England eased past hapless Ukraine into the semi-finals after Harry Kane provided a brace in the quarterfinal at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome on Saturday.

Gareth Southgate’s men caught a flying start as Raheem Sterling’s defence-splitting pass allowed Kane to break the deadlock with just four minutes played.

Raheem Sterling (2nd R) of England competes during the UEFA EURO 2020 quarterfinal match between England and Ukraine in Rome, Italy on July 3, 2021. Image: Xinhua

Ukraine finished the first half well but there was no way through England’s well-positioned defence.

England grabbed a fairy-tale start into the second half as well as Harry Maguire headed home a perfect cross from Luke Shaw to make it two with 47 minutes gone.

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Things went from bad to worse moments later, as Shaw’s pinpoint cross found Kane, who headed past Heorhiy Bushcan to wrap up his brace, before Jordan Henderson’s 4-0 put game to bed at the hour mark.

With the result, England will clash with Denmark in the semi-final at Wembley on Wednesday.

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XINHUA | ROME

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