It’s it. England is on the verge of their first major tournament final in 1966, as Denmark visits Wembley tonight for the second Euro 2020 final.
Gareth Southgate’s side has already made history with their performance at this summer’s tournament. Tonight, they must repeat that feat if they want to beat the Danes in the final of the European Championship.
Italy is still waiting for tonight’s victor, having defeated Spain on penalties last night. England goes into the game as favorites. Denmark, however, has real hope of another extraordinary triumph. They ride an emotional wave after Christian Eriksen’s defeat in their first game of the tournament and are riding an emotional wave of success.
Wembley will be host to more than 60.000 fans tonight. This is the largest sporting crowd in the UK since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.
As a tribute to his former Tottenham teammate Eriksen, England captain Harry Kane will present Simon Kjaer, Denmark’s counterpart, with a signed shirt.
As Harry Kane led England’s side out for the warm-up, there was a loud roar. The stadium DJ then went for the Three Lions.
David Baddiel is one of the people singing along.
England has the latest chance to win it all: Beat Denmark in a Euro 2021 semifinal in London’s Wembley Stadium, then host the final four days later. This will be England’s first appearance in a Euro title match.
This is a perfect venue for the English who will be playing in front of approximately 60,000 mostly partisan fans (8,000 Danes also are expected). They hope to get past the major tournament semifinals for the first time ever since 1966. They have failed to reach this stage in four previous semifinals at the Euros (1968 and 1996) as well as the World Cup (1990, 2018, 2018).
Denmark’s soccer has been some of the most impressive at the Euros. This is after Christian Eriksen, a star player was able to survive a heart attack episode during a match. The Danes are the most likely to beat England in this tournament with 11 goals.
Denmark, unlike England, has won the Euros in the past on a Cinderella run that took place in 1992. The 2021 team is ranked No. The 2021 team, ranked No. 10 in the world is not a Cinderella. Many players from Europe were in top leagues, so many chose the Danes to be dark horse favorites to win the tournament. Eriksen was not among them.
When was the last time Denmark met England? It was a Nations League match at Wembley Stadium last October. Denmark won 1-0 (highlights are below). They won 1-0. This is the third win in seven matches since the turn century.
Kasper Hjulmand, Denmark coach, was faced with the most difficult question: Should Yussuf Poulsen be brought on to center forward in place of Kasper Dolberg (above), a player who scored in both his starts? Dolberg beat in the final, but Poulsen might have been a good choice to start the match due to his speed, size, and vertical runs.
Another option for the Danes is Jens Stryger Hansen or Daniel Wassat’s right-wingback. Larsen was given the green light and maybe the best choice for the defensive role against Raheem Sterling.
England (4-2-3-1 left to right).1-Jordan Pickford — 3-Luke Shaw — 6-Harry Maguire — 5-John Stones; 2-Kyle Walker — 4 Declan Rice, 14-Kalvin Philips — 10-Raheem sterling, 19 Mason Mount. 25-Bukayo Saka — 9 Harry Kane
Denmark (3-4-3, from left to right).1-Kasper Schmeichel – GK — 3-Jannik Vestergaard and 4-Simon Kjaer — 6-Andreas Christensen — 5 — Joakim Maehle; 8-Thomas Delaney; 23-Pierre-Emile Holjjerg, 17–Jens Stryger Lärsen — 14-Mikkel damsgaard. 20-Yussuf Pouulsen, 9–Martin Braithwaite
After being the main story at the Euros for many weeks, Denmark is now a forgotten country amid all the celebration surrounding England’s return home to Wembley Stadium in the semifinal and possibly the final. England faces a difficult matchup with the Danes.
Denmark’s dynamic team can move quickly and efficiently in transition. This allows them to push numbers into the attack. This Danish team will not be as resolute on defense as Ukraine. Despite the surprise loss to Finland in difficult circumstances and Russia’s penalty kick conversion, the Danes only conceded after three minutes of exceptional brilliance from Patrik Schick (Czech Republic), and Kevin De Bruyne(Belgium).
England is a talented and well-rounded country. However, it will encounter some challenges during the semifinal. It will be interesting to observe how it reacts to the increased pressure and expectations. Denmark, on the other hand, has nothing to lose and will play spoiler in a similar fashion to its 1992 title-winning side.
The prop of both teams to score stands out because it has a price that reflects the fact that England has yet conceded at Euro 2021. This one should be dangerous for both teams.
The contrarian play is also in the mix and the Denmark double chance (draw, win) is especially compelling.
Prediction: England 1, Denmark 2.
Odds, courtesy of DraftKings
- England to win (90 minutes)-141
- England will advance-286
- Draw (90 minutes)+250
- Denmark to win (90 minutes)+480
- Denmark will advance:+230
- Denmark double chance+118
- Denmark +0.75 Asian Handicap-113
- Denmark wins and both teams score+1050
- England -0.75 Asian Handicap-107
- Both teams will score:+118
What have you cooked this week? –“We have just kept it as normal as we can. Our players have had a lot of experience in big matches over the years. There’s not a scenario that they haven’t experienced.”
What he would like to see tonight from Saka –“What he has done in previous matches. He has accepted the challenge. While we were pleased with Jadon [Sancho] over the weekend, we felt that Bukayo was the best choice tonight.
What message do you have for your fans? –“It’s wonderful to have them with me, we hope that they’re enjoying it as much as us and we hope we’re able to give them what they need tonight.”
Denmark was expected to keep the same lineup, which we have seen.
Many of them have had success at Wembley in recent months. Kasper Schmeichel won the Nations League here a few months back. Brentford’s Mathias Jensen, Christian Norgaard, were promoted to the Premier League in last season’s playoff final.
Gareth Southgate spoke a few times during this tournament about the difficulties he faces in selecting three players for the matchday squad.
Ben Chilwell continues to be unlucky in his tournament. Ben White, on the other hand, is one of the few who has found himself in that situation a few times. However, considering he was only able to make the 26 after Trent Alexander Alexander-Arnold’s late injuries, it’s unlikely he can complain too much.
It is interesting to note that Dominic Calvert Lewin is third out, as he was against Germany. However, you can only take Harry Kane off if injured, and Marcus Rashford, considering his penalty record, is likely worth having on the bench, regardless of his form.
Saka is back
As expected, Bukayo Saka replaces Jadon Sancho in the England lineup.
Sancho was a good opponent, although Saka was excellent against the Czechs. Saka’s defensive work against the German wingbacks was also invaluable. Joakim Maehle’s form may have played a large part in his selection tonight.
Denmark XI: Schmeichel and Stryger. Vestergaard. Kjaer. Christensen. Christensen. Christensen. Christensen. Christensen. Christensen. Christensen. Christensen. Christensen. Christensen. Christensen. Delaney. Hojbjerg. Damsgaard. Braithwaite. Dolberg
Subs: Los. Ronnow. Andersen. Skov. Olsen. Jorgensen. Norgaard. Wass. Wind. Poulsen. Cornelius. Jensen.
England XI: Pickford, Walker, Stones. Maguire, Shaw, Phillips. Rice. Saka. Mount. Sterling. Kane
Subs: Ramsdale Johnstone, Trippier, and Coady.