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Published 15 December 2023 5 min read
England Men's Senior Team

Match Report: Denmark 1-1 England

Written by:

Nicholas Veevers

  • M. Hjulmand (34′)
  • J. Vestergaard (27′)
  • J. Mæhle (73′)
  • C. Nørgaard (87′)
UEFA EURO 2024 Group C
Thursday 20 June, 05:00 PM Frankfurt Arena
1 1
HT: 1 - 1
  • H. Kane (18′)
  • C. Gallagher (62′)

The Three Lions finish level in their second Group C game at EURO 2024

Denmark v England
UEFA EURO 2024 - Group C fixture 
5pm BST, Thursday 20 June 2024
Frankfurt Arena, Germany

England manager Gareth Southgate at EURO 2024
England manager Gareth Southgate at EURO 2024

Gareth Southgate is expecting another difficult test when his England side take on Denmark at EURO 2024 on Thursday.

The Three Lions beat Serbia 1-0 in their opening match on Sunday and another win would guarantee them a spot in the last 16 of the competition.

Here is what Southgate had to say in full.

Reflections on the Serbia result and performance…

I was delighted with the first half hour, we used the ball really well and were in complete control of the game. We got the goal and I think we used a lot of emotion in the first half, our energy levels dropped a bit after that. But in the moments where we didn't keep the ball as well our defending as a team and in particular our back four was outstanding.

Serbia were behind in the game so they had to come forward. We also had a lot of players that haven't had lots of 90 minutes. That was Kieran Trippier's first 90 minutes for three or four months. Adding to that, the first games in tournaments are unique occasions. Even our most experienced players were talking about how the atmosphere was and how they felt before the game. There was a lot of expectation on the team and I think everybody knows the consequence of a poor result. Subconsciously, that can have a big effect. We've talked to the players about how pleased we were, the things that we need to do better, and we move onto the next challenge.

On Bukayo Saka's importance to the team…

He has always had the attributes that he has in terms of his technical ability and the speed. I guess what's developing is his game understanding and his confidence on the biggest stage – although, to be honest, we saw that in the last EUROs anyway. He is just becoming a more and more complete player and is a fabulous boy to work with.

On Marc Guehi's tournament debut against Serbia…

He did what he does every week. Sometimes it's not actually playing against the level of opponent that's hard, it's playing for England. He managed to cope with both those things brilliantly. He's a boy who's normally positioned in the right place so you don’t see many desperate lunging late challenges, he's normally positionally really sound. Sometimes I think he doesn't catch the eye because of that. He was very calm, defended on the front foot, used the ball well. They're all things we know he has but it was great to see him transfer that into a big match.

I didn't say a lot to him because sometimes you can fill people's heads with too much. I felt he was ready, I didn't think he needed a long talk from me. We'd picked up coaching points during the week with the group and with him individually but I had belief in him and sometimes the best way of showing that belief is to say very little.

On what he expects from Denmark…

I know [Denmark manager] Kasper Hjulmand really well and he's a very good coach. The detail of preparation will be excellent. They had some really good passages of play in their first game so I'm sure they'll feel it was a game they could have won. We know from previous games with them that they’ve been extremely difficult for us to play against. We know a lot of their players from the Premier League as well and it's going to be another very tough test. They're tactically flexible and a lot of the same players from EURO 2020 are still either starting or in the squad. But a few young players have also emerged.

On Christian Eriksen's journey since EURO 2020…

It was wonderful to see him score on Sunday having sat in a hotel and watched the game three years ago when he collapsed in Copenhagen. To see him score in his next performance at the finals was something special on a human level. It restores your faith. I don't know him but he seems a really good guy and I know a couple of our guys that have played with him felt that.

Denmark in profile

The Red and Whites
 Kasper Hjulmand
Captain: Simon Kjaer
FIFA World Cup best performance: Quarter-Finals 1998
UEFA EURO best performance: Champion 1992
Last encounter: England 2-1 Denmark, UEFA EURO 2020, 7 July 2021, Wembley Stadium connected by EE

Match Stats

● This will be the fourth encounter between Denmark and England at a major tournament, across the UEFA EURO (3) and FIFA World Cup (1). Denmark have so far won none of the previous three meetings (D1 L2), scoring only one goal in the process, Mikkel Damsgaard’s free-kick in the semi-final of EURO 2020.

● There have only been five goals scored in the last four meetings between Denmark (2) and England (3) in all competitions.

● Denmark have won just one of their last six group stage games at the UEFA European Championship (D1 L4), beating Russia 4-1 in EURO 2020 to ensure qualification to the round of 16.

● Denmark completed 583 passes and enjoyed a 89 per cent passing accuracy in their 1-1 draw against Slovenia in their EURO 2024 opener, both record highs for the Danes that Opta has on record (since 1980) at the European Championship.

● England won 1-0 against Serbia in their opening match at EURO 2024. The Three Lions have never won their opening two matches at a European Championship tournament.

● England only had 12 touches in Serbia’s box in their 1-0 win, their lowest total of touches in the opposition box in a European Championship game since 2012 against Ukraine (also 12).

● England manager Gareth Southgate took charge of his 20th match at a major tournament in their 1-0 win over Serbia, becoming just the 16th manager to do so across the World Cup and EUROs. England average 1.9 goals per game under him at major tournaments, the best ratio of any Three Lions boss.

● Christian Eriksen created seven chances from set plays in Denmark’s 1-1 draw with Slovenia, the most by a player in a European Championship match since Gary McAllister in 1992 for Scotland against Germany (8).

● Jude Bellingham became the first player to play at two European Championship tournaments before the age of 21 in England’s 1-0 win over Serbia. He is also the second England player to score at two major tournaments before turning 21 (also scored vs Iran at the 2022 World Cup), along with Michael Owen who scored at the 1998 World Cup and EURO 2000.

● Denmark’s Christian Eriksen scored his first ever goal at the European Championship in their 1-1 draw with Slovenia. At 32 years and 123 days old, he became the oldest Dane to score at the UEFA EURO and oldest at a major tournament since a 33-year-old Jon Dahl Tomasson at the 2010 World Cup.

07 Jul 2021 4:51

Highlights: England 2-1 Denmark

See the best of the action from our UEFA EURO 2020 semi-final clash with Denmark at Wembley

Head to head

The Three Lions have played Denmark at men's senior level on 22 occasions, registering 13 wins, drawing five and losing four.

Last three meetings v Denmark

England 2-1 Denmark, UEFA EURO 2020 semi-final, 7 July 2021

A memorable night for England, as they secured their place in a first-ever UEFA EURO Final after a dramatic victory in front of a jubilant crowd at Wembley. Mikkel Damsgaard opened the scoring, but a Simon Kjaer own goal brought the Three Lions level in a tense first half with the game eventually going to extra time. And it was England who edged it, after Harry Kane scored a rebound from his own missed penalty to seal the victory.

England 0-1 Denmark, UEFA Nations League, 15 October 2020

It was a forgettable evening for Gareth Southgate's side as they ended their Nations League campaign with defeat in front of an empty Wembley Stadium during the COVID-19 pandemic. A penalty from Christian Eriksen settled the game in Denmark's favour on this occasion.

Denmark 0-0 England, UEFA Nations League, 8 September 2020

The teams couldn't be separated on this occasion as they played out a goal-less draw in what was their first meeting of the UEFA Nations League campaign of 2020-21.

09 Feb 2011 3:54

From the archive: Denmark 1-2 England

Fabio Capello's side headed to Parken for an international back in February 2011

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How to watch or stream

Games at UEFA EURO 2024 will be shown live in the UK by both the BBC and ITV. This game will be shown live on the BBC.

Gareth Southgate has named an unchanged team as England take on Denmark in their second game of EURO 2024 in Frankfurt.

Harry Kane leads the line, with Bukayo Saka, Jude Bellingham and Phil Foden in support.

Trent Alexander-Arnold and Declan Rice make up the midfield in front of Jordan Pickford and the same back four as beat Serbia on Sunday, including a 50th cap for Kieran Trippier.. 

England: 1 Jordan Pickford, 2 Kyle Walker, 4 Declan Rice, 5 John Stones, 6 Marc Guehi, 7 Bukayo Saka, 8 Trent Alexander-Arnold, 9 Harry Kane (c), 11 Phil Foden, 12 Kieran Trippier

Substitutes: 13 Aaron Ramsdale, 14 Ezri Konsa, 15 Lewis Dunk, 16 Conor Gallagher, 17 Ivan Toney, 18 Anthony Gordon, 19 Ollie Watkins, 20 Jarrod Bowen, 21 Eberechi Eze, 22 Joe Gomez, 23 Dean Henderson, 24 Cole Palmer, 25 Adam Wharton, 26 Kobbie Mainoo

Match Line Up

 England's Phil Foden looks to take control of the ball
England's Phil Foden looks to take control of the ball
England remained top of Group C at UEFA EURO 2024 despite being held to a 1-1 draw by Denmark.

Harry Kane gave England the lead after just 18 minutes, as he produced a clinical finish from inside the box before a Morten Hjulmand piledriver levelled proceedings 10 minutes from half-time.

Both sides pushed hard for a winner in a tense second half, but neither were truly able to carve out a clear-cut chance and were forced to settle for a share of the spoils in Frankfurt.

Gareth Southgate’s men will finish their group stage campaign against Slovenia on Tuesday in Cologne.

There was little to pick between the two sides in the opening 10 minutes, but England gradually built their way into the game and carved the first opening of the match with 12 minutes on the clock.

Some consistent England pressure and possession eventually found Phil Foden on the edge of the box, and he twisted past his marker before firing a shot just wide of the target.
That pressure continued and England grabbed the lead five minutes later through Kane.

Kyle Walker pounced on a defensive lapse by Victor Kristiansen, racing onto a loose ball down the flank before crossing and finding Kane in the box. England’s record goalscorer made no mistake from close range.

The Three Lions continued to threaten as Marc Guehi was almost played in behind by Trent Alexander-Arnold after Bukayo Saka was scythed down by Jannik Vestergaard.

Denmark looked to work their way back into the contest and almost found a way through as Christian Eriksen wriggled his way into the box but Alexander-Arnold eventually managed to clear the ball to safety.

Jonas Wind then almost found himself in behind only for a superb tackle from Guehi, who denied him.

The Danes then found the equaliser just after the half hour mark, as Hjulmand let fly from 25 yards and found the bottom corner via the post.

Denmark continued their pressure and Hjulmand once again tried his luck from outside the box but his shot was this time deflected behind.

England looked to regain their footing in the contest and called Kasper Schmeichel into action again through Foden. The midfielder danced his way through tackles before letting fly from just outside the box, but his effort was comfortably held.

It was then Jordan Pickford’s turn as the England keeper easily stopped Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s speculative effort.
Bukayo Saka looks to leave the Danish defenders in his wake
Bukayo Saka looks to leave the Danish defenders in his wake
Shots from outside the box were largely what both sides were limited to, with Declan Rice’s deflected effort the first of the second half, which Schmeichel was able to comfortably gather.

Saka then found himself in behind after latching onto a raking pass from Alexander-Arnold and his header just went the wrong side of the post under intense pressure from Schmeichel and Andreas Christensen.

England continued to find their feet in the second half and came close to retaking the lead as Foden cannoned an effort off the post from the edge of the box.

A tight contest then saw substitute Conor Gallagher called into defensive action to halt Eriksen’s advances in the box, before at the other end Saka worked his way goalwards but fired wide of the target.

Eriksen was then involved again as the midfielder seized on a loose ball outside the box and tried his luck but his effort was high and wide before Pickford was equal to Mikkel Damsgaard’s strike.

Gareth Southgate made a triple change, with Ollie Watkins, Jarrod Bowen and Eberechi Eze all introduced, and Watkins was immediately involved by latching onto a Bellingham through ball but his effort from a narrow angle was repelled by Schmeichel.

Pickford was called into action again and was down smartly to his right to save a long-range effort from goalscorer Hjulmand.
 Harry Kane celebrates the opening goal as he gives England a first-half lead
Harry Kane celebrates the opening goal as he gives England a first-half lead
Guehi was then forced into evasive action after the centre back was robbed of the ball by Alexander Bah but the England defender did excellently to atone and block the cross.

Neither side was able to fashion another goalscoring chance, meaning both sides were left with a point.

England: 1 Jordan Pickford (Everton), 2 Kyle Walker (Manchester City), 4 Declan Rice (Arsenal), 5 John Stones (Manchester City), 6 Marc Guehi (Crystal Palace), 7 Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), 8 Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), 9 Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), 10 Jude Bellingham (Real Madrid), 11 Phil Foden (Manchester City), 12 Kieran Trippier (Newcastle United)

Substitutes: 16 Conor Gallagher (Chelsea) for Alexander-Arnold 54’, 20 Jarrod Bowen (West Ham United) for Phil Foden 69’, 21 Eberechi Eze (Crystal Palace) for Saka 69’, 19 Ollie Watkins (Aston Villa) for Kane 69’

Subs not used: 13 Aaron Ramsdale (Arsenal), 14 Ezri Konsa (Aston Villa), 15 Lewis Dunk (Brighton & Hove Albion) 17 Ivan Toney (Brentford), 18 Anthony Gordon (Newcastle United), 22 Joe Gomez (Liverpool), 23 Dean Henderson (Crystal Palace), 24 Cole Palmer (Chelsea), 25 Adam Wharton (Crystal Palace), 26 Kobbie Mainoo

Goals: Kane 18’

Yellow Cards: Gallagher

Coach: Gareth Southgate

Denmark: 1 Kasper Schmeichel, 2 Joachim Andersen, 3 Jannik Vestergaard, 5 Joakim Maehle, 6 Andreas Christensen, 9 Rasmus Hojlund, 10 Christian Eriksen, 17 Victor Kristiansen, 19 Morten Hjulmand, 19 Jonas Wind, 23 Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg

Substitutes: 18 Alexander Bah for Kristiansen 57’, 14 Mikkel Damsgaard for Wind 57’, 20 Yussuf Poulsen for Hojlund 67’, 15 Christian Norgaard for Eriksen 83’, 11 Andreas Skov Olsen for Hjulmand 83’

Subs not used: 4 Simon Kjaer, 7 Mathias Jensen, 12 Kasper Dolberg, 13 Mathias Jorgensen, 16 Mads Hermansen, 22 Frederik Ronnow, 24 Anders Dreyer, 25 Rasmus Kristensen, 26 Jacob Bruun Larsen

Goals: Hjulmand 34’

Yellow Cards: Vestergaard, Maehle, Norgaard

Coach: Kasper Hjulmand

Match Line Up