Jordan Henderson hailed England’s powers of recovery but warned there was “one more big push” required after victory over Denmark secured a place in the Euro 2020 final.
The Three Lions conceded their first goal of the tournament half an hour into Wednesday’s semi-final, Mikkel Damsgaard thrashing a free-kick beyond Jordan Pickford.
However, they levelled the match up prior to half-time, forcing Simon Kjaer to put through his own net, before going on to secure a 2-1 win through Harry Kane in extra time.
Henderson was delighted with the way in which his team-mates responded to adversity to set up a final meeting with Italy.
“It was a good goal, a fantastic free-kick,” he said of the opener. “But I thought the lads reacted really well, sometimes that happens in football. You are going to concede a goal but it is how you react after that and I thought the reaction was good.
“We managed to get ourselves back in the game pretty soon after that, so that was an important period in the game and we came through it well.”
England’s victory over Denmark earned them a first major tournament final appearance since lifting the World Cup in 1966.
But Henderson, a substitute early in extra time, is not content wih the team’s achievement so far, and he wants to ensure Gareth Southgate’s men clinch the trophy on Sunday.
“It means everything to us as a team and as a nation to be in a final for the first time in a long, long time,” he told beIN Sports.
“It is an unbelievable feeling, but at the end of the day we haven’t achieved anything yet, we’ve got to go one more big push to try and win it, recover well and focus on the next job in hand, a tough game against Italy.
“We know how good they are, it is a tough test for us but one that we are confident of going out there and putting in a good performance.”