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  • 9 February 2011
  • • 19:15
  • • Parken, København
  • Referee: J. Eriksson
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Denmark 1-2 England: Ashley Young grabs first international goal to seal come-from-behind win for Fabio Capello's side

Denmark 1-2 England: Ashley Young grabs first international goal to seal come-from-behind win for Fabio Capello's side

Three Lions back to winning ways

England got back to winning ways with a narrow friendly win over Denmark at the Parken stadium, as Ashley Young netted his first ever international goal.

Fabio Capello's side have struggled in their last game against France at Wembley, but looked far more comfortable in Copenhagen, as the Italian went for an attacking formation, and hadned Arsenal starlet Jack Wilshes his first full start.

The match started off with the visitors keeping possession and looking relatively confident, however it took barely four minutes before the Danes had a chance as Christian Eriksen surged forward before slipping a clever ball through to Nicklas Bendtner, who eventually got a shot away but was subsequently flagged offside.

England looked to get their own chance straight away and either one of Wayne Rooney or Darren Bent should have scored as William Kvist placed a poor back-pass towards keeper Thomas Sorensen who had Rooney closing down. The ball ricocheted in the Manchester United man’s favour, but his shot was tame and was rebounded to Bent who couldn’t react quickly enough to get a shot away.

But just two minutes later Denmark took the lead. Eriksen’s corner came back out to the teenager who whipped in a sublime cross that was met by Liverpool defender Daniel Agger who clipped the ball into the far corner.

However, the Three Lions replied almost immediately through Darren Bent. Rooney sought out Theo Walcott on the right wing who did brilliantly to get past Simon Poulsen in order to square the ball across the goal where Bent had the easiest of finishes.

Over the next ten minutes, both sides went on to have small periods of possession, but Denmark were the ones who looked the more likely to go in front as they took their corner tally to seven, however they couldn’t fully break down the resolute English back line.

Despite Denmark looking to press England, it was the visitor’s who went close next as James Milner showed good pace to beat his marker round the outside and then drilled a low cross in towards Bent, but the Aston Villa new boy couldn’t quite get on the end of it.

The 33rd minute saw the hosts go very close indeed as Bendtner and Eriksen continued to link up extremely well with the duo exchanging passes just outside the England area before the latter unleashed a powerful shot with his left foot that cannoned back off the right hand post, with Michael Krohn-Dheli smashing the rebound over.

Eriksen continued to cause havoc in and around the England penalty area as he was dropping into the space infront of the defence, but this time drew pressure from defenders before he poked a pass to his right where Dennis Rommedahl took possession and shot across goal, only for Joe Hart to save with his foot.

Five minutes from the half-time whistle, England thought they had taken the lead as a left footed Theo Walcott shot was back-heeled in by England’s captain for the evening, Frank Lampard, but the Chelsea man knew almost immediately that he was offside.

Young man | Villa winger calmly nets his first international goal

The second half started with a flurry of five substitutions – three for England, two for the Danes – but it was the away side who grew in confidence, as Capello's men had three decent chances just past the 50th minute.

Firstly, good work by Ashley Young in the penalty area saw him toe-poke the ball towards the far post where Bent met the ball with his head, but Sorensen managed to block it and it eventually came to nothing.

The second chance fell to Young himself as he managed to get a flick on a James Milner cross from the left wing, but Sorensen again managed to catch the header with relative ease.

England continued to press, however, with Bent getting another good chance as Milner, who started the second period extremely brightly, played a clever reverse-ball in towards Bent in the penalty area who shot wide with his left foot, although he really should have tested the keeper.

The hosts did get their second half moving eventually in the 64th minute with a fantastic passing move as Krohn-Dehli played a great balled forward towards Eriksen whose run took him into the area, and back-heeled the ball to Rommedahl who was storming into the area behind him, but the former Charlton man’s shot was tame with Hart getting down easily to his right.

Denmark were made to pay for their miss just a minute later as Glen Johnson surged forward after winning possession only to slide a nice pass in to Young who finished with confidence into the bottom right corner.

The majority of the second half was played at training-match speed as substitutions took their toll on the match, but England did look to secure the win late on as Downing’s run down the right wing ended with Young having another decent chance, but his strike smacked against Simon Kjaer and got away to safety.

The match finished with England looking to soak up any Denmark pressure and kill time, but the Danes never really got going in the second half and the Three Lions held on for the win.

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