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Denmark national football team
European Championship | Group Stage
Jun 20, 2024 at 5pm UK
Deutsche Bank Park (Frankfurt am Main)
England national football team

1 - 1

Hjulmand (34')
Vestergaard (27'), Maehle (73'), Norgaard (87')
FT(HT: 1-1)
Kane (18')
Gallagher (61')

Preview: Denmark vs. England - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Thursday's Euro 2024 clash between Denmark and England, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

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England's Harry Kane scores against Denmark on June 20, 2024© Reuters

Denmark are a quality outfit, so their positive start to the match did not come as a surprise.

The Danes had a half-chance inside the first minute through Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg after smart work from Rasmus Hojlund, but England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford was on hand to make the save.

Phil Foden sent one over the crossbar in England's first chance, with the Manchester City attacker managing to work his way into a shooting position, and he has been more involved in the first period.

The breakthrough came from Harry Kane in the 18th minute, with the Three Lions captain finding the bottom corner after Kyle Walker's cross had been deflected into him.

In truth, he was never missing from that position.

Denmark's response was strong, though, with England not really kicking on after scoring, which was also the case in their opening match of the competition against Serbia.

The leveller from Morten Hjulmand was a stunning hit from distance, and this match is very delicately poised with 45 minutes of action still to come in the Group C fixture.


Seeking to qualify for the Euro 2024 knockout rounds with a group game to spare, England do battle with Denmark in Group C at the Deutsche Bank Park in Frankfurt on Thursday evening.

The two nations meet for the first time since the semi-finals of Euro 2020 when the Three Lions came from behind to win 2-1 after extra time at Wembley Stadium.

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Denmark's Christian Eriksen celebrates scoring their first goal on June 16, 2024© Reuters

Exactly 1,100 days after suffering a cardiac arrest in Denmark's first game of Euro 2020, Christian Eriksen marked his return to the continental stage in heart-warming fashion as he netted the opening goal in Sunday's Group C encounter with Slovenia.

The Manchester United playmaker chested down a superb flick from teammate Jonas Wind before poking home a first-time shot in the 17th minute. However, it was not quite the perfect comeback for Eriksen, as his opener was cancelled out by a deflected long-range shot from Slovenia's Erik Janza 13 minutes from time, forcing both sides to share the spoils in a 1-1 draw.

Denmark boss Kasper Hjulmand admitted after the match that his side were "too passive" and lacked intensity in the closing stages, and he has encouraged his players to maintain their high energy levels for the entire 90 minutes if they wish to claim three precious points from at least one of their remaining two group fixtures.

Ranked 21st in the world by FIFA, Denmark have made themselves difficult to beat in recent months as they have only lost one of their last 13 international matches since the beginning of March 2023, but the draw with Slovenia means they have now won just one of their last six group fixtures at the European Championship (W1 D1 L4).

The Euro 1992 winners head into Thursday's contest having won just four of their previous 22 meetings with England, and failure to claim maximum points will put them in danger of exiting the group stage at a second consecutive major tournament, after falling at the first hurdle at the 2022 World Cup.

Jude Bellingham celebrates scoring for England in June 2024© Reuters

Following a memorable debut season at Real Madrid, Jude Bellingham inspired England to an important 1-0 victory over Serbia in their opening Group C match on Sunday, ensuring the Three Lions' quest to banish the demons of Euro 2020 began in positive fashion.

The floodgates were seemingly primed to open when 20-year-old Bellingham powered home a header from Bukayo Saka's deflected cross in the 13th minute, but England failed to capitalise on their early dominance which led to a nervy second half, as they were forced to soak up pressure from a much-improved Serbian outfit.

Nevertheless, manager Gareth Southgate can take positives from a defensive perspective as his side showed "resilience" to quell the threat of Serbia. England eventually held on for maximum points and subsequently sit two points clear of both Denmark and Slovenia, knowing that victory against the former on Thursday will see them qualify for the last 16.

England have become the first nation in European Championship history to keep five consecutive clean sheets in the group stage of the competition, while they have not tasted defeat at the group stage since their Euro 2004 opener against France, recording eight wins and four draws since then.

Interestingly, England will be bidding to win their opening two matches at a Euros tournament for the very first time when they face Denmark on Thursday, but success against the Danes is not a given considering they have failed to win any of their previous three competitive meetings in 90 minutes.

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Team News

England's Jude Bellingham celebrates scoring against Serbia on June 16, 2024© Reuters

Denmark boss Hjulmand may decide to stick with the same starting lineup on Thursday, with Crystal Palace's Joachim Andersen, former Chelsea man Andreas Christensen - now at Barcelona - and Leicester City's Jannik Vestergaard all retaining their places in a three-man defence, protecting 37-year-old goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.

Joakim Maehle will be pushing for a recall at wing-back at the expense of either Alexander Bah or Victor Kristiansen, while Tottenham Hotspur's Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg is set to links arms with Morten Hjulmand in centre-midfield.

Man United striker Rasmus Hojlund has scored seven goals in 15 international caps for Denmark and is expected to continue up front alongside Wind, with Eriksen operating in the number 10 role.

At the age of 32 years and 123 days, Eriksen became Denmark's oldest scorer at the European Championship, and the playmaker could draw level with defensive teammate Simon Kjaer (132) as the nation's all-time record appearance-maker.

As for England, Southgate will weigh up whether to stick with the same starting lineup or look to make one or two changes, with Trent Alexander-Arnold and Phil Foden potentially at risk of dropping down to the substitutes' bench.

Alexander-Arnold began in centre-midfield alongside Declan Rice against Serbia and could keep his spot on Thursday, but it would not come as a surprise to see one of Conor Gallagher, Kobbie Mainoo or even Adam Wharton handed a start at the Liverpool man's expense at some point during the group stage.

Foden, meanwhile, struggled to make the desired impact on the left flank. The Manchester City star would prefer to operate centrally or on the right, but both Bellingham and Saka seem nailed in their respective positions, so Foden is seemingly poised to continue on the left, unless Southgate opts for a change in personnel and hands a start to one of Anthony Gordon, Cole Palmer or Eberechi Eze.

Kieran Trippier suffered with cramp towards the end of the win over Serbia, but the Newcastle United man should be fit to continue at left-back, joining Kyle Walker, John Stones and Marc Guehi in the back four. Luke Shaw, meanwhile, has been ruled out of Thursday's fixture as he continues to recover from a hamstring injury which has kept him sidelined since February.

England captain Harry Kane - who scored an extra-time winner in the semi-finals against Denmark at Euro 2020 - is set to lead the line and will be hoping to have a greater impact in the final third and enduring a quiet evening versus Serbia.

Denmark possible starting lineup:
Schmeichel; Andersen, Christensen, Vestergaard; Bah, Hjulmand, Hojbjerg, Kristiansen; Eriksen; Wind, Hojlund

England possible starting lineup:
Pickford; Walker, Stones, Guehi, Trippier; Alexander-Arnold, Rice; Saka, Bellingham, Foden; Kane

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We say: Denmark 0-1 England

Three of the last four meetings between Denmark and England have seen no more than one goal scored, and another tight affair could be on the cards considering the stakes are already high at this early stage in the tournament.

Denmark cannot be written off in Frankfurt and have the attacking players at their disposal to cause England one or two problems, but if the Three Lions can defend with the same resilience that got them over the line versus Serbia and Southgate gets his final-third stars to click, then they should find a way to claim another narrow victory and secure their place in the last 16.

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Group A

Q Germany Germany32107
Q Switzerland Switzerland31205
3 Hungary Hungary31023
4 Scotland flag Scotland30121

Group B

Q Spain Spain33009
Q Italy Italy31114
3 Croatia Croatia30212
4 Albania national flag Albania30121

Group C

Q England flag England31205
Q Denmark Denmark30303
Q Slovenia Slovenia30303
4 Serbia Serbia30212

Group D

Q Austria Austria32016
Q France France31205
Q Netherlands Netherlands31114
4 Poland Poland30121

Group E

Q Romania Romania31114
Q Belgium Belgium31114
Q Slovakia Slovakia31114
4 Ukraine Ukraine31114

Group F

Q Portugal Portugal32016
Q Turkey Turkey32016
Q Georgia Georgia31114
4 Czech Republic Czech Republic30121

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