Christian Eriksen’s penalty on his 100th look for Denmark earned his facet a 1-Zero win over England of their Nations League conflict at Wembley on Wednesday because the hosts performed greater than half the sport with 10 males.
Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Eriksen powered his spot-kick previous Jordan Pickford within the 35th minute, a few minutes after England centre again Harry Maguire had acquired a pink card for a second reserving.
Defeat ended a run of 9 successive dwelling wins for England, who beat top-ranked Belgium on Sunday, whereas Denmark, who’ve misplaced simply two of their final 40 worldwide matches, celebrated their first victory over England at Wembley since 1983.
To rub salt into the house wounds Reece James, England’s finest participant on his full debut, was additionally proven a pink card after the ultimate whistle for confronting referee Jesus Gil Manzano.
England slipped to 3rd place in Group A2 which is now headed by Belgium with Denmark above England on objective distinction.
“Disappointed to lose the match but extremely proud of how we responded to going down to 10 men,” mentioned England supervisor Gareth Southgate, who somewhat surprisingly opted to not ship on Aston Villa’s inventive midfielder Jack Grealish when chasing the sport. “We had a few chances that on another day would have gone in. The 10 men changes the game and they get a soft penalty.”
While it was a memorable night time for Danish playmaker Eriksen, it was a disappointing one for England who suffered solely their second dwelling defeat in 32 aggressive internationals.
There have been some positives, nonetheless, notably an encouraging full debut for Chelsea proper again James who was arguably England’s best attacking choice, solely to blot his copybook as tempers flared at fulltime.
Denmark, enjoying with the identical facet that beat Iceland on the weekend, began brightly with Kasper Dolberg having a few half probabilities and Eriksen pulling the strings however England had begun to dominate when every thing modified after 32 minutes.
Maguire, who had been booked for a rash foul on Yussuf Poulsen, took a poor contact close to the midway line and his tried restoration deal with, whereas taking the ball, additionally caught Dolberg to earn the Manchester United man a second yellow.
Three minutes later, with England nonetheless re-organising, a protracted ball into their space triggered hesitation within the dwelling defence between Kyle Walker and Pickford and when Thomas Delaney went down the referee pointed to the spot.
It was a harsh resolution however with no VAR to save lots of England, Eriksen thumped his penalty previous Pickford.
England loved loads of possession after the break with out wanting overly harmful though Denmark wanted an unimaginable save by Kasper Schmeichel to protect their lead.
When Declan Rice headed the ball into the world and Mason Mount linked along with his head from shut vary, a objective appeared sure however one way or the other Schmeichel clawed it away.
England huffed and puffed late on and Harry Kane’s goalbound header was cleared off the road as Denmark held on.