England to face Denmark in Euro 2020 semi-final at Wembley on Wednesday night after defeat of Ukraine; Spain or Italy guaranteed to be one of the finalists
England will face Denmark in the semi-finals of Euro 2020 on Wednesday night at Wembley after defeating Ukraine 4–0 in Rome.
The England-Denmark semi-final will kick-off at 8pm after Italy face Spain on Tuesday night in a match also hosted at Wembley.
It will be England’s first European Championship semi-final in 25 years.
More than 60,000 fans will be allowed into Wembley for the two semi-finals and the final next Sunday after the ground’s capacity was permitted to increase to 75% for the final three games of the competition.
While the ‘risk’ of topping Group D was, from the outset, that England were likely to face a powerhouse opponent in the last-16, the longer-term advantage of progressing as winners is that England are now in the other half of the draw to Italy and Spain.
Victory over Germany meant that England knew they would face Ukraine or Sweden in what will be the only game of the tournament outside of Wembley and following their emphatic defeat of Ukraine in Rome, they will now play Denmark on Wednesday July 7 at Wembley.
And the final? Well, if England progress that far, their opponents will be either Spain or Italy.
It doesn’t get much more comfortable than that. England’s controlled and dominant 4–0 win over Ukraine means they will face Denmark in the Euro 2020 semi-final at Wembley on Wednesday. Are the stars aligning for Gareth Southgate’s side? And how has he managed to rid England of the fear factor?
Alice Piper is joined by Rob Dorsett, Adam Bate and Gerard Brand to discuss the win in Rome, as Harry Kane returns to form, Luke Shaw shows up Jose Mourinho in his new manor and England keep another clean sheet. It’s all looking rosy, right?
How far this nation has come on the field. Let’s not forget, this was the same England team that were heckled off it by all of those unfortunate to witness their 2–1 defeat to Iceland at the last European Championships. A national sporting embarrassment. The future looked bleak. Harry Kane was taking corners that day. Jack Wilshere was playing centre-midfield. A fading Wayne Rooney way past his best.
Southgate’s side are through to their second consecutive tournament semi-final. A semi-final which is at Wembley. Kane is back among the goals, Raheem Sterling remains in the form of his life and Jordan Pickford has yet to concede a goal in this tournament, helped out immeasurably by the monstrous presence of Harry Maguire, who must be knocking on the door of being the best centre-back in the world such is his dominance of duels in both boxes.
They are doing it with so much talent in reserve. Not many countries could afford to leave out Phil Foden, Jack Grealish, Jude Bellingham, Marcus Rashford and Jordan Henderson and still canter to success in a major tournament knockout game. Hey, England were even able to make tactical substitutions to protect those already on a booking. It was bordering on comical.