King Charles begs England team to avoid 'another penalties drama' in Euros final

King Charles
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King Charles III sent the winning Three Lions team a message of congratulations following their semi-final win against the Netherlands in the Euro 2024 match tonight (Wednesday, July 10).

Gareth Southgate's team secured a 2-1 victory over their rivals after Ollie Watkins scored the winning goal in the final minutes of the match. It was the first time England have qualified on foreign soil for a major tournament final, leaving fans - and the royal family - elated.

The King's very personal message said: “My wife and I join all our family in wishing you the warmest congratulations on reaching the final of the U.E.F.A. European Championship – and in sending our very best wishes for Sunday’s match."

: Harry Kane of England speaks with his partner, Katie Goodland, following the UEFA EURO 2024 group stage match between Denmark and England at Frankfurt Arena on June 20, 2024
Harry Kane scored a penalty in the first half of the England v Netherlands game -Credit:Getty Images

It continued: If I may encourage you to secure victory before the need for any last minute wonder-goals or another penalties drama, I am sure the stresses on the nation’s collective heart rate and blood pressure would be greatly alleviated!"

He concluded it with "Good luck, England.", signing off as Charles R.

Prince William, who is President of the FA and a huge football fan, also sent his own message to the team, writing on X (formerly Twitter): “What a beauty, Ollie! Congratulations England! #EURO2024 Finalists. W”.

Prince William watching England v Switzerland
William watched the team's match against Switzerland earlier in the tournament -Credit:Icon Sport via Getty Images

The England squad narrowly avoided extra time and penalties by scoring a second goal in the 90th minute, following captain Harry Kane's penalty in the 18th minute. They will go on to face Spain in the final on Sunday, 14 July.

Afterwards, captain Harry said: "“History made. Amazing achievement, I am so proud of every payer and staff, it’s been a really difficult tournament. There is one more left and we need to turn up on Sunday. Ollie has been waiting and patient, and what a finish.

"I think we were the better team, especially in the first half. We deserved to win overall. My foot is hanging off, so he definitely caught me. Sometimes you get them, sometimes you don’t. I was pleased to step up and score.

“We have one more game to make history, 90 minutes, penalties, whatever it takes.”

Kate Goodland watching England v Netherlands
Kate Goodland cheered on husband Harry Kane in the semi-final match -Credit:Offside via Getty Images

Prior to kick-off, England's glamorous WAGS were spotted in the stands getting ready to cheer on their husbands and partners. The line-up included Dani Dyer, the girlfriend Jarrod Bowen, Kyle Walker's wife Annie Kilner, and Harry Kane's childhood sweetheart wife Kate Goodland.

Megan Pickford, the wife of England's goalkeeper Jordan, was there to lead the charge, dressed in a glamorous white-and-blue blazer and skirt set, and was joined by the likes of Dani Dyer and Aine Kennedy, the partner of Conor Gallagher.