‘Have you won it yet?’: Kasper Schmeichel scoffs at suggestion that football is ‘coming home’
Follow the coverage live as England and Denmark prepare to face off in the Euro 2020 semi-finals tonight.
Last night, Italy beat Spain on penalties to reserve their place for Sunday’s final. Last night’s epic took place at Wembley Stadium, which will also host tonight’s clash and Sunday’s flagship game, giving England their best trophy opportunity in decades. But – like Italy – Denmark is a dangerous enemy.
Since star midfielder Christian Eriksen collapsed in the Danes’ opening loss to Finland, Kasper Hjulmand’s organized side have managed to channel their emotions into an inspiring run. After a narrow loss to world number 1 Belgium in their second match, Denmark beat Russia, before following a similar defeat against Wales in the round of 16. -final meeting with England.
Gareth Southgate’s side are unbeaten at Euro 2020 and the only side to concede a goal yet in the tournament in what has been a historic race. A disappointing draw with Scotland in the group stage was the only ‘slippage’ of any note, with narrow but professional wins over Croatia and the Czechs on either side of this clash, before the Southgate players broke through another historic barrier by beating Germany. 2-0 in the round of 16. In the quarter-finals, the Three Lions beat Ukraine in Rome – England’s only Euro 2020 game not to be staged at Wembley – and now Denmark are waiting.
Throughout the day we will bring you all the latest news from inside the England camp as well as all the preparation for Wembley:
England vs Denmark at the latest: Prime Minister Boris Johnson wishes England good luck!
Everyone is getting ready for tonight’s crucial game at Wembley, and Prime Minister Boris Johnson has taken to social media to wish England good luck in tonight’s game.
Here he is, posing with an English shirt. Does Boris see himself as a bit of a playmaker with his selection of jersey numbers? Or just represent Downing Street? I’ll let you decide for that one!
Omar GarrickJuly 7, 2021 09:49
England v Denmark last: “Winning EUROs will make England special” – Hoddle
Glenn Hoddle believes Gareth Southgate’s England side won’t be special until they manage to lift a major trophy.
England are looking to secure their place in a first major international final since 1966, with Denmark on their way.
Although he hasn’t conceded a goal so far in the tournament, Hoddle believes this team will only be considered a winner if they do win the competition.
He said: “It (this England team) will only be special if they win it. It’s not special yet.
“The England team for the 66 World Cup was not special until they won the World Cup and then suddenly – we had world class players, Bobby Moore, Bobby Charlton and Gordon Banks – but suddenly we were talking about other players as being world class. They weren’t, but because they won the World Cup they would be in a different league – and rightly so. “
Hoddle, speaking at a Betfair event, told the PA news agency: “I think we will cross the line and I think we will never have a better chance because it is a home tournament. now.
“It’s all at Wembley, we’ve got the crowds back so we’re on hand – but they have to.
“(They have to) keep their cool, they have to keep their management of the game. And if they find themselves conceding a goal and losing a goal, that’s the test. It would be a major test for them against anyone.
Omar GarrickJuly 7, 2021 09:42
England vs Denmark latest news: England team news
The big game is tonight and the nerves are already on the go for many English fans across the country.
Gareth Southgate’s side are in a second straight semi-final of a major tournament, having reached the same stage at the World Cup in Russia three years ago. They are trying to reach their first international grand final since 1966.
Southgate will be delighted to see the resumption of Bukayo Saka, who is back in training after receiving a blow.
The four players who received a card during the tournament – Harry Maguire, Declan Rice, Kalvin Phillips and Phil Foden – came out of the quarter-final unscathed and now see those yellow cards stricken from the records.
Omar GarrickJuly 7, 2021 09:34
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Alex PattleJuly 7, 2021 9:24 AM
England vs Denmark last: won’t make it home, says Schmeichel
Denmark goalkeeper and captain Kasper Schmeichel scoffed at suggestions that football is ‘coming home’ this week, whether or not England beat the Danes and then Italy in Sunday’s final.
“Has it ever been to my house?” Have you already won it? Has been [’66] not the World Cup?
Here’s everything the Leicester City keeper had to say about it ahead of tonight’s semi-final against England in London.
Look: “Have you won it yet?” “- Kasper Schmeichel laughs at football’s ‘homecoming’ suggestion
Kasper Schmeichel rejected the idea of a “homecoming” of football. Speaking at a pre-match press conference ahead of Denmark’s Euro 2020 semi-final against England, the goalkeeper questioned the Three Lions’ previous successes in major tournaments . “Has he ever been home? Have you ever won it?” He asked in response to a reporter, as his teammate laughed next to him. Schmeichel went on to say he had ‘no thoughts’ of stopping England and is focusing more on what it would mean for Denmark to reach the final.
Alex PattleJuly 7, 2021 09:20
England vs Denmark at the latest: Italy awaits in the final
The winners of tonight’s semi-final between England and Denmark face Italy in the final on Sunday at a crowded Wembley stadium.
Italy, arguably the tournament team so far, beat the Spaniards on penalties after a 1-1 score in regulation and a scoreless stretch in overtime.
Federico Chiesa put Italy ahead in a game in which they were – for the first time at Euro 2020 – second best, before substitute Alvaro Morata equalized for Spain late.
But the striker would miss his shot on goal in the shootout, before Chelsea midfielder Jorginho coldly scored his penalty to send Roberto Mancini’s ecstasy. Azzurri in the final – their first in a major tournament since Euro 2012, when they were beaten by Spain.
Here’s our football editor Miguel Delaney with his Wembley report last night:
Alex PattleJuly 7, 2021 8:54 AM
England vs Denmark last match: welcome!
welcome to The independentlive coverage of ahead of the Euro 2020 semi-final between England and Denmark.
The draw, like last night’s epic between Italy and Spain, will take place at Wembley Stadium, as will Sunday’s final.
In this flagship match, Italy awaits the winners of tonight’s semi-final.
Roberto Mancini’s men beat Spain on penalties last night, and English and Danish fans are hopeful that their respective sides won’t have to endure the same strain tonight.
A victory for England would lead them to their first final since the 1966 World Cup, which they won, while Denmark’s last final was at Euro 1992, where the Danes lifted the trophy.
Follow all the preparation for tonight’s semi-final with us here …
Alex PattleJuly 7, 2021 8:30 AM