England welcome Denmark to Wembley on Wednesday night for their Euro 2020 semi-final.
This marks the second consecutive major international tournament in which the Three Lions have made it this far. However, they still haven’t been to a final since their solo World Cup win all the way back in 1966.
Gareth Southgate’s men can change all that come Wednesday night. A win against Denmark in front of their own fans will be history in itself.
Having progressed as group winners, England faced old rivals Germany in the last 16. It was a nervy 90 minutes from both sides, but two second half goals from Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane saw them to a 2-0 win.
England stopper Jordan Pickford became the first ever goalkeeper to keep a clean sheet in his opening five games of a major international tournament.
The Everton keeper has hardly put a foot wrong so far and it’s been a solid building block for the team to go on from. It will give England plenty of confidence going into this game.
This is a significant landmark for Denmark, too. This is the first time that the country has reached the semi-finals of a major tournament since 1992.
The team of 92 are infamous in Denmark, and rightly so. The team consisted of football legends such as Peter Schmeichel, Henrik Larsen and, of course, Brian Laudrup.
Now, almost 30 years later, Kasper Schmeichel aims to emulate his father. Having won the Premier League with club Leicester, it can be argued he already has, but he’ll no doubt want international success, too.
Anything can happen in knockout football, and all eyes will be on Wembley come Wednesday night.
Below, we’ll preview this Euro 2020 fixture and provide our predictions, the team news, our recommended bets and more…
England vs Denmark Predictions
For all of Gareth Southgate’s critics this summer, he’s surely done more than enough to silence them now.
They will be baying for blood again should England not get to the final here. As good as Denmark have been in the knockouts, the home side are fully expected to get the win.
It stands to reason too, when you look at the form of the two sides. England have gone the entire tournament without losing a single game, or conceding a single goal.
In comparison, Denmark lost their two opening fixtures to Finland and Belgium. In fairness, at the time they were dealing with the direct fallout of the incident involving Christian Eriksen.
Since that defeat to Belgium, the Danes have won each of their other three fixtures. Their 4-1 win over Russia was certainly a result that made people sit up and take notice.
They then found the net four times again, sending Wales packing the last 16. They then saw off an impressive Czech Republic team in the quarter-finals to reach this point.
One thing’s for certain, the Danes cannot and should not be underestimated. If they bring their A-game, they’re more than good enough to win this.
However, the result of this match will likely depend on how well, or how poorly, England play. If they show the same attacking desire as they did against Ukraine, this could be a one-sided affair.
Harry Kane looks to have peak form at exactly the right time. The Tottenham striker scored twice against Ukraine and he’ll be keen to add to his tally.
It may not be easy going, but England have everything they need to navigate their way to the final. Is it coming home? We’ll know soon enough.
Read on for our England v Denmark predictions and best bets.
England vs Denmark Head to Head
Since 2002, these two nations have met on seven occasions, and the head to head record is all level. England and Denmark both have three wins apiece, with the other game ending in a draw.
The first of those was a comfortable 3-0 win in the last 16 of the 2002 World Cup. England later went on to be eliminated by eventual winners Brazil via that infamous Ronaldinho free kick.
The next four meetings were all friendly international fixtures. Denmark won the first two games 3-2 and 4-1, and England won the following two 2-1 and 1-0. The last of those games came in 2014 and the two sides didn’t meet again until the 2020 UEFA Nations League.
Having been drawn in the same group, the two nations played home and away fixtures. The first game in Denmark was a rather uneventful 0-0 draw.
The reverse fixture at Wembley saw drama from the beginning. Harry Maguire was sent off for a second bookable offence in the 32nd minute of the game. In committing the foul, he also gave Denmark a penalty.
Christian Eriksen stepped and slotted it home to hand Denmark a 1-0 win. It also meant the two nations would finish level on 10 points in the group, but Denmark finishing higher due to the better head to head.
That was a night that left a sour taste in the mouth of many England fans and players alike. Those who remember that night will be out for revenge on Wednesday evening.
England Team News – W W W D W
As always, all eyes will be on Southgate’s starting XI for this game. No matter what side, or formation, he selects, it will surely be one that he feels is best equipped to win the game.
Jadon Sancho was given his first start of Euro 2020 against Ukraine last time out. Southgate was coming under increasing pressure to bring in the forward, who came into this on the back of a great season with Borussia Dortmund.
To Sancho’s credit, he grabbed his chance with both hands and was a bright spark whenever he was on the ball. He has surely worked his way into Southgate’s plans for this game.
The partnership of Declan Rice and Kalvin Phillips was solid again in midfield for England against Ukraine. The Premier League duo are expected to line up together again here, having both done well to avoid a booking that would have seen them suspended for this.
Harry Kane will no doubt lead the England line, with Raheem Sterling in support. The big question is whether Phil Foden will be brought back into the fold. It seems he is now in direct competition with Sancho for a place, so watch that space.
Denmark Team News – W W W L L
There’s no new injury concerns for Denmark heading into this clash. Christian Eriksen remains the only absentee with the heart problem that left him needing surgery. The Inter Milan midfielder is thankfully expected to make a full recovery.
Denmark head coach Kasper Hjulmand has mainly stuck with the same team throughout the competition, and there’s no reason to expect him to change things here.
Kasper Schmeichel will of course occupy the net. He’ll have Andreas Christensen, Simon Kjaer and Jannick Vestergaard in front of him in defence. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Thomas Delaney are expected to sit in the centre of a midfield four.
Our England v Denmark predictions expect the Danes to stick with the same attacking trio that has helped the team score 10 goals in three games.
That will see Kasper Dolberg lead the line, with Mikkel Damsgaard and Martin Braithwaite either side of him. They can all be handful on their day, so England will need to be wary.
England vs Denmark Betting Tips
Luckily for punters, this England v Denmark fixture is getting the Super Odds treatment! Favourites England are boosted from 4/6 to 8/11 to win the game in our England v Denmark match bets.
If you think the Danes will cause a shock at Wembley, you can back them at a tasty 9/2. Meanwhile, the draw is priced up at 11/4, for those who like to sit on the fence.
In reality, this should be an England win. However, the pressure of a major international semi-final can get to even the biggest players in the world.
Without their star man Eriksen, Denmark will struggle to break England down. When they do attack, they’ll leave themselves open to the counter, which England have already shown they can be devastating with.