Euro 2024: England escape with a draw against Denmark

England continue to leave question marks in their second group game of the Euros
Denmark v England: Group C - UEFA EURO 2024
Denmark v England: Group C - UEFA EURO 2024 / Ian MacNicol/GettyImages

England left a lot of questions following their 1-0 win over Serbia. They answered none of them and left even more after at their 1-1 draw versus Denmark where the Danish side left feeling like they could have pulled out a win.

Harry Kane opened the score for Gareth Southgate's team in the 18th minute where a lack of focus from the Denmark left-back allowed Kyle Walker to steal the ball. His pass to Kane took a deflection before the Bayern Munich striker tapped in to give England the lead.

England's joy would not last too long as Morten Hjulmand equallized for Denmaker in the 34th minute, taking advantage of a poor attempt of a clearance from Kane. Hjulmand took a shot from distance, striking the post and going in.

The goal seemed to spur Denmark as they were the better team for the remainder of the game. England were having trouble stringing passes together and despite having more possession, it was Denmark who looked closer go getting a second.

Gareth Southgate made a couple of bold substitutions, taking off Kane and Bukayo Saka, who had been one of the bright spots for England, in place of Ollie Watkins and Eberechi Eze. To his credit, his changes almost bore fruit when Jude Bellingham delivered a precise to Watkins who saw his shot saved by Kasper Schmeichel.

But that was one of the lone opportunities for England in the second half as they looked bereft of ideas with Denmark being first to 50/50 balls and very well organized defensively.

"We played a very good game," Denmark's Andreas Skov Olsen said. "We had great energy. I think we were on top of them for most of the game. Generally, we came up with an energy they couldn't match. We won our duels and had the chances to win the game.

As for England, it was another unconvincing performance and one that will undoubtedly bring a lot of criticism back home.

"We can be better with and without the ball; I think the sign of a good team is not being at your best and still getting a result," Kane said after. "We're all but qualified and that's the No. 1 objective. I'm sure there'll be loads of noise and disappointment back home, but it's time to stay calm."


Despite not playing well in both their games, England is in a good position to qualify for the knockout round and, more likely than not, at the top of their group when they take on Slovenia on Tuesday, June 25.