England v Denmark: Euro 2020 semi-final match preview
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- England looking to reach first ever European Championship final
- Denmark the 1992 winners can cause huge upset with victory
- Danes beat England 1-0 in last meeting last October in Nations League
- Winner will take on Italy at Wembley on Sunday (June 11)
- Match kicks off at 8pm
#ENG: Pickford; Walker, Maguire, Stones, Shaw; Rice, Phillips; Sterling, Mount, Saka; Kane.
#DEN: Schmeichel; Vestergaard, Kjaer, Christensen; Maehle, Delaney, Hojbjerg, Delaney, Larsen; Damsgaard, Dolberg, Braithwaite.
England vs Denmark LIVE: The Three Lions made a bright start at Wembley
15′ – Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg fires straight at Jordan Pickford but the Everton goalkeeper puts his teammates straight back under pressure with poor distribution. Martin Braithwaite fires wide via a deflection. Shaky moment.
11′ – Sterling looking dangerous again as he cuts inside and fires a tame effort straight at Schmeichel…
4′ – It’s a bright start from England who get in behind Denmark immediately. Harry Kane’s low cross in behind nearly finds Raheem Sterling but he can’t quite get there…
KICK OFF! Underway at Wembley…
7:55pm: Here we go. The talking stops now. The teams are out and kick-off is just five minute away.
Strap yourselves in. This is going to be one hell of an evening.
7:40pm: Gareth Southgate insists there has been no need to change England’s preparations for this match, despite the pressure on the Three Lions.
“We’ve just kept things as normal as possible, the players have gained big-match experience,” he told ITV.
“There’s hardly a scenario we haven’t been through, we have total faith in them that they’re ready for this moment.”
Southgate’s side are yet to concede and he believes their immaculate defensive record could hold the key tonight.
“We’ve got to defend in the way we hav,” he added.
“We’ve got to be able to deal with their play between the lines, their direct play, we’ve got to stop crosses, and use the ball the way we have done in the last couple of matches.
“I’m not sure there’s any team that takes the field without any pressure, so I don’t buy that. We’ve got to deal with the expectation of being at home, we’ve had big matches already, and the guys have coped with that really well, it’s good to be at Wembley.”
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7:20pm: There has been high praise for Bukayo Saka in the ITV studio as he returns to the starting XI.
Ian Wright, who made Saka his profile picture on Twitter early this week, said: “The fact is, we’re talking about someone who joined Arsenal’s academy when he was like seven.
“He’s progressed through, at 17 he went into the under 23s, he’s always played at a high level.
“He’s played for England since under 16s, he’s played at every level, he’s someone who hasn’t just arrived here.
“He was destined to do what he’s doing, playing big games like this.
“That’s why everyone at Arsenal knows what he’s capable of, and we’re seeing that now.”
Gary Neville is also a big fan of Saka, who he backed to start against Germany in the last 16.
“It’s a massive achievement, it’s been typical of Gareth’s reign,” Neville added.
“He’s ripped up the rulebook, you don’t have to be at a fashionable club, a Champions League club, you don’t even have to be the most popular with the media or fans.
“If you’re in form in training and doing it for him, he’ll pick you for a game, and that’s working out for him because the lads who are out on the pitch are in the best form.
“Saka’s been electric in every game he’s played. I was happy he rested him on Saturday, it would have been too much for him, but tonight he should be absolutely flying.”
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7:10pm: Mason Mount is ready for action as he looks to help England reach a major final in front of 60,000 supporters.
“We know the occasion and the game, it’s something that we’re thriving off but we are focused on how we perform.
“It’s down to us to perform at the highest level and hopefully we can get the job done.
“It’s a semi-final, the pressure is on both teams but we are at home, so maybe it’s a bit more on us but we are thriving off that.
“We want to come here and perform and it’s time now.
“I think we just need to go and perform like we have been.
“As I said before, we need to start sharp, we have a lot of fans here and we need to play on that.”
6:50pm: Just over an hour to go and Wembley is slowly filling up with nerves building.
Former England striker Michael Owen is backing the Three Lions to keep another clean sheet tonight though and he is confident they will make Sunday’s final…
He told BetVictor: “England looked very impressive when demolishing Ukraine 4-0 on Saturday evening and so their confidence and belief must be sky high going into this one.
“Let’s get it right, England have been getting better and better throughout the tournament and if you match up both teams against each other then only Denmark’s goalkeeper, Kasper Schmeichel, would get into England’s team. However, Jordan Pickford has been one of the standout players for England during the tournament.
“So, with that in mind, and with the nation behind them, I really do fancy the Three Lions to make it eight clean sheets in a row and claim a 1-0 win to secure a place in what would be England’s first major final since 1966. Come on England!.”
6:40pm: The team news is in…
As reported in the English press, Bukayo Saka comes in for the Three Lins to replace Jadon Sancho and that’s the only change from Gareth Southgate.
The Arsenal man has only started once at Euro 2020 but caught the eye in the 2-0 win over Germany last week.
He then missed the 4-0 win over Ukraine in Rome with a knock but now he’ll be hoping to help England book their place in the final by beating the Danes.
England XI: Pickford; Walker, Maguire, Stones, Shaw; Rice, Phillips; Sterling, Mount, Saka; Kane.
Denmark’s line-up is also in and they play with a back-three again.
Kasper Schmeichel starts between the sticks with Jannik Vestergaard, Simon Kjaer and Andreas Christensen in defence.
Joakim Maehle and Jens Stryger Larsen provide support at wing-back with Thomas Delaney and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg in midfield.
Mikkel Damsgaard, Martin Braithwaite and Kasper Dolberg complete the attack.
Denmark XI: Schmeichel; Vestergaard, Kjaer, Christensen; Maehle, Delaney, Hojbjerg, Delaney, Larsen; Damsgaard, Dolberg, Braithwaite.
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6.30pm: England captain Harry Kane, with three goals in his past two games, is desperate to fire England to glory tonight and has warned Denmark he feels unstoppable.
“To be honest, probably not,” the Tottenham striker replied when asked if he felt like he could be stopped, having now found form at the Euros after a slow start.
“If you try and stop me then that’s OK because you have got other players who are just as good, who are going to cause problems.
“I feel like when I’m playing at my best – I feel I can score goals or provide assists against anyone. Hopefully, that will be the case against Denmark.
“It’s now looking forward to a tough game and hopefully keep on knocking down barriers which have been there in the past.
“As a striker it would be great to win it – I would trade all my individual trophies for a team trophy any day and that’s the opportunity we have.”
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6.20pm: England boss Southgate is eager for his side to make history tonight and wants fans to crank up the noise inside the national stadium.
The Three Lions beat Ukraine in Rome but before that, in the last 16, were roared on to victory against Germany by a vociferous Wembley.
“Wembley has a fantastic history of course but a lot of those memories would be from the old stadium, there’s no doubt about that,” said Southgate.
“There’s some sort of pictures on the wall as you go into the dressing rooms of iconic England moments but some of them aren’t even from finals competitions – [David] Beckham’s free-kick against Greece was a qualifier.
“This tournament we’ve had the chance to have some very high-profile games already and achieve some big moments.”
“I’ve not heard the new Wembley have an atmosphere like it did for the Germany game – the Croatia Nations League game was a very good one in terms of the atmosphere but Germany was another level.
“I’m sure tomorrow is going to be very special. I don’t expect Denmark to come being fearful of Wembley.
“I think they’ve got experienced players and they’ll enjoy playing there – but we’ve got to make the game one that they don’t enjoy.”
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6.10pm: Euro 2020’s other semi-final took place on Tuesday night and provided a thrilling affair as Italy and Spain went all the way to penalties.
There were two stunning goals inside the 90 minutes Alvaro Morata cancelled out Federico Chiesa’s strike to force extra time.
The two countries could not be separated in a thrilling extra half-an-hour as the match went to spot-kicks at Wembley.
And in the shootout, Jorginho scored the decisive penalty from 12 yards after Morata saw his saved to put Italy into a 10th major tournament final.
Roberto Mancini’s side are unbeaten in 33 games – and will pose a tremendous test to either England or Denmark on Sunday.
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6pm: Good evening and welcome to Express Sport’s live coverage of England’s Euro 2020 semi-final against Denmark at Wembley.
The Three Lions are in their first semi-final since 1996 and have not reached the final of a major tournament since winning the World Cup in 1966.
But as the euphoria of ‘It’s Coming Home’ sweeps the nation, Gareth Southgate and his side will be desperate to set up a showpiece clash with Italy this Sunday.
Tonight’s match kicks off at 8pm with team news expected at 7pm, but there’s loads to talk about before then.
Express Sport will keep you entertained with plenty of updates throughout the night.