England will look to maintain their unbeaten Uefa Nations League start when they host Denmark at Wembley on Wednesday at 7:45 PM.
Although the Three Lions have struggled offensively in Group A2, scoring just three goals in three games, they’ve only conceded once and have been defensively excellent, including keeping a clean sheet in a 0-0 draw with the Danes back in September.
After a 3-0 friendly win over Wales last week, Gareth Southgate caused uproar among fans by dropping Jack Grealish to the bench against Belgium in favour of Mason Mount, but his faith was repaid when the Chelsea man scored the winning goal in an impressive 2-1 victory over the world’s No.1 ranked team.
Denmark, meanwhile, beat Iceland 3-0 last time out to pick up their first victory of this Nations League campaign. Kasper Hjulmand’s side sit third in Group A2 with four points from three games and know that defeat will effectively end their chances of progression, while a victory will draw them level with England.
Where to watch England vs Denmark on TV:
- UK: Sky Sports Main Event
- US: ESPN+, TUDNxtra
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England & Denmark’s previous line-ups:
- England (vs Belgium): Pickford; Walker, Dier, Maguire; Alexander-Arnold, Henderson, Rice, Trippier*; Mount, Rashford; Calvert-Lewin*.
- Denmark (vs Iceland): Schmeichel; Wass, Kjaer, Christensen, Skov; Hojbjerg, Delaney; Poulsen, Eriksen, Braithwaite; Dolberg.
Harry Kane is in contentin to return to the starting line-up in place of Dominic Calvert-Lewin after coming off the bench against Belgium, but Spurs will be hopeful he is given another rest. Kieran Trippier and Ben Chilwell have both left the squad, so either Bukayo Saka or Ainsley Maitland-Niles could start at left-wing-back.
Denmark are free of injury and suspension concerns heading to Wembley.
Players to watch:
With England trailing to a Romelu Lukaku penalty against Belgium, Marcus Rashford stepped up to fire home from the spot himself and in doing so, he became just the fourth Manchester United player to score in four consecutive Three Lions appearances, alongside Sir Bobby Charlton, David Beckham and Wayne Rooney (who achieved the feat twice).
The post-war record for consecutive England appearances with a goal is jointly held by Kane, Tom Finney and Rooney with six. As Rashford is likely to start again, the newly-appointed MBE will have plenty of extra motivation to get back on the scoresheet. The overall record is held by Steve Bloomer, who scored in 10 consecutive England appearances between 1895 and 1899, so there’s still a way to go before Rashford can catch that one.
Despite the immense effort it took to get him there, it’s safe to say things haven’t been going to plan at Inter Milan for Christian Eriksen. The former Tottenham man has scored just one league goal since January for his new club and this season, he’s managed just 73 minutes of Serie A action, causing him to publicly pressure Antonio Conte into giving him more time on the pitch.
“I don’t want to sit on the bench for the whole season,” he said. “I hope this isn’t the coach’s or the club’s intention.”
This international break has been a welcome change for Eriksen, though, having scored from the spot in Denmark’s 4-0 friendly win over the Faroe Islands before netting again in a 3-0 victory over Iceland. Eriksen will be facing some familiar opponents against England and will be looking to keep up this good run of form to give Conte something to think about.