England vs Denmark: Complete head-to-head record

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England will go head-to-head with Denmark for a spot in the final of Euro 2020.

The two teams have met no fewer than 21 times in the past, with the history books showing England usually get the better of Denmark. The Three Lions have picked up 12 wins, compared to Denmark’s five.

Here’s a run-through of each of those games.

The first meeting between these two came all the way back in 1948, when an England side featuring the great Billy Wright were held to a goalless draw with a team largely made up of Danish amateurs.

Denmark did have the ball in the back of the net late on, only to see their effort ruled out for offside.

England righted the wrong seven years later, romping to a 5-1 friendly victory in what proved to be the final international appearance of Newcastle legend Jackie Milburn.

The first competitive meeting between the two was a World Cup qualifier back in 1956, and it ended in similar fashion.

Manchester United duo Tommy Taylor and Duncan Edwards ran the show, splitting all five goals to steer England to a comfortable win.

The return fixture saw the great Stanley Matthews create history as the oldest player to ever represent England.

The Blackpool icon was 42 years and 104 days old for the game, which ended in a comfortable 4-1 win.

England stepped up their preparation for the 1966 World Cup with another friendly against Denmark, and the 2-0 victory clearly had the desired impact.

Fast-forward 12 years and you’ll find one of the most entertaining meetings between the two.

A quickfire double from Kevin Keegan gave England an early lead in this Euro qualifier, but Denmark tied it up by the half-hour mark.

England regained control after the break and were 4-2 up by the 85th minute, although a late strike from Per Rontved set up a nervy finish.

A more low-key affair in the return fixture, with only Keegan’s first-half volley separating the two teams.

Sir Bobby Robson’s first match in charge of England ended in frustration as Denmark battled to a 2-2 draw.

Trevor Francis thought he had won it for the Three Lions with his second goal ten minutes from time, but an injury time equaliser from Jesper Olsen saw the two sides share the spoils.

The game was marred by major fan unrest from the Danish supporters, who threw flares, let off fireworks and incited what ended up being a riot that needed police intervention.

Things didn’t get any better for Robson a year later as Denmark picked up their first victory over England at the ninth time of asking.

England were booed off the pitch after Allan Simonsen’s first-half penalty decided the game, which Robson admitted was ‘the blackest day of his career’.

Just under 26,000 fans headed to an empty Wembley to watch England’s 1-0 win in 1988, which is more famous for being the international debut of one Paul Gascoigne.

Peter Shilton became England’s most-capped player ever when he made his 109th appearance in this 1-1 friendly draw.

Another underwhelming friendly here.

Gary Lineker scored the only goal of this 1-0 win, but England weren’t great and a draw would have been a fairer result.

Denmark kicked off their triumphant Euro 1992 campaign in the most boring fashion possible.

They had the chances to win this one but had to settle for a draw, although literally nobody in Denmark cared about that when they were lifting the trophy a few weeks later.

Terry Venables’ first match in charge of England ended in an impressive 1-0 win over European champions Denmark.

There were debuts for Graeme Le Saux and Darren Anderton, as well as a return to the fold for Peter Beardsley, who returned from his exile under former boss Graham Taylor.

The two teams’ next meeting came in the last 16 of the 2002 World Cup and ended in a comfortable win for England.

First-half goals from Rio Ferdinand, Michael Owen and Emile Heskey decided this one, setting up the quarter-final meeting with Brazil which featured Ronaldinho’s famous lob over David Seaman.

England were 2-1 up after nine minutes thanks to goals from impressive youngsters Wayne Rooney and Joe Cole, but their leaky defence saw them collapse late on.

Denmark tied it up on the 30-minute mark and bagged a deserved late winner through the famous Jon Dahl Tomasson.

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Denmark thumped England 4-1 / Clive Rose/Getty Images

It may have only been a friendly, but England were completely humiliated as they were well and truly thumped by the Danes in 2005.

England were uninspiring in the first half and shipped three in seven wild second-half minutes, which included a huge error from goalkeeper David James and an own goal from Steven Gerrard.

Wayne Rooney grabbed a late consolation, but Soren Larsen added an even-later strike (an awful goal, for the record) to compile the misery.

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Ashley Young bagged the winner in 2011 / Michael Regan/Getty Images

England didn’t get the chance to avenge that defeat for another six years, but they just-about managed to restore order in February 2011.

Daniel Agger headed Denmark ahead early on in this friendly, but England soon replied through Darren Bent and picked up a deserved winner from Ashley Young midway through the second half.

Young’s goal kick-started that weird few months where he was inexplicably the best second striker on the planet. Good times.

Wembley hosted yet another 1-0 game between these two in March 2014, with England taking the victory in this one.

If we’re being honest, it wasn’t a particularly fun watch, with Daniel Sturridge’s late header one of few moments of excitement.

It was the final match before manager Roy Hodgson named his provisional squad for the 2014 World Cup and served as an eventual reminder that England just weren’t very good at that point.

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England underwhelmed in the Nations League / Michael Regan/Getty Images

Arguably the dullest entry on this list, the Nations League meeting between these two was so uninspiring that most fans have already forgotten about it.

We got debuts for Conor Coady, Kalvin Phillips, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Jack Grealish, but that’s literally all this game was good for.

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Maguire had his worst game in an England shirt / Robin Jones/Getty Images

This was the seventh time that these two teams have met at Wembley and it continued the trend of those games all ending 1-0.

Harry Maguire was sent off within half an hour and Reece James was given his own marching orders after the game, which was decided by a first-half penalty from Christian Eriksen.

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