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Wednesday, 9 February 2011
International Friendly Match

Denmark 1 England 2 [1-1]

Parken Stadion, Indre Østerbro Stadion, Indre Østerbro, København
Attendance: 21,523 (closed roof); Kick-off: 8:19pm CET, 7:19pm GMT;
Live on ITV One (UK) - Commentator: Peter Drury

Denmark - Daniel Agger (header 8 7:03)
England - Darren Bent (one-yard tap-in 10
9:26), Ashley Young (twelve-yard side-footed shot 68 67:44)
Match Summary
Denmark Squad
England Squad
Results 2010-2015 Denmark - Simon Kjær (90+3 92:37)

Denmark kicked-off. 94 minutes (46 & 48).


Match Summary


Officials from Sweden




Referee (yellow) - Jonas Eriksson
36 (28 March 1974), Sigtuna, FIFA-listed 2002.

Assistant Referees - Stefan Wittberg, 42 (2 September 1968), and Mathias Klasenius, 35 (25 April 1975).

Fourth official - not known

9 Goal Attempts 10
4 Attempts on Target 5
1 Hit Bar/Post 0
9 Corner Kicks Won 4
1 Offside Calls Against 4
6 Fouls Conceded 9
51.4% Possession 48.6%

Denmark Team



FIFA (2nd Feb'ry 2011) 28th
ELO rating 36th
Colours: Made by Adidas - Red shirts with white collar/chest band and Adidas trim, white shorts with red Adidas trim, red socks with white Adidas trim.
Capt: Christian Poulsen Coach: Morten Per Olsen, 61 (14 August 1949), appointed 16 August 2000.
115th match, W 59 - D 31 - L 25 - F 186 - A 111
Denmark Lineup
1 Sørensen, Thomas L. 34 12 June 1976 G Stoke City FC, England 92 0
2 Poulsen, Christian B. 30 28 February 1980 M Liverpool FC, England 82 6
3 Jørgensen, Mathias J., off 46th min. 20 23 April 1990 D FC København 3 0
4 Agger, Daniel M. 26 12 December 1984 D Liverpool FC, England 39 4
5 Poulsen, Simon B., off 46th min. 26 7 October 1984 D Alkmaar Zaanstreek, Netherlands 10 0
6 Jacobsen, Lars C. 31 20 September 1979 D West Ham United FC, England 39 0
7 Kvist Jorgensen, William , off 90th min. 25 24 February 1985 M FC København 17 0
8 Eriksen, Christian D. 18 14 February 1992 M Amsterdamsche FC Ajax NV, Netherlands 11 0
9 Krohn-Dehli, Michael,off 70th min. 27 6 June 1983 F Brøndbyernes IF 9 0
10 Rommedahl, Dennis, off 82nd min. 32 22 July 1978 F Olympiacos Club of Fans of Piraeus FC, Greece 105 18
11 Bendtner, Nicklas 23 16 January 1988 F Arsenal FC, England 36 12
Denmark Substitutes
12 Wass, Daniel, on 46th min. for S. Poulsen 21 31 May 1989 D Brøndbyernes IF 1 0
13 Kjær, Simon T., on 46th min. for Jørgensen 21 26 March 1989 D VfL Wolfsburg, Germany 16 0
Kjær cautioned in the 93rd min. for Unsporting Behaviour for a scything tackle on a sprinting James Milner.
14 Silberbauer, Michael K., on 59th min. for Jacobsen 29 7 July 1981 M FC Utrecht, Netherlands 17 1
21 Pedersen, Nicklas, on 70th min. for Krohn-Dehli 23 27 July 1987 M FC København 9 1
20 Enevoldsen, Thomas, on 82nd min. for Rommedahl 23 10 October 1987 F FC Groningen 5 0
17 Vingaard, Martin, on 90th min. for Kvist 25 20 March 1985 M FC København 9 1

unused substitutes:

15-Lasse Schöne, 16-Anders Lindegaard, 18-Mads Junker, 19-Kasper Lorentzen.
4-4-1-1 Sørensen -
(Silberbauer), Jørgensen (Kjær), Agger, S.Poulsen (Wass) -
(Enevoldsen), Kvist (Vingaard), C.Poulsen, Krohn-Dehli (Pedersen) -
Eriksen -

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 26.5 Appearances/Goals 39.4 3.5


England Team



FIFA (2nd February 2011) 6th
ELO rating 6th
Colours: The 2010 home uniform - White shirts, royal blue shorts, white socks with blue tops.
Capt: Frank Lampard, 1st captaincy. Ashley Cole 46 min., Gareth Barry 81 min. Coach: Fabio Capello, 64, appointed 14 December 2007, effective 7 January 2008,
34th match, W 23 - D 5 - L 6 - F 76 - A 30.
England Lineup
1 Hart, C. Joseph J. 23 19 April 1987 G Manchester City FC 8 3 GA
2 Johnson, Glen M. 26 23 August 1984 D Liverpool FC 31 1
3 Cole, Ashley, off 81st min. 30 20 December 1980 D Chelsea FC 87 0
4 Wilshere, Jack A.G., off 46th min. 19 1 January 1992 M Arsenal FC 2 0
5 Dawson, Michael R., off 60th min. 27 18 November 1983 D Tottenham Hotspur FC 3 0
6 Terry, John G. 30 7 December 1980 D Chelsea FC 66 6
7 Walcott, Theo J., off 68th min. 21 16 March 1989 M Arsenal FC 16 3
8 Lampard, Frank J., off 46th min. 32 20 June 1978 M

Chelsea FC

84 20
9 Bent, Darren A. 27 6 February 1984 F Aston Villa FC 8 2
10 Rooney, Wayne M., off 46th min. 25 24 October 1985 F Manchester United FC 69 26
11 Milner, James P. 25 4 January 1986 M Manchester City FC 16 0
England Substitutes
19 Barry, Gareth, on 46th min. for Wilshere 29 23 February 1981 M Manchester City FC 45 2
20 Young, Ashley S., on 46th min. for Rooney 25 9 July 1985 M Aston Villa FC 12 1
18 Parker, Scott M., on 46th min. for Lampard 30 13 October 1980 M West Ham United FC 4 0
14 Cahill, Gary J., on 60th min. for Dawson 25 19 December 1985 D Bolton Wanderers FC 2 0
17 Downing, Stewart, on 68th min. for Walcott 26 22 July 1984 M Aston Villa FC 24 0
16 Baines, Leighton J., on 81st min. for Cole 26 11 December 1984 D Everton FC 3 0

unused substitutes:

12-Rob Green, 13-Kyle Walker, 15-Joleon Lescott, 21-Jermain Defoe, 22-Carlton Cole, 23-David Stockdale.
4-4-1-1 Hart -
Johnson, Dawson
(Cahill), Terry, Cole (Baines) -
(Downing), Lampard (Parker), Wilshere (Barry), Milner -
(Young) -

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 25.9 Appearances/Goals 35.4  5.2


    Match Report by Mike Payne

England began 2011 with an excellent performance and win in Copenhagen, a city they hadn't won in since 1978, when Kevin Keegan scored twice in a 4-3 win.  Fabio Capello's side had more than a makeshift look about it, although John Terry, Frank Lampard, Wayne Rooney and Ashley Cole of the 'old guard' were all in the team.  This was an opportunity for some of the younger players to make a mark and all eyes were on Jack Wilshere's first start.

The match was lively from the first whistle with both sides looking more effective going forward than they did when they defended.  Young Wilshere of Arsenal looked confident on the ball and slotted in well next to Lampard, the skipper on the night.  But Denmark saw a lot of the ball and strung some neat passing moves together.  Christian Eriksen looked very impressive for the home side and he caused England several problems.  But England, too, had their moments, and to be honest they looked the most likely to score early on, especially when Rooney saw a shot cleared off the line after Darren bent had chased down a bad backpass.  But alas it was Denmark who broke the deadlock with a super header from Liverpool's Daniel Agger.  A superb volleyed pass to the right by Krohn-Dehli gave Eriksen possession and he had too much time to pick his spot with a cross.  In came Agger with a lovely glancing header that gave Joe Hart no chance, much to the goalkeeper's annoyance.

If that was tough on England, they came back with a vengeance just a minute later.  Rooney switched wings with a raking pass that found Theo Walcott on the right.  The winger jostled past Simon Poulsen and produced the perfect low cross to the far post where Bent was in the right place at the right time to side-foot the ball home.  The equaliser was deserved, and for the rest of the half both sides had long bouts of good possession and both could have taken the lead as chances were created at either end.  Nicklas Bentner shot wide for Denmark, and then Bent was within an inch of reaching James Milner's excellent cross to the near post.  The nearest we came to a goal was when the outstanding Eriksen again showed his pedigree with a lovely run and shot which cannoned back off of Hart's left-hand post.  It was a narrow squeak for England but perhaps Capello deserved that slice of good luck for a change.

Lampard did have the ball in the net with a clever back-heel as half-time approached, but was ruled offside, and that was one of the skipper's last contributions as Capello made three changes at the break.  On came Ashley Young, Scott Parker and Gareth Barry and off went Rooney, Lampard and Wilshere.  Far from upsetting England, the new trio made an immediate impact as England looked tighter at the back and good going forward.  Parker was busy and effective in his link role, and Barry did what he does best by hustling and nicking the ball off the home player's feet.  England also pressed Denmark better and the substitutions the home team made were not as good as England's.  Young was also a livewire and England were soon creating goal chances.  A great cross from Young gave Bent a headed chance, and only a brave save by goalkeeper Sorensen saved his side.  Then Bent shot wide from a great pass from Milner, and then the winger set up Young for a glancing header, again saved by Sorensen.  At the other end Hart got down well to save Rommedahl's shot after more clever work from Eriksen.

England controlled large chunks of the second half with a good solid display.  They passed the ball well and confidently and there was a lot to be admired about the way they went about their business.  The good play was then finally rewarded with a super goal, his first for England, from Young.  Another substitute Stuart Downing and Glen Johnson worked hard to shut down a Denmark player and they robbed him of possession.  Johnson strode forward well and laid the ball inside to Young, who calmly side-footed England's second goal past Sorensen.  The same player almost scored again shortly afterwards and England were by now in control of the game.  Ashley Cole, who was winning a record 87th appearance, and was nominated captain after Lampard went off, was himself substituted by Leighton Baines towards the end, and this time Barry was given the armband.

Barry and Parker held Denmark with ease in the last phase of the game and Hart was rarely troubled again in the second half.  In contrast with the England attack, which looked dangerous every time they went forward.  Certainly Bent, Terry, Parker, Barry, substitute Gary Cahill, Young, Cole and Johnson, especially in the second half, can be delighted with their performances.  It was good to see England win again, and the players certainly looked as though they were enjoying themselves for a change.  It is no mean feat to win in Denmark, they don't lose too many home matches, and it would have been nice to see Capello smile during his after match interview, but I suppose, as England fans, we can't have everything!

Source Notes

BBC Sport
Mike Payne - football historian and contributor