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Euro 2020: Chris Sutton’s player form guide for England vs Denmark

It doesn’t get much bigger than this. On Wednesday evening, England will have the chance to book their place in a first final of a major tournament in 55 years. 

England will come into the match full of confidence after exacting revenge on Germany and then blowing Ukraine away in the quarter-finals, but Denmark are no slouches and will be dreaming of a place in the final themselves.

Ahead of the spectacle, Sportsmail columnist CHRIS SUTTON rates the two likely line-ups.

England are preparing to face Denmark in a huge Euro 2020 semi-final at Wembley

ENGLAND (4-2-3-1)

JORDAN PICKFORD 8

I love seeing Pickford barking at his defenders when they do something he doesn’t like. It says he’s in charge and he wants that sixth clean sheet.

KYLE WALKER 7

Walker occasionally lost possession against Ukraine, but he’s otherwise been solid. You can’t change a back four that’s kept five clean sheets at a tournament, can you?

JOHN STONES 8

He’s been colossal – an ever-present in a defence that’s yet to concede. Impressively, Stones has produced more passes than Kane, Foden, Saka, Sancho and Grealish combined!

HARRY MAGUIRE 8

In heading home against Ukraine, we saw why Maguire was such a big miss when England were struggling to score from set pieces earlier in this tournament.

LUKE SHAW 8

Brazilian legend Roberto Carlos applauded Shaw for his last performance and rightly so. He’s been a crucial component on the left-hand side of this back line.

Luke Shaw's played a crucial role going forward and has been brilliant in the last two games

Luke Shaw’s played a crucial role going forward and has been brilliant in the last two games

KALVIN PHILLIPS 8

After playing every minute of Euro 2020, it was a blessing that England could rest Phillips after taking their 4-0 lead. What a tournament he’s having.

DECLAN RICE 8

Rice and Phillips have formed such an alliance that it simply cannot be broken up. He wins the ball then proceeds to move it up the pitch.

JADON SANCHO 7

A rare sighting of a right-footed right winger! He got his first start of the tournament against Ukraine and didn’t do anything worthy of being dropped.

Jadon Sancho done more than enough against Ukraine to earn a chance to start on Wednesday

Jadon Sancho done more than enough against Ukraine to earn a chance to start on Wednesday

MASON MOUNT 7

Mount never stops moving. No 10s can be judged on their ability to create, and that’s fair, but he doesn’t get enough credit for his defensive contribution.

RAHEEM STERLING 9

To think Sterling came into this tournament under such scrutiny. Plenty of people thought he wasn’t good enough to be starting for England. Now he’s undroppable.

HARRY KANE 9

He’s up and running, and you know what? That Golden Boot award is in sight. Kane can score the goals that take England to this Sunday’s final.

ENGLAND TOTAL: 87 OUT OF 110

SPARES:

JACK GREALISH 7

Seeing Grealish in the line up would strike fear into the hearts of Denmark. They’d definitely rather see him on the substitutes’ bench. A trickster through and through.

JORDAN HENDERSON 7

He’s back, he’s healthy, and he even helped himself to a goal by getting on the end of Mount’s corner. Henderson wouldn’t let his country down.

JUDE BELLINGHAM 6

Three substitute appearances for Bellingham at this tournament, but he won’t be fazed by suddenly getting a starting spot. The 18-year-old suits that England shirt.

Denmark will be fearful of Jack Grealish and will much rather see him start on the bench

Denmark will be fearful of Jack Grealish and will much rather see him start on the bench

PHIL FODEN 6

He’s gone blonde like Gazza but not been seen since the Scotland game, largely because others have been taking their chances since. Now it’s his turn.

MARCUS RASHFORD 6

He surprisingly hasn’t started a game at Euro 2020, but Rashford is the fastest England player to have been clocked at this tournament, at a rapid 20.8mph.

BUKAYO SAKA 7

This left-footed right winger can do some damage to Denmark’s defence and on top of that, Saka can help Walker take care of the dangerous Maehle.

DENMARK (3-4-2-1)

KASPER SCHMEICHEL 8

This will be the 200th Denmark game with a Schmeichel in goal, with Kasper responsible for 71 of those. We all know how talented this goalkeeper is.

ANDREAS CHRISTENSEN 8

Christensen produced another dominant performance against the Czech Republic. The 25-year-old has really grown into this competition and is looking like an elite-level defender.

SIMON KJAER 8

He won his 100th cap in Denmark’s 1-0 win over England in October. Kjaer is a rock at the back, but also completely comfortable in possession.

Simon Kjaer has lead from the front and been a rock at the back throughout the tournament

Simon Kjaer has lead from the front and been a rock at the back throughout the tournament

JANNIK VESTERGAARD 7

If England are to score from more set pieces, they’ll need to beat this 6ft 6in man-mountain to those crosses. A favourite of manager Kasper Hjulmand’s.

JENS STRYGER LARSEN 7

He’s versatile and he’ll run at England down that right-hand side. This Udinese footballer will look to get himself into positions to produce crosses into the area.

PIERRE-EMILE HOJBJERG 8

Playing in a slightly more advanced role than with Tottenham, Hojbjerg’s got three assists at this tournament. He’s passed the ball more than any other Denmark player.

THOMAS DELANEY 8

He picked up the man of the match award against the Czech Republic. Delaney’s a warrior alongside Hojbjerg. He won’t give England an easy ride in midfield.

JOAKIM MAEHLE 8

Maehle, who plays his football for adventurous Atalanta, has been a revelation at this tournament. He’s among the top 10 players for distance covered at Euro 2020.

Joakim Maehle never stops running up and down the wing and is hugely creative for Denmark

Joakim Maehle never stops running up and down the wing and is hugely creative for Denmark

MIKKEL DAMSGAARD 7

The baby-faced Damsgaard is one of this tournament’s breakout stars. He’s just turned 21 and is being linked with numerous Premier League clubs for a reason.

MARTIN BRAITHWAITE 7

Middlesbrough fans must be scratching their heads. Is this the same guy who played for them?! He’s started every game at Euro 2020 and will test England.

KASPER DOLBERG 7

He didn’t start any of Denmark’s group games but got the nod against Wales and the Czech Republic and scored three goals. He’s in form and confident.

DENMARK TOTAL: 83 OUT OF 110

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