Date: July 8, 2021
Time: 12:30 AM (IST)
Venue: Wembley Stadium, London
It's Dreams vs Emotions in EURO 2020 semi-finals as England and Denmark lock horns at the iconic Wembley Stadium. On one side, there is the home team who have started to dream that the trophy is finally coming home this year. After failing at the semi-finals hurdle on four occasions since winning the 1966 World Cup, Gareth Southgate's side will want to overcome ghosts of past. On the other hand, there is this rejuvenated Denmark side who are on an emotional ride since the unfortunate incident that happened with star player Christian Eriksen.
Both the sides had some tricky fixtures in the knockout stages in the lead up to this clash. While England defeated Germany (2-0) and Ukraine (4-0) in their previous rounds, Denmark overcame the challenge of Wales (4-0) and Czech Republic (2-1). Both the sides have the talent and personnel to win the match on their day. Considering the fact that both England and Denmark will have their own reasons of wanting to go all the way, the fans are certainly in for a high-voltage encounter in London.
When the two sides met last at Wembley Stadium in UEFA Nations League, Denmark came out on top as they won the match by a solitary goal scored by Christian Eriksen. Simon Kjaer led side will now return to the same venue and aim to win it for their match winner last time around. While Denmark have the upper hand in the recent meeting, England have enjoyed a better head-to-head record over the years.
Matches played: 21
Won by England: 12
Won by Denmark: 5
Ended in Draw: 4
Gareth Southgate has been rotating his players throughout the tournament and it will be interesting to see who gets the nod in the all-important clash. England are expected to continue with a four-men defence with Kyle Walker and Luke Shaw as the full-backs. Bukayo Saka is notably fit for the encounter and could start ahead of Jadon Sancho down the right flank.
Kasper Hjulmand will have a few key decisions to make with Yussuf Poulsen and Daniel Wass fully fit for this encounter. However, Kasper Dolberg and Jens Stryger Larsen have impressed in the absence of the experienced duo and could be preferred to get the nod over Pulsen and Wass considering their recent form.
The captain of England had a rather slow start to the tournament as he failed to score in the first three matches. However, Harry Kane found his form back as soon as the knockout stage began and is coming to the semi-finals on the back of scoring three crucial goals for his side.
The Denmark forward got his opportunity due to an injury to Yussuf Poulsen and Kasper Dolberg grabbed his chance with both hands. The Danish No. 12 has scored three goals in two matches and will be looking to add to his tally.
Probable Starting XI
Jordan Pickford (GK); Kyle Walker, John Stones, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw; Kalvin Phillips, Declan Rice; Bukayo Saka, Mason Mount, Raheem Sterling; Harry Kane (C)
Kasper Schmeichel (GK); Andreas Christensen, Simon Kjaer (C), Jannik Vestergaard; Jens Stryger Larsen, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Thomas Delaney, Joakim Maehle; Martin Braithwaite, Kasper Dolberg, Mikkel Damsgaard