Fans by more than 50,000 supporters, England are expected to reach their first final Sunday against Italy, at Wembley, in their cauldron of Wembley, to face a surprising Denmark team in the semi-finals of Euro (9 pm) in London on Wednesday Burning. , already qualified.
aAfter half a century without a title, the selection of the “Three Lions” depends on its iron defence, its aggressive wit and its boiling spectators to get a little closer to the throne and eventually adorn a trophy cabinet that dates back to 1966. The world has been gathering dust since. Cup won at home.
It will be necessary to tame the Danish collective in the first place, but also understand the emotional burden that will be placed on the shoulders of Kyle Walker, Harry Maguire, Raheem Sterling and company.
“When you are in English and you play a game in a big tournament, there is always a lot of pressure on you. Before Germany (2-0 in round 16, editor’s note) we talked about it, but we did well. also against Ukraine (4-0 in the quarterfinals),” captain Harry Kane, author of three goals scored during these two early matches.
According to the English coach, trembling legs and lumps in the brain will be sought from Denmark, a tiny Nordic country of less than six million inhabitants, who already surprised by climbing onto the roof in 1992. Sideburns from Europe to the nose and beard.
Dane’s Fierce Hunger
“The pressure is what you let it be. For us, facing the challenge is more motivating. If we were a country with five titles, it would have been different, but it is not so. Denmark has already won a Euro, maybe those But there will be more pressure to do it again,” said England coach Gareth Southgate.
Its players dream of a successor to Gordon Banks, Bobby Charlton and Geoff Hurst, the heroes of the 1966 World Cup won at Wembley. But it will be necessary to find out beforehand the semi-finals their elders have stumbled upon in the World Cup (1990 and 2018), Euro (1968 and 1996) or League of Nations (2019).
However, the Danes come with a voracious appetite and a well-established collective, despite the hard blows they received during a nightmare for the competition.
In the middle of a match tainted by the cardiac ailment of their leader Christian Eriksson, drowned in two early defeats against Finland and Belgium, Scandinavian Petit Posset again sowed dreams with his flexibility and quality of play. Eat your shoes English monster of the Seven Leagues again.
“We really believe that it will be difficult for England to fight. We come to win,” said Danish coach Kasper Hjulmand.
English choir implemented at Wembley
Up front, the technician will be spoiled for choice between Yusuf Poulsen and Kasper Dolberg. Creative Joachim Mahle and Mikel Damsgaard will be there to supply the lucky winner with good balls, while the cage will be guarded by a defense led by goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel and courageous captain Simon Kajar.
In the stands, the supporters’ match, however, promises to be more uneven.
At Wembley, where 60,000 spectators are expected, the English choir shouldn’t have too much trouble covering the announced 8,000 Danish fans’ encouragement, for the most part expatriates living in England.
The presence of fans from overseas is virtually impossible in the United Kingdom, as anyone entering the kingdom is subject to isolation for five to ten days. The British Isles, which has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, is currently facing an outbreak of the delta variant, which is much more contagious.
On the other hand, The Red and White will be supported by the Danish Crown Prince, his wife and their eldest son. All three are exempted from the quarantine rules because “it is only natural that the royal family, there too, represents Denmark”, their spokesperson justified.
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