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Euro 2020 preview: Denmark vs England

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Denmark hopes to continue their fairy tale when they face England in the second semi-final of the 2020 UEFA European Championship at Wembley Stadium in London on Wednesday.

The Danish dynamites had an inconsistent streak, which was also affected by the absence of their talisman Christian Eriksen, until the last match of the group stage. They came back strong against Russia with a 4-1 win and continued to repeat the same performance by demolishing the Dragons 4-0, with Kasper Dolberg scoring a double after his return to the starting lineup.

In their bid to reach the semi-final, a 2-1 win over the Czech Republic was enough, yet it was more difficult than the Danes would have wanted after scoring two goals in the first half.

Although he has faced numerous critics and fan outrage over England’s style of play, Gareth Southgate and his men have successfully reached the semi-finals for the second time in a row at major tournaments, following their World Cup in 2018.

Unbeaten in the group stage and only scoring two goals, England faced Germany in the round of 16, against which they scored two goals in a match for the first time in this tournament and went on to destroy the surprise package Ukraine 4-0 in the quarterfinal.

TEAM NEWS

The English camp will have smiles on their faces as they have no major injury issues in their 26-man squad. Young Bukayo Saka missed the quarterfinals against Ukraine after taking a hit in training but will almost certainly be fit for Wednesday’s game.

Although he is scheduled to be available for England, Bukayo Saka may not return to the starting lineup against Denmark. (Image courtesy: UEFA / Website)

But Southgate could rest him for the final if England qualify, and with Jadon Sancho, Saka’s replacement, having played very well against Ukraine, it will be a tough decision for the manager.

England likely exit lineup: Pickford; Walker, Stones, Maguire, Shaw; Rice, Phillips; Sancho, Monte, Sterling; Kane

Aside from the unfortunate incident that happened to Christian Eriksen and ruled him out of the tournament, coach Kasper Hjumland will be happy that there are no new injury concerns on the Danish pitch.

Denmark-PoulsenLike Saka, Poulsen may not be a starter against England even though he is fit, given Dolberg’s astonishing scoring form (Image courtesy: UEFA / Website).

Forward Yussuf Poulsen and full-back Daniel Wass returned to play off the bench against the Czech Republic, but it is unlikely that they will replace Kasper Dolberg and Stryger Larsen in the starting lineup.

Denmark likely exit lineup: Flattery; Christensen, Kjaer, Vestergaard; Stryger, Hojbjerg, Delaney, Maehle, Braithwaite, Damsgaard, Dolberg

GAME CHANGERS

Another of Atalanta’s high-flying full-backs, Joakim Maehle, has been a revelation in this Danish team and has become one of the discoveries of the tournament. Although he should have scored his third goal in the game against the Czechs, the assist for his team’s second goal, a trivet cross, evidently showed his talent to the world of football.

With Dolberg scoring two games in a row and Mikkel Damsgaard being the creative force that he is, coach Hjumland hopes that Maehle and others will continue their impressive run and help Denmark reach the final.

Although there are many more leaders on this England team, Harry Kane is England’s captain for a reason as he leads the team by example and has finally found his form at the right time. After going blank throughout the group stage, Kane opened his account against Germany and added two more in the game against Ukraine.

Southgate hopes that as Kane continues in his scoring form, Raheem Sterling and the other attackers are eager to face Denmark on Wednesday and bring England one step closer to their first major trophy in 55 years.

PREDICTION

England is blessed with a plethora of offensive flair that can turn a match’s situation at will, while Denmark has reached this stage mainly due to their bravery and determination alongside young talents and with both teams reaching the semi-finals with major victories to his credit. , a fascinating game awaits us all.

Denmark hope to continue their fairytale career towards the final and beyond, but it will be difficult for them to break through this defense of England who have not conceded a single goal in the entire tournament. Denmark’s fluid style will also be an asset to England’s attack as they thrive on counterattacks hence FootTheBall predicts Denmark 0-2 England.

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