Four teams left! Who should you support at EURO 2020?
Tuesday 6 July 2021
Is your team going to win UEFA EURO 2020 or are you looking for someone to back on the road to glory?
Denmark supporters at EURO 2020
Denmark supporters at EURO 2020
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There are only three games remaining of the 51-match extravaganza that is UEFA EURO 2020, and one of four teams will lift the trophy at Wembley Stadium on 11 July.
Is your team one of the quartet still in contention or are you looking for a country to throw your support behind down the final straight? Maybe you are looking for a national team containing players from your favourite club side?
If you are keen to find a team that captures your imagination, matches your personality type or wears your favourite colours, read through our guide to the contenders below.
Highlights: Denmark's 1992 final glory
Love a fairy tale? Not even Hans Christian Andersen could have scripted the one in 1992 when Denmark, who failed to qualify, were drafted into the finals ten days before the tournament started and went on to win it. Coach Richard Møller Nielsen's instructions were – as goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel recalled – "make sure you don't embarrass yourselves".
However, Denmark had lost 14 EURO matches – no nation had suffered more defeats – coming into this final tournament and two more to start their campaign suggested they needed a major pick-me-up. A 4-1 win against Russia was just what the 'Danish Dynamite' needed to explode and they are now bursting with goals after further victories against Wales and the Czech Republic.
Colours: red, white
Watch Kane's England double against Ukraine
If goals are your thing then England are an equally worthy pick given their eight qualifiers spawned an average of 5.38 per match (F37 A6) – the most of any nation. Gareth Southgate's men have picked up that baton in the knockout stages at the finals too, scoring twice against Germany and plundering four versus Ukraine to reach the semis.
The Three Lions are also playing in their tenth EURO, which is the most participations any country has racked up without winning the title. With their semi-final and potential decider both taking place in London, has their time finally come to bring home a first trophy since the FIFA World Cup in 1966?
Colours: white, blue
EURO 2016 highlights: Italy 2-0 Spain
Enjoy the drama of a penalty shoot-out? If so, the Azzurri are the team to follow as they had been involved in a record five such nail-biters coming into the tournament. Then there are the records that Roberto Mancini's side are currently setting, making them the obvious choice if you want to back a European heavyweight.
They are unbeaten in 40 EURO qualifiers, dating back to 2006, and it's a record 15 consecutive wins across the finals and qualifying now after they followed up a perfect group stage campaign with victories against Austria and Belgium in the knockout phase. Translating that form into silverware is surely the final step for the 2012 runners-up.
Colours: blue, white
EURO 2012 final highlights: Spain 4-0 Italy
The choice of the purist, the kings of tiki-taka have lost none of their total football philosophy after winning two of the last three EUROs. In qualifying unbeaten, they had the greatest pass-completion percentage, the highest average possession and more shots than any other team. If that's the way you want to see the beautiful game played, then it's La Roja all the way for you.
Faith in their philosophy seemed on the wane when they drew their opening two games, but their response was to become the first side in EURO history to score five goals in back-to-back matches. Could they claim a record fourth triumph this time around?
England vs Denmark UEFA EURO 2020 preview: where to watch, TV channels and live streams, team news, form guide
Monday 5 July 2021
England face Denmark in the UEFA EURO 2020 semi-finals – all you need to know.
England take on Denmark in the UEFA EURO 2020 semi-final in London on Wednesday 7 July at 21:00 CET.
What's the story?
The Three Lions will be brimming with confidence as they return to Wembley off the back of their biggest victory at EURO finals – the 4-0 success against Ukraine was their first four-goal haul in the knockout stages of any major tournament since the 1966 FIFA World Cup final. Gareth Southgate's side are also the first team to keep five consecutive clean sheets at the start of a EURO finals campaign, so it is clear England are in good shape at both ends of the pitch.
England vs Denmark: who will reach the final? 🤔
Denmark, however, put a spanner in the works as recently as last year and are similarly resilient at the back – Christian Eriksen's penalty at Wembley was the sole goal between these sides in their two UEFA Nations League meetings in 2020. Kasper Hjulmand's men have found their scoring boots at the right time too, with their 11 goals at the finals – ten in the last three matches – eclipsing both of their semi-final teams from 1984 and 1992. Having seen off Wales and the Czech Republic in the knockout phase, the dark horses are no longer lurking in the shadows.
England vs Denmark EURO 92 flashback
Where to watch: TV channels and live streams
Find your local UEFA EURO 2020 broadcast partner(s) here.
England: Pickford; Walker, Stones, Maguire, Shaw; Phillips, Rice; Sancho/Saka, Mount, Sterling; Kane
Denmark: Schmeichel; Christensen, Kjær, Vestergaard; Stryger, Højbjerg, Delaney, Mæhle; Braithwaite, Dolberg, Damsgaard
Simon Hart, England reporter: England have already earned a first tournament knockout win over Germany since 1966 and a first four-goal haul in a knockout match since that same distant summer, so – with the defence still unbreached and the goals now flowing – there are good reasons to believe they can achieve their first major final appearance since 1966 too. Whether Southgate reverts to a back three to match the Danes' system, as he did against Germany, or sticks with a 4-2-3-1, this is a team which has grown into this tournament and senses this is their moment. And with 60,000 fans inside Wembley roaring them on, why not make some more history?
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