England v Denmark – EURO 2020 – Semi-final – Match Preview

England face Denmark on Wednesday for a place in the Euro 2020 final.

It is the first time England have been in a European Championship semi final for 25 years. If England win it will be their first final since 1966.

When is the match?

8pm BST, Wednesday, 7th July, 2021

Where is the match?

Wembley Stadium, London

Where can I watch the match?

ITV

Team news

Bukayo Saka was not in England’s squad for the game against Ukraine after carrying a “slight knock”. However, it has since emerged that he was available but due to England having an abundance of other options he was not risked.

Gareth Southgate otherwise had a fully fit squad to choose from having brought Jadon Sancho in for his first start and Mason Mount back into the side.

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Mason Mount – https://twitter.com/iF2is

Yellow cards are wiped after the quarter finals which means that Declan Rice, Kalvin Phillips, Phil Foden and Harry Maguire will not be suspended if they receive a yellow card.

Denmark were unchanged for their game against Czech Republic and could remain unchanged for the game on Wednesday. Captain Simon Kjaer shook off an injury to start their quarter-final against Czech Republic, while Yussuf Poulsen was deemed fit but only made the bench.

England’s semi final record

Played 5

Won 1

Lost 4

1966 World Cup: England 2-1 Portugal (Wembley)

Bobby Charlton scored both goals as England went on to win the World Cup.

1968 Euros : England 0-1 Yugoslavia (Florence)

A late goal from Dragan Dzajic knocked the world champions out in Florence. Until last night this was the only previous time England had reached the semi-finals in back-to-back tournaments

1990 World Cup: Germany 1-1 England (Germany win 4-3 on penalties) (Turin)

Stuart Pearce and Chris Waddle missed penalties in the shoot-out

Euro 96: Germany 1-1 England (Germany win 6-5 on penalties) (Wembley)

The current England manager, Gareth Southgate missed the deciding penalty.

2018 World Cup: England 1-2 Croatia (after extra-time) (Moscow)

Kieran Trippier’s early free-kick gave England an early advantage but Ivan Perisic took it to extra-time before Mario Mandzukic won it for Croatia.

Form

England

03 Jul 2021 UKR 0 – 4  ENG W 

29 Jun 2021 ENG – 0  GER W 

22 Jun 2021 CZE 0 – 1  ENG W 

18 Jun 2021 ENG 0 – 0  SCO D 

13 Jun 2021 ENG – 0  CRO W 

England have won five and drawn one of their last five games, scoring eight and conceding none.

Denmark

 03 Jul 2021 CZE 1 – 2  DEN W 

26 Jun 2021 WAL 0 – 4  DEN W 

21 Jun 2021 RUS 1 – 4  DEN W 

17 Jun 2021 DEN 1 – 2  BEL L 

12 Jun 2021 DEN 0 – 1  FIN L

Denmark have won 3 and lost 2 of their last five games, scoring 11 and conceding 5.

Denmark have kept one clean sheet to England’s five whereas Denmark have had 36 shots on target to England’s 16 in the last 5 games played.

Previous Meetings/Head to Head

There have been 20 matches between England and Denmark. England have won 14 of them, Denmark have won four of them and there have been four draws.

England have won 6 games when playing Denmark at home and Denmark have won 3 games when playing England away,

Last 5 matches

 14 Oct 2020 ENG 0 – 1  DEN 

08 Sep 2020 DEN 0 – 0  ENG 

05 Mar 2014 ENG – 0  DEN 

09 Feb 2011 DEN 1 – 2  ENG

 17 Aug 2005 DEN – 1  ENG

Match Facts

  • This is the third match between England and Denmark in a major tournament. England won 3-0 in the 2002 World Cup, after a goalless draw in the group stages of EURO 1992 – a competition that Denmark went on to win. 
  • All seven meetings between England and Denmark at Wembley Stadium have finished 1-0, with England winning five to Denmark’s two. Denmark have won their last two competitive games against England at the stadium (1983 and 2020), no side has ever won three consecutive competitive games against the Three Lions at Wembley. 
  • England are playing in their third European Championship semi-final, losing to Yugoslavia in 1968 and going out on penalties to Germany in 1996. England have played more games at the European Championship without ever reaching the final than any other nation (36). 
  • This is Denmark’s fourth appearance in a European Championship semi-final (1964, 1984 and 1992), with the Danes going on to win the trophy following their last appearance in the semi finals.
  • Denmark have scored 11 goals so far in EURO 2020 – only Spain (12) have scored more. It’s the most goals Denmark have scored in a major tournament. 
  • England’s 4-0 win over Ukraine in the quarter-final was their biggest ever European Championship win, and their biggest win in the knockout stages of any major tournament.
  • Denmark have had seven different goalscorers so far at EURO 2020 – excluding own goals, only Germany in 2012 (8) have had more different players score in a single edition of the European Championship. 
  • England have kept a clean sheet in all five of their games at EURO 2020 so far – no team has ever kept six clean sheets in a single edition of the European Championship or World Cup before. 
  • Harry Kane has been involved in 27 goals in his last 26 games for England (18 goals, 9 assists). He has nine goals at major tournaments (6 World Cup, 3 EURO), with only Gary Lineker scoring more(10). 
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Harry Kane with his UEFA star of the match after the Ukraine match – https://twitter.com/iF2is
  • Kasper Dolberg has three goals for Denmark in EURO 2020 – only two Danish players have scored more at a single edition of a major tournament before (World Cup/EURO), with Preben Elkjær Larsen (1986 World Cup) and Jon Dahl Tomasson (2002 World Cup) each scoring four.
  • England’s record with Kalvin Phillips: 1,001 mins played, 13 caps, 12 starts, 10 wins, 2 draws, 1 defeat, 10 clean sheets, 2 goals conceded (1 from open play) England have conceded 1 goal from open play.
  • No player completed more take-ons in the first half against Ukraine than Jadon Sancho (3).
  • Jordan Henderson completed more passes than any other England midfielder vs. Ukraine (43). He only came on in the 56th minute!
  • England have won all 12 internationals when Raheem Sterling has scored. He has the best 100% win rate when scoring in England history. He overtook Martin Chivers after the Croatia game. He now has 16 goals in 65 internationals, including 14 in his last 19.
  • England have played 15 games at Wembley in major tournaments and have never lost. 
  • England’s record on terrestrial TV since the 1998 World Cup is: BBC – W16, D3, L4. ITV – W5, D12, L8. England v Denmark is on ITV.
  • England are the only team who are yet to concede a goal at Euro 2020. The only other time they didn’t concede in a group stage at a tournament was in 1966. England have kept clean sheets in their last nine Euro matches, qualifiers and tournament games combined, 
  • England have won 12 of their last 14 matches at Wembley and have lost only two of their last 26 matches at Wembley (W19, D5, L2). 
  • England’s record in nine competitive penalty shoot-outs is W3 L6. England have lost 3 successive penalty shoot-outs in The Euros – against Germany in 1996, against Portugal in 2004 and against Italy in 2012. 
  • England only scored two goals in their three Group D matches. They actually scored the most goals in the group stage without progressing (five) in Euro 2000 under Kevin Keegan.
  • England’s record in knockout games since 1966 is 10 wins and 13 defeats (4 semi final eliminations, 6 quarter finals, 3 last 16).

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