Rasmus Hojlund

Euro 2024: Denmark v England ends level

Thursday 20 June 2024 19:10

Christian Eriksen and Rasmus Hojlund featured as Denmark drew 1-1 with England in Frankfurt on Thursday evening.

The Manchester United pair were named in Kasper Hjulmand's starting line-up and provided plenty of energy for the Scandinavians, who had the better of the play for large spells in Frankfurt.

Harry Kane slotted home from close range to give England the lead after 19 minutes at the Waldstadion, where the roof was closed for the duration of the encounter due to the threat of thunderstorms.

But the Three Lions struggled to impose themselves against the Danish press and Morten Hjulmand capitalised, finding time and space in midfield to drive home from distance.

Although Kobbie Mainoo remained on the bench, Gareth Southgate switched things up in the second half and substitute Ollie Watkins went close to finding a second goal, while Phil Foden struck a post.

Eriksen was a scheming presence in midfield and saw a couple of shots blocked, while Hojlund was a handy presence up against John Stones and the impressive Marc Guehi.

The game drifted as the second half went on, but Denmark will be the happier side, as they repeated their result from the first matchday, when they were pegged back by Slovenia after taking the lead through Eriksen.

After another 1-1 earlier in the day, in the other game in the group, three points would have been enough for Southgate's side to confirm first spot.

That will still be secured with victory over Slovenia next Tuesday, while a draw would definitely seal a berth in the knockout rounds.

Denmark need to beat Serbia to make certain of a place in the round of 16 when it begins on 29 June, but a third straight draw would be enough for second if Slovenia lose to England. There is, of course, positions for the four best third-placed teams to take into account, too.