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With just a few hours till tonight’s MASSIVE EURO SEMI-FINAL match-up at the Home of Football we’ve delved into the archives to bring you the Top 5 times England faced off against Denmark.
England have a superb record against the Danes – of the 21 matches played since 1948 the Three Lions have won 12, drawn five and lost just four.
England are favourites in this Euro 2020 tie, although our tip is the Draw after 90 minutes which is priced at 13/5 at Virgin Bet.
5. Denmark 1, England 5 – December 5, 1955 (Friendly)
We kick off with an inspirational performance from back in the day. England played Denmark three times in the ‘50s, walloping the Scandinavians each time.
While the 5-2 and 4-1 World Cup qualifier victories in 1956 and ’57 were impressive, it was this friendly stampede away from home that stands out (and we can’t help but think of that 5-1 in Munich, but that’s another story).
It was the second time the two sides met, but after an insipid post war goalless draw in 1948 Sir Walter Winterbottom’s charges ran riot at the Idraettsparken.
Future England manager Don Revie opened the scoring with a 26th minute penalty before Bolton legend Nat Lofthouse grabbed a brace, followed by another from Revie. Bristol Rovers’ Geoff Bradford sealed the win in the 65th minute as England strolled to victory.
4. Denmark 3, England 4 – September 20, 1978 (Euro ’80 Qualifier)
Resplendent in a classic late ‘70s Admiral kit, England went 2-0 up after 23 minutes, thanks to a pair of quality headers from future Newcastle boss Kevin Keegan, including a sumptuous diving header.
It didn’t go all England’s way though. The Danes pulled it back to 2-2 within five minutes of Keegan’s second, but Ron Greenwood’s team pulled ahead again through Bob Latchford early in the second half and Phil Neal sealed the win five minutes from time.
Per Rontved grabbed a third for the hosts to make it squeaky bum time for the last few minutes but England held on for an important 2 points.
In the end though, Euro ’80, held in Italy, wasn’t a successful tournament for the English who crashed out after finishing third in Group 2.
3. Denmark 4, England 1 – August 17, 2005 (Friendly)
The summer before the 2006 World Cup England faced Denmark in the traditional August friendly in Copenhagen and left embarrassed.
This was Denmark’s most comprehensive victory over England, despite Sven Goran Eriksson’s side being captained by David Beckham and including starts like Gary Neville, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Joe Cole.
Three goals in seven second half minutes gave the Danes an unassailable 3-0 lead, with Dennis Rommedahl, Jon-Dahl Tomasson and Michael Gravgaard all getting on the score sheet.
Wayne Rooney grabbed a consolation for England before Soren Larsen secured a famous win for the home side.
2. England 1, Denmark 1 – March 5, 2014 (Friendly)
Daniel Sturrdige was the star for England, scoring a near-post header in the 82nd minute as Roy Hodgson’s side prepared for the upcoming World Cup in Brazil.
There were no less than five Liverpool players in the line-up that night, including a young Raheem Sterling, Jordan Henderson and Steven Gerrard.
1. Denmark 0, England 3 – June 15, 2002 (World Cup Finals)
The Golden Generation, featuring Golden Balls himself, fired themselves into the World Cup quarterfinals with this comprehensive Last 16 win – the last time England played Denmark in a major tournament.
Future TV pundit and YouTube star Rio Ferdinand got the first with a header on the back post after just five minutes at the Big Swan Stadium in Niigata, Japan. Michael Owen doubled the lead in the 22nd minute when he capitalised on a poor Danish defensive effort
And then Emile Heskey made it 3-0 with a shot from outside the box that bobbled underneath Sunderland goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen.
England appeared to be on fire as they head into the quarters, only to be brought down to earth with a big bump as the Ronaldinho show destroyed English hopes of making the semis.
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