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England fans go wild as ‘absolutely glorious’ Euro 2020 win over Denmark ‘lifts the nation

Other fans described the match as “absolutely glorious”.

One wrote on Twitter: “I thought England absolutely dominated extra time by the way, also, how they managed out the last 10 mins, was no Danish onslaught, England incredibly smart [sic].

“Kane was superb at getting England out, Sterling too.”

Footage from Piccadilly and Leicester Square showed over-excited England fans clamber on top of buses to celebrate.

Cheering after the historic win could be heard across the capital, as demonstrated by video footage from high rise flats.

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England, Denmark vie for a place in the Euro 2020 final – Live

Live updates from Wembley Stadium where England and Denmark lock horns for a place in the Euro 2020 final on Sunday.

  • England aiming to reach first Euro final
  • Denmark won the European Championship in 1992
  • England yet to concede a goal at Euro 2020
  • Denmark lost opening two games
  • Kick-off: 19:00 GMT
  • Winners to face Italy in the final on Sunday

What’s in it for Denmark?

Well, an appearance in the final, something they haven’t managed since lifting the trophy in 1992.

Despite playing for more modest clubs scattered throughout Europe, the Danes are not intimidated by England’s star-studded lineup of household names.

“I feel like we have the qualities to play against everyone. As a team, I would not say they are that much better,” Denmark’s Andreas Christensen said.

Denmark fans are pictured in the streets of Copenhagen ahead of the semi-final [Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix/AFP]

Record beckons for Captain Kane

England’s captain Harry Kane needs one goal to equal Gary Lineker’s record.

Took him a while to get going at Euro 2020 but here he is.


England’s clean sheets

It’s remarkable that England have not conceded a single goal in the tournament so far – that’s five clean sheets.

They started off not scoring too many either – two goals in the three group matches. But scored six in the two knockouts, including a 2-0 win over Germany… much to the dismay of the ‘psychic’ elephant who predicted a German win!

Elephant Yashoda, an elephant oracle’ predicts Germany’s victory. Yashoda had correctly predicted all of Germany’s group phase matches [Leon Kuegeler/Reuters]

Prediction time

With just under two hours left to kick-off, now is as good a time as any to get your predictions in.

Will it be England? Will it be Denmark?

Just the two options (it’s a knockout). Vote now 👇


Road to the semi-finals

England
Beat Croatia 1-0
Drew 0-0 with Scotland
Beat Czech Republic 1-0
Beat Germany 2-0
Beat Ukraine 4-0

Denmark
Lost 0-1 to Finland
Lost 1-2 to Belgium
Beat Russia 4-1
Beat Wales 4-0
Beat Czech Republic 2-1


‘Has football ever come home?’

England’s “Football’s coming home” anthem – roared by fans at Wembley after the Germany game – does not sit well with everyone.

Denmark keeper Kasper Schmeichel took a cheeky swipe at the supposedly triumphalist song, saying: “Has it ever been home? I don’t know, have you ever won it?”


Preview

Denmark will have to do what no team has done against England at the Euro 2020 to reach the tournament final: score a goal.

The Danes recovered from two losses in their opening games of the tournament and will take on England in the second semi-final at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday.

England, meanwhile, have not lost a match or conceded a goal so far at Euro 2020 and will be playing at their national football stadium.

Read our preview of the Euro 2020 second semi-final.

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Denmark goal vs England ‘shouldn’t have stood’ as FIFA Laws of the Game prove

Mikkel Damsgaard handed Denmark a shock lead against England in their Euro 2020 semi-final with a stunning free kick, but the goal should not have stood, according to FIFA’s Laws of the Game. 

The midfielder struck a wonderful effort from 30 yards after Mason Mount had conceded a foul outside the penalty area. 

The ball flew over the England wall and beyond goalkeeper Jordan Pickford. The Everton shot-stopper received some criticism by commentators and pundits for not stopping the effort, which went in slightly left-of-centre of the goal. 

But Denmark appeared to breach FIFA’s rule book in the build up to Damsgaard stepping up. 

Attacking players are not meant to be within a yard of the defensive wall until the ball is struck and is back in play. 

Denmark set up a three-man wall just next to England’s. However, they moved closer to the Three Lions players just before the ball was struck. 

The incident was noticed by Twitter user David Mooney, who quoted a section from FIFA’s Laws of the Game. 

“Where three or more defending team players form a ‘wall,” they say, “all attacking team players must remain at least 1m (1 yrd) from the ‘wall’ until the ball is in play.”

England had set up a five-man wall, which included Kalvin Phillips lying on the ground to prevent a low shot. 

Declan Rice, John Stones, Harry Maguire and Harry Kane were the players attempting to block Damsgaard’s kick. 

But Damsgaard’s strike was excellent and it would have felt incredibly harsh to rule it out. 

Gareth Southgate’s side had started nervously but equalised just before half-time. 

Bukayo Saka’s cross was turned into his own net by Denmark defender Simon Kjaer. 

“Most definitely [Pickford should have done better]. 

“We feared the worst when they lined up. 

“The goal was coming, Denmark were getting through us far too easily, it’s a long way out and I always think if the ball goes in the corner there’s no problem. The ball goes in the centre of the net, and the goalkeeper has to do better. 

“His big problem is that ultimately he’s blocked, he doesn’t see it until late, then he goes late himself.

“But he has to get in a position where he can go earlier, it’s right above him and he’ll be really disappointed.”

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England vs Denmark: Euro 2020 second semi-final preview

When: Wednesday, July 7
Where: Wembley Stadium, London
Kick-off: 19:00 GMT

Denmark will have to do what no team has done against England at the Euro 2020 to reach the tournament final: score a goal.

The Danes recovered from two losses in their opening games of the tournament and will take on England in the second semi-final at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday.

Denmark not only lost two matches but also its best player, midfielder Christian Eriksen, who suffered a cardiac arrest in the team’s opening match and had to be resuscitated on the field with a defibrillator.

He is now recovering at home but could attend the final.

This is also the farthest Denmark have gotten at a major football tournament since winning the European Championship title in 1992.

England, meanwhile, have not lost a match or concede a goal so far at Euro 2020 and will be playing at their national football stadium.

Road to the semi-finals

England
Beat Croatia 1-0
Drew 0-0 with Scotland
Beat Czech Republic 1-0
Beat Germany 2-0
Beat Ukraine 4-0

Denmark
Lost 0-1 to Finland
Lost 1-2 to Belgium
Beat Russia 4-1
Beat Wales 4-0
Beat Czech Republic 2-1

Can England make it to the final?

Since winning the 1966 World Cup, England have reached only four major semi-finals, losing at the 1990 and 2018 World Cups, as well as Euro 1968 and 1996, when Gareth Southgate infamously missed a crucial penalty in the shoot-out against Germany.

But the current side was impressive in their 4-0 dismantling of Ukraine in Rome on Saturday, heralding a wave of euphoria in the country as media showered the team in praise.

Southgate has been keen to keep the burden of history out of his team’s thinking. If he needs a way to bring his players back down to earth before the semi-final, he does not have to look back far for a warning against complacency.

An England side containing 10 of the current squad lost 0-1 to Denmark in a Nations League match at Wembley last October.

There was a similar feeling among England fans after they beat Sweden in the quarter-finals of the World Cup three years ago in Russia only to fall to Croatia in the semis.

Denmark’s turnaround

After two losses, the Danes managed to get out of Group B with a rousing 4-1 win over Russia in Copenhagen before thrashing Wales 4-0 in Amsterdam.

In the quarter-final, they beat a well-organised Czech side 2-1 in the heat of Baku.

In attack, Martin Braithwaite creates the spaces which Mikkel Damsgaard and Kasper Dolberg have exploited well and there is a threat from attacking wing-backs Jens Stryger Larsen and the excellent Joakim Maehle.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Thomas Delaney are a firm presence in the centre of midfield while the backline in front of goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel has been solid.

‘Has football ever come home?’

England’s “Football’s coming home” anthem – roared by fans at Wembley after the Germany game – does not sit well with everyone.

Denmark keeper Kasper Schmeichel took a cheeky swipe at the supposedly triumphalist song, saying: “Has it ever been home? I don’t know, have you ever won it?”

Ericksen shirt presentation

England captain Harry Kane and manager Southgate shared the team’s plan to make a shirt presentation in honour of Eriksen ahead of the semi-final.

“I’m good friends with Chris and, yeah, of course, it will be sad to not see him there,” said Kane.

“He’s a big part of their success over the years and, of course, it was a terrible thing that happened to him. The main thing is that he’s doing well and he’s obviously recovering well, and I’m sure he’ll be rooting for Denmark more than he’ll be rooting for me, for sure.

“So, yeah, of course, there will be a presentation just to show our support from obviously all of us here at England.”

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England warned over ‘biggest test’ of Euro 2020 against Denmark – EXCLUSIVE

Former Manchester United and England defender Paul Parker has suggested that Denmark will provide Gareth Southgate‘s side with their toughest challenge of Euro 2020 in Wednesday evening’s semi-final clash. The Three Lions will go into the all-important match at Wembley Stadium with high hopes of downing the Danes to reach a first major tournament final since the World Cup in 1966.

England are yet to concede a single goal at the Euros and have been widely tipped to progress to Sunday’s final at the expense of Denmark.

Southgate’s men have enjoyed a strong campaign in which they have successfully matched their efforts at the last World Cup to reach a second tournament semi-final in three years.

Two wins and a draw in Group D set up a mouthwatering first knockout round clash with Germany, a test that England passed with flying colours.

Saturday’s quarter-final against a spirited Ukraine side threatened to serve as a potential banana skin, but the Three Lions also rose to that challenge, coasting to a 4-0 victory under the lights in Rome.

England are widely considered to be the favourites ahead of Wednesday’s last-four meeting with Denmark, but Parker is not convinced that it will be plain sailing.

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The 57-year-old, who played for England in their semi-final defeat to Germany at the World Cup in 1990, exclusively told Express Sport that he is expecting a tough test at Wembley when the likes of Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling go into battle once again.

“England are in another semi-final in the Euro competition,” said Parker. “They’ve had the easiest path but the path has got very, very difficult.

“They’re up against a team which everyone is quite sentimental about, a team that’s maybe gained a bit more momentum off the back of how they nearly lost one of their team-mates.

“Secondly, how UEFA dealt with them after that and it could’ve cost them. But somehow they’ve got through that somehow with the skin of their teeth, to get through off two defeats and a win [in the group stage].

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“So this is going to be England’s biggest test. It isn’t against a big-name country.

“It’s up against a team which is a team, not a team full of individuals. So this is going to be very, very difficult for England and Gareth Southgate.

“As much as he’s most enjoyed this moment of two tournaments and getting to two semi-finals, this is going to be his biggest concern really.”

Parker went on to suggest that England’s heroes will be motivated by the level of stardom they would enjoy by reaching the final of the Euros, with matches like Wednesday’s last-four clash able to separate the good from the great.

“The greatest thing of all about being in the semi-final is that they’re not coming up against Germany, I think we have to say that,” added the former United man.

“Yes, we’ve got Germany out of the way, but it’s not a semi-final which they seem to like against us.

“I would just say that in their minds and everything, it’s just one of those moments knowing the difference between them being what they are or them stepping into another level of being a footballer by reaching a final.

“That level which only the people from 1966 can talk about, that’s the level they are going to go into.”

Parker was speaking to Express Sport on behalf of Outlaw Pro, who are launching a six-part mini-series where Parker will join fellow ex-footballers in being trained by multi-world champion anglers on BT Sport next year.

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England captain Harry Kane has Euro 2020 semi-final warning for Denmark after Ukraine win

Harry Kane has told England’s Euro 2020 semi-final opponents Denmark that he is ready to lead the Three Lions into their first major final since 1966. 

There’s been a lot of talk around me and my performances but like I said I’m ready for the next game, to help this team to go to a European final,” Kane told the BBC. 

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Gareth Bale walks out of interview after Wales lose 4-0 to Denmark at Euro 2020

Wales captain Gareth Bale sounded off on his side’s resounding defeat against Denmark in the last 16 of Euro 2020.

But the Real Madrid man ended the post-match interview on a sour note as he walked away when asked about his future.

Speaking to BBC Sport after Wales’ 4-0 defeat by the Danes, Bale shared his take on Wales’ performance and admitted that the night was a huge disappointment.

“Yeah, of course. Not how we wanted the game to go,” he said. 

“From our point of view, we started very well the first 25 minutes, then conceded a goal and the game changed a bit. 

“I think we came out second half trying to play and and conceded, which I guess killed the momentum on our side. 

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“To finish the game how we did is disappointing, but the boys are frustrated, the boys are angry, it’s understandable. 

“And I’d rather we go out like that, kicking and screaming, than laying off and doing nothing.”

Bale also bemoaned the decision not to award wales a foul on Kieffer Moore in the build-up to Denmark’s second goal as he suggested the referee was swayed by the packed stands full of Danish fans in Amsterdam.

“Yeah definitely, if you play the ball through the back of someone it’s a foul,” he said. 

“I felt like the referee maybe have been influenced by all the supporters here. 

“But I guess it is what it is. There’s no point making excuses now. It’s disappointing. That’s all I can say.

“We missed an opportunity but what we can’t fault is the effort the boys have shown, and that’s the minimum requirement from the squad and I’m proud of them all, still.”

But, when Bale was asked about his international future, the skipper turned and walked away.

It was the final statement of frustration after a frustrating night for Bale, who struggled to influence the game in Wales’ favour as Denmark ran out clear winners.

Bale’s international future has been a topic of much speculation, with the Real Madrid star helping usher in an exciting new era for Welsh football during his career.

But there have been suggestions he could hang up his boots, at international level at least, after Euro 2020.

But the delayed running of the European Championships means the World Cup is only 18 months away, and former Wales skipper Ashley Williams is hopeful that, once the disappointment has subsided, Bale can be persuaded to stay on to lead the young Welsh side through qualification and, hopefully, into the World Cup finals.

“What I think he has done is lead a group of young players without any experience of playing at a major tournament and got us out of the group stage,” he said.

“In the situations we needed him to step up in, he stepped up in, he did exactly what he needed to do as the captain of the team.

“This is Gareth Bale, so warm, friendly and welcoming. Our little traditions when they have to sing, he keeps that going.

“For Wales, as a team and a nation, we want to see him at a World Cup”

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Wales told they must shake off their underdog tag to beat Denmark in Euro 2020 clash

Wales will have to shake off their status as underdogs if they are to beat Denmark and reach the quarter finals of Euro 2020, according to Mark Hughes. Robert Page’s side face a difficult task against the Danes in the last 16 in Amsterdam this evening, but are arguably no longer considered outsiders at major tournaments.

Wales reached the semi-final of Euro 2016 and have an impressive recent record following their progression from Group A.

Page’s side went through in second place behind Italy thanks to a 1-1 draw with Switzerland and a 2-0 win over Turkey and have been rewarded with a winnable fixture in Amsterdam.

COVID-19 travel restrictions have prevented any Wales fans from travelling to the Netherlands, but supporters from nearby Denmark will be out in force in The Johan Cruijff ArenA.

Christian Eriksen’s cardiac arrest in Denmark’s opening game of the tournament against Finland has united the footballing world behind the Danes and Wales right-back Connor Roberts believes “99 per cent of the world” will be cheering for them.

Former Stoke City manager Hughes played for Wales between 1984 and 1999 and thinks Page’s side need to embrace their changed status.

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Turkey had the vast majority of the support in nearby Baku, but Wales still rallied to pick up a crucial win thanks to goals from Aaron Ramsey and Roberts.

“I think from the team’s perspective it’ll have to be that siege mentality,” Williams said.

“That’s what it sounds like they have created inside the camp and that’s quite powerful really.

“We went to Baku and with a lot of Turkey fans I think and we performed our best yet and if we create that siege mentality and use it to our advantage then all the better for Wales.”

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England through to Euro 2020 last 16 before Czech Republic match thanks to Denmark win

England will definitely head into the Euro 2020 last-16 even if they lose to Czech Republic on Tuesday. 

The Three Lions could suffer the ignominy of finishing third in Group D but still go through as their four points would make them one of the best third-placed teams.

UEFA’s format for the tournament means that four of the best third-placed teams go through to the knockout round. 

England could face the strange prospect of a disappointing defeat against Czech Republic on Tuesday but still go through. 

Gareth Southgate’s side are currently second in Group D but Russia’s 4-1 thumping of Russia in Group B has provided a safety net as England will certainly be one of the best third-placed countries.

They started their Euro 2020 campaign with a 1-0 victory over Croatia. 

Raheem Sterling scored the only goal midway through the second half in a positive performance.

However, Sterling and his team-mates were far less promising during their goalless draw against Scotland on Friday. 

England scarcely created a chance in the stalemate and Scotland were the far better side at Wembley Stadium. 

Czech Republic are next to visit Wembley and are in good form. 

They too have four points after beating Scotland 2-0, a game which included a stunning long-range goal by Patrik Schik, before drawing with Croatia. 

But England’s plans for the game have been thrown into disarray with two stars forced to self-isolate. 

Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell both came into close contact with Scotland’s Billy Gilmour after the sides’ draw on Friday and Gilmour has since tested positive for COVID-19. 

The England pair have tested negative but will be kept away from the squad until further guidance by Public Health England, despite training with the squad on Monday. 

Southgate has also faced calls to drop captain Harry Kane after two worrying performances by the Tottenham striker. 

Kane is yet to have a shot on target in either of England’s opening two matches. 

However, Southgate has suggested that he will persist with his star player. 

“I think the only thing that’s relevant is what I’ve said already this week,” Southgate said.

“His importance to the team – he’s been our best player, our most influential player, our most important player for a long period of time.

“Of course there’s been moments where the likes of Raheem (Sterling) have probably had periods where he’s been critical for our success as well in terms the goalscoring.

“But Harry has consistently been our top goalscorer, his record since I’ve been in charge is phenomenal and he’s a hugely important figure for us.

“I think it’s the world of a big player. Throughout the time I’ve been England manager I must have managed these sorts of questions about Harry in three or four different periods of time, and inevitably he’s come through those periods and scored important goals for us and played exceptionally well.

“So it’s a bit of a repetitive cycle.”

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Denmark and Belgium STOP match to pay tribute to Christian Eriksen in emotional scenes

Denmark and Belgium’s match in Euro 2020 was paused on 10 minutes for everyone in the stadium to pay an emotional tribute to Christian Eriksen. Everyone across the globe held their collective breathes last Saturday when Eriksen collapsed on the pitch with nobody around him.

There were harrowing scenes as Denmark players were in tears while Eriksen received resuscitation on the pitch.

But thanks to those decisive actions of his team-mates, referee Anthony Taylor and the medical staff on the scene, Eriksen’s condition stabilised in hospital.

The Inter Milan midfielder has since sent a message to fans from his hospital bed, thanking everyone for their support.

For Denmark, they’re still dealing with the shock of the events that transpired less than a week ago in the midst of their European Championship campaign.

Footballers from all over the continent have paid respects to Eriksen, hoping he can make a full recovery.

And there was a lovely touch inside the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen with both Belgium and Denmark agreeing to pause the game on 10 minutes to applaud Eriksen.

Everybody in the ground was up on their feet with the Danish crowd cheering loudly to show their support.

They also unveiled a banner which read: “All of Denmark is with you Christian.”

Denmark have taken aim at UEFA since Eriksen’s incident over “pressure” to finish their match against Finland.

“The only real leadership would have been to put the players on a bus and send them home and then deal with it after,” Denmark manager Kasper Hjulmand said.

“With corona cases it’s possible to postpone a game for 48 hours. But with cardiac arrest, apparently it’s not. I think that’s wrong.

“You don’t necessarily find good leadership in the protocols. Good leadership can sometimes be to lead with compassion.”

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