It’s England’s last big chance to bring it home: beat Denmark in a Euro 2021 semi-final at Wembley Stadium in London and then host the final four days later in a first appearance in a title match for the Eurocup.
It is preparing perfectly for the English, who will play in front of some 60,000 fans, mostly partisan (8,000 Danes are also expected), as they seek to finally overcome a semi-final of a major tournament for the first time since 1966. They have fallen short at this stage in four previous semi-final appearances in both the World Cup (1990, 2018) and the Euro (1968, 1996).
But Denmark has played the best football of any team for these Euros, and that’s after overcoming the traumatic experience of watching star player Christian Eriksen survive an episode of cardiac arrest during a match. With 11 goals scored, the Danes have the firepower to potentially be the first team to score against England during this tournament.
And unlike England, Denmark has won the Euro before in a magical Cinderella race in 1992. But the 2021 team, ranked No. 10 in the world, is not Cinderella. With players in the major leagues in Europe, many chose the Danes as favorites to win the tournament before losing to Eriksen.
The last time Denmark faced England? It was a Nations League game last October at Wembley Stadium. Denmark won 1-0 (highlights below). In fact, the seven games they have played since the turn of the century have seen three wins each and a draw.
How to watch England vs. Denmark
- Date: Wednesday July 7
- Hour: 3 p.m. ET
- Television channel: ESPN
- Spanish television: Univision, TUDN
- Stream: fuboTV , ESPN +, TUDN.tv
ESPN will broadcast the England-Denmark semi-final in the United States, with coverage in Spanish provided by Univision and TUDN.
Both networks can be broadcast on fuboTV (7-day free trial).
The winner will face Italy in the final at Wembley Stadium on Sunday July 11 at 3pm ET.
England vs. Denmark projected lineups
England manager Gareth Southgate has shown that he is not afraid to change formation if he thinks there is an advantage to be gained. He went to a three-man (3-4-3) central defense setup, plus wings, to match Germany’s formation in the knockout stages. And then it changed to 4-2-3-1 against Ukraine in the barracks. The results worked for him in both cases.
The 3-4-3 could be better suited to England from a defensive point of view against Denmark – it can help match the Danish’s dynamic three-man frontline, while also potentially neutralizing the impact of Danish left-back Joakim Maehle, who has been influential for your team.
But to go 3-4-3, Southgate would likely have to sacrifice an attacking midfielder like Mason Mount, whose vision and passing are so important to an England attack that he has stalled at times during the tournament. If Mount really has to play, it would mean keeping the 4-2-3-1 or playing Mount attacking the right wing at 3-4-3.
The most interesting question facing Denmark manager Kasper Hjulmand is whether to bring in Yussuf Poulsen as a center forward instead of the fiery Kasper Dolberg (above), who has scored in both of his starts. Poulsen might make sense to start the game given his speed, size, 1v1 ability and vertical runs, while Dolberg would be more useful off the bench if they are chasing the result.
The other consideration for the Danes: Daniel Wass or Jens Stryger Larsen on the right back? Larsen may prove to be the best option for the necessary defensive work against Raheem Sterling.
England (3-4-3, left to right): 1-Jordan Pickford-GK – 6-Harry Maguire, 5-John Stones, 2-Kyle Walker – 3-Luke Shaw, 4-Declan Rice, 14-Kalvin Phillips, 12-Kieran Trippier – 10-Raheem Sterling, 9-Harry Kane, 19 Mason Mount
Denmark (3-4-3, from left to right): 1-Kasper Schmeichel-GK – 3-Jannik Vestergaard, 4-Simon Kjaer, 6-Andreas Christensen – 5-Joakim Maehle, 8-Thomas Delaney, 23-Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, 17-Jens Stryger Larsen – 14-Mikkel Damsgaard, 20-Yussuf Poulsen, 9-Martin Braithwaite
England vs. Denmark: odds and prediction
In all the jubilation surrounding England’s return to Wembley Stadium for the semi-final and a possible final, Denmark has taken a back seat after being the big story at the European Championship for several weeks. But the Danes pose a troublesome showdown for England.
Denmark is dynamic and can move quickly in transition, regularly pushing the numbers in attack. And on defense, this Danish team will not be as easy as Ukraine in set pieces. Indeed, excluding the loss to Finland in difficult circumstances and Russia’s penalty conversion, the Danes have only conceded after three moments of world-class brilliance from Patrik Shick (Czech Republic) and Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium).
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England are talented and deep, but they will face some adversity during this semi-final and it will be interesting to see how they respond under the weight of pressure and expectations. Denmark, meanwhile, has nothing to lose and will play loose in the spoiler role, similar to the team that won the title in 1992.
For that reason, the support of both teams to score is highlighted with a price tag reflecting the fact that England have yet to concede any goals in Euro 2021. Both teams should be dangerous for the goal in this one.
Also, the opposing game is definitely in the mix here and Denmark’s double chance (draw or win) is particularly compelling.
Prediction: England 1, Denmark 2
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- England win (90 minutes): -141
- England to advance: -286
- Draw (90 minutes): +250
- Denmark win (90 minutes): +480
- Denmark to advance: +230
- Denmark double chance: +118
- Denmark +0.75 Asian Handicap: -113
- Denmark win and both teams to score: +1050
- England -0.75 Asian Handicap: -107
- Both teams will score: +118