Southgate says England ‘calm’ forward of Euro 2020 semi-final towards Denmark

2021-07-06 22:46:00

Gareth Southgate says the strain on England to achieve their first European Championship remaining is “motivating” and a possibility for the group to “break boundaries”.

In a information convention on Tuesday, the England supervisor stated the semi-final towards Denmark on Wednesday could be a “actually tight sport, an thrilling sport for everyone” towards a “actually good opponent”.

He added that as a result of Denmark has received the competitors in 1992 “possibly there’s extra strain on them”.

He stated: “The prize is one which we have by no means skilled. Denmark, after all, have received it so they have a greater file than us and I feel individuals overlook that in our nation typically.

“We do not have nearly as good a footballing historical past as we wish to imagine typically.

“It is a motivating factor, a problem for us. If we have been a rustic that had received 5 titles and needed to match what had gone earlier than, we’d really feel in another way. However we’re not.

“We’re taking part in a extremely good opponent, we knew that earlier than the autumn, and much more so after the video games within the autumn. It will be a extremely tight sport, an thrilling sport for everyone.”

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Southgate stated the Three Lions expertise of taking part in within the World Cup semi-final in 2018 may also assist them.

England's Harry Kane (right) and team mates during a training session at St George's Park, Burton upon Trent. Picture date: Tuesday July 6, 2021.
The England group coaching forward of the semi-final conflict with Denmark

Southgate stated: “We’re prepared for the sport and the gamers are prepared. Now we have the expertise of being on this state of affairs earlier than.”

This yr’s run within the Euros has seen Southgate‘s males attain a significant semi-final for the second time in his tenure.

However the Three Lions might be hoping to do higher than the World Cup in Russia in 2018, once they have been knocked out within the final 4 by Croatia.

The demons have been considerably exorcised after dispatching the Croatians within the group phases, as England topped Group D with one other win towards the Czech Republic and a draw with Scotland.

A managed 2-0 win towards Germany within the spherical of 16 and a dominant 4-0 demolition of Ukraine within the quarter-finals set England up for a semi-final showdown with Denmark at Wembley on Wednesday night.

Southgate got here below strain for his choice decisions within the event’s opening rounds, however his critics have been silenced by the group’s run of fresh sheets and a well-drilled wanting squad.

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Within the press convention, England captain Harry Kane spoke in regards to the presentation of a shirt to former Tottenham Hotspur teammate and Denmark star Christian Eriksen forward of kick off.

Eriksen was dominated out of the event after struggling a cardiac arrest throughout Denmark’s sport towards Finland.

Kane stated: “I am good associates with Chris and it will likely be a disgrace that he is not there as he has been an enormous a part of their success over time.

“The primary factor is he’s recovering effectively now because it was a horrible factor that occurred. There might be a presentation to indicate our assist from everybody at England.”

Denmark's Christian Eriksen pictured during the match against Finland
Denmark’s Christian Eriksen pictured in the course of the match towards Finland

Southgate added: “We have been all watching when it unfolded and have been all moved and anxious at what we have been seeing.

“Given the truth that he performed in England and was such an excellent participant within the Premier League we needed to indicate that appreciation.”

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