Jordan Henderson insists that England cannot get carried away after their victory over Ukraine and must quickly turn their attention to a “really difficult” encounter with Denmark.
The Three Lions’ 4-0 victory on Saturday night resulted in a semi-final clash with Denmark, who beat the Czech Republic 2-1 earlier in the evening.
Gareth Southgate’s side return from Stadio Olimpico to Wembley for the game, regaining the home advantage they’ve enjoyed throughout the squad and the final 16 stages of Euro 2020.
But Denmark cannot be underestimated having scored 10 goals in their last three games, and vice-captain Henderson has stressed the need for the England side to “recover well” before they meet.
“It was a very good night,” said Henderson – who came off the bench in the second half – BBC Sports . “We are very happy with the level of performance. Good start with the first goal and we have grown from there.
“Very well defended as a team, scored great goals, created great chances, we have to be really happy with the overall performance, but we can’t dwell on it for too long.
“We have another big game coming up on Wednesday, so we have to recover well, prepare for this one and give it our all on Wednesday.”
The Liverpool skipper added: “We have always felt that we continue to grow and improve as a team and that is important.
“But I feel like we are now ready to take the next step, but it will be a very difficult test against Denmark. They are a very good team, we played against them there is not that long ago and we saw a lot of games.
“They’re a tough team so we have to be at our best if we want to advance to the final, but I hope we can do it and get a good result.”
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Meanwhile, Henderson scored his first goal for his country against Ukraine, scoring the end of Mason Mount’s corner to take England’s lead to four goals in the 63rd minute.
It took him 62 caps to open his Three Lions account, and the 31-year-old said: “It’s time to be honest!
“It’s been a long time coming I guess. I felt it coming but luckily I managed to get on the scoresheet but overall I’m happy for the guys because they deserve it.
“The performance they put in tonight was fantastic and it will give us a lot of momentum for the next game.”
Henderson added: “I’ve always felt it [the goal] would come eventually, but I always try to contribute the best I can on the pitch and never really think about having to score goals.
“There are a lot of other players to do that, but I have to focus on my work on the pitch, what I have to do and what the coaching staff and the players need from me.”