England v Denmark – Semi-final Preview

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England face Denmark in the semi-finals of Euro 2020 at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday night. It will be the Three Lions first appearance in a Euro semi-final for 25 years, but a second successive time of reaching the last four of a major tournament, having made the same stage at the last World Cup in Russia.

This is the furthest Denmark have been in the Euros since they surprised everyone by winning Euro 92 in Sweden 29 years ago.

England will be back at Wembley for a fifth time in this tournament and are set to be cheered on by an increased capacity of 60,000. It could be another night of nerves, but Southgate’s men look to be peaking at the right moment and can make it another memorable night in the capital.

England reach the semi-finals again   

The Three Lions opened their campaign with a 1-0 win against Croatia before drawing 0-0 against Scotland. Another 1-0 win over the Czech Republic meant they had won Group D to set up a tie with Germany at Wembley in the knockout stages.

England got the better of their German counterparts with a 2-0 win in a game that saw Raheem Sterling score his third goal of the tournament, whilst Harry Kane also got his campaign up and running with a header.

In the quarter-finals in Rome against Ukraine, England took the lead within four minutes, Kane again on the scoresheet, before second half goals from Harry Maguire, another from Kane and a Jordan Henderson header gave the Three Lions a comfortable 4-0 win.

England remain the only team in the competition yet to concede a goal.

Can Denmark repeat their feat of 92?

Denmark have had a rollercoaster campaign which began with the near tragic loss of Christian Eriksen in their opening game against Finland. Thankfully, Eriksen’s life was saved but the Danes went on to lose the game 1-0.

Another defeat, this time 2-1 against Belgium, meant Denmark were facing elimination, but a 4-1 win in Copenhagen against Russia meant the Danes had secured second spot in Group B to progress to the last 16 of the competition.

Denmark produced another attacking display to see off the challenge of Wales 4-0 in the round of 16, before beating the Czech Republic 2-1 in Baku.

Previous head-to-head tournament games

England and Denmark have only met twice at major tournaments, once at the Euros and once at a World Cup. They met in 1992 in the group stages of Euro 92 in Sweden with the game finishing 0-0, a tournament that Denmark went on to win. Then in 2002, the nations met in a last 16 game in the World Cup, a match which England won 3-0 in Niigata.

However, when the sides last met at Wembley last year, Denmark won 1-0 in their UEFA Nations League tie. Their last five meetings are as follows:

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