England played well as they came back from behind to beat Denmark 2-1. Denmark took the lead when Agger headed in a cross from the young Eriksen. England didnt take long to pull level when Darren Bent converted a drilled cross from Walcott. Walcott did well keeping the ball and putting the ball across gaol and took a cut to just under the eye for it. Bent was in the right place to tap it home and it was a proper poachers goal. Both England and Denmark showed promise to score again and the first-half was one of some actual excitement, something a England friendly rarely is. Eriksen for Denmark was a constant threat, putting in great crosses and clever through balls, and was unlucky not to score rattling the post. Bendtner caused England problems earlier on, but as the half went on he was less effective. Wilshire carried on showcasing his passing ability spreading balls cross field and linking up well with Rooney, feeding him from the middle of the park. Rooney too was showing off his passing ability, often finding his man out wide with pinpoint accuracy, but had a chance to score, and you can’t help feel that a fully confident Rooney would have scored. Glen Johnson was good going forward but was far to shaky defender and gave the ball away far too often, giving Denmark the impetus to go forward and attack, but on the other flank, Cole was on top form. The second half saw some changes with Lampard, Rooney and Wilshire coming off for Young, Parker and Barry and with that the captaincy went to Cole. The second half was not as interesting as the first but Eriksen for Denmark still was the main threat, but unlike in the first half Bentdner became a ghost. Young looked bright utilizing his pace and even though he was playing more behind the striker, he still got his crosses in with a great little flick cross up for Bent which almost lead to a goal. England and Denmark both had chances through out the game, but Hart did a great job in goal making a handful of great saves. England’s winner did come though thanks to Ashley Young. Downing, who had come on for Walcott chased, was full of energy and chased down a loose ball, and when it came to Johnson, he fed it to young who calm and coolly placed it past Sorensen. Gary Cahill came on for Dawson who had a good game, coming out of defense once or twice to help midfield and put in a pass or two. Cahill did a fine job, showing good dominance in the air, and clearing the ball with a no nonsense manner, which is sometimes needed. Baines got some playing time also when he came on for Cole, leaving the captaincy to Barry this time.
Both England and Denmark shows signs of a bright future, with some real talented players coming through. Maybe more so for Denmark, who may be going back to some glory years of the 80’s-90’s. Eriksen is the brightest prospect but with name early 20 something playing regularly for the national team, in the next few years you may well see Denmark making some waves in the European Championships.
England have great young players, but with Gerrard, Lampard, Rooney, Cole, Terry, Ferdinand seemingly always penciled in, it doesn’t look like we will be seeing a new team for a good few years.