Southgate: ‘These England nights bring everyone together’
England manager Gareth Southgate spoke about the privilege he feels when managing his side and bringing the nation together through the 4-0 victory against Ukraine in the Euro 2020 quarter-final.
England vs Denmark: Line-ups
One Step Closer to Home
Having now gone seven games across all competitions without conceding a goal, a first-ever appearance at a Euros final will be England’s should their staunch defence produce the goods once more, and no team in history has navigated a Euros or World Cup campaign with six clean sheets to their name.
Southgate’s struggles to get the best out of a bright attacking contingent have been well-documented, but England’s thrashing of Ukraine also represented their biggest ever margin of victory in a major tournament knockout match, which is just what the doctor ordered before their Nordic neighbours seek to spring another surprise.
the last time that Denmark made it this far culminated in a fairytale ending during Euro 92 – their first and only triumph at the continental championships to date – and Hjulmand’s in-form attacking contingent have already notched up the most goals that their country has ever scored in a single major tournament.
Whichever team progresses to the final over the course of the full 90, 120 or a penalty shootout will be rewarded with a final appearance versus Italy or Spain – two powerhouses that have dazzled and delighted all summer long – but as we have learned over the course of all major tournaments, form goes out of the window at this incredibly late stage.
A penalty from none other than Eriksen propelled Denmark to victory over England in last year’s Nations League, and the Scandinavian side also managed to hold Southgate’s men to a goalless draw before that, meaning that we have a truly tantalising battle on our hands in front of a 60,000-strong Wembley crowd.
Underestimating a nation of Denmark’s calibre would almost certainly prove fatal for England, who must prepare for a gruelling evening of football against a side daring to dream just as much as they are. While we anticipate Southgate’s staunch defence finally being breached at Euro 2020 – as well as the Danes having enough energy in the tank to take the game to extra time – England’s attacking options off the bench ought to see them get over the line and bring football that one step closer to home.