Jose Mourinho sings ‘it’s coming home’ after England’s win over Germany… but then warns Three Lions must keep calm and learn from France to reach Euro 2020 final
Jose Mourinho is fully on board England’s campaign to reach the Euro 2020 final after Tuesday’s historic victory over old enemies Germany at Wembley.
The Special One even played ‘it’s coming home’ from his home in Portugal when he joined an emotional Stuart Pearce and Sol Campbell on talkSPORT after the full-time whistle.
England lifted the nation and sparked pandemonium as they beat Germany 2-0 at Wembley to book their place in the quarter-finals.
Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane wrote their names in history with the goals that sealed the Three Lions’ first victory over Germany at Wembley since 1975, and our first win over our old rivals in a major tournament since 1966. Yes, that 1966.
Choruses of ‘it’s coming home’ would have been heard in living rooms around the country – including the abode of a certain Mr Mourinho.
The legendary manager has got right behind England’s quest to make their first ever Euros final, and insisted Southgate’s side are ‘ready for anything’ after watching them dismantle the Germans in a pitch-perfect tactical display.
But he also had a word of warning amid the jubilant scenes in London, as he urged the Three Lions to learn from world champions and pre-tournament favourites France.
England will face either Ukraine or Sweden in the last-eight – teams they will be fully expected to beat.
The Special One was delighted to see England win through and expects them to progress to the final but after France were stunned by Switzerland on Monday night, he called for calm.
“I watched the game I expected to watch, a big game,” Mourinho told talkSPORT after a sensational evening for English football.
“Honestly, the geometry was there, the duels were there, both teams respecting each other a lot, but England in my opinion are very, very solid, very compact.
“And then in the right moment, it couldn’t be a better moment to do it [score] with ten minutes to go, and then the little bit of luck in that one-on-one with Muller.
“I’m really happy for Southgate, the players and the fans.”
“I’m singing ‘it’s coming home’ to show my happiness,” said the Special One, after he had played a clip of the famous England anthem live on air.
“… but it’s not yet coming home.
“England need balance in the bad moments and in the good moments. The same way media is critical in the bad moments, we have to be balanced now, there’s still a long way to go.
“In the normal conditions England are going to be in the final, because I don’t see them losing against the teams they could face in the next rounds.
“But we must respect football and the unpredictability. France are not in the quarter-finals because they didn’t respect the game in the final ten minutes.
“I’m very, very pleased. I just hope it ends well, I hope it comes home. But football is football.
“I always say, in the bad moments I don’t want me and my team to be in hell, but in the good moments I don’t want to be in heaven.
“So I would say to them calm down, and just focus on the next game.
“But, in my opinion, England are ready for anything and I will be very disappointed if we don’t make the final, because we should, we should, we definitely should.”