England 1-1 Denmark: Half-time for England’s tense Euros clash with Denmark after the Danes pulled level after Captain Harry Kane gave Three Lions dream headstart in Frankfurt – as William, WAGs and thousands of fans cheer on Gareth Southgate’s men

England have gone into the break level with Denmark after Harry Kane’s opener was cancelled out by a Danish thunderbolt – as Prince William, an army of WAGs and millions more back home roar the Three Lions on into the second half. 

Danish midfielder Morten Hjulman equalised with a sensational strike from outside the box, which England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford could only watch hit the back of the net via the post.   

Despite players slipping and sliding on the cut-up pitch, England captain Kane had got the Three Lions off to the perfect start in Frankfurt with a goal inside 18 minutes.

After a cagey opening few minutes, England right-back Kyle Walker stormed down the wing, pulling the ball back into the box which fell kindly to Kane who slotted home from a few yards out to put the Three Lions 1-0 up.

The Frankfurt Arena erupted as Kane – who now plays his club football in Germany for Bayern Munich – wheeled away in celebration, while pints were launched into the air in fan zones and pubs across England. 

However, the celebrations were short-lived as Hjulman’s thunder strike silenced the England fans in Germany and back at home. 

England’s star-studded squad have the support of their WAGs and the nation as the tournament favourites attempt to go one step further than Euro 2020, when they lost to Italy in the final at Wembley. 

The Prince of Wales, who is also the President of the Football Association, is among those who have travelled to the game in Germany. He passionately celebrated after Kane’s opener.

William, who turns 42 tomorrow, was spotted deep in conversation with Denmark King Frederik X as the royals joined tens of thousands of fans at the Frankfurt Arena, with millions more watching at home. 

Before kick-off, the Prince of Wales joined England’s players and fans in singing the national anthem – and gave a thumbs up in an indication that he is feeling positive about tonight’s game. 

In the UK, fans have been getting on the booze early at hundreds of pubs, bars and fan zones, with many having worked from home or even taking the the day off to watch the match as it kicked off at 5pm on BBC One. 

A series of companies have even allowed their staff to leave work early or offered to show the game on TV in the office – although this is likely to see a rise in absences, sickness and lateness tomorrow, HR experts have warned.

England captain Harry Kane has got the Three Lions off to a flyer in Germany tonight

Prince William passionately celebrates after Harry Kane put England ahead

Prince William passionately celebrates after Harry Kane put England ahead 

The Frankfurt Arena erupted as Kane wheeled away in celebration

The Frankfurt Arena erupted as Kane wheeled away in celebration

England's Harry Kane celebrates scoring their first goal with Jude Bellingham, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Phil Foden, Declan Rice and Bukayo Saka

England’s Harry Kane celebrates scoring their first goal with Jude Bellingham, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Phil Foden, Declan Rice and Bukayo Saka

England fans at the packed Frankfurt Arena celebrate wildly in front of Harry Kane

England fans at the packed Frankfurt Arena celebrate wildly in front of Harry Kane

Danish midfielder Morten Hjulman equalised with a sensational strike from outside the box

Danish midfielder Morten Hjulman equalised with a sensational strike from outside the box

Feeling optimistic? The Prince of Wales gives the thumbs up ahead of kick-off tonight

Feeling optimistic? The Prince of Wales gives the thumbs up ahead of kick-off tonight

Prince William is at England's crunch Euros clash against Denmark in Germany tonight

Prince William is at England’s crunch Euros clash against Denmark in Germany tonight

Prince William will be hoping for an early birthday present with an England victory. He is pictured with Denmark King Frederik X

William is the President of the FA and an Aston Villa fan

William is the President of the FA and an Aston Villa fan 

Prince William is seen singing the national anthem at the Frankfurt Arena

Prince William is seen singing the national anthem at the Frankfurt Arena

William joined tens of thousands of fans at the Frankfurt Arena tonight

William joined tens of thousands of fans at the Frankfurt Arena tonight 

England players pose for a team group photo before the match

England players pose for a team group photo before the match

Tens of thousands of England fans have packed out the Frankfurt Arena

Tens of thousands of England fans have packed out the Frankfurt Arena

An incredible shot of the players singing the national anthems before kick-off

An incredible shot of the players singing the national anthems before kick-off

England fans sing ahead of England's Euros group stage match against Denmark

England fans sing ahead of England’s Euros group stage match against Denmark

Thousands of fans have filled the stadium in Frankfurt to watch the crunch match

Thousands of fans have filled the stadium in Frankfurt to watch the crunch match

Jordan Pickford's wife, Megan Davison, was all smiles before Denmark pulled one back

Jordan Pickford’s wife, Megan Davison, was all smiles before Denmark pulled one back

Jarrod Bowen's partner Dani Dyer at the Frankfurt Arena ahead of today's Denmark match

Jarrod Bowen’s partner Dani Dyer at the Frankfurt Arena ahead of today’s Denmark match

Megan Davison (left), wife of England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, and Tolami Benson, partner of England's Bukayo Saka

Megan Davison (left), wife of England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, and Tolami Benson, partner of England’s Bukayo Saka

Fans greet the England team bus arriving at the Frankfurt Arena for the match today

Fans greet the England team bus arriving at the Frankfurt Arena for the match today

Jarrod Bowen's partner Dani Dyer (centre) at the Frankfurt Arena ahead of the match today

Jarrod Bowen’s partner Dani Dyer (centre) at the Frankfurt Arena ahead of the match today

Kane's wife Kate Goodland  has also been pictured in the crowds at the Frankfurt Arena ahead of the Three Lions' crunch match

Kane’s wife Kate Goodland  has also been pictured in the crowds at the Frankfurt Arena ahead of the Three Lions’ crunch match

Jordan Pickford's wife Megan is pictured in Frankfurt today ahead of the Euro 2024 match

Jordan Pickford’s wife Megan is pictured in Frankfurt today ahead of the Euro 2024 match

Fans gather for England's match against Denmark at Boxpark Croydon in London today

Fans gather for England’s match against Denmark at Boxpark Croydon in London today

England fans enjoy a beer as they prepare to cheer on the team at Boxpark Croydon today

England fans enjoy a beer as they prepare to cheer on the team at Boxpark Croydon today

England fans hit a pub early in Leeds as they prepare to watch today's match against Denmark

England fans hit a pub early in Leeds as they prepare to watch today’s match against Denmark

Denmark fan celebrates their side's first goal at Central Park, Newcastle

Denmark fan celebrates their side’s first goal at Central Park, Newcastle

England fans soaked up the sun and sank pints ahead of kick-off.

With a mobile bar set up in the garden of a serving chilled Italian beer – and not Danish – dozens of fans at The Park Hotel in Teddington sat in front of a TV to watch the Euro match.

Graphic designer Allsion Oakwood sat under an umbrella with her husband David to see if Gareth Southgate’s team would book their place in the final 16 of the tournament with a victory.

She said: ‘I work from home, so it was easy to slip out and come down here. I’m not a big football fan, but its nice just to be outside in The Sun. If they score I will cheer.’

Clive Linkin,52, said: ’I was going to watch the game at home, but its such a nice evening it made sense to come down here. England have a great team and should do well – I hope.’

Andrew Milburn, from Hampton Wick, was with two friends sat in the shade waiting for kick off.

He said: ’I like it here as its quiet and no one is screaming or shouting. Some of the pubs are rammed and its too much.’

A mobile bar serving Peroni beer had been installed next to a TV screen.

A member of staff said: ‘The weather has really helped. We have a TV screen inside, but people are liking being able to watch the game out in the open.’

Other sheltered from the warm evening sunshine inside The Park, a hotel and restaurant in the centre of Teddington, Middlesex.

The venue is close to The Lensbury Club where England’s Women’s football team have made their home base while playing at Wembley stadium.

Annual leave requests are up on the May daily average by 123 per cent today and 148 per cent tomorrow, according to research by BrightHR. The firm added that absences last Friday – the first day of the tournament – were up 302 per cent on May.

An estimated 18.5million people watched England’s winning start to Euro 2024 on TV against Serbia on Sunday night as Jude Bellingham scored in a 1-0 victory.

Some 86 per cent of England fans watched it at their home or a friend’s house, while 7 per cent went to a pub, according to data from discount provider Blue Light Card. 

Samuel Mather-Holgate, an independent financial advisor at Mather and Murray Financial in Swindon, told MailOnline today: ‘Given these major tournaments are only every 2 years, and the England match doesn’t demand a whole day of drinking, we will be letting everyone finish 90 minutes early, so they can get home, light the BBQ and relax with a bottle of something bubbly.

‘We don’t expect any absences the next day, especially given our flexibility for the match. We find that if you try to accommodate your staff’s needs, they pay you back with their loyalty.’

And Louise Skittrall, an HR expert at Robinson Grace HR Consultancy in the same town, said: ‘In light of the nation’s enthusiastic support of the England football team, we will be closing the Robinson Grace HR office at 4.30pm on Thursday to allow everyone to get home in time.

Reform UK leader Nigel Farage poses for a picture with England fans

Reform UK leader Nigel Farage poses for a picture with England fans

England fans at the Frankfurt Arena today before the Euro 2024 match against Denmark

England fans at the Frankfurt Arena today before the Euro 2024 match against Denmark

Fans cheer on England before their Euro 2024 match against Denmark

Fans cheer on England before their Euro 2024 match against Denmark

England fans in Frankfurt today before the Euro 2024 group match against Denmark

England fans in Frankfurt today before the Euro 2024 group match against Denmark

A fan holds an England flag on a fountain in Romerberg square in Frankfurt today

A fan holds an England flag on a fountain in Romerberg square in Frankfurt today

England supporters pose with beer glasses in Frankfurt today before the match

England supporters pose with beer glasses in Frankfurt today before the match 

England fans in Frankfurt today before the Euro 2024 group match against Denmark

England fans in Frankfurt today before the Euro 2024 group match against Denmark

England supporters pose with beer glasses in Frankfurt today before the match

England supporters pose with beer glasses in Frankfurt today before the match

England fans in Romerberg Square before the Euro 2024 match against Denmark today

England fans in Romerberg Square before the Euro 2024 match against Denmark today

England fans before the Euro 2024 match against Denmark at the Frankfurt Arena today

England fans before the Euro 2024 match against Denmark at the Frankfurt Arena today

England fans in Romerberg Square before the Euro 2024 match against Denmark today

England fans in Romerberg Square before the Euro 2024 match against Denmark today

England fans before the Euro 2024 match against Denmark at Frankfurt Arena today

England fans before the Euro 2024 match against Denmark at Frankfurt Arena today

Fans of England and Denmark are observed by police before the match in Frankfurt today

Fans of England and Denmark are observed by police before the match in Frankfurt today

‘One of our clients has moved the times of their shifts that day to accommodate a 90-minute gap between the day and twilight shifts while the match is on.

‘We’re not anticipating many sickies at this stage of the competition but as the tournament progresses, it’s not uncommon to have a rise in absence or last minute holiday bookings to accommodate England matches.

‘Our advice to clients is to take a pragmatic approach – if watching at work can be accommodated, or a change in working hours on some days can be agreed, this can be a win, win. Others introduce a rota system so that those not interested in football volunteer to cover shifts when matches are taking place.’

Some fans took to social media to say how they were working from home today, with one saying on X: ‘WFH on Thursday, it is just to watch England lol – they better not be terrible.’

England fans in Leeds get ready for today's Euro 2024 game against Denmark

England fans in Leeds get ready for today’s Euro 2024 game against Denmark

England fans hit a pub early in Leeds as they prepare to watch today's match against Denmark

England fans hit a pub early in Leeds as they prepare to watch today’s match against Denmark

England fans arrive at the pub in Leeds today ahead of the Euro 2024 match against Denmark

England fans arrive at the pub in Leeds today ahead of the Euro 2024 match against Denmark

An England fan with a Rochdale flag as he heads to the pub in Leeds today to watch the game

An England fan with a Rochdale flag as he heads to the pub in Leeds today to watch the game

England flags at the Kirby Estate in South East London today ahead of the Denmark match

England flags at the Kirby Estate in South East London today ahead of the Denmark match

England flags at the Kirby Estate in South East London today ahead of the Denmark match

England flags at the Kirby Estate in South East London today ahead of the Denmark match

England flags at the Kirby Estate in South East London today ahead of the Denmark match

England flags at the Kirby Estate in South East London today ahead of the Denmark match

England flags at the Kirby Estate in South East London today ahead of the Denmark match

England flags at the Kirby Estate in South East London today ahead of the Denmark match

Another posted a selfie of them in their England shirt, saying: ‘Back to work today. WFH at least. At least there’s some stuff on the TV …’

And a third tweeted: ‘You can tell England is playing today. The way everyone is working from home today.’

Others commented on how they were not working at all today, with one tweeting: ‘I took the day off just so I can watch England game.’

Another said: ‘Told my boss England plays today I’m taking the day off work.’

Alan Price, chief executive at BrightHR, told MailOnline: ‘With England football fans gearing up for the match against Denmark this Thursday, businesses can expect a sharp increase in the number of staff finishing work early or taking half-days to catch the action live.’

He said the firm had looked at its absence management software, which monitors more than one million employees in the UK, to predict the possible impact.

 

Mr Price added: ‘Match days like this one can have a huge impact on attendance and productivity in the workplace, with absences, sickness and lateness sometimes doubling after big games.

‘Encourage staff to abide by the terms in their contract and only leave early if they have booked the time off in advance.’

The company revealed that during the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, there was an increase of 111 per cent in the number of people who called in sick when England played the USA in the group stages on Friday, November 25 when compared to the daily average sickness rate.

This could mean an additional 50,000 people will pull a sickie today if the trend is repeated for the match.

Among the firms planning to show the game to staff is Peninsula, a company which specialises in HR, employment law and health and safety consultancy services for employers.

Prince William, pictured at the Order of the Garter service in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on Monday, is flying in to watch England v Denmark in Frankfurt today

Prince William, pictured at the Order of the Garter service in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle on Monday, is flying in to watch England v Denmark in Frankfurt today

Kate Palmer, employment services director at the firm, told MailOnline: ‘At Peninsula, we choose to show big games in the office so employees don’t miss out on any of the action whilst continuing to do their work.

‘This could also be good solution for businesses where remote working is not an option.

‘With a 5pm kick-off, some bosses may choose to put on a social option for employees to stay behind and watch the match with colleagues, maybe you order in some pizzas and make an evening of it.’#

However she added that firms considering this option should ensure they have the correct licenses in place.

Ms Palmer continued: ‘If you are serving drinks, however, remember that social events are an extension of the workplace and inappropriate behaviour that happens at such an event could lead to you having to take disciplinary action the next day.

England fans at the Boxpark Wembley in London celebrate during the Serbia match on Sunday

England fans at the Boxpark Wembley in London celebrate during the Serbia match on Sunday

England fans celebrate after Sunday's match at the Douglas Tavern in Hebburn, Tyne and Wear

England fans celebrate after Sunday’s match at the Douglas Tavern in Hebburn, Tyne and Wear

England fans at 4TheFans Fans Park in Dalston, East London, celebrate after Sunday's win

England fans at 4TheFans Fans Park in Dalston, East London, celebrate after Sunday’s win

‘Remember employees can use their free time as they wish however if they are not in a fit state to work when they arrive on site then this becomes a problem for employers.

‘A gentle reminder that any such misconduct during the Euros will be subject to disciplinary action will often suffice.

‘Nobody wants to be the fun police, and many employers are looking forward to the Euros as much as their employees are. Having a sporting events policy in place ahead of major tournaments is the best way to avoid any misunderstanding.’

The BBC said its coverage of Sunday’s match was watched by an average audience of 10.5million, peaking at 15million.

The game was also streamed 3.5million times on BBC iPlayer.

England got off to a positive start in Germany when Bellingham scored a header 13 minutes into their Group C opener.

England fans at the UEFA Fan Zone in Frankfurt on Sunday during the match against Serbia

England fans at the UEFA Fan Zone in Frankfurt on Sunday during the match against Serbia

England fans celebrate at the UEFA Fan Zone in Frankfurt during the Serbia match on Sunday

England fans celebrate at the UEFA Fan Zone in Frankfurt during the Serbia match on Sunday 

Manager Gareth Southgate said yesterday that he had spoken to his players about dealing with tournament background noise as England look to seal Euro 2024 progress with a game to spare.

England began the tournament with a hard-fought 1-0 win against Serbia on Sunday thanks to Bellingham’s early header but lost control of the match, leading to much debate ahead of their second match against Denmark.

But the England boss has been trying to keep the focus on what is important ahead of today’s match.

‘There’s going to be a narrative around a player, a couple of players after every England game,’ Southgate said, praising Phil Foden for doing an ‘exceptional job’ against Serbia despite some onlookers questioning his display.

‘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.

England will play Denmark at the Frankfurt Arena (pictured on Monday) in their second game

England will play Denmark at the Frankfurt Arena (pictured on Monday) in their second game

‘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 lot of things we did really well and we move towards tomorrow’s game.’

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