England struck twice late on to end a 55-year wait for a knockout tie victory over Germany amid scenes of huge tension and elation at Wembley to reach the Euro 2020 quarter-finals.
Gareth Southgate's side battled hard to earn the statement victory that has so often eluded England, and it was their talisman of this tournament, Raheem Sterling, who made the decisive breakthrough.
Sterling, who scored the winners against Croatia and the Czech Republic in the group stage, steered in Luke Shaw's cross after 75 minutes to send England's fans, with more than 40,000 inside Wembley, into wild celebrations.
The Manchester City forward, who put England in front with a close-range finish at a time when the game was in the balance said: "We knew we needed to put a big performance in. Scoring for your country will always be special and it is definitely a special moment for me."
The win was secured when captain Harry Kane headed in from a Jack Grealish delivery for his first goal of Euro 2020.
The victory marked the end for Joachim Low as Germany coach after a glittering career that brought a World Cup win in 2014 in Brazil. He now makes way for Bayern Munich's Champions League-winning coach Hansi Flick - and this performance showed there is rebuilding to be done.
England will now face Ukraine in the quarter-finals in Rome, Italy, on Saturday