England vs Denmark UEFA Euro Live Football Score 7 Jul 2021
There’s not long to go now until the England vs Denmark live stream starts, where we’ll find out who takes the second Euro 2020 semi-final and advances.
Two of their four goals came from set-pieces – tangible reward for considerable training ground work after Southgate had aired his frustration at the team’s drop-off in quality from dead balls.
Six of England’s 12 goals at the 2018 World Cup came from either corners or free-kicks and three more were penalties. They failed to get a goal from a set-piece in the group stages at this Euros, but Southgate has clearly been working on that.
He’s dipped into the NBA for inspiration when it comes to clever plays for corners and free-kicks, so when England line up in ‘the love train’ or with a ‘back screen’ in those situations you’re witnessing the pay-off of the manager’s trips to the USA to watch several basketball games, after which he’d quiz coaches and players on the art of making space in tight situations.
[The love train by the way is where players line up single file inside the box before splintering away in different directions at the point of delivery – inspired, of course, by the The O Jays’ funky 1973 hit single].
Yes Ukraine were tired, limited and there to be beaten but Southgate’s charges dispatched them with a confidence very few English sides have displayed in the knockout stages of major tournaments in the last five decades. They’ve managed to get this far without ever looking panicked or stretched and with some of their sparingly used attacking stars still very fresh.
The biggest question mark around them is how they might react to falling behind.
The dour stalemate against Scotland did throw up some questions about Southgate’s natural caution. Might it eventually come back to haunt him?
They’ve been lucky enough to fall on the kinder side of the draw but it would be a serious mistake to underestimate Denmark
Denmark also have a full squad to choose from, Eriksen aside, and are likely to stick with the 11 who beat Czech Republic 2-1 last time out.
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Three Lions, that Baddiel and Skinner’s ear worm that becomes inescapable whenever England get a bit of momentum at a tournament, starts with some old Trevor Brooking commentary lamenting, ‘we’re not creative enough, we’re not positive enough’. It’s immediately followed by a whimsical, ‘It’s coming home, it’s coming home…’.
If ever a stanza summed up the English psyche, that’s surely it. England seem to exist in a woozy purgatory between indignant despair and giddy over-confidence – like a man wobbling across a tightrope with a pint in each hand.
It’s not unreasonable to assume that if they lose to Denmark, there will be calls in some quarters for Southgate to be moved on. Such is the life of an England manager – even one who’s recently been described by Gary Neville as the team’s “biggest asset”.
England have indeed progressed to the last four with an impressive level of efficiency; and though it hasn’t exactly been thrilling, the ruthless dismantling of Ukraine had all the hallmarks of a team that knows what they’re doing.