England v Denmark - LIVE! The latest goals, news and updates from Wembley - Live coverage - The Independent

England v Denmark - LIVE! The latest goals, news and updates from Wembley

  


By
SIMON RICE


Welcome to The Independent's coverage of tonight's game at Wembley between England and Denmark.

See how the game unfolded below...
  • Tonight is being billed as a straight shootout between Ashley Cole and Luke Shaw for a place on the plane to Brazil. Check out Sam Wallace's take on the battle of the left-backs...

    Southampton's Shaw, a Chelsea fan who was four years old when Cole made his professional debut, is expected to get half an hour at least against the Danes and could even start the game. Shaw's remarkable season has propelled him into contention despite being uncapped by the seniors and with only three Under-21s caps to his name.

    Read the FULL ARTICLE.

    3/5/2014 5:54:45 PM
  • Roy Hodgson has turned to a renowned psychiatrist to help England's World Cup bid. Read Sam Wallace's take on the appointment...

    The role of guru to an England manager was damaged for years by Glenn Hoddle's association with faith healer Eileen Drewery back in the late 1990s. The woman who famously laid her hands on the head of Ray Parlour at one England gathering – only to be asked for "a short back and sides" – did much, unintentionally, to undermine Hoddle.

    Read the FULL ARTICLE.


    3/5/2014 5:58:05 PM
  • Meanwhile, Ian Herbert explains how the England players will find how to 'manage their chimp'...

    Our obsession with the minutiae of whether England can finish above Uruguay, Italy or even Costa Rica will begin around now, so Roy Hodgson's players may be glad to know that Dr Steve Peters will tell them to abandon any thought of where they might stand when the Group D games are concluded this summer.

    Read the FULL ARTICLE.


    3/5/2014 5:58:40 PM
  • We've begun counting down the 100 greatest World Cup moments in preparation for Brazil. Today, we looked at the best World Cup song... EVER! See out countdown so far HERE.



    3/5/2014 6:00:26 PM
  • ...and here it is.

    3/5/2014 6:00:29 PM
  • That song is almost certain to be better than whatever these pair of Garys can come up with...
    3/5/2014 6:00:53 PM
  • A petition is going round asking that Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley be excluded from the World Cup squad. Hodgson is not impressed...

    I'm disappointed that Tom, as a sensitive young man, has got to bear that burden

    Read the FULL ARTICLE.




    3/5/2014 6:01:54 PM
  • Here's the England team - and there's certainly a Liverpool flavour to it with five players from Anfield.


    England XI: 1 Hart 2 Johnson 3 Cole 4 Gerrard (c) 5 Cahill 6 Smalling 7 Wilshere 8 Henderson 9 Sturridge 10 Rooney 11 Sterling

    Shaw will get his chance from the bench it seems with Ashley Cole chose to start at Wembley.


    3/5/2014 7:23:45 PM
  • Sturridge gets another chance tonight then and will hopefully begin to start replicating that Liverpool form in an England shirt. He and Suarez go under the SAS acronym. Rooney and Sturridge - RAS? Just doesn't work does it. With not a single surname of tonight's starters beginning with a vowel, I'm not sure there's anything better to come up with though.

    3/5/2014 7:28:58 PM
  • The Danes are known for their bacon. This kid brought a hotdog to Wembley.

    3/5/2014 7:31:49 PM
  • Right, let's get a pre-match prediction from the Independent's Sam Wallace...



    3/5/2014 7:40:32 PM
  • England: Hart, Johnson,
    Cahill, Smalling, Cole, Wilshere, Henderson, Gerrard, Sterling, Rooney,
    Sturridge.
    Subs: Shaw, Ruddy, Foster, Forster, Baines, Caulker, Carrick,
    Milner, Lampard, Barkley, Cleverley, Lallana, Oxlade-Chamberlain,
    Townsend, Lambert, Defoe, Welbeck, Rodriguez.


    Denmark: Schmeichel, Sloth, Agger, Kjaer,
    Peter Ankersen, Kvist Jorgensen, Jacobsen, Poulsen, Krohn-Delhi, Larsen,
    Bendtner.
    Subs: Andersen, Lossl, Kahlenberg, Bjelland, Kusk, Olsen,
    Zimling, Rasmussen, Delaney, Jacob Ankersen, Juelsgaard, Makienok
    Christoffersen.


    Referee: Kevin Blom (Holland)

    3/5/2014 7:41:52 PM
  • These two teams have met five times at Wembley. Every time it's ended 1-0 - with four in England's favour. Think we need something a bit more exciting than that tonight. Here come the teams...
    3/5/2014 7:52:53 PM
  • Quite a few empty seats at Wembley tonight - certainly far from the cauldron that it was on Sunday to watch Manchester City beat Sunderland. Atmosphere not exactly pumped up but the Danish national anthem either; that really was dire.
    3/5/2014 7:56:36 PM
  • Sod signing up a psychiatrist, as Hodgson has done for the World Cup. What this team needs is singing lessons. I'm no Simon Cowell, but surely it's obvious you need to open your mouth more than the width of a chewing gum to hit all those national anthem notes?
    3/5/2014 7:58:37 PM
  • 1 min: We're off at Wembley - Bendtner with a nice touch from the kick off.
    3/5/2014 8:01:16 PM
  • 3 min: Nice early touch from Sterling too - if mis-controlling it out of play is nice. Nervy start from the Liverpool youngster but he gets another chance with a nice turn in the box. Final pass is weak.
    3/5/2014 8:03:38 PM
  • 6 min: Rooney tries a cross-field ball which goes a bit awry. Denmark break but Johnson mops things up. Decent tempo from England without really going anywhere.
    3/5/2014 8:06:25 PM
  • 8 min: England look a threat for the first time in the match with Wilshere pushing through midfield before Sterling puts in a decent cross. Riveting though is not the word.
    3/5/2014 8:08:52 PM
  • 10 min: Now Denmark do a bit, winning themselves a corner. Gerrard gets it away without any bother.
    3/5/2014 8:11:06 PM
  • 13 min: Corner for England after decent link-up play between Sterling and Johnson but it's Denmark's turn to get it away. We then see a bit of nice link-up play between Arsenal players - Wilshere and Bendtner - with the former giving it away to the latter. He tries to get it back but Bendtner skips away. Lovely stuff.
    3/5/2014 8:13:47 PM
  • 14 min: Wilshere could end up being the story of this match. He's caught on the foot by Agger and has been down for a while. Looked in real pain but is back on his feet.
    3/5/2014 8:14:48 PM
  • 14 min: Wilshere back out - which will please this bloke...

     
    3/5/2014 8:16:31 PM
  • 17 min: Krohn-Delhi!!!!! (just rolls off the tongue). The Dane tries a spectacular effort on the volley but it's over.
    3/5/2014 8:17:55 PM
  • 19 min: Sloth (pronounced Slot apparently) lives up to his written-down name by losing Gerrard before cynically taking him down on the edge of the box. That's one booking, and one free-kick over the bar from Rooney.
    3/5/2014 8:20:05 PM
  • 21 min: Schmeichel lives up to the billing provided by his dad by rushing off the line to meet Rooney who had beaten the offside trap. Did well not to bring down the United striker, who can't get his effort on target from a tight angle.
    3/5/2014 8:22:03 PM
  • 23 min: Cahill!!!!!!!!! It's the England defender's turn to try a spectacular volley. Bangs it over though and the referee says he handles it in the build up as well.
    3/5/2014 8:23:29 PM
  • Wilshere is back on after a worrying coming together with Agger.

    3/5/2014 8:25:08 PM
  • 26 min: Ashley Cole gets forward and wins England a corner. Again, nothing comes of it. Doing little wrong so far, but the Chelsea man isn't making the greatest case for his inclusion either. We are only 25 minutes in though.
    3/5/2014 8:26:55 PM
  • 29 min: Sterling wins a corner which is played short to Rooney. It's headed away without much bother though.
    3/5/2014 8:29:49 PM
  • 32 min: Nearly calamity at the back for England. Hart and Cahill manage to somehow sort things out right on the edge of the England number one's penalty box.
    3/5/2014 8:33:19 PM
  • 34 min: Great feet from Sturridge inside the box and his shot come cross fizzes across the six yard box. Better from England.
    3/5/2014 8:34:51 PM
  • 37 min: It's all in front of Denmark at the moment. England need to begin moving it a bit quicker, and trying to beat the odd player here and there. Too straight-forward for Denmark right now.
    3/5/2014 8:37:33 PM
  • 39 min: That's when to throw a fist in frustration. Rooney finds himself on the corner of the box and tries to bend it into the corner. Bend it like Beckham he did not.
    3/5/2014 8:39:45 PM
  • 40 min: Danger then at the other end with Poulsen in on goal, but he takes an extra touch and doesn't get his shot away properly. Probably the chance of the night.
    3/5/2014 8:40:44 PM
  • 41 min: Oh no - Rooney tries another curler from almost the exactly the same position. And it's just as bad as the last effort. This time he discards the fist of frustration and swears at himself instead. Good to mix it up.
    3/5/2014 8:42:19 PM
  • 44 min: How on earth did that not go in?! Lovely link-up play between Sturridge and Rooney sees Cole released down the left. He plays a great ball across the six yard box and Sterling gets to it. But with a goal looking certain, it comes back off the post. Defender did brilliantly to get tangled in the shot.
    3/5/2014 8:45:35 PM
  • 45 min: That was Schmeichel-esque. Sturridge finds himself able to take a first-time shot on the six yard box following a corner, but the keeper does brilliantly to spread himself in the style of his father and stop it going in.
    3/5/2014 8:48:07 PM
  • HT: That's it for the first half... 0-0.
    3/5/2014 8:48:33 PM
  • HT: Not sure any have staked much of a claim for a seat on that plane to Brazil. Sterling has looked lively and been involved quite a bit. Overall it's just been a bit flat, with only the final five minutes providing any incision. Both Sterling and Sturridge were denied when perhaps they should have put England in front.
    3/5/2014 8:51:09 PM
  • Sterling, one of England's better first-half performers, puts in a cross.

    3/5/2014 8:53:49 PM
  • HT: Dixon, Hoddle and Wrighty saying there's "not enough box action" on ITV.
    3/5/2014 8:54:04 PM
  • HT: We hear Luke Shaw will be on in the second half. According to Adrian Chiles on ITV, that will be "fascinating".
    3/5/2014 8:57:22 PM
  • Some Tweets...



    3/5/2014 9:02:21 PM
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