Denmark v England Live Commentary & Result, 08/09/2020, UEFA Nations League



16′ A wonderful long diagonal ball from Dier finds Alexander-Arnold in acres of space on the right wing. The right-back immediately whips in a delicious cross, but Schmeichel reads and collects before Kane can pounce.

14′ The hosts are awarded a free-kick around 30 yards from the England goal after Rice is penalised for a clumsy challenge. The ambitious Skov tries his luck but his effort is always rising.

11′ Straight from the training ground, the corner is pulled back to the edge of the area where an unmarked Sancho is waiting. However, the Borussia Dortmund star does not connect as he would have liked and Denmark clear the danger.

10′ England force their first corner after a terrific long ball from Coady picks out Alexander-Arnold on the wing. The Liverpool full-back’s cross deflects behind and this is a good opportunity for the Three Lions.

7′ Chelsea defender Christensen is one of three English-based players in the hosts’ starting line-up today, along with Schmeichel of Leicester and Brentford’s Norgaard. There is also plenty of Premier League experience in the shape of former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Eriksen.

5′ Christensen looks to get Denmark moving as he seeks out Poulsen with a long diagonal ball over the top of the England defence. However, it runs straight through to Pickford in the visiting goal.

3′ This is the first meeting between the nations since March 2014, when England prevailed 1-0 in a friendly at Wembley. Denmark have only tasted victory once in a competitive fixture against the Three Lions, that was back in September 1983.

1′ Istvan Kovacs of Romania is today’s referee. He blows his whistle and England get the match underway.

The teams are coming out onto the field and about to observe the national anthems. Kick-off is moments away.

The form book suggests that today’s game is a tough one to call. Saturday’s defeat by Belgium was Denmark’s first in a competitive match on home soil since October 2016. Meanwhile, England have won their last four games – scoring 18 goals without reply – and been beaten just once away from home in three years.

Meanwhile, Gareth Southgate makes three changes to the England side that beat Iceland 1-0 at the weekend. There are debuts for Wolves defender Conor Coady and Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips, while Trent Alexander-Arnold replaces the suspended Kyle Walker at right-back. There could also be senior international bows from the bench for Dean Henderson, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Jack Grealish.

In only his second game in charge of Denmark, Kasper Hjulmand makes two changes to the side that began Saturday’s 2-0 defeat by Belgium. Mathias Jorgensen replaces Simon Kjaer in the heart of defence and there is an international debut for Christian Norgaard, who is preferred to Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg in midfield. Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel wears the captain’s armband.

SUBS: Nick Pope, Dean Henderson, Tyrone Mings, Michael Keane, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, James Ward-Prowse, Jack Grealish, Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham, Danny Ings.

ENGLAND: Jordan Pickford, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez, Conor Coady, Eric Dier, Kieran Trippier, Kalvin Phillips, Declan Rice, Raheem Sterling, Jadon Sancho, Harry Kane (captain).

SUBS: Jonas Lossl, Frederik Ronnow, Joachim Andersen, Jannik Vestergaard, Simon Kjaer, Joakim Maehle, Henrik Dalsgaard, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Anders Christiansen, Rasmus Falk Jensen, Jacob Bruun Larsen, Andreas Cornelius.

DENMARK: Kasper Schmeichel (captain), Daniel Wass, Mathias Jorgensen, Andreas Christensen, Robert Skov, Christian Norgaard, Christian Eriksen, Thomas Delaney, Yussuf Poulsen, Kasper Dolberg, Martin Braithwaite.

Despite initial concerns earlier in the week following the sending-home of England duo Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood for breaching COVID-19 protocols, today’s game goes ahead. The Three Lions are looking to make it two wins from two in this year’s Nations League, while the hosts will be aiming to get their first points on the board.

Hello everyone and welcome to our live text coverage of the Nations League Group A2 clash between Denmark and England at Telia Parken.



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