This is it, then. England stand on the brink of their first major tournament final since 1966 as Denmark come to Wembley for tonight’s second Euro 2020 final.
Gareth Southgate’s side have already re-written the history books with their run at this summer’s tournament and tonight they must do so again if they are to beat the Danes and reach their first ever European Championship final.
Italy lie in wait for tonight’s victors, having overcome Spain on penalties last night, and while England go into the game as favourites, Denmark have real hope of another remarkable triumph to go with their 1992 success as they ride an emotional wave on the back of Christian Eriksen’s collapse in their opening game of the tournament.
More than 60,000 fans are expected to be inside Wembley tonight, the majority of them English, the biggest sporting crowd seen in the UK since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
Ahead of kick-off, England captain Harry Kane – a former teammate of Eriksen at Tottenham – will present his Danish counterpart Simon Kjaer with a signed shirt as part of a tribute to the midfielder who, thankfully, is recovering well from his cardiac arrest.
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36 mins: England have a free-kick of their own in a pretty similar position but the huge Danish wall jumps and Sterling’s effort hits Kjaer in the face and flies away.
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Now we’ll find out what England are made of. Remarkably, that’s the first goal they’ve conceded at the Finals so we have little by way of past evidence to know how they’ll respond. Pickford is continuing to look shaky. Southgate is appealing for calm.
32 mins: That is the first direct free-kick goal of the tournament and it’s come within minutes of Jordan Pickford surpassing Gordon Banks’ record for the most minutes without conceding a goal for England.
This was the big question – how will England react?
GOAL! England 0-1 Denmark | Mikkel Damsgaard 30′
Denmark have one free-kick a fair way out but win another as Shaw holds Christensen when it’s delivered.
The second is still a fair way out but Damsgaard fancies it and he leathers a stunning free-kick over the wall and past a helpless Pickford. England are breached for the first time in the tournament.
28 mins: That probably just sums up how England are a little rattled at the moment – Shaw plays a simple pass to Sterling and he lets the ball run under his foot and out for a throw.
25 mins: England need to get a hold of it again in there. Vestergaard make a great tackle on Kane in midfield and the Danes come forward again, with England scrambling to get bodies behind the ball as Damsgaard curls a couple of feet wide.
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England are being forced to play it long from the back because Denmark are pressing so well. As a result, they are struggling to get any purchase on the ball up front. This is as ragged as they have looked. Denmark haven’t created anything from passing moves, rather by forcing England into mistakes.
22 mins: Having survived that blistering England start, Denmark are starting to enjoy a decent spell of possesion here and the tempo has just dipped.
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Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg is the beating heart of this Denmark side. The Tottenham man is already snapping into tackles and looking to drive his side forward whenever possible. Meanwhile, Jordan Pickford has had a shaky start, with a kick straight out of play after he presented the ball to Delaney.
20 mins: One or two of the England players do look a little nervy out there but it’s noticeable that the ones that have been here before – or in Russia at least – look settled. Kane, Walker and Sterling in particular, have been assured, sharp and dangerous.