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  Thursday, 20 June 2024
Fußball-Europameisterschaft 2024 First Phase Group C match four

Denmark 1 England 1 [1-1]

Played in front of HRH Prince William and King Frederik X

a minute's silence preceded the match following the death today of Gerhard Aigner, former UEFA Chief Executive 1989-2003
Deutsche Bank Park, Sachsenhausen, Frankfurt am Main, Hessen, Germany
Kick-off (CEST): 6.01pm 5.01pm BST
Attendance: 46,177 (roof closed)
Kasper Schmeichel won the toss Bukayo Saka kicked off
94 minutes 46:05 & 48:00

[1-1] Morten Hjulmand 34 33:35
 right-footed low strike from thirty yards in off the left post following Kristiansen lay off
[0-1] Harry Kane 18 17:20
Kyle Walker: FORTUNATE
left-footed placed strike from the six yard line after Walkers cross from the right deflects of Christensen into his path
  [1-1] Phil Foden strike hits the post 55:21
Jannik Vestergaard 24 23:04  
Joakim Mæhle
73 72:35
Christian Nørgaard 87 86:21
Conor Gallagher 61 60:57
  Commentator: Guy Mowbray with Alan Shearer
"HJUL OF A MESS" Mirrorsport
Officials from Portugal Denmark Squad Type England Squad
Referee (sky blue)
Artur Manuel Ribeiro Soares Dias
44 (14 July 1979), Vila Nova de Gaia, FIFA-listed 2010
16 Goal Attempts 11
7 Attempts on Target 4
Assistant Referees 0 Hit Bar/Post 1
Paulo Alexandre dos Sontos Soares
47 (31 August 1976)
Pedro Ricardo Ferreira Ribeiro
43 (15 May 1981)
4 Corner Kicks Won 2
Fourth official
Mykola Balakin 35 (5 January 1989), Kyiv, Ukraine
4 Offside Calls Against 0
Video Assistant Officials         13 Fouls Conceded 5
Tiago Bruno Lopes Martins 44 (29 May 1980), Oeires, FIFA-listed 2015
Alejandro Hernández & Juan Martínez Munuera Spain
46% Possession 54%
Denmark Team
 Rank FIFA (20th June 2024) 21st
EFO ranking Group Five
ELO rating 18th to =17th
Colours made by hummel - Red crew-necked jerseys with pixelated pattern, white/red collar/cuffs, white shorts with red zip trim, red socks with white zip trim.
Captain Kasper Schmeichel Head Coach Kasper Hjulmand, 52 (9 April 1972), appointed 12 June 2020, effective 1 July 2020.
53rd match, W 33 - D 5 - L 13 - F 102 - A 44.
Denmark Lineup
1 Schmeichel, Kasper P. 37
228 days
5 November 1986 G RSC Anderlecht, Belgium 103 84ᵍᵃ
2 Andersen, Joachim C 28
20 days
31 May 1996 RD Crystal Palace FC, England 34 0
3 Vestergaard, Jannik 31
322 days
3 August 1992 CD Leicester City FC, England 43 3
24th min. for a foul on Bukayo Saka just outside the centre-circle
6 Christensen, Andreas B. 28
71 days
10 April 1996 LD FC Barcelona, Spain 71 3
5 Mæhle Pedersen, Joakim 27
31 days
20 May 1997 RWB
VfL Wolfsburg, Germany 47 11
73rd min. for a rash sliding tackle on Jarrod Bowen deep inside the England half
Hjulmand, Morten B.D., off 82nd min. 24
361 days
25 June 1999 RM Sporting Clube de Portugal, Portugal 9 1
23 Højbjerg, Pierre-Emile K. 28
320 days
5 August 1995 LM Tottenham Hotspur FC, England 79 10
Kristiansen, Victor B.F., off 57th min. 21
187 days
16 December 2002 LWB Leicester City FC, England 10 0
19 Wind, Jonas O., off 57th min. 25
134 days
7 February 1999 RF VfL Wolfsburg, Germany 29 8
9 Højlund, Rasmus W., off 67th min. 21
137 days
4 February 2003 CF Manchester United FC, England 16 7
10 Eriksen, Christian D., off 82nd min. 32
127 days
14 February 1992 LF Manchester United FC, England 132 42
Denmark Substitutes
scoreline: Denmark 1 England 1
14 Damsgaard, Mikkel K. on 57th min. (56:10) for Kristiansen 23
353 days
3 July 2000 RF Brentford FC, England 28 4
18 Bah, Alexander H. on 57th min. (56:18) for Wind 26
194 days
9 December 1997 RWB SL Benfica, Portugal 12 1
20 Poulsen, Yussuf Y., on 67th min. (66:18) for Højlund 30
5 days
15 June 1994 CF RB Leipzig, Germany 81 13
15 Nørgaard, Christian T., on 82nd min. (81:50) for Eriksen 30
102 days
10 March 1994 LAM Brentford FC, England 27 1
87th min. for pulling back and fouling Conor Gallagher on the halfway line
  Skov Olsen, Andreas, on 82nd min. (81:56) for Hjulmand 24
174 days
29 December 1999 CM
11 Club Brugge, Belgium 31 8
result: Denmark 1 England 1
unused substitutes: 4-Simon Kjær, 7-Mathias Jensen, 12-Kasper Dolberg, 13-Mathias Jørgensen, 16-Mads Hermansen, 22-Frederick Rønnow, 24-Andreas Dreyer, 25-Rasmus Kristensen, 26-Jacob Brunn Larsen.
team notes: Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel's father, Peter, also played as the goalkeeper for Denmark against England in four matches between 1989 and 1994. Kasper has now played five times against England.
3-4-3(2-1) Schmeichel -
Andersen, Vestergaard, Christensen -
Mæhle, Hjulmand
(Skov Olsen), Højbjerg, Kristiansen (Damsgaard) -
(Bah), Højlund (Poulsen), Eriksen (Nørgaard)
Averages (Starting XI): Age 27 years 344 days Appearances/Goals 41.2 7.6
England Team
Rank FIFA (20th June 2024) 5th
EFO ranking Group Two
ELO rating 7th to 9th
Colours The Nike 2024 home uniform - White shadow pinstriped jerseys with navy blue v-necked polo-collars/underarm side panel and white/navy blue/maroon trimmed cuffs, navy blue shorts with white/red hem, white socks with navy blue trim.
Captain Harry Kane Manager Gareth Southgate, 53 (3 September 1970), appointed caretaker manager on 27 September 2016, appointed as permanent manager on 30 November 2016. 
⁵⁵ most goals as captain 
66th of 70, W 40 - D 14 - L 12 - F 150 - A 53. 
  Kyle Walker 68:30 P 97th of 101, W 59 - D 21 - L 16 - F 207 - A 67. 
England Lineup
  unchanged from the previous match league position (FINAL POSITIONS)  
1 Pickford, Jordan L. 30
105 days
7 March 1994 G Everton FC (PL 15th) 63 46ᵍᵃ
2 Walker, Kyle A. 34
23 days
28 May 1990 RB Manchester City FC (PL CHAMPIONS) 85 1
5 Stones, John 30
23 days
28 May 1994 RCD Manchester City FC (PL CHAMPIONS) 74 3
6 Guéhi, A.K. Marc-Israel 23
343 days
13 July 2000
in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire
LCD Crystal Palace FC (PL 10th) 13 0
12 Trippier, Kieran J. 33
275 days
19 September 1990 LB Newcastle United FC (PL 7th) 50 1
the 68th player to reach 50-app milestone
8 Alexander-Arnold, Trent J., off 54th min. 25
257 days
7 October 1998 RDM Liverpool FC (PL 3rd) 27 3
4 Rice, Declan 25
158 days
14 January 1999 LDM Arsenal FC (PL RU) 53 3
7 Saka, Bukayo A.T., off 69th min. 22
289 days
5 September 2001 RAM Arsenal FC (PL RU) 35 11
10 Bellingham, Jude V.W. 20
357 days
29 June 2003 CAM Real Madrid CF, Spain (LL CHAMPIONS) 31 4
11 Foden, Philip W., off 69th min. 24
23 days
28 May 2000 LAM Manchester City FC (PL CHAMPIONS) 36 4
Kane, Harry E., off 69th min. 30
328 days
28 July 1993 CF FC Bayern München, Germany (BL RU) 93 64
England Substitutes
scoreline: Denmark 1 England 1
Gallagher, Conor J., on 54th min. (53:37) for Alexander-Arnold 24
135 days
6 February 2000 RDM Chelsea FC (PL 6th)
15 6 0
61st min. for a foul on Andreas Christensen as he sprints away into his own half  
  Bowen, Jarrod, on 69th min. (68:23) for Foden 27
183 days
20 December 1996 RAM
20 West Ham United FC (PL 9th) 10 5 0
final app 2022-24
21 Eze, Eberechi O., on 69th min. (68:34) for Saka 25
357 days
29 June 1998 LAM Crystal Palace FC (PL 10th) 5 1 0
19 Watkins, Oliver G.A., on 69th min. (68:50) for Kane 28
173 days
30 December 1995 CF Aston Villa FC (PL 4th) 13 5 3
result: Denmark 1 England 1
unused substitutes: 3-Luke Shaw (injured), 13-Aaron Ramsdale, 14-Ezri Konsa, 15-Lewis Dunk, 17-Ivan Toney, 18-Anthony Gordon, 22-Joe Gomez, 23-Dean Henderson, 24-Cole Palmer, 25-Adam Wharton, 26-Kobbie Mainoo.
stadium notes: England return to the Frankfurt venue for a third time, under a third name, and for the first time since the 2006 World Cup Finals against Paraguay.
team notes: Fortieth ECF match (W 16 D 14 L 10). Fortieth European Championship draw (out of 156 played). Twentieth European Championship match unbeaten (W 15 D 5), having not lost since October 2019 against Czech Republic, although still five behind the record.
youth notes: England and Denmark have met several times in youth level matches featuring the participating players.
Trent Alexander-Arnold started for the under-16s against their Danish equivalents in February 2014. He started against the Danes again in August 2014, this time for the under-17s.
Jordan Pickford had already kept goal for the under-17s in the Finals of May 2011, and did so again in February 2013 for the under-19s, a match that also featured John Stones.
Harry Kane started the November 2011 under-19 fixture against Denmark, then Marc Guéhi and Bukayo Saka, along with substitute Conor Gallagher, played in the March 2019 fixture-Guéhi scored.
Phil Foden was one of the starters in the under-21 friendly victory in November 2018.
manager notes: Southgate's record ninth ECF match, one more than Hodgson - still unbeaten.
Already a record 21st Finals match - six more than Bobby Robson.
Already holds the record for competitive matches managed...74th (31 more than Robson).
goalscoring records: 53 European Championship Finals goals scored.
Harry Kane is the third player, after Michael Owen and Wayne Rooney, to score in four Major Tournament Finals.
It is Kane's record-extending 28th EC goal and fifth ECF goal (two behind Shearer)

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

4-2-3-1 Pickford -
Walker, Stones, Guéhi, Trippier
(Gallagher), Rice -
(Eze), Bellingham, Foden (Bowen) -
Averages (Starting XI): Age 27 years 167 days Appearances/Goals 50.9 8.5
    Match Report by Mike Payne

After this important match finished I heard, and read, many opinions on just why England had failed to win a game they were expected to.  Well, here is my take on the match.  Everyone seems to be putting the blame on the players, and in my opinion, they are missing the point.  It is this ridiculous 4-2-3-1 system Gareth Southgate insists on using.  What on earth has happened to good old 4-4-2 or, heaven forfend, the wonderful 2-3-5 formation?  We are being outplayed in midfield because we are always outnumbered, and 4-4-2 would also give some support to the under pressure Harry Kane.  Oh well, on with the report.

The game began, and within 30 seconds Denmark's Pierre Hojbjerg was already firing in a shot at Jordan Pickford.  And in the first 10 minutes England were showing no appetite for the match, until that is, three minutes later when Phil Foden showed some neat footwork to forge England's first chance.  Unfortunately his shot was high and wide, but it was encouraging to see Foden show some of his skills.  Then, five minutes after that, England took the lead, and it was down to Kyle Walker.  His burst of speed was electric as Victor Kristiansen was caught napping and Walker took the ball off his toes.  The full-back put in a low cross which was deflected into the path of Kane, doing what he does best, firing home from close range.

That should have been the tonic for England to settle down but Denmark, well organised and well set-up came back strongly.  England just seemed incapable of gaining possession as the Danes dominated the midfield. Bukayo Saka did make one good break, but it came to nothing and in the 29th minute there was an almighty scramble in the England penalty area which was eventually somewhat fortuitously cleared.  That was one of several warnings for England but Marc Guehi and John Stones seemed solid in the middle.  The problem was in midfield where it was almost always four against two.  Jude Bellingham and Trent Alexander-Arnold were hardly involved, whilst Saka and Foden were torn between not attacking nor defending.

On 34 minutes Denmark inflicted the punishment that England's inept display deserved, and ironically the Danish chance came from a mistake by Kane, who was back trying to help the defence.  Why should he be there, one asks?  Anyway, he passed the ball across the middle where it was picked up by Morten Hjulmand some 30 yards out.  Under no challenge he was able to line up a shot, which he hit perfectly, and the ball flew into the net low down and in off the post.

Denmark had now seized the initiative and England could make no headway.  They conceded another corner and Pickford was going mad at his teammates for their lackadaisical efforts!  Every second ball seem to be won by a red shirt and even when Foden ran hard at the Denmark defence and saw a weak shot easily saved, it seemed that Denmark were well on top as the half drew to a close, forcing another save from Pickford.  With the last kick of the half Foden shot over the bar.  That ended a really disappointing half for the Three Lions and their fans in the crowd looked drained at the break.

Unfortunately, the second-half saw more of the same from England despite an early improvement which saw Saka tee up Foden, but his good shot struck a post and Saka, under pressure, hit the rebound over the bar.  That was the best it got for this England side and as the half settled down to a familiar pattern, it was the Danes who looked much more of an accomplished side.  There were several scrambles in the England box and scruffy defending at times.  Alexander-Arnold was replaced by Conor Gallagher and the Chelsea player's first contribution was to be booked for a late challenge.

Just after the hour determined play by Guehi, one of the few successes of the night for England, winning two tackles to feed Saka, but that move also came to nothing.  Downright careless play by Declan Rice as he needlessly gave away a corner sort of summed up what the team, and the fans, were going through.  Southgate then made some substitutions by bringing on Ollie Watkins, Jarrod Bowen and Eberechi Eze on 69 minutes to try and liven proceedings up, sacrificing Kane, Saka and Foden, the latter being a little unlucky to go off, especially as Bellingham had been dire all match.

Ironically, Bellingham then produced his only worthwhile contribution when he sent Watkins in for a good chance.  Sadly for England, Kasper Schmeichel was quickly off his line to stifle the danger and block the effort from Watkins.

As for the rest of the match, it did liven England up a little after those substitutions but not to any real promise.  On 83 minutes Guehi made his one mistake, losing possession in a dangerous position.  Thankfully he recovered brilliantly to deflect the cross away for a corner.  Two minutes later more poor play enabled Hojbjerg to fire in a shot that flew just wide.  And that was about it as the game ended in a draw.  Only Walker, Guehi, Stones and Pickford escape my heavy criticism of the team and manager, and we now have five days to rediscover our proper form.  In fact the question needs to be asked, when is the England team we know and love going to arrive in Germany?

Someone said that watching England at the moment is like watching Preston North End.  Now as a North End fan, that really hurts, even though it is true!


Source Notes

BBC Sport
Denmark FA
Mike Payne - football historian and contributor