England defeated by Denmark in Euro 2024

England defeated by Denmark in Euro 2024

Gareth Southgate admits England must improve to win Euro 2024, after they failed to seal their place in the knockout stages with a 1-1 draw against Denmark on Thursday. A point was at least fair for Denmark as England deceived again in Frankfurt after a disappointing 1-0 win over Serbia. Harry Kane had given the Three Lions an early lead, as England capitalised on a Danish defensive error. Morten Hjulmand's rocket from outside the box equalised before half-time and Denmark were left to rue missed chances late on to secure a famous win.

“There's still a lot of work to do, that's obvious from our two performances – obviously it wasn't what we expected,” Southgate said.

“We understand people will be disappointed with the performances, and rightfully so. We have to make them even better.”

England remain top of Group C, two points ahead of Slovenia, who they face in Cologne on Tuesday, and Denmark.

Earlier on Thursday, Serbia's last-minute equaliser in their 1-1 draw with Slovenia also kept their fate in their own hands.

England need just one point to secure qualification and will win the group with a win in their final match of the group.

Southgate said on Wednesday that he avoided media coverage during the tournament to avoid negative stories.

But he acknowledged there would be more criticism after another poor performance from one of the pre-tournament favourites.

Denmark coach Kasper Hulmund and goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel claimed on the eve of the game that they would not be excited about avenging their Euro 2020 semi-final defeat to England three years ago.

However, Denmark were a different side to the one that disappointed at the 2022 World Cup and drew against Slovenia in their tournament debut in Germany.

Denmark had started the better as both teams struggled to cope with a volatile Frankfurt pitch that broke down badly for just the second of five matches at Euro 2024.

Nevertheless, England took advantage of a mistake by Hulmond's players to take the lead in the 18th minute.

Victor Christiansen was unaware of Kyle Walker's run down the right and his deflected low cross reached Kane, his 13th goal in major tournaments.

England under Southgate have been consistently criticised for failing to hold on to an early 1-0 lead.

This time Denmark did not back down from conceding a goal, although they had to score a brilliant goal to equalise.

The England midfield gave Hulmond too much space to shoot into but he made the most of it with a powerful long-range shot that hit the inside of the post and went in.

Phil Foden's form for England has been a topic of much debate after he once again failed to perform well in the international match against Serbia.

The Manchester City playmaker looked very much like the player who won the Premier League Player of the Year award this season and was inches away from restoring England's lead with a low drive that hit back off the post.

Southgate's caution has been criticised in the past, but he made bold changes in search of a winner, as Kane, Foden and Bukayo Saka were sacrificed for Eberechi Eze, Ollie Watkins and Jarrod Bowen.

Southgate explained his decision, saying “We thought we needed to get pace and energy up front, which is important.”

Watkins almost looked to make an immediate impact as he was stopped by Schmeichel following a superb through ball from Jude Bellingham.

Still, Denmark had the better chance to take all three points in the final stages.

Andreas Christensen headed the ball forward when unmarked from a corner, before Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg headed the ball inches away.

“I can't say we're disappointed, but it's a shame. There was a result we could have got,” Danish coach Hulmund said.

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