Three lions back to winning ways.
England got back to winning ways with a narrow, but not uninspiring, 2-1 win over Denmark at the Parken stadium as Ashley Young got his first ever international goal.
The match started off with the visitors keeping possession and looking relatively confident, however it took barely four minutes before the Danes thought they had a chance as Christian Eriksen surged forward from the half-way line before slipping a clever ball through to Nicklas Bendtner who eventually got a shot away, and 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 him down. The ball ricocheted in Rooney’s favor, but his shot was tame and the rebound fell to Bent who couldn’t react quickly enough to get a shot away.
But just two minutes later, Denmark took a seventh minute 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, England 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.
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 man 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 Eriksen unleashed a powerful shot with his left foot that cannoned back off the right hand post, with Michael Krohn-Dehli smashing the rebound over.
Five minutes from the half-time whistle, England thought they had taken the lead as a left footed 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.
The second half started with a flurry of five substitutions – three for England, two for the Danes – but they didn’t look as if they were to have a negative effect, particularly for England who had three decent chances just past the 50th minute.
Firstly, good work by Ashley Young in the penalty area as he toe-poked 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, however Bent probably should have scored.
The second chance fell to Young himself as he managed to get a flick on a Milner cross from the left wing, but Sorensen managed to catch the header with relative ease.
England continued to press however, with Bent getting another good chance as Milner, who started the secondhalf 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, but then 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, but England did look to secure the win late on as Stewart 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 Dane’s never really got going in the second half and England held on for the win.