So how was it for you?

The English revelled in it, the Dutch were stunned by it and the Scots could hardly believe they were enjoying it. But nobody who saw England's stunning victory over the Netherlands will forget it
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JOHN MAJOR

CHELSEA FAN (AND PRIME MINISTER)

No 10 spokesman: "The Prime Minister was working last night, but in between meetings he managed to keep popping in to keep up with the score. He was delighted with the result."

TONY BLAIR

LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION

A stunning victory. With this new momentum and confidence, the team should be able to go all the way.

JOHN PEEL

RADIO 1 DJ

It was a stoutly wonderful performance. Last time we played the Dutch, a mate phoned up afterwards from Amsterdam to revel in our discomfiture. Last night I thought the most subtle thing to do was not phone him. As I'm a quarter Scottish I found it grievously disappointing. The last thing anyone wanted was for them to be cast as plucky losers again, but it seems that that's what's happened.

ANDONI GOICOECHEA

SPANISH ASSISTANT COACH

Yesterday they put their fans in their pockets. It was the performance of the tournament. I hope they find it difficult to repeat.

RAY WILKINS

QPR MANAGER

Bring on anyone now. If we can produce that again against Spain it will frighten them to death. I was an extremely proud man. The fans and the team lit up the stadium and the players were quite wonderful. Taking apart one of the favourites - and I mean taking apart - was tremendous. The third goal was magnificent.

DAVE SEXTON

ENGLAND UNDER-21 COACH

There's a long way to go as far as the tournament is concerned and we have to keep our feet on the ground. But I'm delighted and it was the manner of the performance which was pleasing, the movement and combination.

TERRY BUNKER

PLYMOUTH TRAWLER SKIPPER

We want to see the Spaniards kicked into touch. We will be at sea when the match kicks off on Saturday, but I will be listening on the radio for an England win over the Spanish. I do not particularly like football, but I shall be following that match just to see them kicked to death.

D

SINGER WITH MASSIVE ATTACK

Apparently, the future is not orange.

JIMMY ARMFIELD

FORMER ENGLAND CAPTAIN

Now England are through we come to the hard part, but being in the last eight is already a big plus. I played the tape back of England's win in the early hours of the morning and the work- rate among the players was exceptional. It's the best since 1990 when I thought we were going to win the World Cup.

TONY CAMACHO

SPOKESMAN AT KLM ROYAL DUTCH AIRLINES, LONDON

We have had some people over from head office, and their view is that they are here to enjoy themselves. They have been singing "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" in English - and these are Dutch people. These guys watch BBC1 and BBC2 at home and they are all into Skinner and Baddiel.

THE QUEEN

Buckingham Palace spokesman: "I don't know. I've got no idea what television programmes the Queen watches."

UNILEVER

LONDON SPOKESMAN

We had our views on the game and they [the Dutch HQ] had theirs. I haven't spoken to our Rotterdam office yet this morning. I'm not sure whether to give them a ring.

GRAHAM THORPE

ENGLAND CRICKETER

It was a fantastic night. There was a great feeling of national pride and we want to carry it on and win as well in this Test. If we are in the field on Saturday I'm sure the crowd will be letting us know if England score against Spain.

THE ROYAL NETHERLANDS EMBASSY

SPOKESMAN

The majority of the people here are Dutch and the feeling is one of utter disappointment and disbelief. We all enjoyed the great show by the English. They played like they had wings. Most people here are very critical of the Dutch performance. Of course we are relieved we are going on to the second round - but with a feeling that we have been very lucky.

KENNETH CLARKE

CHANCELLOR OF THE EXCHEQUER

This was the best performance by an England side that I've seen since 1966. The Netherlands have one of the best teams in the world and they were completely devastated by England in the second half. I'm even beginning to believe that England are capable of winning Euro 96 - something I didn't believe before this game.

DOMINIK DIAMOND

RADIO PRESENTER AND CELTIC SUPPORTER

I was watching the England game but I stole a BT Euro 96 pager from Broadcasting House, so I'm constantly updated on all the results. When England were 4-0 up we were dancing on the tables. When Kluivert scored, it was the same feeling as when Mel Gibson got hung, drawn and quartered at the end of Braveheart. It may be sacrilegious, but I'll be supporting England wholeheartedly from now on.

STEVE COPPELL

FORMER ENGLAND WINGER

I was commentating on the radio and I jumped out of my seat a little bit when the goals started to go in. I have to say I was wonderfully surprised by it all and the standard of football was fantastic.

Research: Nick Harris and Teamwork

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