England are back in action tonight as they take on the Holland in the semi-final at the Signal Iduna Park.

Should the Three Lions make it to a successive Euros final, then they will face Spain for the chance to end the nation’s 58-year wait for a trophy.

The Spanish booked their spot in the final with a 2-1 win over France last night.

Lamine Yamal stole the headlines in the match as he became the youngest-ever player to score at the Euros.

England’s six tournament semi-finals

ENGLAND will play their seventh tournament semi-final in Dortmund on Wednesday, writes Martin Lipton.

Sun Sport recalls the other six – and remembers where it went right and wrong for the Three Lions

1966 Portugal (Wembley) W 2-1

This was the big test for Alf Ramsey’s “wingless wonders” and one they passed thanks to a masterclass by Bobby Charlton. Charlton steered home the opener from outside the box after Roger Hunt chased down Ray Wilson’s ball over the top and keeper Jose Pereira blocked.

His second was slammed into the bottom corner after Geoff Hurst pushed into his path. Portuguese superstar Eusebio pulled one back from the spot after Jack Charlton handled off the line but England held on.

1968 Yugoslavia (Florence) L 1-0

Alan Mullery became the first England player to be sent off as this European Championship semi-final descended into a kicking match. A forgettable game saw Alan Ball force one panicky clearance against the Yugoslav bar but few real chances before Dragan Dzajic sneaked in behind Bobby Moore to prod the winner past Gordon Banks with four minutes left.

Mullery was then dismissed for kicking out at Dobrivoje Trivic. Goals from Charlton and Hurst earned a 2-0 win over the Soviet Union in the third place game.

1990 West Germany (Turin) D 1-1 (West Germany won 4-2 on penalties)

Arguably England’s best performance under Bobby Robson ended in heartache and tears. Chances came and went at both ends in a whirlwind game before Andreas Brehme’s free-kick looped off Paul Parker to drop beyond a helpless Peter Shilton.

But Gary Lineker then turned Parker’s hopeful ball forward into an assist as he fired past Bodo Illgner. Paul Gascoigne was in bits after the booking that would have ruled him out of the Final and shoot-out misses by Stuart Pearce and Chris Waddle were fatal.

1996 Germany (Wembley) D 1-1 (Germany won 6-5 on penalties)

Another story of what might have been as Gareth Southgate joined the long list of shoot-out victims. Terry Venables’ side made the perfect start when Gascoigne’s corner was flicked on by Tony Adams for Alan Shearer to score. But Germany soon levelled through Stefan Kuntz and both goals had narrow escapes in normal and extra-time.

Penalties again and while Shearer, David Platt, Pearce, Gascoigne and Teddy Sheringham all scored, Germany were equally strong. Southgate’s shocker made Andreas Moller the one to win it.

2018 Croatia (Moscow) L 1-2

Another near-miss for England, who ran out of legs and smarts just when it mattered most. Kieran Trippier’s sensational free-kick put Southgate’s side in front and they had the chances to put the Croatians away in the first half.

But they all went begging and Luka Modric and Co wrested control. Ivan Perisic stole in front of Kyle Walker to nudge the leveller and in extra-time Mario Manduzic ran in behind a slow-reacting defence to beat Jordan Pickford. So near, so far.

2021 Denmark (Wembley) W 2-1

“Sweet Caroline” has never been sung so loud and so long than after this epic evening. The Danes went in front from a terrific Mikkel Damsgaard free-kick but Simon Kjaer put through his own goal as he tried to prevent Raheem Sterling converting Bukayo Saka’s cross.

Extra-time brought the key moment, when Sterling went down in the box under pressure from Mathias Jensen. Skipper Harry Kane’s penalty was saved by Kasper Schmeichel but he knocked home the rebound to earn the first England Final since 1966.

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