England prepares to take on Denmark in front of 60,00 electrified fans at Wembley and tens of millions more buzzing on TVs all around Britain.
Both sides are just one win away from the dream final and whereas Denmark amazed the whole football world when they won Euro '92 in neighbouring Sweden, England are waiting for their first major final since winning the 1966 World Cup on home soil.
England and Denmark last met at last year's UEFA Nations League when Gareth Southgate's side failed to score in either game. The first leg in Copenhagen ended in a goalless draw and it was followed by a surprising 1-0 win for Denmark at Wembley, with Christian Eriksen's first-half penalty making the difference.
All in all, Denmark have won three of their last six meetings with England (3-1-2), though the majority of those were in friendly matches – all after England's 3-0 win at the 2002 World Cup.
Denmark Betting Preview
Having hammered the likes of Russia, in their final, decisive group game, and Wales in the last 16, Denmark are brimming with confidence that the magic of 1992 could be recast.
Almost three decades since The Danish Dynamite blew the continent apart with their unbelievable victory at Euro 1992, the Nordic country is currently in the process of writing yet another fairytale in the competition.
It's been a deeply emotional but also an impressive Euro 2020 journey for Denmark as they won the most important battle of all – the one for Christian Eriksen's life.
Leaving the emotions aside, their last performance was an act of sweet, sweet revenge for the lost Euro 2004 quarter-final. This time, seventeen years later, Denmark knocked out the Czechs at the same stage and are now onto the semi-finals for the first time since the triumphant 1992 campaign.
Even without their influential playmaker Christian Eriksen, Denmark looks dangerous, but most importantly – united and coherent – and they do realize they have nothing to lose.
Daniel Wass and Yussuf Poulsen were both doubts but they eventually both featured from the bench in the quarter-final against the Czech Republic, which is a huge boost for the Danes.
However, it is yet to be seen whether Kasper Hjulmand will recall either of them into the starting side, with Jens Stryger Larsen and Kasper Dolberg doing quite well in their respective positions.
With just 6 goals in 25 Ligue 1 games for Nice, Kasper Dolberg hasn't really been the most prolific attacker in Europe's top leagues but his efficiency at the Euros is insane and he'll likely start against England, even though Yussuf Poulsen, who started all group games, seems to be fully fit.
With that said, Kasper Hjulmand may opt for the same starting XI that defeated the Czech Republic at the weekend, looking to reap the benefits of his tactical switch. Indeed, Denmark's boss opted for a four-man defense but switched to a three-man backline over the course of the tournament.
England Betting Preview
Twenty-five years after their last European Championship semi-final, which saw them infamously lose to Germany on penalties at a packed Wembley, England's dream is more alive than ever as the Three Lions are only one step away from the cherished European Championship final and two steps away from enormous glory!
After the euphoria of defeating historic rivals Germany in the last-16, The Three Lions remained focused and they had just played their most comfortable Euro 2020 performance so far and that happened away from Wembley – as the impressive manner of their 4-0 win over Ukraine actually allowed them to spare some energy for the upcoming semi-final against Denmark.
Two goals from captain Harry Kane, who was a shade of himself throughout the group stage, one from centre-back Harry Maguire and another by substitute Jordan Henderson – his first international goal – earned England their biggest victory in the European Championships, overtaking their 4-1 win against the Netherlands during the Euro 96 group stage.
After a sluggish (in terms of spectacularity but not when it comes to results) start to their Euro 2020 campaign, Gareth Southgate's side gained momentum and started to spark in the right moment – in the knockout phase.
Jordan Pickford may have had a tough season with Everton but he is a different beast for England. He was one of England's most consistent performers at the 2018 FIFA World Cup and his heroics continued at the Euros where Southgate put his faith into him and so far so good – five clean sheets in five games. The first time a country has done that (keeping five clean sheets in its opening five matches at the Euros) since the opening game.
The England goalkeeper has been impressive and he already equalled Iker Casillas' Euro 2012 record by going 450 minutes without conceding and he's also the first Englishman to keep seven clean sheets in a row since legendary Gordon Banks.
Despite the home advantage and that England are favorites, also considering his conservative approach, Gareth Southgate could be tempted to do what he did against Germany and field a three-man defense with Kyle Walker alongside Harry Maguire and John Stones.
New Manchester United signing Jadon Sancho finally started at the Euros in Saturday's resounding victory, but Southgate may recall Bukayo Saka from the right (if he goes for a 4-2-3-1 formation again) to help keep the in-form Joakim Maehle at bay.
Possible Starting Lineups of England and Denmark
England: Jordan Pickford – Kyle Walker, John Stones, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw – Kalvin Phillips, Declan Rice – Bukayo Saka, Mason Mount, Raheem Sterling – Harry Kane. (4-2-3-1)
Denmark: Kasper Schmeichel – Jannik Vestergaard, Simon Kjaer, Andreas Christensen – Joakim Maehle, Thomas Delaney, Pierre-Emile Højbjerg, Jens Stryger Larsen – Mikkel Damsgaard, Martin Braithwaite – Kasper Dolberg. (3-4-2-1)
Spooky Express Betting Prediction
England are -140 moneyline favorites to beat Denmark (+460) with BetOnline and based on their sensational form and defensive record, this seems to be a reliable bet.
They are more mature than they were three years ago in Russia – when England suffered a devastating 2-1 extra time defeat to Croatia in the semi-finals – but the whole pressure will be on them and this should be the sternest test of their ability in the 21st century.
Danish defenders will have to remain resilient throughout the match because, as already seen earlier in the competition, the England attackers know how to punish mistakes as soon as they scent an opportunity. They already managed to keep two clean sheets against England in their Nations League matches last autumn and Simon Kjaer's late clearance helped them to win at Wembley, but it would be a completely different atmosphere here.
It's easy to be said but difficult to be done because his English counterpart has an incredible variety of quality attackers at his disposal and he can always refresh his performers, while Kasper Hjulmand is relatively limited in that point of view.
England have been solid at the back and Jordan Pickford was always there but this time, even though it might actually look reckless, we're backing both teams to score.