England beat Germany 2-0 as Sterling opens up the scoring with Kane delivering soon after

Supporters react as Sterling opens the scoring for England at Wembley

England have beaten Germany 2-0 in their Euro 2020 last-16 encounter, putting them through to the quarter-finals of the tournament.

Captain Harry Kane delivered the Three Lions' second goal just five minutes after Sterling smashed in the opener - bringing the second half to life.

Shaw won the ball and burst forward, playing in Grealish whose cross was headed home by Kane in his first goal of the tournament.

The Three Lions took on Germany at Wembley, with eased coronavirus restrictions meaning 40,000 fans are at the game, which kicked off at 5pm.

Fans react to a near-miss at the 4TheFans fan park at Hastings Pier in Hastings. Credit: PA

An entertaining first half came to an end with England almost breaking the deadlock.

But it was the second half when England were to come alive through the boot of Sterling, who had already scored both of England’s goals in the group stage.

Germany threatened throughout the first-half, with Timo Werner threatening to put Germany ahead just after the half-hour mark, but they were unable to hit the back of the net.

Jordan Pickford pulled off a series of superb saves to keep Germany's scoreboard at nil.

England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford makes a save from Germany's Timo Werner. Credit: PA

Thousands of fans were gathered around Wembley way ahead of kick-off on Tuesday, with England flags, flares and face paint.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were spotted in the stands for the encounter, believed to be their first outing to the football as a couple.

William is President of the Football Association.

Prince George was among those cheering on England too.

The royal youngster, dressed in a smart navy blue jacket, shirt and tie,  joins his parents at Wembley for the first time.

Prince George watches on with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and a host of other famous faces. Credit: PA

The royals were joined in the stands by other famous faces.

Former England Goalkeeper David Seaman and wife Frankie Poultney were there for the big game.

As was singer Ed Sheeran, David Beckham, Romeo Beckham, Ellie Goulding and husband Caspar Jopling.

The Prime Minister tweeted his support for England, sharing a photograph of himself and wife Carrie watching the game at home.

Outside of the stadium, supporters up and down the country gathered in pubs, gardens, and fanzones to watch the encounter.

England fan and rapper Stormzy was spotted at BOXPARK Croydon watching the action.

England fan and rapper Stormzy watches the UEFA Euro 2020 game between England and Germany. Credit: PA

With Wembley at its highest capacity since football returned following the pandemic, the FA had called for respect to be shown during the national anthems and the taking of the knee.

Those requests fell on deaf ears as the Germany anthem was loudly jeered throughout the stadium.

The players from both sides then took a knee before kick-off in a now-familiar gesture against racism and this too was booed by a minority but cheers soon drowned them out.

Fans in Manchester sing 'God Save the Queen' ahead of kick off

While the three-time European champions and four-time World Cup winners should never be underestimated, the sense in Germany is this team is weaker than previous sides.

Germany was humbled by France in the group stages and almost fell to a shock defeat to Hungary on either side of an impressive win against Portugal.

But as the history between the two sides would suggest – England haven’t beaten Germany in a major tournament since 1966 – the Three Lions can ill afford to take the visitors lightly.

Why is everyone talking about Gareth Southgate?

At the centre of the build-up is England manager Gareth Southgate, whose penalty miss in the Euro 96 semi-final proved decisive against Germany.

And not just in England, two papers in Germany have featured the haunting image of Southgate moments after his missed spot-kick.

A beer garden in Berlin was filling up ahead of kick off. Credit: ITV News

While the narrative has inevitably revolved around the idea of Southgate ‘exorcising demons’, he has been quick to play down his significance.

“What’s happened for me as a player is totally irrelevant in terms of tomorrow’s game, so of course I’m always motivated to want to win,” he said.

“It’s an opportunity to get to the quarter-final of a European Championship and it’s the sort of big game that we want to come out on the top side on.

Gareth Southgate missed in a penalty shootout against Germany in Euro 96. Credit: PA

“But anything other than that, it would be wrong for me to be even speaking about.

“This is about our players. This is their moment and it’s their opportunity.”

Asked if perhaps his Euro 96 nightmare might give his players extra motivation to win it for him, Southgate said with a laugh: “Good grief, no. I don’t think we’ll be relying on that!”

Could the game go to penalties?

It’s a knockout game so it is possible that – just like Southgate’s team in Euro 96 – this game could also go all the way to a penalty shootout if the sides cannot find a winner in the normal 90 minutes or 30 minutes of extra time.

England have an appalling record from the spot, with a shootout win against Spain at Euro 96 a rare bright spot in a long series of heart-breaking defeats.

England won their last penalty shootout. Credit: PA

But Southgate’s side has been in a penalty shootout before and managed to come out victorious after a draw against Colombia in the last World Cup in 2018.

The Germans are famously clinical from the 12 yards out, so in any case England will hope to get the business done in 90 minutes.

Who will play for England?

Southgate’s teams have been tough to predict so far in this tournament.

England have shifted to a three-man defence for the clash.

Bukayo Saka once again starts as part of an attack spearheaded by captain Harry Kane, who is yet to score at the finals.

Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell had been self-isolating but the former made the bench having travelled to London independently from the rest of the squad on Monday evening.

Raheem Sterling has scored both of England's goals in Euro 2020. Credit: PA

What happens to the winner of tonight's game?

The winner will face either Sweden or Ukraine in the quarter-final, who both face each other in 8pm game on Tuesday.

The winner of that fixture will then come up against either the Czech Republic or Denmark in the semi-final.