England are through to the FIFA World Cup semi-finals – and Britain is already celebrating.
On Tuesday, England defeated Colombia 4-3 in penalties following a 1-1 full-time draw of what had been an at times ugly and foul-filled game. It’s a particularly historic win for England, which has been notoriously bad at penalties for decades – so much so that its endless failings have been referred to as a “curse.”
The English team, led by coach Gareth Southgate and captained by Harry Kane, has already been hailed as the country’s best in years, and the result has further inflamed British footballing passions, with chants of “football’s coming home!” ringing out up and down the country.
The British national newspapers, too, have been similarly effusive about the win – with particular praise heaped on English goalkeeper Jordan Pickford and his crucial role in the penalty shootout.
England will next play Sweden in the quarter-finals on Saturday.
Here’s how the Wednesday papers are celebrating England’s victory…
Left-of-centre tabloid The Mirror gave the win the full-page treatment, greeting the historic win with the headline “AT LAST!”
Its back-page, meanwhile, labelled the win the “Miracle in Moscow.”
“SPOT ON!” proclaimed the Daily Star, declaring an end to the “penalty curse.”
The i, meanwhile, called the England squad the “history boys.”
The Daily Express devoted the majority of its front page to another story …
… but there was plenty more coverage at the back of the paper.
A rare exclamation mark even slipped into The Daily Telegraph’s front-page coverage of the news.
Its back, meanwhile, led with a picture of Gareth Southgate in ecstasy.
The Metro’s message was simple: “NEVER IN DOUBT!”
The Guardian described the game as a “fractious, exhilarating match.”
And The Sun only had eyes for Jordan Pickford.
The Daily Mail made clear how surprising the penalty win was with just one word: “MIRACLE!”
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