England -vs- Denmark
Wembley host England will welcome the Danish in the semi-final. Three Lions hope they can get advance to the final for the first time in their history!
The Three Lions thrashed Ukraine 4-0 to make the final four. While Denmark scraped past the Czech Republic 2-1 in the quarters.
Gareth Southgate missed the penalty 25 years ago and cost the Three Lions lost their best chance to ascend the throne.
However Southgate enlighten the nation to hope for “bring the football home” once again by guided the Three Lions to back-to-back semi-final appearances at a major 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 defense produce the goods once more. There are no team in history has navigated a Euros or World Cup campaign with six clean sheets to their name.
Southgate’s struggles to get the best out of a bright attacking contingent have been well-documented, but England’s thrashing of Ukraine also represented their biggest-ever margin of victory in a major tournament knockout match.
Denmark is getting better each match after group stages, and this should make their icon player Christian Eriksen feel proud of it. One can only imagine the beaming smile on the Inter Milan playmaker’s face as he witnesses his team tries to make history, although there is no denying that his teammates would desperately love for him to still be on the pitch with them.
Of course, the last time that Denmark made it this far culminated in a fairytale ending during Euro 92 – their first and only triumph at the continental championships to date – and Denmark’s in-form attacking contingent have already notched up the most goals that their country has ever scored in a single major tournament (11).
Southgate has never been one to stick with the same winning formula throughout the tournament, but this time I think Southgate will repeat the same formation as last match due to the highly effective attacking role.
Sancho caught the eye during his first start against Ukraine, but lacking of defensive capabilities could make him back to the bench and Saka could replace him.
Maguire, Rice and Philips remain as the defensive trio in the team, meaning that Henderson may be kept waiting for a start despite marking his 62nd cap with a first-ever England goal in the quarter-final.
For Denmark, Captain Simon Kjaer has overcome his own fitness concerns and is ready to lead his side out in the English capital. It would not be a surprise to see Hjulmand name an unchanged XI for Wednesday’s encounter.
Although Yussuf Poulsen was only fit enough to make an appearance from the bench against the Czechs and will struggle to displace the in-form Dolberg.
We must not underestimate Denmark, as they have the capabilities to break the defensive record of Three Lions.
However, this also the best chance for the Three Lions to win their first major tournament trophy since 1966, as the team will go all out to fight for it.
I think England should make it in the 2-1 score line.
England 2-1 Denmark