Wednesday March 5, 2014 Friendlies Finished Wembley

England 1 - 0 Denmark

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  1. World Cup - Sturridge strikes late as England edge past Denmark

    World Cup - Sturridge strikes late as England edge past Denmark

    Daniel Sturridge struck a late winner as England got their World Cup preparations off to a solid start with a 1-0 triumph over Denmark at Wembley. More

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    Time:90'
    • England
    • Denmark
    • - MOTM: Adam Lallana (England): He may not have been on the pitch long, but the Southampton man gave England a huge lift. It was a performance that once again showed why he should be on the plane to Brazil and he capped it with the assist for Sturridge's goal.
    • - RATINGS - ENGLAND: Hart 7, Johnson 7, Cahill 7, Smalling 6, Cole 7; Gerrard 7, Henderson 6, Wilshere 6, Rooney 5, Sterling 6, Sturridge 6. Subs: Shaw 7, Lallana 7, Welbeck 6, Oxlade-Chamberlain 6, Townsend 5, Milner 5./// DENMARK: Schmeichel 7, Jacobsen 6, Kjaer 6, Agger 7, Ankersen 6, Kvist 6, Sloth 6, Poulsen 7, Larsen 6, Bendtner 5, Krohn-Dehli 6. Subs: Kasper Kusk6, Juelsgard 6, Zimling 6, Bjelland 6, Rasmussen 6, Olsen 5.
    • 90+2' FT: England 1-0 Denmark. Sturridge's late header gets England's preparations for the World Cup off to a winning start.
    • 90+1' Olsen whips it in but Agger can't quite get there. Let off for England.
    • 90' We're into stoppage time as Johnson concedes a needless free kick. Chance for Denmark to push everyone forward.
    • 89' England looking to see this out now as the visitors attempt to press. The Danes hav rarely ventured forward in this second period and on this occasion a cross from the right flies out of play.
    • 88' ENGLAND sub: Sturridge replaced by James Milner.
    • 87' Olsen shoots from distance... just wide.
    • 86' ENGLAND sub: Sterling replaced by Andros Townsend.
    • 85' Denmark looking to respond now and win a free kick midway into the England half.
    • 84' STAT courtesy of OPTA JOE: Daniel Sturridge has now scored in 20 of his 28 appearances for club and country this season. Consistent.
    • 83' That's England's first goal since October 15 last year!
    • 82' GOAL! England take the lead as Sturridge rises to guide Lallana's sublime cross back across goal and into the far corner.
    • 82' Sterling wins another corner for England.
    • 81' DENMARK sub: Poulsen replaced by debutant Danny Olsen.
    • 80' Poulsen bursts forward but can't find Rasmussen with his outside of the foot pass. A rare foray forward from the Danes.
    • 79' Just over 10 minutes left. Are we going to have a winner here?
    • 78' ENGLAND sub: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on for Henderson.
    • 77' Another corner drops outside the area for Lallana who sees his shot blocked.
    • 76' A corner is worked short and falls for Sturridge who stings the palms of Schmeichel with a rasping drive.
    • 75' Lallana surges down the left and curls a low ball to the far post but it's brilliantly defended once again.
    • 74' Smalling pumps a high ball down the middle that is easily dealt with by Schmeichel. Are England out of ideas?
    • 73' STAT: Hodgson’s side didn't score in their previous two home matches and the last time England failed to score in three consecutive home games was 1981 (total of four blanks in a row).
    • 72' Another England sub imminent.
    • 71' GREAT SAVE! Sterling bursts into space and his attempted ball into the middle deflects into Welbeck who sees his stabbed shot brilliantly kept out by Schmeichel.
    • 70' Welbeck looks for Sturridge but once more it's easily mopped up by the Danish defence. It's been a frustrating night for Sturridge and co so far.
    • 69' STAT: The Danes have won four, drawn three and lost three of their last 10 away matches in all competitions.
    • 68' SAVE! Welbeck turns and drills in a low shot that Schmeichel is able to get down low to and palm away.
    • 68' Henderson lets fly from distance but it's way off.
    • 67' STAT: In their previous five matches at Wembley the Danes have scored just one goal.
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    • 65' DENMARK CHANCE: Smalling fails to make the interception and the Danes work space for Rasmussen who surges in on goal but sees his shot well saved by Hart.
    • 64' Rasmussen booked for hauling down Gerrard. That was quick!
    • 63' A trio of DENMARK subs: Sloth replaced by Niki Zimling while Simon Kjaer's spot is taken by Andreas Bjelland. Morten Rasmussen is also on for Bendtner.
    • 62' Another England corner is half-cleared to Lallana who produces a sensational turn before fizzing in a low cross that is too close to Schmeichel.
    • 61' ENGLAND sub: Rooney replaced by Danny Welbeck.
    • 60' CLOSE. Rooney's free kick comes back off the wall allowing Gerrard tro let fly with a volley that arrows just wide.
    • 59' ENGLAND sub: Lallana on for Wilshere. The Arsenal man picked up that knock in the first period and walked off a bit gingerly there.
    • 58' Rooney rampages towards the area and is hacked down by Agger. Free kick in another good position for England.
    • 57' Bendtner picks up a raking ball to the far left of the area and takes advantage of a slip by Cahill to drill a low shot at goal. Easy for Hart though.
    • 56' Shaw combines with Sterling down the left and drills in a probing low ball that is hacked away with Sturridge lurking at the far post.
    • 55' Wilshere and Rooney inject some pace into England's attack with the Arsenal man a whisker away from slipping the ball into Sterling. Again, it's fine reading of the game by the Danish centre backs.
    • 54' Krohn-Dehli teases a ball in towards Poulsen who makes another burst into the box but the pass is just behind his heel.
    • 53' Krohn-Dehli finds space on the left of the area but is pipped to the ball by Henderson who tracks back well. The Danes are growing in confidence here.
    • 52' There's still a real lack of tempo to this game.
    • 51' STAT: Denmark have won four and lost none of their last five internationals.
    • 50' A raking ball out to the flank from Gerrard sets England off on another attack. He's hit a couple of belters so far tonight. The cross is cleared to Henderson whose stabbed effort is easily blocked.
    • 49' A couple of good first touches for Shaw. He really is an exciting prospect.
    • 48' Denmark make a bright start and Cahill is forced to make a superb interception. The corner comes to nothing and England survive.
    • 47' ENGLAND sub at the break: Shaw on for his debut to replace Cole.
    • 46' DENMARK subs: Kasper Kusk and Jesper Juelsgard on for Emil Larsen and Lars Jacobsen.
    • 46' KICK OFF. ENGLAND restart the game.
    • 45+1' HT: England 0-0 Denmark. Not much to shout about with England carving out two decent openings at the very end of the half. The Danes have defended well and deserve to be level at the break.
    • 45' GREAT SAVE! Rooney's corner is nodded down by Cahill for Sturridge who sees his close-range shot blocked by Schmeichel.
    • 45' Johnson marauds down the right and lifts a hanging ball to the far post that Schmeichel is forced to palm behind for a corner.
    • 44' OFF THE POST! England overlap down the left through Cole who fizzes in a low ball to Sterling, but the Liverpool winger can't get there and Peter Ankersen hits the post from close range as he attempts to clear.
    • 43' Denmark work it short before delivering towards Agger. The Liverpool defender gets the knock down and England make hard work of clearing it. There was a real anxiety at the back there for the home team.
    • 42' Corner to Denmark.
    • 41' For all of England's approach play, it is Denmark who have had the better openings in a tepid first period.
    • 40' England looking to respond but again Rooney is way off target with a wild attempt.
    • 39' Chance for Denmark. Jakob Poulsen ghosts into the area and skews a shot beyond Hart but it lacks pace and accuracy, allowing England to clear on the line with Bendtner lurking.
    • 38' Rooney lets rip from 25 yards but it's harmlessly over the bar. A poor effort.
    • 37' Friendlies so often go off the boil when a flood of substitutions take place at the interval. It might be just what this game needs though.
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    • 35' Johnson exchanges a one-two with Sturridge but then stumbles at the vital moment. Gerrard then declines the chance to let fly and sees his disguised pass into Sturridge easily intercepted.
    • 34' Denmark are well drilled and are proving tough for England to break down.
    • 33' STAT: Nicklas Bendtner has scored three goals in his last three appearances for Denmark.
    • 32' Sturridge skips into space on the right and bamboozles his man with a stepover before firing a cross-shot across the six-yard box, but no-one can react to get on the end of it. Good play by the Liverpool striker.
    • 31' A long ball over the top catches out Cahill. The Chelsea defender allows it to bounce and heads it up into the air, allowing Hart to come and claim at the edge of his box.
    • 30' Another Gerrard free kick from the left is only half-cleared by the Danes but no-one is there to take advantage for the home team and the visitors clear.
    • 29' England still probing but they could do with stepping it up a gear. It's all rather pedestrian out there.
    • 28' Wilshere tries to feed Johnson, who had made a run into the centre forward position but he is denied well by Agger.
    • 27' PHOTO: The England team honour Finney.
    • 26' STAT: Hodgson has guided England to victory in 13 of the 24 matches he has been manager (D8 L3).
    • 25' Gerrard hits another fine ball out to the flank for Cole who wins England yet another corner... but it again comes to nothing of note.
    • 24' Good defending from Chris Smalling as the Man United defender positions himself at the near post to cut out Krohn-Dehli's low cross from the left.
    • 23' Gerrard's corner falls for Gary Cahill who handles before blazing over the bar. It wouldn't have counted.
    • 22' England building up a head of steam as Johnson rampages down the right but sees his cross-shot deflect wide.
    • 21' Another opening for Rooney as he breaks the offside trap to get on the end of Sterling's pass, but as he goes around Schmeichel he flashes his shot from a tight angle well wide.
    • 20' Rooney takes the free kick but curls it harmlessly over the top. A waste.
    • 19' Casper Sloth booked for a foul on Gerrard as the skipper bore down on goal. Big chance here for the Three Lions 25 yards out.
    • 18' A sublime flick by Sturridge sets Sterling free down the right. The winger can't get his cross in and when the ball is worked back to the striker, he can't quite control it and the opportunity is gone.
    • 17' Gerrard's delivery is a good one but the Danes manage to hack it to safety... Wilshere is now back on the pitch for England.
    • 16' Gerrard clips a superb ball into Cole's path. The Chelsea man is upended by Emil Larsen and England are awarded a free kick on the left.
    • 15' Play resumes with Wilshere off the pitch and England in possession.
    • 14' Adam Lallana appears to be getting ready on the England bench as Wilshere receives treatment. However, the Gunners midfielder is now back on his feet and should be able to continue.
    • 13' Daniel Agger's heavy touch sees him launch into a late tackle on Wilshere. A nasty foul that sees the Arsenal man fall to the floor in agony.
    • 12' Gerrard sends it into the area but it's nodded away by the Danes who launch a counter attack that comes to nothing.
    • 11' Sterling and Johnson combine down the right with the latter earning the hosts their first corner.
    • 10' A poor delivery and Gerrard is able to clear at the near post.
    • 9' Corner to Denmark.
    • 8' STAT: England first met the Danes in 1948, drawing 0-0 in Copenhagen.
    • 7' Sterling skips down the right once again and fizzes over a cross that is too deep for his teammates. Positive run from the Reds winger.
    • 6' These two teams have faced each other on five occasions at Wembley with all five matches finishing 1-0. England have triumphed four times.
    • 5' Michael Krohn-Dehli leads a Denmark counter but as he approaches the England area he is crowded out and the hosts regain possession.
    • 4' Denmark are playing their first match at Wembley since 1994.
    • 3' Sterling spins around his man on the right but then stubs his attempted cross that trickles straight to Schmeichel at his near post.
    • 3' A minute of applause prior to kick off in memory of Denmark's Euro 92 winning coach, Richard Moller Nielsen and former England duo Bert Williams and Sir Tom Finney.
    • 2' Tonight's referee is Kevin Blom from Holland.
    • 1' KICK OFF! Denmark get the game underway.
    • 19.55 England last played Denmark three years ago when they won 2-1 in Copenhagen.
    • 19.50 STAT: England have lost their last two international matches but have not been defeated in three in a row in all competitions since Euro' 88.
    • 19.45 There are still some places on the plane to Brazil up for grabs according to Hodgson. Check out our video guide to who is a shoe-in and who still has it all to do to cement a spot in England's World Cup squad.
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    • 19.40 Earlier today, Brazil won 5-0 against South Africa with Barcelona's Neymar snaring a hat-trick. Keep up-to-date with all of the latest international friendly scores via our multiplex.
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    • 19.35 Ashley Cole has got the nod tonight, despite being out of favour at Chelsea. Check out Jim White's Eurosport blog on why England should look to the future in the left-back berth by selecting the emerging Southampton starlet, Luke Shaw instead.
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    • 19.30 Like father like son? Denmark's Kasper is following in the legendary footsteps of his Dad, Peter by representing the Danes, but he could get one over his old man if he keeps a shut out tonight.
    • 19.25 ENGLAND subs: Shaw, Foster, Baines, Caulker, Carrick, Milner, Lampard, Barkley, Cleverley, Lallana, Ruddy, Forster, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Townsend, Lambert, Defoe, Welbeck, Rodriguez... /// DENMARK subs: Kahlenberg, Bjelland, Kusk, Olsen, Andersen, Zimling, Rasmussen, Delaney, Ankersen, Juelsgard, Lossl, Makienok.
    • 19.20 Morten Olsen: "I don't want (Nicklas Bendtner) to go away from Arsenal, him playing there is fantastic, but he has to. Now he's in his mid-20s and he needs regular football now. We saw in the European Championship in 2012 when he is physically ready he is a very good player, but he has to play. I think if he plays at the right place, and he's physically 100 per cent he can play in many places."
    • 19.15 Roy Hodgson: "I understand that the headlines will be 'England can't score a penalty' so Steve Peters will make sure we make five out of five - that will be very tough because Steve quite rightly said he won't be able to help us to do that. What he might be able to help us do, and especially the players, is to make sure that they are mentally better prepared for any challenge in front of them. Penalty shootouts may be one, but there are also a lot of minutes of football to be played."
    • 19.10 TEAMS - ENGLAND: Hart, Johnson, Cahill, Smalling, Cole, Gerrard, Henderson, Wilshere, Rooney, Sterling, Sturridge. /// DENMARK: Schmeichel, Jacobsen, Kjaer, Agger, Ankersen, Kvist, Sloth, Poulsen, Larsen, Bendtner, Krohn-Dehli.
    • 19.05 BREAKING: Glen Johnson makes his 50th appearance for England as one of five Liverpool stars in Roy Hodgson's starting XI. Jordan Henderson comes in alongside Steven Gerrard in midfield with Jack Wilshere, Raheem Sterling and Wayne Rooney supporting Daniel Sturridge in a flexible 4-2-3-1 formation.
    • 19.00 Good evening and welcome to our LIVE text coverage of England's friendly with Denmark at Wembley.
  • Summary

    • 82' GOAL! England take the lead as Sturridge rises to guide Lallana's sublime cross back across goal and into the far corner.
    • 71' GREAT SAVE! Sterling bursts into space and his attempted ball into the middle deflects into Welbeck who sees his stabbed shot brilliantly kept out by Schmeichel.
    • 65' DENMARK CHANCE: Smalling fails to make the interception and the Danes work space for Rasmussen who surges in on goal but sees his shot well saved by Hart.
    • 64' Rasmussen booked for hauling down Gerrard. That was quick!
    • 45' GREAT SAVE! Rooney's corner is nodded down by Cahill for Sturridge who sees his close-range shot blocked by Schmeichel.
    • 39' Chance for Denmark. Jakob Poulsen ghosts into the area and skews a shot beyond Hart but it lacks pace and accuracy, allowing England to clear on the line with Bendtner lurking.
    • 32' Sturridge skips into space on the right and bamboozles his man with a stepover before firing a cross-shot across the six-yard box, but no-one can react to get on the end of it. Good play by the Liverpool striker.
    • 21' Another opening for Rooney as he breaks the offside trap to get on the end of Sterling's pass, but as he goes around Schmeichel he flashes his shot from a tight angle well wide.
    • 19' Casper Sloth booked for a foul on Gerrard as the skipper bore down on goal. Big chance here for the Three Lions 25 yards out.
    • 19.10 TEAMS - ENGLAND: Hart, Johnson, Cahill, Smalling, Cole, Gerrard, Henderson, Wilshere, Rooney, Sterling, Sturridge. /// DENMARK: Schmeichel, Jacobsen, Kjaer, Agger, Ankersen, Kvist, Sloth, Poulsen, Larsen, Bendtner, Krohn-Dehli.

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