Euro 2020 has certainly lived up to its expectations. We’ve had plenty of shocks – not least Denmark’s journey to the semi-finals after a difficult start both on an off the pitch. The Danes face England at Wembley and while Gareth Southgate’s side are the favourites, according to the latest odds for betting on England v Denmark at the Euros, Kasper Hjulmand can be more than proud of his boys’ achievements so far.
By the time the two nations square up in their clash, they will know their opponents in the final – with Italy taking on Spain in the first semi-final, again at Wembley. As we gear up to July 11th, when the tournament comes to close, let’s see how both England and Denmark made it this far.
Will the Three Lions continue to roar?
Many predicted England to top their group, which consisted of Croatia, the Czech Republic and home rivals Scotland – and while they progressed, the manner in which they did so was largely underwhelming. A goalless draw against Scotland was sandwiched between narrow 1-0 victories over the other two nations in their group. Both goals were scored by Raheem Sterling, who has been one of the stand-out performers so far, with fans and media alike getting on the back of Harry Kane.
Then came a last-16 tie over old nemesis Germany. With that Euro 96 semi-final clash still in the backs of minds, England set out to exact revenge and duly delivered. Sterling opened the scoring, before Kane finally broke his tournament duck – a 2-0 victory enough to force a 31-year-old Toni Kroos to retire from international football!
In the ‘easier’ half of the draw, the Three Lions ran riot in Rome as they played their first match away from Wembley – against Ukraine. Four goals scored – a Kane brace, the third from Harry Maguire and a first international goal for Jordan Henderson – as well as another clean sheet for goalkeeper Jordan Pickford. England are not only the favourites to win their upcoming semi-final, but are being tipped as the likeliest in Euro winner odds.
Can Denmark summon anymore Nordic spirit?
The Little Mermaid is not the only fairytale to come out of Copenhagen as Demark are looking to continue their magical European adventure at Euro 2020. Following the shocking scenes in their opening match to Finland, in which Christian Eriksen collapsed and was later rushed to hospital, the Danes have kicked on and produced a footballing miracle in his memory. A loss against Belgium followed, before a big performance against Russia, with Denmark finishing as group runners up. And they haven’t looked back.
A trip to Amsterdam in the last-16, where Wales were the opponents – and another ruthless performance from the Danes. A Kasper Dolberg double killed the game off shortly after the break, and the Red Dragons run out of puff as Denmark ran out 4-0 winners and their continental tour continued to Baku. Despite the Czech Republic pulling goal back in their quarter-final clash, the damage had already been done in the first half – where Thomas Delaney and who else, but Dolberg set up a two-goal advantage. Wembley now awaits for Denmark.
England and Denmark last met in the Nations League – with both fixtures being played behind closed doors. Their fixture in Copenhagen ended goalless, while the return leg at Wembley culminated in a 1-0 victory for the visitors.
Total meetings – 21
England wins – 12
Denmark wins – 4
Draws – 5