Vestergaard prepares for England date


Jannik Vestergaard and his Danish compatriots will be hoping to spoil England’s party when the two countries go head to head in the second EURO 2020 semi-final on Wednesday night.

The tie presents a huge opportunity for both nations to reach just their second major final, with Denmark last doing so when they shocked the continent to win Euro ’92. For England, the long wait stretches back 55 years to the famous World Cup win of 1966.

Denmark’s fairytale revival since losing their first two group games continued with a 2-1 victory over Czech Republic in the quarter-finals.

Thomas Delaney and Kasper Dolberg were on target in the first half, before Patrik Schick pulled one back early in the second period, but the Danes held on.

Striker Dolberg now has three goals for the tournament, despite not starting any of the group matches and only coming into the side due to an injury to Yussuf Poulsen, who has since returned to fitness.

Also on three goals, two behind Golden Boot race leader Cristiano Ronaldo, is England talisman Harry Kane, who scored twice in the Three Lions’ quarter-final success over Ukraine.

Harry Maguire and Jordan Henderson were also on the scoresheet as Gareth Southgate’s side romped to a 4-0 win in Rome.

Now back at Wembley, England are favourites to progress to Sunday’s final against Italy or Spain, who meet in the first semi-final tonight.

However, Denmark will be buoyed by their last visit to London – a 1-0 victory in the Nations League last October.