England v Denmark LIVE: Euro 2024 team news as Southgate backs Foden and Alexander-Arnold after shaky start

England v Denmark LIVE: Euro 2024 team news as Southgate backs Foden and Alexander-Arnold after shaky start

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England face Denmark in their second Euro 2024 match in Group C, knowing victory will send the Three Lions through to the knockout stages.

Gareth Southgate’s side produced an unconvincing display in beating Serbia 1-0 on Sunday, and can expect a tougher examination from a Denmark side which includes Manchester United duo Christian Eriksen and Rasmus Hojlund. Eriksen scored as the Danes took the lead against Slovenia in their opening match, but a late equaliser saw the game finish 1-1.

Much of the talk since England’s first game has focused on the roles of Trent Alexander-Arnold and Phil Foden, and how they fit into the team, but Southgate says he is shutting out the noise and is expected to stick with a similar line-up to the one which started well against Serbia before fading dramatically in the second half, in the hope of an improved performance in Frankfurt today.

Follow team news, line-ups and all the latest updates from England v Denmark below.

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Southgate calls special meeting to prime players before Denmark test

“There’s going to be a narrative around a player, a couple of players, after every England game,” Southgate said. “This is a different world to the one you experience at clubs. The players as a collective recognise that now after the last couple of days. We talked with them about it. It’s very rare at their club they’d win a game and experience what they’ve experienced over the last couple of days.

“I have to make sure I can guide them through that, let them understand it and recognise it’s the reality of our world but that we shouldn’t be thrown off track by it. We’re in a good position, we know we want to play better, there are a lot of things we did really well and we move towards tomorrow’s game.”

Mike Jones20 June 2024 16:10

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Fabregas on Mainoo

Spain’s 2010 World Cup winner Cesc Fabregas spoke about the growing influence of teenage midfielder Kobbie Mainoo saying: “Mainoo is so young and so unpredictable but he has this potential to play in-between the line.

“He’s a special player. I would love to see England play more offensive and on the front foot, I think it’s the perfect opportunity.”

Mike Jones20 June 2024 16:05

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England vs Denmark team changes

Gareth Southgate opts to name an unchanged England team with Phil Foden remaining on the left and Trent Alexander-Arnold once again partnering Declan Rice in the middle of the pitch.

For Denmark there is one change. Joakim Maehle comes into the line-up to replace Alexander Bah.

Mike Jones20 June 2024 16:00

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Denmark starting XI

Denmark XI: Schmeichel; Andersen, Christensen, Vestergaard; Maehle, Hjulmand, Hojbjerg, Kristiansen; Eriksen; Wind, Hojlund

Mike Jones20 June 2024 15:55

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England starting XI

England XI: Pickford; Walker, Stones, Guehi, Trippier; Alexander-Arnold, Rice, Bellingham; Saka, Kane, Foden

Mike Jones20 June 2024 15:52

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Put down the hot takes: Phil Foden needs time to find his England role at Euro 2024

England should build a team around Phil Foden. Gareth Southgate doesn’t play him in the same role as Pep Guardiola. Foden’s best position is No 10. England haven’t got the best out of him.

There are variants on a theme but common denominators to the discussions around Foden. One game against Serbia – and one match of tournament football is often a time when premature conclusions about England are drawn – with no Foden shots, and an underwhelming performance, flagged them up.

And yet there are answers; some ignored, some inconvenient, some merely recognition of realities.

Mike Jones20 June 2024 15:50

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Gareth Southgate reveals exact Trent Alexander-Arnold role ahead of Denmark clash

And the England manager thinks Alexander-Arnold’s ability to play defence-splitting passes from a deeper role shows the type of midfielder he can be, rather than one who knits the game together with large numbers of short passes.

Mike Jones20 June 2024 15:44

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Lampard urges Southgate to start Mainoo

Trent Alexander-Arnold started the match against Serbia as a midfielder playing alongsde Declan Rice. It wasn’t so much a stroke of genius from Gareth Southgate as the Liverpool defender struggled to settle into his new role but there were clear signs that he can thrive there.

Still, some pundits believe the risk is too high for England with former Chelsea star, Frank Lampard, making the case to bring Kobbie Mainoo, a holding midfielder by trade, into the starting line-up.

“There is still a question mark about Trent [Alexander-Arnold],” former England midfielder Lampard told BBC Sport, “I am a massive fan, but to come in at this level and play there when there are so many different elements of the game to understand is difficult.

“I would look at Kobbie Mainoo and getting him in. Some kids come along that just settle into the team. You need to be able to find the pass at the right time. He sees it and nothing fazes him.”

Mike Jones20 June 2024 15:38

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Schmeichel on facing England

Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel spoke about what it is like to face England at a majore tournament and how his team expects to win today.

He said: “We have to stick together. Any time you play a team with that much quality, you have to be able to stick together, defend well, and we have to take our chances when they come.

“When you look all over the pitch, they have proven talent everywhere. Players with lots of experience. Players who have won things at club level this season. To beat them, we have to be on top of our game.

“England were a world-class side three years ago, and if you look at some of the additions and the experience they’ve gained, they are probably a better side. We’re going to have to be at the top of our game to beat them.”

Mike Jones20 June 2024 15:30

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England can qualify for last-16 today

England’s 1-0 victory over Serbia in their opening game of Euro 2024 on Sunday has put them in a strong position in Group C. They are top of the table and know that another win, possibly against Denmark tonight, will send them into the last-16.

The Three Lions’ win at the weekend was far from convincing but England managed to see out the match and keep a clean sheet despite constant pressure from their opponents.

The lacklustre nature of the win has seen some calls for manager Gareth Southgate to make changes for tonight’s match in Frankfurt but it is more likely he will stick to his established starting XI.

Mike Jones20 June 2024 15:23

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