Is Wembley a happy hunting ground?
England take on Denmark this evening (Wednesday) in the Euro 2020 semi-finals.
With up to 60,000 supporters packing into Wembley and the Three Lions bidding to reach a first final in 55 years, it promises to be one of the most raucous atmospheres at the national stadium since it reopened in 2007.
Three current Reds – Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw and Marcus Rashford – could be involved against the Danes, while terms have been agreed with Jadon Sancho for his move from Borussia Dortmund and he will also hope to play.
But what is their record like at Wembley? We take a look…
Despite only being 23, Marcus has the most Wembley experience of the quartet and, if he features as he has done in four of England’s five games so far, this will be his 20th international appearance at the national stadium, since his first back in 2016. The Three Lions have won 12 and lost just three of the previous 19, with Rashford scoring four times beneath the arch, including efforts against Spain and Belgium.
Our no.10 can also boast a stellar record at Wembley from his time with United. In his first calendar year as a senior professional, he helped the Reds to FA Cup victories over Everton and Crystal Palace there, and also played in our Community Shield victory over Leicester. An EFL Cup triumph over Southampton came the following year, while Rashford has also twice beaten Spurs with United at the ground. The first was in the 2018 FA Cup semi-final and the second came in a league game in January 2019, when he scored the only goal. Marcus has only lost at Wembley twice with his club, both times to Chelsea in the FA Cup.
Maguire has a varied relationship with the national stadium. He didn’t experience victory there in any of his first three internationals, but has since lost just one in nine – when he was sent off in last autumn’s defeat to Denmark. A clear first-choice in England’s backline, Harry was impressive in recent wins over Czech Republic and Germany, having returned from injury. He is yet to win there for United, with the Reds going down 3-1 to Chelsea in last year’s FA Cup semi-final.
He also lost in HA9 twice with Leicester (against Spurs in the league) and twice with Sheffield United (the 2014 FA Cup semi-final versus Hull and 2012’s League One play-off final, against Huddersfield). There was good news in 2016, when Maguire came on for the final minute of Hull’s 1-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday in the Championship play-off final. He’s been a top-flight footballer ever since.
Luke’s renaissance for both club and country has been great to see and although he has been a United and England player since 2014, Wednesday’s game will be only his ninth Wembley appearance, should he continue at left-back. He has four wins, one draw and one defeat to his name there as an international, with five of those games (Denmark, Switzerland, Scotland, Czech Republic and Germany) all ending with him keeping a clean sheet.
Shaw was also in the United side which beat Spurs in 2019 when the north Londoners were using Wembley as a temporary home and he made his comeback from a broken leg to win the 2016 Community Shield – a game in which Denmark no.1 Kasper Schmeichel appeared in goal for Leicester.
Handed his England debut by Gareth Southgate in 2018, Jadon already has 10 Wembley appearances as an international under his belt, across Euro finals games, qualifiers, Nations League fixtures and friendlies. He’s scored once there for the Three Lions, in the 3-0 victory over Republic of Ireland last November.
Despite his senior career so far being played out in Germany, Sancho has made a club appearance at the ground. Borussia Dortmund faced Tottenham in the Champions League last-16 in 2019 during their stint there, but fell to a 3-0 defeat.
Let’s hope Marcus, Harry, Luke and Jadon can add another victory to their record – in fact, with the final being played against Italy at Wembley on Sunday, make that two!