England’s quarter-final joy – how social media reacted

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    Top Football Tweets: Harry Maguire.Harry Maguire was among the goalscorers.

    England have won a quarter-final 4-0 at a major tournament, leaving fans in a state of joy, shock and awe.

    They made it look easy as they put four goals past Ukraine in Rome to book a semi-final meeting with Denmark.

    Here's how it all unfolded on social media.

    All roads lead to Rome

    Ahead of the match, England fans and expats savoured the atmosphere.

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    Don't say it…

    After a promising journey through the finals so far, with no goals conceded, it felt like England fans may be allowed to dream before kick-off.

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    Squad goals

    There were a few changes on the teamsheet – most notably Jadon Sancho starting and a return for Mason Mount.

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    And a couple of England's "golden generation" also made the BBC line-up.

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    Flags out

    We want to know which major supermarket was doing deals on flags of this proportion.

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    Game face for Southgate

    One fan donned their war paint, ready for battle.

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    Shout out the TV team

    There was a lot of love for some of the build-up content.

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    Something in your eye?

    When you're crying ahead of kick-off, you know it's big.

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    Put them to the Kane

    After bagging his first goal of the tournament in the last 16, it didn't take Harry Kane long to get on the scoresheet again.

    He found the net after four minutes.

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    Not everyone was getting carried away with the positive start.

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    England's player of the tournament so far, Raheem Sterling, was involved again.

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    This is how they celebrated the goal in Manchester.

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    Complacency kills

    A slow tempo after the early goal left England vulnerable though.

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    Getting this framed

    This image of Sancho taking the opposition on by himself is the new 'Maradona versus Belgium' after the iconic shot at the 1982 World Cup.

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    This one kept Ric-ing

    After a lovely run from Sterling, Declan Rice nearly put England two up. This one stayed hit.

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    Mag-nificent from Harry

    England scored again after the resumption of the second half. This time it was Harry Maguire who got his head on the end of a delightful cross from Luke Shaw.

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    Not to be outdone, Kane struck his second four minutes later with another headed goal.

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    Fixed it

    There was just one thing missing to make it a perfect Italian job.

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    A happy Hend-ing

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    It's taken a while, but Jordan Henderson finally got off the mark for England too.

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    At 62 games, it is officially the longest-ever wait by a player before scoring their first-ever goal for the Three Lions. It looked like he enjoyed it.

    Ballon d'Shaw

    Luke Shaw had a massive impact on the game for Southgate's men.

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    Finish it, they're done

    After a very, very convincing performance from England, the referee blew the whistle almost exactly on 90 minutes, which tells its own story.

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    'It' is arriving somewhere, they say…

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    Has a chart ever captured the mood of a nation more?

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    What a knockout

    Tyson Fury, who beat Ukrainian boxer Wladimir Klitschko in 2015, was a fan of the performance.

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    The best ever?

    Without getting carried away, it looks good for England fans, doesn't it?

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    One thing at a time though, Samantha.

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    In esteemed company

    Southgate will be happy with this bit of trivia.

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