Jordan Henderson was quick to worry that England “haven’t achieved anything yet” after reaching a primary European Championship semi-final since 1996.
Gareth Southgate’s men found out a mouth-watering Wembley showdown against Denmark on Wednesday by romping to a 4-0 win against Ukraine at the Stadio Olimpico.
Henderson’s first international goal bound up a memorable victory that England has quickly parked to refocus on their shot at reaching just a second-ever major tournament final.
“It was an incredible performance from start to end,” the Three Lions vice-captain said. “I thought the lads were outstanding.
“Overall an excellent night, but we haven’t achieved anything yet.
“We got to quickly turn the main target, use tonight – we will still use it during a positive way tonight – but turn the main target to Denmark on Wednesday night.
“We’ve got momentum, we’re feeling confident, but at an equivalent time, we’ve needed to give Denmark full respect because we all know they’re an incredible team. We’ve played them shortly ago and that we skill difficult which will be.”
Denmark is the last side to beat England at Wembley, having capitalized on Harry Maguire’s sending off to win their Nations League encounter 1-0 last October.
The Three Lions have conceded just 3 times within the 13 matches altogether competitions that have followed, with Southgate’s side becoming the primary team in Euros history to start the tournament with five shutouts.
“It’s been an enormous a part of us as a team to undertake and keep clean sheets, to be defensively solid,” second-half introduction Henderson said.
“We know we’ve got great players going forward and that we can always hurt teams within the final third with the standard that we’ve got.
“So defensively we were specialized and throughout this tournament right from the front to the keeper.
“That’s important and that we got to keep that getting into the subsequent game because Denmark poses a really good threat going forward, have scored some good goals.
“So we’d like to be 100 percent again defensively on Wednesday and if we do this, we give ourselves an opportunity .”
Henderson highlighted the collective effort from all connected to the team for getting England to a 3rd semi-final under Southgate, who has fostered a robust bond within this group.
“He’s created an excellent togetherness within the team and therefore the group,” he said.
“He gives the senior players and therefore the players tons of responsibility to feel as if they will help not only they’re on the pitch but off the pitch.
“He features a good relationship with the players and he’s created an incredible environment for us to travel and work.
“But also tactically with him and Steve (Holland) also and therefore the other coaches, the quantity of labor they put in on the training pitch to form sure we are found out correctly for whoever we are playing, whatever formation which will be, the work that goes into set-plays and things also.
“There’s tons of labor and tons of details that the coaches and therefore the gaffer enter but you get your rewards for that and we’ve seen that within a previous couple of weeks and clearly within the last World Cup also.
“We are progressing, we are becoming better as a team, we still haven’t achieved anything yet so we’d like to stay our feet on the bottom and specialize in the subsequent game and that’s the foremost important one.
“There’s an enormous game arising on Wednesday and every one the main target is going to be thereon to undertake and obtain into the ultimate .”
Asked if Southgate gets the credit he deserves, Henderson said: “You tell me!
“From the players, he certainly gets the respect and therefore the credit. From the surface, I feel he does. He’s well-liked by the fans. That’s my opinion.
“People fancy him alright, he’s an honest man-manager and features a brilliant relationship with the players.
“He tries to talk to the players albeit maybe you’re not playing the maximum amount or aren’t within the squad which helps us as players mentally to stay our focus and stay present and be ready for when your chance comes.
“So, yeah, he gets full respect definitely from within, and that I am sure he does from the surface also.”