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Denmark Legend Peter Schmeichel Joins Son Kasper In Taunting England Ahead Of Euro 2020 Semi-Final

Thomas Harvey


Denmark Legend Peter Schmeichel Joins Son Kasper In Taunting England Ahead Of Euro 2020 Semi-Final

Former Denmark international goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel has joined son Kasper in taunting England ahead of Wednesday night's Euro 2020 semi-final.

After Kasper playfully took aim at England's "It's Coming Home" chant, dad Peter boldly claimed that Denmark will be favourites when they face the Three Lions at Wembley.

Gareth Southgate's England are yet to concede in five games and will have home advantage on Wednesday night.

But Manchester United legend Schmeichel, who was in goal when the Danes triumphed at Euro 1992, is confident his country can triumph.

"I think Denmark are favourites," said Schmeichel senior. "The night Denmark played Wales in the last 16 was precisely 29 years after our win.

"We're a very good footballing nation. We're currently ninth in the FIFA rankings. We've lost five games in 50. We qualify for all the big tournaments, we do well, we got to the quarter-finals of the World Cup.

"We might be a small country but in football terms we're up there. We think we can compete with anybody, we think we can have the same chance as anybody, but, of course, we don't have the same number of quality players as other nations have.

"So, for us, it's about creating an atmosphere and making sure everything is right on the day. Then it's set up for us to make results.

"I think it's going to be tight. I really do believe this is very evenly balanced, in spite of what people may read in England."

Denmark have certainly had an eventful tournament. Christian Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest in their opening game against Finland, but the Danes recovered to become the first nation to ever qualify for the knockout stage at the Euros after losing their opening two group fixtures.

After scraping out of their group, Kasper Hjulmand's men then defeated Wales and the Czech Republic to set up the clash with the Three Lions.

Image: PA
Image: PA

"I had big hopes for this Danish team," said Schmeichel. "It was a very difficult beginning for them in the Euros, but they've overcome a lot of that difficulty and have managed to produce some really, really exciting results. It's well deserved that they're in the semi-final.

"People are very excited. Football hasn't really been top of the agenda for many, many years but now, everyone's talking about it, everyone's excited, everyone's watching it."

Topics: Denmark, Peter Schmeichel

Thomas Harvey
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