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Three England stars struggle in dreadful Denmark draw – PLAYER RATINGS


England fans jeered after seeing the Three Lions produce another uninspired Euro 2024 performance.

Harry Kane gave Gareth Southgate’s men a dream start when he fired home from close range in the 18th minute after inspired work by Kyle Walker.

It was Kane’s 13th tournament goal – a record for an Englishman.

But the captain was at fault in the 39th minute when his poor clearance led to Morten Hjulmand blasting Denmark level from 30 yards.

The Danes continued to be the dominant force – although Phil Foden struck the post for England in the second half.

Even a raft of changes which saw Trent Alexander-Arnold, Kane, Foden and Bukayo Saka substituted could not rally England.

The travelling fans started to make their feelings clear towards the end when it became obvious that England were happy with a point that keeps them top of Group C.

Express Sport rates and slates the Three Lions after their 1-1 draw…

PICKFORD – 6

Lucky to get away with a lapse of concentration that almost let in Eriksen and will be disappointed to be beaten for the equaliser from long range by Hjulmand.

WALKER – 7

Rich reward for his perseverance when he picked Kristiansen’s pocket to provide the cross which brought Kane’s opening goal. Allowed very little to come down his flank.

STONES – 7

Starting to form an effective central defensive understanding with Guehi and needed to show that he can defend as well as play when the Danes were on top.

GUEHI – 7

One crucial first-half block and one of the few England players who was prepared to stand up and be counted. Brilliant tackle to make up for a late mistake. 

TRIPPIER – 7

Can never be accused of a lack of effort – and did well defensively. But the natural right-footer is unable to deliver his usual threat from the left. 

ALEXANDER-ARNOLD – 5

One of England’s most talented players but the gamble of playing him in midfield just hasn’t worked. Sacrificed after 54 minutes as his energy levels dropped.

RICE – 6

Offered his back four his usual level of protection but unable to get himself on the ball to build play like he loves to do for his club.

SAKA – 5

Starved of the ball and subsequently unable to test his full-back. Unfortunate to see a brave looping header drop just wide before being subbed off with 21 minutes to go.

BELLINGHAM – 5

Struggled to be an influence in the game and quickly became frustrated. Has to learn to play the simple pass rather than do it alone. Fortunate to stay on when changes were made. 

FODEN – 6

High and wide with a couple of first-half efforts before slamming a 25-yard shot against the post in the second half. Will be disappointed to have been subbed.

KANE – 6

Close-range strike to become England’s record goalscorer at major tournaments, with 13. But another sluggish performance by the England captain compounded by the mistake which led to the equaliser. Subbed.

SUBS

GALLAGHER – 6 Booked (Alexander-Arnold 54)

BOWEN – 5 (Foden 69)

EZE – 5 (Saka 69)

WATKINS – 5 (Kane 69)

DENMARK

SCHMEICHEL – 6

ANDERSEN – 8

CHRISTENSEN – 8

VESTERGAARD – 7 Booked

MAEHLE – 7 Booked

HJULMAND – 7

HOJBJERG – 7

KRISTIANSEN – 5

ERIKSEN – 8

HOJLUND – 5

WIND – 5

SUBS 

DAMSGAARD – 5 (Wind 57)

BAH – 5 (Kristiansen 57)

POULSEN – 5 (Hojlund 67)

OLSEN (Eriksen 82)

NORGAARD (Hjulmand 82)

MAN OF THE MATCH – Christian Eriksen (Denmark)

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