Wednesday, December 1

England seeks to consecrate itself against Denmark, which has everything to win

Sterling is called to be the man of the match

Sterling is called to be the man of the match

At this point, anything other than winning the title for England will be a disappointment at a nearly full Wembley, in which Denmark will try to continue hunting surprises in this European Championship and reach its second final in history.

An honor that England has never had, always topped off in the semifinals and now on a red carpet until the fight for the title. The ‘Three Lions’ will play at Wembley, with the 60,000 fans that will be accommodated in the stadium in their favor. Only a small stronghold of Danes will be able to see your selection due to travel restrictions.

In addition, those of Gareth Southgate arrive in their best moment of the tournament, after beating Ukraine in the quarterfinals, in their best performance to date. Without conceding a single goal in the tournament, with Harry Kane finally plugged in and with a multitude of variants in the field and on the bench that have made them the favorites according to the English bookmakers. Anything that doesn’t lift the title will be seen as a disappointment for a group that hasn’t played metal for 55 years and has never smelled Euro glory up close.

Never before has Denmark been so close to reaching the milestone that obtained his golden generation, the one that unexpectedly obtained the continental title in the year 1992, in Sweden. The team led by Kasper Hjulmand is two steps away from matching the historic moment in Danish football. As then, the Scandinavian squad was on the sidelines of the candidates. He worked as a helper but step by step he gained relevance.

That team beat the Netherlands in the semi-finals and Germany in the final. He achieved the only great title that shines in his record. The current one is cited with one of the favorites, England, who also acts as a local. Then Italy. Nothing to see. Denmark is in an unimaginable situation for many. But it is a team that has gone from less to more to become one of the survivors of the competition.

Hjulmand’s painting assumes Cinderella status in this final stretch. It is the cover of the tournament and that alleviates the possible pressure to which the teams are subjected in these sections of the event. Denmark, overcoming the shock of the first game due to the heart problem of its star Christian Eriksen, advances in the Eurocup to play against a strong rival who has not yet conceded a single goal. The Danish squad has overcome the impact of what happened on the first day in Copenhagen and has found a solution on the pitch to alleviate the loss of the Inter footballer.

The Scandinavian team will maintain its system of five defenders, two midfielders ahead and three attacking men. The return to the eleven of Leipzig forward Yussuf Poulsen, who already played a few minutes against the Czech Republic, may be Hjulmand’s novelty for the duel against England. Nice player Kasper Dolberg may be the one sacrificed. He will keep behind with Jens Stryger Larsen, from Udinese and Joakim Maehle, from Atalanta, on the wings. Chelsea footballer Andreas Christensen is the beacon of the rear alongside captain and leader Simon Kjaer, former Sevilla player and now Milan player, while Southampton’s Jannik Vestergaard completes the heart of the defense.

Mikkel Damsgaard has gained relevance after the discharge of Eriksen. The Sampdoria man acts as a link between the midfield formed by Pierre Emile Hojbjerg, from Tottenham and Thomas Delaney, from Borussia Dortmund, with the attack made up of Poulsen and Barça player Martin Braithwaite. Several drag annoyances. The normal thing at this stage of the competition. However, Hjulmand is not contemplating casualties for the historic Danish event. Since he won in Sweden 1992, with the exception of the quarterfinals he reached in Portugal 2004, he never made it past the first round of a European Championship. Now, he is one step away from a new ending.

Probable lineups

England: Pickford; Shaw, Stones, Maguire, Walker; Rice, Phillips, Mount; Sancho, Sterling y Kane.

Denmark: Schmeichel, Larsen, Christensen, Kjaer, Vestergaard, Maehle; Hojbjerg, Thomas Delaney, Damsgaard; Poulsen or Dolberg and Braithwaite.

Referee: Danny Makkelie (NED)

Stadium: Wembley (London). 20.00 local hora (21.00 CET / 19.00 GMT).

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