Back in 1966, England won the World Cup at Wembley, defeating rivals West Germany 4-2 after extra time. Geoff Hurst remains the only player to ever score a hat-trick in a World Cup Final but since that day, England have never had an opportunity to win a major international trophy in a final.
A succession of quarter final and semi final defeats, or worse, have stymied generations of England’s finest talent. That includes a painful defeat to Croatia in the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, not to mention England’s 1996 Euros semi-final defeat at Wembley to Germany on penalties when Gareth Southgate’s penalty miss proved so costly.
However, Southgate now has the chance to ease those painful memories as he takes his England team into their third semi-final in the space of three years following on from the 2018 World Cup and 2019 Nations League.
There they will face a Denmark team who have been in superb form after the horrific cardiac arrest suffered by their star player, Christian Eriksen, in their opening game of the tournament. Despite losing their first two group games, the Danes have beaten a number of top teams well to earn a deserved spot in the semis.
As you would expect, interest in this game, in England in particular, has been huge and that means that the bookmakers could well be in for a busy day as many people enjoy a flutter on the outcome of the big game tonight.
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Let’s now take a closer look at tonight’s big game at Wembley by having a look at the two teams competing and the teams likely to start the match for both. With Italy having qualified for the final after beating Spain on penalties last night after a 1-1 draw, which of the two teams tonight will join them?
Euro 2020 Semi Final
Denmark V England
- Venue: Wembley Stadium
- Kick Off: 8pm UK Time
- Referee: Danny Makkalie (Netherlands)
Denmark’s Euro 2020
Euro 2020 could not have got off to a worse or more frightening start for Denmark with Christian Eriksen suffering a cardiac arrest in the game with Finland. The fact the Danes lost that game 1-0 mattered little in that context and it seemed as if the Danes would be on their way out of the tournament after a 2-1 defeat against Belgium.
However, a 4-1 thumping of Russia, combined with results going their way, meant that the Danes qualified for the knockout phase as the runners up in the group. In the Round of 16 they faced Wales and continued their free-scoring form with a 4-0 win over the Welsh, Kasper Dolberg scoring twice in that game.
The quarterfinals was a much closer affair as the Danes faced the Czech Republic however a header from Thomas Delaney and another Dolberg finish from a beautiful cross from Maehle put the Danes 2-0 up. The Czech fought back in the second half to claim one goal back but could not get the leveller, meaning the Danes progressed into the semi-final.
The Danes have had a number of key men throughout their journey to the semi finals. Mikkel Damsgaard has filled in very well for Eriksen, while Kasper Dolberg’s goals have been very useful in the knockout phase.
However, their defensive solidity has been key with keeper Kasper Schmeichel and defenders Christensen and Kjaer playing key roles. Maehle’s performances from left back have also been excellent.
The Danes are certainly good enough to give England plenty of problems tonight and having won on their last trip to Wembley in the 2019 Nations League, they should not be too fazed at the prospect of taking on England on home soil.
- Probable Denmark Line Up – 3-4-2-1 – Schmeichel, Christensen, Kjaer, Vestergaard, Stryger-Larsen, Maehle, Hojbjerg, Delaney, Damsgaard, Braithwaite, Dolberg.
England’s Euro 2020
After qualifying easily for the tournament, England were given a relatively comfortable group draw and opened up against Croatia at Wembley, with Raheem Sterling scoring a second-half goal to hand England a winning start in the tournament.
The performance in that game wasn’t fantastic though, and disappointment in the team increased after a poor performance in the 0-0 draw with Scotland, which the Scottish had the better of in truth.
England did top their group however after a 1-0 win over the Czech Republic in their final group game. Raheem Sterling once again the man with the goal as his individual performances for England were a key factor in them winning their group.
Laying in wait in the Round of 16 lay their old rivals Germany, a team that has caused England so much heartache at major finals in recent times. However, this time England prevailed after a fine team display was capped by yet another goal from Sterling and a first goal of the tournament for the previously struggling Harry Kane.
That victory seemed to inspire England and they were superb in their quarterfinal in Rome against the Ukraine, winning 4-0 with Kane scoring twice, Maguire and Henderson coming off the bench to score his first goal for England in 63 caps. That meant England would return to Wembley with the Danes being their semi final opponents.
Raheem Sterling has been the key man for England in the tournament, although many England players have had good tournaments including Jordan Pickford, Kalvin Phillips, Declan Rice, Luke Shaw, Bakary Saka and Harry Kane.
- Probable England Line Up – 4-2-3-1 – Pickford, Walker, Shaw, Maguire, Stones, Phillips, Rice, Mount, Sterling, Saka, Kane.
Best Tips For England V Denmark
There’s no doubt in my mind that tonight’s game is going to be tougher for both teams than their quarterfinal was. Both teams are in good form, confident and seem settled in a formation that suits the players that they have.
Denmark also have a good record against England of late, and Gareth Southgate has not managed to beat them in two previous games against them. That will certainly give Danish fans hope of landing the big win here.
However, I think England’s new found confidence and home advantage will be key, as will the great strength in depth of this squad and with that in mind, I just feel England have too much quality in key areas and should win this game.
- Full Time Result – England to win – 7/10
- Correct Score – England 2-0 Denmark – 13/2
- Anytime Goalscorer – Harry Kane (England) – 11/10