Opposition Preview: England vs Denmark

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Denmark after beating the Czech Republic to make the Semi Finals – https://twitter.com/EURO2020/status/1411388059606827010?s=20

On Wednesday night England will face Denmark in an attempt to make it to their first major final since winning the World Cup in 1966. The Danish team that stands in their way should not be underestimated and taken for granted or it could all end in disaster.

 The Danes would usually line up in 4-3-3 however due to Christian Eriksen’s unfortunate absence they have moved to more of a 3-4-3 system similar to that employed by the Germans.

 The wing backs of Jens Stryger Larsen and Joakim Mæhle are able to provide the width with the latter providing one of the crosses of the tournament when setting up Kasper Dolberg for Denmark’s second against the Czechs.

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Thomas Delaney with his Man of the Match trophy – https://twitter.com/EURO2020/status/1411388676345581578?s=20

 The midfield two of Borussia Dortmund’s Thomas Delaney and Tottenham’s Pierre-Emile HØjberg have been excellent in recent games with the Spurs man coming up with 3 assists so far in EURO 2020. Against the Czech Republic the Dortmund midfielder was man of the match as he popped up with the opening goal, heading home a Stryger Larsen corner.

 Upfront Kasper Hjulmand is expected to start the same front 3 as the previous two knockout rounds, Martin Braithwaite, Kasper Dolberg and Mikkel Damsgaard have been part of a deadly Denmark attack helping their side score 10 goals in their last 3 games. England will once again need to show their defensive stability if they are to get through this one.

 Not only do the Danes have a strong starting XI, but they are also strong from the bench. Yussef Poulsen will be one of Denmark’s deadly weapons if they need a goal, the RB Leipzig striker has 2 goals in 4 games at EURO 2020 and probably would be starting if it wasn’t for a knock he suffered earlier in the tournament.

Predicted Line-Up (3-4-3)

Schmeichel; Christensen, Kjær, Vestergaard; Mæhle, HØjberg, Delaney, Stryger Larsen; Damsgaard, Dolberg, Braithwaite.

How Denmark won Euro '92 without qualifying
Denmark holding the 1992 European Championship –https://sport.optus.com.au/articles/os26723/the-incredible-story-of-how-denmark-won-euro-92-without-qualifying

Denmark are a team with history in the European Championships as in 1992 they overcame all odds and won the whole tournament despite not even qualifying for it. The Danes were a late inclusion as Yugoslavia were denied participation so with just a about week’s notice they were in. They qualified through 2nd in their group and beat the Netherlands on penalties to make it to the final. The final was a 2 nil win for the Danes against Germany and in just under a month they had gone from not qualifying to being the champions of Europe.

Surely they couldn’t upset the odds and do it again, could they?

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