Jose Mourinho has suggested that football could ‘come home’ summer, but has urged ‘calm’ following the 2-0 win over Germany.
England are through to the quarter-finals of Euro 2020 after beating Germany 2-0 at Wembley, goals from Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane booking the Three Lions a last-eight clash with Ukraine in Rome.
The win was England’s first over Germany in the knockout stages of a major tournament since the 1966 World Cup final and only the nation’s second victory in a knockout tie at the European Championship.
On the more favourable side of the draw heading into the quarter-finals, former Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham manager Mourinho has discussed England’s chances and believes Southgate’s side are now favourites to reach the final.
However, Mourinho has urged ‘calm’ from England and says the shocks of the tournament so far have proven that no opponent can be taken lightly in the latter stages.
“I watched the game that I was expecting to watch,” Mourinho told talkSPORT.
“A big game, the duals were there. Both teams respect each other a lot but England, in my opinion, were very solid, very solid and in the right moment they were there.
“They had that bit of luck you need, too. I’m really happy for Southgate and the players and the England fans because it’s a great moment.
…and then there were eight
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“I’m thinking that maybe it is coming home but it’s not yet coming home. We need to be balanced now, there’s still a long way to go.
“I don’t see England losing against one of the four teams they can play in the quarter-final or semi-final but we must respect football and the unpredictability. France are not in the quarter-finals because they didn’t respect the game in the final ten minutes.
“I think they are ready for everything and I will be really disappointed if they don’t get to the final.
“I’m very, very pleased. I just hope it ends well, I hope it comes home. But football is football.
“I always say, in the bad moments I don’t want me and my team to be in hell, but in the good moments I don’t want to be in heaven.
“So I would say to them calm down, and just focus on the next game.
“But, in my opinion, England are ready for anything and I will be very disappointed if we don’t make the final, because we should, we should, we definitely should.”
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