Time: 7th July, 2021 22:00 hours (Semi Final)
England host the last of the semi finals at home to a dreamy run by Denmark who now stand in the way of England football team and a first major final since the 1966 World Cup.The English have had a resurgency in attack in recent games with Raheem Sterling being England’s star player of the tournament. Their marksman Harry Kane is also back among the goasl at the right time and has the Golden Boot withing sight and you know for sure he has a knack for those. Denmark on the other hand have been so impressive since the opening game of the tournament. Standout goals include Christiensen and Damsgaard’s long-range efforts, which were superbly struck.
It’s coming home! That’s the saying that’s been on thee Three Lions’ ever since we kicked the first ball on the opener of the tournament. Having now gone seven games across all competitions without conceding a goal, a first-ever appearance at a Euros final will be England’s should their staunch defence produce the goods once more, and no team in history has navigated a Euros or World Cup campaign with six clean sheets to their name.
Set-pieces have been key to Gareth Southgate’s England in the past and they began to click once more against Ukraine, with Jordan Henderson and Harry Maguire both heading home from dead-ball situations.However beating the Danes from corners and free-kicks may prove more tricky.In Andreas Christensen, Jannick Vestergaard and Simon Kjaer, Hjulmand has towering height on his side.
Discussions over England team selection have never been as tepid as they are now, with so many strong ‘like-for-like’ options on the substitutes’ bench. Jadon Sancho caught the eye during his first start against Ukraine, but Bukayo Saka is expected to shake off a knock in time for this fixture and may be preferred on the right given his attacking and defensive capabilities.
England possible starting lineup:
Forward: Mount,Sterling; Kane
Midfielders: Rice, Phillips; Saka
Defenders: Walker, Stones, Maguire, Shaw
The Danes reached the semi-finals on a wave of emotion, having seen midfield star Cristian Eriksen’s collapse after suffering a cardiac arrest during their tournament opener against Finland. Now they’re just one game away from a fairytale return to the final of the competition they in 1992.
Denmark came into the tournament in outstanding form, losing only twice in 28 games. They then lost their first two games at the tournament – 1-0 and 2-1 to Belgium despite an encouraging display. But since then the Danes have put four past Russia and Wales before a hard-fought 2-1 win over the Czech Republic in the quarter-final.
The Danes are well-stocked for the semi-final, although Youssuf Poulsen was only fit enough to make an appearance from the bench against the Czechs and will struggle to displace the in-form Dolberg. Daniel Wass should be fit enough to compete for a start on the right.
Denmark possible starting lineup:\
Forward: Damsgaard, Dolberg, Braithwaite
Midfielders: Larsen, Delaney, Hojbjerg, Maehle/Wass
Defenders: Vestergaard, Christensen, Kjaer; Stryger
Head to head:
The Three Lions have beaten the Danes in 12 of their 17 encounters
England 1-1 Denmark, and England to win on penalties (2.33)