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  Wednesday, 14 October 2020
Nations League 2020-21 League A Group two match

England 0 Denmark 1 [0-1]

The National Stadium connected by EE, Wembley, Brent, Greater London
Kick-off (BST): 7.46pm
Attendance: behind closed doors

Marcus Rashford kicks off
after 'taking the knee'
96 minutes 48:01 & 48:03 Five substitutes are permitted in the October-round of Nations League matches
   [0-1]Christian Eriksen penalty 35 34:41
right-footed powerful placed penalty into the centre as Pickford dives right
(Walker fouled Dolberg 33:36, awarded 33:38)
Harry Maguire 5 4:44
Harry Maguire 31 30:39

Andreas Christensen
38 37:27
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg 40+1 45:10
Expulsion: Harry Maguire 31 30:39
  Jordan Henderson 85 84:34
Kalvin Phillips 86 85:54
Reece James after final whistle
Commentator:Commentator: Martin Tyler with Gary Neville

Match Summary

Officials (pink) from Spain England Squad


Denmark Squad
Jesús Gil Manzano

 36 (4 February 1984), Don Benito, FIFA-listed 2014
14 Goal Attempts 10
4 Attempts on Target 4
Assistant Referees 0 Hit Bar/Post 0
Diego Barbero Sevilla
40 (24 September 1980)
Ångel Nevado Rodríguez
38 (14 November 1981)
4 Corner Kicks Won 4
Fourth official
Juan Martínez Munuera
38 (13 July 1982), Benidorm, FIFA-listed 2015.
1 Offside Calls Against 0
14 Fouls Conceded 12
49% Possession 51%

England Team



FIFA (17th Sept 2020) 4th
EFO ranking Group One
ELO rating 7th to 11th
Colours: The Nike 2020 away uniform - Mega blue and royal blue collared jersey and shorts. Abstract three-lions pattern throughout with challenge red sidestripes. Mega blue socks with a thin challenge red/sport royal blue hoop.
Capt: Harry Kane ²⁵
27th, W 16 - D 5 - L 6 - F 63 - A 24
Manager: Gareth Southgate, 50 (3 September 1970), appointed caretaker manager on 27 September 2016, appointed as permanent manager on 30 November 2016.
46th match, W 27 - D 10 - L 9 - F 93 - A 35.
England Lineup
1 Pickford, Jordan L. 26
221 days
7 March 1994 G Everton FC 28    25ᵍᵃ
James, Reece T. 20
311 days
8 December 1999 RWB
Chelsea FC
3 0
18th player to be sent off for England
James was shown the red card for Dissent after the final whistle. least experienced player to be sent off
3 Maitland-Niles, Ainsley C., off 36th min. 23
46 days
29 August 1997 LWB Arsenal FC 3 1
4 Walker, Kyle A. 30
139 days
28 May 1990 RD/LB Manchester City FC 51 0
5 Coady, Conor D. 27
233 days
25 February 1993 CD/RCD Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 3 1

Maguire, J. Harry 27
223 days
5 March 1993 LD
Manchester United FC


17th player to be sent off for England
Maguire cautioned early in the 5th min. for a Foul, after he challenged late on Poulsen after he had played the ball away. He was then cautioned in the 31st min. for another Foul, after leaving his foot in after getting the ball.
7 Rice, Declan, off 76th min. 21
274 days
14 January 1999 LM West Ham United FC 11 0
Phillips, Kalvin M. 26
317 days
2 December 1995 RM    
Leeds United AFC

Phillips cautioned in the 86th min. for Unsporting Behaviour, after he was adjudged to have pushed Poulsen after retrieving the ball
9 Kane, Harry E. 27
78 days
28 July 1993 CF Tottenham Hotspur FC 49 32
10 Mount, Mason T., off 73rd min. 21
278 days
10 January 1999 RF Chelsea FC 10 2
11 Rashford, Marcus, off 72nd min. 22
350 days
31 October 1997 LF Manchester United FC 40 10
the 87th player to reach this milestone (2nd youngest) final 2016-20
England Substitutes
scoreline: England 0 Denmark 1
12 Mings, Tyrone D., on 36th min. (35:02) for Maitland-Niles 27
215 days
13 March 1993 LCD Aston Villa FC 4 2      0
23 Calvert-Lewin, Dominic N., on 72nd min. (71:49) for Rashford 23
212 days
16 March 1997 LF Everton FC 3 2      1
21 Sancho, Jadon M., on 72nd min. (72:02) for Mount 20
203 days
25 March 2000 RF BSV Borussia 09 eV Dortmund, Germany 15 8      2
Henderson, Jordan B., on 75th min. (75:36) for Rice 30
119 days
17 June 1990 LM Liverpool FC

57 42
Henderson cautioned in the 85th min. for Dissent, after arguing with the referee after another foul went against England  
result: England 0 Denmark 1

unused substitutes:

13-Nick Pope, 15-Bukayo Saka, 16-Trent Alexander-Arnold, 17-Joe Gomez, 18-James Ward-Prowse, 19-Jack Grealish, 20-Danny Ings, 22-Dean Henderson.

team notes:

Conor Coady becomes Wolverhampton Wanderers' 300th starter for England.


England's 62nd home loss. The first for over two years and the second under Southgate.
The first time that England have had two expulsions in the same match.
This is the 100th occasion England have failed to score whilst under a Conservative government.
Despite this defeat, England secured their place in Group A after Iceland also lost.

manager Gareth Southgate was an unused sub against Denmark in the 2002 WCF, and had to withdraw from the squad in November 2003.

(4-4-1 after 31 mins.)
Pickford -
Walker, Coady, Maguire -
James, Phillips, Rice
(Henderson), Maitland-Niles (Mings) -
(Sancho), Kane, Rashford (Calvert-Lewin).
notes: Walker went to left-back, and James to left-back-then right-back, after Maguire's sending off

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 24 years 359 days Appearances/Goals 23.6     4.2

Denmark Team



FIFA (17th Sept 2020) 16th
EFO ranking Group Five
ELO rating 15th to 13th
Colours: Made by Hummel - White v-necked jersey with red sleeve chevrons/collar trim, red shorts with white side chevrons, white socks with red tops.
Capt: Simon Kjær Head Coach: Kasper Hjulmand, 48 (9 April 1972), appointed 12 June 2020, effective 1 July 2020,
fifth match, W 3 - D 1 - L 1 - F 8 - A 2.
Denmark Lineup
1 Schmeichel, Kasper P. 33
345 days
5 November 1986 G Leicester City FC, England 58 44ᵍᵃ
18 Wass, Daniel 31
136 days
31 May 1989 RB Valencia CF, Spain 24 0
4 Kjær, Simon T. 31
202 days
26 March 1989 CD AC Milan, Italy 100 3
Christensen, Andreas B., off 46th min. 34
187 days
10 April 1986 CD Chelsea FC, England



Christensen was cautioned in the 38th min. for a Foul. He had pulled back Kane as he was preparing to sprint away.
7 Skov, Robert, off 46th min. 24
147 days
20 May 1996
in Marbella, Spain
LB TSG 1899 Hoffenheim eV, Germany 8 4
10 Eriksen, Christian D. 28
243 days
14 February 1992 RM FC Internazionale Milan, Italy 100 34
60th penalty-kick scored against England
Højbjerg, Pierre-Emile K. 25
70 days
5 August 1995 CM Tottenham Hotspur FC, England



Højbjerg was cautioned in the 45th+1 min. for a Foul, following a high tackle on Kane following a throw-in. Suspended.
8 Delaney, Thomas J. 29
41 days
3 September 1991 LM BSV Borussia 09 eV Dortmund, Germany 47 5
20 Poulsen, Yussuf Yurary 26
121 days
15 June 1994 R/CF RB Leipzig eV, Germany 47 7
12 Dolberg Rasmussen, Kasper, injured off 37th min. 23
8 days
6 October 1997 CF Olympique Gymnast Club de Nice, France 21 5
9 Braithwaite Christensen, Martin, off 88th min. 29
131 days
5 June 1991 L/RF FC Barcelona, Spain 44 7
Denmark Substitutes
11 Sisto, Pione S.I., on 37th min. (36:36) for Dolberg 26
253 days
4 February 1995
in Kampala, Uganda
LF FC Midtjylland 24 1
scoreline: England 0 Denmark 1
13 Jørgensen, Mathias J., on 46th min. for Christensen 30
174 days
23 April 1990 CD Fenerbahçe SK, Turkey 33 2
5 Mæhle Pedersen, Joakim, on 46th min. for Skov 23
208 days
20 March 1997 LB KRC Genk, Belgium 5 1
3 Vestergaard, Jannik, on 73rd min. (72:58) for Braithwaite 28
72 days
3 August 1992 CD Southampton FC, England 18 1
21 Jensen, Mathias, on 88th min. (87:26) for Braithwaite 24
287 days
1 January 1996 M Brentford FC, England 2 0
result: England 0 Denmark 1

unused substitutes:

2-Peter Billing, 14-Henrik Dalsgaard, 16-Jonas Lössl, 22-Jesper Hansen.

team notes:

Christian Eriksen is the youngest Dane to reach one hundred appearances.


The last time Denmark won at Wembley was also by a single penalty, in September 1983.
Denmark become only the seventeenth nation to score twenty goals against England.
4-3-3 Schmeichal -
Wass, Kjær, Christensen (Jørgensen), Skov (Mæhle) -
Eriksen, Højbjerg, Delaney -
Poulssen, Dolberg (Sisto), Braithwaite (Vestergaard)

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 28 years 317 days Appearances/Goals 47.5 6.2

    Match Report by Mike Payne

In this, the third match of this International break, England took on Denmark in a match that they really needed to win before taking on Belgium away, next month.  The only problem was, Denmark, one of the best organised teams in Europe, were on a very good run of results themselves, so it wasn’t going to be easy.  Not only that, England, or more to the point, one of their players, was to shoot his own team in the foot after just half an hour of the match.  To compound the problem another player later entered the record books for all the wrong reason.

England did start well though and as early as the third minute Harry Kane had a chance due to a poor Danish pass, but his deflected shot was safely gathered by Kasper Schmeichel.  Two minutes later, the first incident that affected the match arrived, when Harry Maguire was booked for a late tackle.  Being booked so early meant the Manchester United player would have to tread carefully for the rest of the game.  Easier said than done.

Denmark were also looking positive and after Conor Coady’s excellent interception conceded a corner, a ball in to the near post was met by Kasper Dolberg, but his shot went past the outside of the post.  The Danes broke quickly at times and England’s defenders, still trying to get used to the 3-4-3 system, gave away a series of silly free-kicks.  Maguire and Declan Rice the guilty players.  England then tried to make ground, and on 13 minutes Mason Mount’s good turn ended with a shot that Schmeichel again saved comfortably.

Reece James was sending in some testing crosses from the right but no England players could get on the end of them and both Marcus Rashford and Kane looked a little sluggish compared to their normal game.  There was a worrying moment as Christian Eriksen, back on familiar turf, broke down the middle as England’s defence opened up.  Luckily for the home side though, Eriksen skied his shot high over the bar.  Meanwhile, James and Mount were working well down England’s right, and another Mount cross was again wasted as Kane and Ainsley Maitland-Niles failed to react quickly enough.  As the play went from end to end, another chance came Kane’s way in the 28th minute, but he couldn’t adjust his feet for a decent contact with his shot and Denmark cleared with ease.

On 31 minutes, the inevitable happened.  The Spanish referee had already shown that he was always going to punish any England tackle, and when Maguire’s first touch let him down,  the defender lunged into his opponent to try and recover the ball, catching Dolberg, despite winning the ball first.  Out came the red card, and there was nothing England could do about it.  Maguire’s already poor night had just got horribly worse.

You have to feel sorry for Maitland-Niles too, as the Arsenal player, making his first start for his country, was the sacrificial lamb as Gareth Southgate brought on Tyrone Mings as an extra central defender, and moved to a 4-2-3 formation.  If all that wasn’t bad enough, what happened a few minutes later made the mountain England had to climb just that little bit higher.  A Danish cross into the middle bounced awkwardly on the edge of the box with Kyle Walker trying to clear from Dolberg.  Jordan Pickford came out to also get involved and suddenly Dolberg went down screaming at the top of his voice.  I must confess I never heard any gunshot, but it seemed that he must have been hit.  Replays showed that there was minimal contact but the referee, whose whistle was dominating the Wembley air at this stage, awarded a penalty to Denmark.  Up stepped Eriksen, on the occasion of his 100th cap, to shoot straight down the middle with Pickford diving out of the way.

For the rest of the half Denmark kept possession well and used the extra man effectively as England tried hard to come to terms with the mess they found themselves in.  There was little from England’s attack to report and to be honest, neither goalkeeper had much to do.  One sensed that Denmark had what they came for and would now try and preserve that lead.

To be fair to England, they came out after the break, determined to find a way back into the match.  After Eriksen missed a great chance to increase the lead, Rashford shot wide and James cut inside to force Schmeichel into another comfortable save.  Kane and Rashford both fired in shots but Schmeichel was not truly tested until the 66th minute, when the goalkeeper made the save of the match.  From a corner and a flick on, the ball reached the head of Mount.  He did everything right and the ball was heading for the top corner.  Schmeichel was not to be beaten though and somehow he clawed the ball away with his left hand, much to the home players disbelief.

Two minutes later and Daniel Wass missed a sitter when he was left all alone for a header but sent it over the bar.  On came Jadon Sancho and Dominic Calvert-Lewin, but the former hardly had a touch and did nothing, whilst the latter was again feeding on scraps.  On 77 minutes James forced Schmeichel into another good save from a free-kick after Kane had been felled on the edge of the box..  Three minutes later Kane’s header saw Calvert-Lewin and Coady almost touch home an equaliser.  But it just wasn’t to be.  The hard working Kalvin Phillips, who had run his socks off, was booked by the referee after a good challenge provoked another screaming Dane.  Don’t you just hate it when players scream!  It was another poor decision by the Spanish ref, and when substitute Jordan Henderson complained at the decision, he too was booked.  The English frustrations were really kicking in towards the end of the match, and that was just on my settee!  Meanwhile the cool, calm, Danes saw the result out perfectly to extend their impressive run of results, something that must not be forgotten after the disappointment of England’s result.

The final twist came after the final whistle as the players were leaving the field.   James, who had had an otherwise impressive match, blotted his copybook by arguing a little too much with the referee, who, needless to say, had the last word by showing the England player a red card, the first time ever that two England players had been sent off in the same match.

Not an England International night to remember for anyone really and one last thing, has Jack Grealish trod on Gareth Southgate’s cat?

Source Notes

BBC Sport
Mike Payne - football historian and contributor