Gareth Southgate has Denmark worry as he praises four unsung England heroes

England boss Gareth Southgate admits he is already spending a lot of energy worrying about which players he will leave out of the Euro 2020 semi-final.

Fans have been quick to voice their opinion or discontent at some of the Three Lions lineups so far this tournament.

But Saturday's XI that hammered Ukraine in Rome was met with little anger after Jadon Sancho's starting role and the move back to a four-man defence.

However, Southgate is only panicking about the three players he will have to leave out of Wednesday's semi-final showdown with Denmark at Wembley.

“The players have been fantastic," he said after last night's 4-0 win.

"To play as well as they did in a game where there’s so much resting on it was really impressive.

"It’s a strange feeling. I’m actually, at this moment, thinking of the players that didn’t get on the pitch because the likes of Conor Coady, Ben Chilwell, Sam Johnstone, Aaron Ramsdale – they’re the ones that are making this team successful because the spirit of this group is phenomenal.

"Whoever comes in does the job. I’m spending more energy worrying about the three I have to leave out of the 26 because they’re all good players, none of them deserve to be left out, they’re all giving everything in training, so none of it is because I don’t think they’re up to the level. But we have got to make those decisions, the right call for the right game, the right system, but all of the players have been brilliant."

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Speaking after the win, skipper and goalscorer, Harry Kane said: “What a great performance in a big, big game. There was a lot of pressure on us, we were favourites to win this game, but there’s a lot of pressure and expectation.

"So, to perform like we did was top drawer, another clean sheet and four goals. It was the perfect night for us.

“That’s what we’re building on. We don’t get carried away. We’ve got a great unit here from front to back, working hard for the team and it’s a vital part of winning games and winning tournaments.

"Of course we’ve got a big semi-final coming up, but we’re on the right path. We need to keep working hard and recover well now and then look forward to the semi-final.

“It’s where we wanted to be. We set out for a vision before the World Cup of what we wanted to achieve, where we wanted to go and take this team, and we’re knocking it off step-by-step.

"The World Cup was great but we fell short, we had the Nations League, we had a good run there and now we’re in another semi-final."

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