Then, the oldest international game in football history is back. Scotland visit Wembley On an occasion described by Southgate as “unique”.
After the Czech Republic, Germany is the next resentment game that has become more important due to 55 years of injury and Southgate’s own personal demon.
Southgate has warned his players and the country that they are facing a “dangerous moment” and the head coach is worried about the complacency, flatness and expectation pressure of Andrei Shevchenko’s tenacious underdogs.
Through all these obstacles, England is safe and sound, and their progress has never been seriously questioned.
Some footballs are impressive-especially when they release the handbrake at the start of the second half in Rome-but the decisive feature of their victory is control.
The goalless draw with Scotland is Southgate’s closest to losing side, but they have not lost control of the game, and they have never suffered the collective anxiety that plagued the former England team, especially in the knockout games.
It shouldn’t be like this. So far, the state of the England team feels like a victory for the collective mentality, as well as Southgate’s tactics or choices, or the personal qualities of the players.
The steely mentality of the team attests to the thorough work done by the manager in the meticulous five-year plan, which is still far ahead of schedule.
“The team has to go through a journey, and sometimes they have to go through some pain to make progress,” the coach said after the victory over Ukraine.
“In the past four years, we have had some good nights, but also some painful nights-we have learned lessons from all these experiences.
“This helps us prepare for another game and a single game, understand each other and the two games we want.
“But at the same time I realize that at a moment like tonight, we don’t want to back down. We want to seize the opportunity, not hope that we can win or let destiny have a chance to play a role. I think the players have been decisive and ruthless all night.”
What follows is another psychological challenge for a team whose unity and spirit will rival England.
England should beware of a well-founded opponent.
When asked if his players have “minerals” to go further at Wembley on Wednesday, Southgate said: “This is the challenge we face now.
“We played two games with the Danish team in the fall. I know how good they were before. [the tournament].
“They proved it again in this game. They are obviously also emotional about what happened in Christian, which is understandable. Participating in it will be a wonderful game.
“As a group of games of this type, we have gained more experience, and the players personally have experience with these games, which is definitely helpful, but we must do it on Wednesday night now.”
For England, the pressure to break new ground is also greater.
Although this team is not interested in history and past failures or achievements, they will know that the semi-finals of the European Championship at Wembley are familiar areas, and going further will become history. In contrast, Denmark knows what it means to be a European champion.
“For this team, the pressure is not great,” Southgate insisted. “This is another challenge they have the opportunity to accept. They are currently addressing these challenges.”
It is worth noting that perhaps England’s biggest concern is that they have not suffered any setbacks on the pitch and still have not conceded. If their defense is finally broken on Wednesday, it would be shocking that they have to respond. .
Judging from the evidence from the previous games, this team has enough ability to do this.