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Wednesday, 5 March 2014
A Vauxhall International Friendly Match

England 1 Denmark 0 [0-0]

The National Stadium connected by EE, Wembley, Brent, Greater London
Attendance: 68,573; Kick-off: 8.01pm GMT 
Live on ITV HD (UK) - Commentator: Clive Tyldesley

England - Daniel Sturridge (five-yard header 82 81:22) Match Summary
England Squad

Denmark Squad
Results 2010-2015 Denmark - Casper Sloth (18 17:30), Morten Rasmussen (64 63:38)

Denmark kicked-off. 93 minutes (46:00 & 47:10).


Match Summary


Officials from Netherlands




Referee (dark blue) - Bernie Raymond Blom
40 (21 February 1974), Aphen aan den Rijn, FIFA listed 2005.

Assistant Referees - Rob Van der Ven and Charles Schaap

Fourth official - Serdar Gözübüyük, 28 (29 October 1985), Harlem, FIFA-listed 2012

Black armbands are worn by both sides, coupled with a minute's applause. England for the death of Sir Tom Finney and Bert Williams, and Denmark, following the death of their 1992 coach, Richard Moller Nielsen.

19 Goal Attempts 5
5 Attempts on Target 2
1 Hit Bar/Post 0
11 Corner Kicks Won 3
  Offside Calls Against  
10 Fouls Conceded 13
57% Possession 43%

England Team



FIFA (13 February 2014) 15th
EFO ranking Group 1 (3rd)
ELO rating 7th
Colours: The Nike 2013 home uniform - White crew neck jerseys with navy blue collar, blue shorts, white socks with thin blue tops.
Capt: Steven Gerrard, 34th captaincy. Manager: Roy Hodgson, 66 (9 August 1947), appointed 1 May 2012,
25th match, W 14 - D 8 - L 3 - F 51 - A 21.
England Lineup
1 Hart, C. Joseph J. 26 19 April 1987 G Manchester City FC 39 29 GA
2 Johnson, Glen M. 29 23 August 1984 RB Liverpool FC 50 1
3 Cole, Ashley, off 46th min. 33 20 December 1980 LB Chelsea FC 107 0
4 Gerrard, Steven G. 33 30 May 1980 CM Liverpool FC 109 21
5 Cahill, Gary J. 28 19 December 1985 CD Chelsea FC 22 2
6 Smalling, Christopher L. 24 22 November 1989 CD Manchester United FC 10 0
7 Wilshere, Jack A.G., off 59th min. 22 1 January 1992 RM Arsenal FC 15 0
8 Henderson, Jordan B., off 77th min. 23 17 June 1990 LM Liverpool FC 8 0
9 Sturridge, Daniel A., off 88th min. 24 1 September 1989 LF Liverpool FC 10 3
10 Rooney, Wayne M., off 60th min. 28 24 October 1985 CF Manchester United FC 89 38
11 Sterling, Raheem S., off 86th min. 19 8 December 1994
born in Jamaica
RF Liverpool FC 2 0
England Substitutes
scoreline: England 0 Denmark 0
12 Shaw, Luke P.H., on 46th min. for Cole 18 12 July 1995 LB Southampton FC 1 0
21 Lallana, Adam D., on 59th min. (58:10) for Wilshere 25 10 May 1988 M Southampton FC 3 0
28 Welbeck, Daniel N.T.M., on 60th min. (59:34) for Rooney 23 26 November 1990 F Manchester United FC 21 8
24 Oxlade-Chamberlain, Alexander M.D., on 77th min. (76:22) for Henderson 20 15 August 1993 M Arsenal FC 14 3
scoreline: England 1 Denmark 0
25 Townsend, Andros D., on 86th min. (85:35) for Sterling 22 16 July 1991 M Tottenham Hotspur FC 5 1
17 Milner, James P., on 88th min. (87:28) for Sturridge 28 4 January 1986 M Manchester City FC 45 1
result: England 1 Denmark 0

unused substitutes:

13-Ben Foster, 14-Leighton Baines, 15-Steven Caulker, 16-Michael Carrick, 18-Frank Lampard, 19-Ross Barkley, 20-Tom Cleverley, 22-John Ruddy, 23-Fraser Forster, 26-Rickie Lambert, 27-Jermain Defoe, 29-Jay Rodríguez.
4-3-3 Hart -
Johnson, Cahill, Smalling, Cole
(Shaw) -
(Lallana), Gerrard, Henderson (Oxlade-Chamberlain) -
(Townsend), Rooney (Welbeck), Sturridge (Milner).

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 26.3 Appearances/Goals 41.9 5.8


Denmark Team



FIFA (13 February 2014) 20th
EFO ranking Group 3
ELO rating 27th
Colours: Made by Adidas - Red v-necked jersey with red-shadowed pin-hoops and white Adidas sleeve trim, white shorts with red hem/Adidas side trim, red socks with white tops and red Adidas trim.
Capt: Daniel Agger Manager: Morten Per Olsen, 64 (14 August 1949), apptointed 16 August 2000.
148th match, W 73 - D 37 - L 37 - F x - A x
fifth match against England, W 2 - D 0 - L 3 - F 8 - A 9.
Denmark Lineup
1 Schmeichel, Kasper P. 27 5 November 1986 G Leicester City FC, England 3 4 GA
2 Sloth, Casper B., off 62nd min. 21 26 March 1992 RM Aarhus Gymnastikforening 8 0
Sloth cautioned in the 18th min. for a foul. After being dispossessed from the ball by Gerrard, he replies by tripping him outside his own penalty area.
3 Kjær, Simon T., off 62nd min. 24 26 March 1989 CD Lille OSC, France 39 1
4 Agger, Daniel M. 29 12 December 1984 CD Liverpool FC, England 62 10
5 Ankersen, Peter 23 22 September 1990 LB Esbjerg fB, on loan from FC Red Bull Salzburg, Austria 5 0
6 Jacobsen, Lars C., off 46th min. 34 20 September 1979 RB FC København 67 1
7 Kvist Jørgensen, William 29 24 February 1985 CM Fulham FC, England, on loan from VfB Stuttgart 1893 eV, Germany 45 2
8 Poulsen, Jakob B.U., off 81st min. 30 7 July 1983 LM FC Midtjylland 29 1
9 Krohn-Dehli, Michael 30 6 June 1983 LF RC Celta de Vigo SAD, Spain 41 6
10 Larsen, Emil, off 46th min. 22 22 June 1991 RF Odense BK 5 0
11 Bendtner, Nicklas, off 62nd min. 26 16 January 1988 CF Arsenal FC, England 58 24
Denmark Substitutes
scoreline: England 0 Denmark 0
14 Kusk Vangsgaard, Kasper, on 46th min. for Larsen 22 10 November 1991 M Aalborg BK 5 0
21 Juelsgård Kristensen, Jesper, on 46th min. for Jacobsen 24 26 January 1989 D FC Midtjylland 2 0
17 Zimling, Niki D., on 62nd min. (61:26) for Sloth 28 19 April 1985 D 1. FSV Mainz 05 eV, Germany 24 1
13 Bjellend, Andreas, on 62nd min. (61:46) for Kjær 25 11 July 1988 D FC Twente, Netherlands 13 2
18 Rasmussen, Morten N., on 62nd min. (61:54) for Bendtner 29 31 January 1985 F FC Midtjylland 7 3
Rasmussen cautioned in the 64th min. (104 seconds after coming on) for a foul. He had tumbled over Lallana on the halfway line in frustration, moments after Gerrard had made a well-timed tackle on him.
15 Olsen, Danny, on 81st min. (80:37) for Poulsen 28 11 June 1985 M Aarhus Gymnastikforening 1 0
result: England 1 Denmark 0

unused substitutes:

12-Thomas Kahlenburg, 14-Kasper Kusk, 16-Peter Andersen, 19-Thomas Delaney, 20-Jakob Ankersen, 22-Jonas Lössl, 23-Simon Makienok.

team notes:

Coach Morten Olsen won a couple of his 102 Danish appearances against England, in September 1979, and in September 1983, when he was the captain in the Wembley victory.
4-3-3 Schmeichel -
Jacobsen (Juelsgård), Kjær (Bjellend), Agger, Ankersen -
Sloth (Zimling), Kvist, Poulsen (Olsen) -
Larsen (Kusk), Bendtner (Rasmussen), Krohn-Dehli.

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 26.8 Appearances/Goals 32.9 4.1


    Match Report by Mike Payne

   England entertained Denmark for their first fixture in this World Cup year, and the build-up was to start with a very low key friendly.  It was a match that was a little tedious throughout, with Denmark desperate not to lose and England, at times, lacking the necessary guile to break them down.  They did it in the end and a win is a win, but Roy Hodgson certainly has lots of work to do between now and when the tournament starts in Brazil during the summer.

There was a lovely moment before the start as there was a moment to reflect and remember three stalwarts of the game who had recently passed away, Denmark's Richard Moller Nielsen, former Wolves and England goalkeeper Bert Williams and the one and only Sir Tom Finney.  A minute's applause celebrated the immense contribution made by these legends.

The game itself began very slowly, with both teams feeling their way gently into the play.  There was lots of possession for England, but much of their passing went sideways across the pitch, and very little went forward.  It took a full 16 minutes before anyone had a shot at goal and that came when Michael Krohne-Dehli shot wide from a good position.  Raheem Sterling looked sharp and there were one or two promising moves down the right for England.  On 17 minutes great hustling by Steven Gerrard won possession and just as he was about to shoot he was brought down by Casper Sloth.  The free-kick was wasted by Wayne Rooney, who apparently had left his shooting boots at home, as, not for the first time on the night, his shot flew wildly over the bar.

Sterling's lovely pass gave Rooney the chance to beat Kasper Schmeichel to the ball, but again his attempt at goal was well off target.  Two minutes later and Gary Cahill had a chance following a Gerrard corner, but he too fired over the bar.  There were a few signs of England improving as the half wore on, but at the back there was a decidedly shaky look about the home defending, and there were one or two scares.  But on 32 minutes, good work by the lively Daniel Sturridge saw him shoot across goal, although unfortunately Rooney couldn't quite touch the ball in.  Six minutes later Rooney again shot hopelessly high, wide and not so handsome.  Almost immediately, Jakob Poulsen had Denmark's best chance when more inept defending allowed him a clear run at goal.  But Poulsen delayed his shot a fraction and England scrambled the ball clear.  Rooney continued to try and hit row Z with his shooting before England finally put a good move together down the left.  It ended with Ashley Cole firing in a low centre which just needed a touch from Sterling, but desperate defending and a scramble of legs saw the ball deflect on to a post before being cleared.  And then right on half-time a brilliant save by Schmeichel, reminiscent of his father at his best, saved the day as Sturridge looked certain to score.

England had just about had the better of a poor half and at the break Southampton's Luke Shaw replaced Cole at left-back for his first taste of full international football.  His first contribution was to be nutmegged!  Although after that inauspicious start the Saints star showed all the coolness and good play that has made him hot property.

On 55 minutes Sterling, lively throughout, and Shaw combined to send another dangerous ball into the box, but again there was nobody on the end of the cross.  At the other end Nicklas Bentner fired in a weak shot which Joe Hart easily saved.  Just before the hour mark Adam Lalana came on for Jack Wilshere, and immediately there was a bit more bite about England.  Rooney hit another poor free-kick into the wall, but Gerrard only just missed with a shot from the rebound.  The skipper had a very good game and he held everything together well, showing boundless energy and leading by example.

On the hour mark, not surprisingly, Rooney was substituted, with Danny Welbeck coming on, and it was not one of Rooney's more memorable England performances.  The game showed signs of warming up as Shaw and Lalana combined well, with Lalana showing terrific skills to get in a cross.  Then a great save by Hart, who dived bravely to block Morten Rasmussen's effort, after Denmark had created their best chance of the night.  This was followed by a Jordan Henderson shot out of the Wayne Rooney shooting catalogue.  But overall England were now well on top with both Lalana and Welbeck livening up the England attacking options.  On 71 minutes Schmeichel saved brilliantly from Welbeck and then four minutes later the goalkeeper did the same from an excellent snapshot by Sturridge.

Finally, after 82 minutes the breakthrough came, and the goal was completely out of character with what was a poor quality match.  A short corner was worked between Sterling and Lalana, and the Southampton man showed great skill in manoeuvring a position for a cross.  His pass was perfection and found Sturridge unmarked to head back across goal to beat Schmeichel all ends up.  It was a terrific goal, and one, on the balance of play, that England thoroughly deserved.

Only a late Denmark free-kick troubled Hart after that and a 1-0 win was about the right scoreline in the end.  There were some plusses for England on the night, but there were also some questions still to be answered.  There is still time for that though and it will be interesting to see the final make-up of the England party off to Rio.

One final thing, as a Preston North End fan of some 55 years, I have to say that the result would certainly have pleased Sir Tom Finney, as he was as passionate a supporter of England as anyone.  I had the honour and privilege of being able to spend some time in Tom's company on a number of occasions, and believe me, all the marvellous tributes and accolades that have been said and written about him since his death, couldn't have been more deserved or true.  The man really was a Football Legend and I was so proud to know him.

Source Notes

BBC Sport
Mike Payne - football historian and contributor