WILL EVANS breaks down the European Championships semi-final between fairytale-chasing England and dangerous outsiders Denmark. 

UEFA Euro 2020 Tips – England V Denmark

05:00 (AEST), Thu 8th Jul @ Wembley Stadium, London

History: Played 21: England 12 V Denmark 4 (5 Draws)

Last meeting: October 14, 2020 (UEFA Nations League): Denmark 1 d England 0 at Wembley Stadium

Final Thoughts: England are just two wins away from their first major tournament success since the 1966 World Cup. The perennial underachievers have looked better and better as the European Championships have worn on – but semi-final opponents Denmark will revel in their underdog status.

England topped Group D with 1-0 wins over Croatia and Czech Republic – with Raheem Sterling scoring the decisive goal in both – either side of a scoreless stalemate against Scotland. But the Three Lions gathered momentum with a 2-0 defeat of Germany in the Round of 16 as Sterling and Harry Kane found second-half goals.

The hopes of a long-suffering football nation went into overdrive following England’s 4-0 quarter-final rout of Ukraine. Kane scored a goal in each half, while Harry Maguire and Jordan Henderson also scored after the break. England’s attack is improving with each match, but five straight clean sheets has underpinned the success of Gareth Southgate’s line-up.

Denmark squeaked through from Group B despite losing two pool matches. After losses to Finland (1-0) and Belgium (2-1), a 4-1 thrashing of Russia got The Red and White through on goal differential.

But they’ve used the terrifying cardiac arrest suffered by star midfielder Christian Eriksen against Finlanad as inspiration. They demolished Wales 4-0 in the Round of 16 on the back of a Kasper Dolberg brace. Dolberg opened the scoring again in the quarter-finals as Denmark outlasted Czech Republic 2-1 in Baku.

Denmark holds rivalry edge

England is winless in their last four competitive matches against Denmark. In last year’s UEFA Nations League, the teams played out a scoreless draw in Copenhagen before a Christian Eriksen penalty secured a 1-0 victory for the Danes at Wembley.

England’s last win over Denmark was at the 2002 World Cup. The nations last squared off at the Euros in 1992, a scoreless draw in the group stage of a tournament Denmark went on to win. All seven previous England-Denmark clashes at Wembley finished with 1-0 scorelines. England have won five to Denmark’s two at the hallowed London venue.

This is Denmark’s biggest fixture since that watershed ’92 success. England have a traumatic history of semi-final losses since winning the ’66 World Cup, losing one game short of the final in the 1990 and 2018 World Cups and the 1968 and 1996 Euros.

All the pressure is on England, particularly in front of a home crowd. But they have handled it extremely well so far and have a significant edge on Denmark form-wise.

Tip: Result and Both Teams To Score – England and No @ $2.50