ENGLAND reached the semi-finals of the European Championship for the first time since 1996 with a 4-0 win against Ukraine in Rome.
Standing between the Three Lions and the final is an inspired Denmark side, who have a good record against Gareth Southgate’s team.
Here, SunSport takes a look at England’s record against the Scandinavian nation since the two first met in September 1948.
England vs Denmark head-to-head
England have beaten the Danes in 12 of their 17 encounters, although they haven’t recorded a competitive win since 2002.
And Southgate’s team failed to beat their semi-final opponents in the Nations League last autumn, drawing 0-0 in Copenhagen and losing 1-0 at Wembley.
The two teams last met at a major tournament in 2002, with England hammering Denmark 3-0 on the Japanese island of Niigata in the last 16 of the World Cup.
Here are the highlights of their previous encounters:
England 5 Denmark 2 – Molineux (1956)
Their first competitive match between the two nations was 59 years ago at Wolves’ stadium.
Walter Winterbottom’s England side eased to victory in the West Midlands, with Manchester United icon Duncan Edwards scoring twice.
Preston legend Tom Finney, inaugural Ballon d’Or winner Stanley Matthews and 105-cap international Billy Wright also played for England in the drubbing.
Denmark 0 England 0 – Malmo (1992)
England have played Denmark just once before at the European Championships – 29 years ago in Sweden.
The game finished 0-0 as Gary Lineker, Paul Merson and Co failed to beat Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel.
If you’re an England fan looking for a bad omen, Denmark went on to win Euro ’92 – and Schmeichel’s son Kasper will be in goal for the semi-final.
England 3 Denmark 0 – Niigata (2002)
The two teams last met at a major tournament 19 years ago and it was a fairly comfortable game for Sven Goran Eriksson’s team.
An own goal from ex-Premier League goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen and one each for Liverpool pair Michael Owen and Emile Heskey sealed victory in the last 16 of the World Cup.
England went on to lose to eventual winners Brazil in the next round, with Ronaldinho famously lobbing Arsenal stopper David Seaman to win the game.
England 1 Denmark 0 – Wembley (2014)
England’s last victory against Denmark came seven years ago as Roy Hodgson’s team sealed an uninspiring 1-0 win at Wembley.
Current squad members Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling and Luke Shaw all played in the forgettable match.
A late goal from Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge secured victory, although both teams have changed significantly since that game.
England 0 Denmark 1 – Wembley (2020)
Denmark were victorious in the last meeting between the two teams, with Christian Eriksen scoring a first-half penalty in their Nations League clash.
Perhaps most concerning for England is the strength of the team manager Southgate played that day, with seven of the 11 also starting against Ukraine in the quarter-final.
But Sterling, Shaw, Phil Foden and Jack Grealish did NOT play in that defeat – and England fans will be hoping one of those stars can unpick the stubborn Danish defence at Wembley on Wednesday, July 7.
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