England 0-1 Denmark: Eriksen penalty earns win after Maguire saw red

England 0-1 Denmark: Gareth Southgate’s 10 men BEATEN by Danes at Wembley as Harry Maguire’s nightmare start to the season continues with first-half red card before Christian Eriksen’s winner from the spot

  • England were reduced to 10 men shortly in the 31st minute when Harry Maguire picked up his second booking
  • Eriksen scored from the spot after Kyle Walker had conceded a soft penalty shortly after Maguire’s red car 
  • Mason Mount almost levelled after the break but Kasper Schmeichel pulled off a wonder save to deny him
  • England threatened late on with Conor Coady having his header cleared off the line but Denmark held on 
  • Defender Reece James received a straight red for an incident after the final whistle at Wembley 
  • Latest UEFA Nations League news, live action and results can be found here 

Jose Mourinho will not have liked this one little bit, and he won’t have been alone.

Harry Kane, on for 90 minutes, will have angered the Tottenham manager. Jack Grealish, off for the same amount of time, might have done it for the rest of the country. There was also a red card for Harry Maguire, pandemonium around Jordan Pickford and a defeat that makes it very difficult for England to return to the UEFA Nations League finals. Yet it was the absence of flair in an England team we fondly imagine is overrun with it, that will have most disappointed.

When Grealish excelled against Wales at Wembley last week most thought he would at least have a role to play in the competitive internationals. Yet in a game in which, down to ten men after 31 minutes, England needed a ball carrier, a forward who could run at opponents, beat a man, perhaps draw a foul, he sat unloved among the unused substitutes. 

Christian Eriksen coolly dispatched from the penalty spot to give the visitors the lead against 10-men England

Harry Maguire was shown a red card shortly after the half hour mark after picking up his second yellow for a follow through

A superb reflex save from Kasper Schmeichel denied Mason Mount from scoring an equaliser for England in the second half

Like for like replacements abounded instead. Jordan Henderson for Declan Rice; Dominic Calvert-Lewin for Marcus Rashford; a small exception with Jadon Sancho for Mason Mount. Yet Grealish is one of the men in form at the start of this season. Aston Villa are flying and so is he. What was there to lose, in a game in which England already trailed?


England: Pickford, James, Coady, Maguire, Maitland-Niles (Mings 36), Walker, Rice (J Henderson 75), Phillips, Mount (Sancho 73), Rashford (Calvert-Lewin 72), Kane;

Subs not used: Pope, Saka, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Ward-Prowse, Grealish, Ings, D Henderson

Booked: Maguire, Henderson, Phillips

Sent off: Maguire (31) 

Scorers: NONE

Denmark: Schmeichel, Wass, Kjaer, Christensen (Jorgensen 46), Skov (Maehle 46), Delaney, Hojbjerg (Jensen 87), Poulsen, Eriksen, Braithwaite (Vestergaard 73), Dolberg (Sisto 37);

Subs not used: Billing, Dalsgaard, Gytkjaer, Lossl, Wind, Hansen

Booked: Christensen, Hojbjerg

Scorers: Eriksen (35)

So this was disappointing, as it must have been for Mourinho to see Kane still captaining when the final whistle blew, still taking the odd kick, and largely struggling to make an impact on the game. Gareth Southgate insisted the player was not injured – and had the scans to prove it – but Mourinho had asked for Kane to be treated with consideration and not overused; a full shift here was probably not what he had in mind.

Kudos to Southgate for being his own man. Some previous England managers might have caved under club pressure. At the same time, there is invariably payback after spats like this – although the first may be verbal. We will discover if actions follow words, the next time an England squad is named.

All in all then, a difficult night for Southgate and England. Reece James was the best of it, forcing a brilliant save from Kasper Schmeichel with a late free-kick, but problems remain, and for some key players too. The 2018 World Cup seems a very long time ago for its breakout star Harry Maguire.

The sad reality for Harry Maguire these days is that his name appears far too often in sentences that contain the word shambles. Manchester United defensive shambles; England defensive shambles. And there is Maguire, the most expensive defender in the world, increasingly hapless, architect of his downfall. Bouncing onto international duty on the back of a 6-1 home defeat for Manchester United by Tottenham, Maguire was sent off here after 31 minutes in what swiftly became three minutes of calamity for England.

He didn’t start well, either, booked after just five minutes for a nasty tackle on Denmark’s Yussuf Poulsen. Maguire dived in and caught Poulsen late and high, quite a savage misjudgement. It was arguably more than a yellow, but just less than a red. Deep orange. Unable to produce a card of the right colour, referee Jesus Gil Manzano opted for a booking. So it was foolishness in the extreme later in the half when Maguire tried to correct a mistake by diving in a second time.

There was scant mitigation for this one. It was a dreadful first touch for Maguire, not under extreme pressure, the ball bouncing off him and falling invitingly towards Kasper Dolberg, who scented a break on goal. Maguire tried to recover, too desperately, too rashly, throwing himself into the tackle again, leading leg extended. He clipped the ball but his follow through cleaned the lively Dolberg out – he would be substituted soon after from the injury, so there is no suggestion of exaggeration – and instantly Manzano was reaching for his cards. 

Kane was given an early sighter at goal but saw his effort from just outside the penalty box well blocked by a defender

Mount got to the byline after some nice link up play down the right but his pull back couldn’t finds its intended target

England keeper Jordan Pickford came racing off his goalline to beat Martin Braithwaite to the ball and mop up the danger

Kane was picked out in the box by Mount but couldn’t sort his feet out quickly enough to make decent contact with the ball

Maguire had the staple crack at feigned innocence and protest, but you could tell his heart wasn’t in it. He knew this one was on him, the 17th red card for an England senior player entirely justified. It doesn’t get any easier, by the way. Poulsen, the man who was too quick for him early on, plays for Manchester United’s Champions League group opponents, RB Leipzig.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles was to be sacrificed as England reorganised, with Tyrone Mings introduced, but before that could happen Gareth Southgate’s night got significantly worse. Another shambles unfolded. 

Kyle Walker failed to deal with a relatively tame ball up, Thomas Delaney skipping around the vicinity as he tried to bring it under control. For some reason, Jordan Pickford saw this as an opportunity to involve himself in the play. Why, who knows? Walker didn’t have the ball under control, but neither did Delaney. Pickford’s arrival on the scene merely added to the sense of panic, made worse by the fact the goalkeeper couldn’t get to the ball either. Scrambling, Walker contrived to foul Delaney. Maybe. 

England had been in control before they were left in the lurch after Maguire miscontrolled and caught Dolberg on the stretch 

Denmark celebrated after Eriksen converted a penalty minutes after Maguire’s red to leave England with a mountain to climb

It didn’t look much – indeed, first impressions suggested handball as much as a foul, although replays confirmed not – but Delaney fell and Manzano pointed to the spot. Southgate continues selecting Pickford arguing he hasn’t made costly mistakes for England, but this was one. He bad a tricky situation worse and confused matters rather than resolving them. Christian Eriksen stepped up on his 100th appearance and drilled it straight down the middle. Pickford helpfully dived out of the way.

It wasn’t a good half for England. Reece James put some excellent crosses into the box but England’s strikers failed to attack them. Mason Mount got into some good positions but his final ball disappointed, and on one occasion he kicked the turf instead. The one time he got the ball to Harry Kane, England’s captain got it trapped under his feet and the danger passed. Kasper Schmeichel’s only save came from a 30 yard effort from Marcus Rashford, collected comfortably.

So Denmark had the better of it. Poulsen nearly put Dolberg in at the near post after seven minutes, while Dolberg dropped off to meet an Eriksen corner moments later, Kalvin Phillips deflecting his shot just wide.

England had a good opportunity to equalise from a free-kick but Reece James’ fierce strike was tipped over the bar 

England captain Kane cuts a frustrated figure on a desperately disappointing night got Gareth Southgate’s men

Conor Coady almost grabbed an equaliser at the death but his header was superbly headed off the line by Simon Kjaer


Host commentator

Well, tough night for England at Wembley – match report to come!

Next? The Premier League is back this weekend and I can’t wait… 

Have a very good evening, goodnight! 

– Scotland 1-0 Czech Republic 

– Bulgaria 0-1 Wales

– Norway 1-0 Northern Ireland 

– Iceland 1-2 Belgium 

– Italy 1-1 Netherlands 

– Portugal 3-0 Sweden 

– Croatia 1-2 France 

Arguably our best player too… ah dear. 

Denmark win at Wembley – tough night for England all over! 

After Harry Maguire’s red card in the first-half, Christian Eriksen’s penalty was the difference in the end, as Denmark go above England in the Nations League table. 

I believe a red card was given after full-time too… miserable end to a miserable evening. 

The last chance for England to get the ball in the box is wasted by Pickford at a free-kick – he completely miscues the ball and it barely leaves the ground… 

Oh so close for England!

Kane’s chip to the back post is headed by Coady towards the far corner, but captain Kjaer clears off the line for Denmark!

Was that THE chance? 

Three added minutes at the end of the second-half… can England find a late leveller?!

Another chance for England to load the box with a free-kick, but Schmeichel manages to get a fist to the ball.. 

Time quickly running out for England. 

Hojbjerg comes off for Jensen in the final moments… 

Phillips this time is booked, for hurriedly getting the ball from a Denmark player in trying to rush a free-kick… 

Booking for Jordan Henderson for dissent, after Kalvin Phillips was penalised for a *foul* in the centre of the park. 

The Spanish referee Jesus Gil Manzano certainly hasn’t been on England’s side this evening. 

Ball breaks to Yurary Poulsen inside the box, but his shot is tame and straight at Pickford….

Bit of a melee in the box from the corner – Coady tries to volley it in with his back to goal – is he clipped?!

As much in it as Denmark’s penalty I would say… no spot-kick given here though! 

Reece James take it on his first start, and it’s tipped over by Schmeichel – good strike, but straight down the middle. 


Calvert-Lewin does well to win the header for Kane, who is fouled on the edge of the box by Delaney. 

Big chance for England here – who will take the free-kick though? 

Another substitution for England – Jordan Henderson comes on for Declan Rice. 

Can the Liverpool captain perhaps make a difference? 

Let-off for England!

Phillips gets caught on the ball by Eriksen, and it’s 3 vs 2. But Eriksen’s lay-off to Sisto is quite quick and the substitute can’t quite deal with it, as Coady pushes out wide to block the shot. 

Denmark make their fourth change – Braithwaite comes off for Vestergaard. 

Double change for England – Marcus Rashford and Mason Mount OFF, Jadon Sancho and Dominic Calvert-Lewin oN. 

Can Everton’s star man save the day? 

Now a good chance for Dennmark!

Sisto’s cross from the left has Walker ball-watching and Daniel Wass has a free header running in, but it flies over the bar. 

GREAT SAVE from Schmeichel! 

Rice wins the header at the back post and then Mount’s header has good power – but Schmeichel somehow claws the ball out with his left hand!

England’s best chance so far… 

Few more glimpses for England now… Kane and Rashford both have shots from range, and the latter wins a corner.. 

Wing back to wing back as Walker floats the ball out to James, who cuts in on his left foot and tests Schmeichel with a solid shot, well held by the Leicester keeper. 

Better from England. 

Still no changes from Southgate, even though England are struggling to hold the ball at the minute. 

Denmark dominant with ease – then again, no signs of them getting a second! 

Rashford cuts inside from the left and unwinds, but drags his shot harmlessly wide. 

We’ve seen those fly into the top corner before, but the United man hasn’t had his shooting boots on so far tonight. So far. 

Denmark all over the ball now – England have no time when they do receive it… 

Time for Jadon Sancho, perhaps? He’s warming-up… 

Eriksen has a pop from distance after some neat build-up, but it sails over the bar. 

The visitors dominating possession with that extra man at the start of the second-half. 

We’re back underway at Wembley – double change for the Danes at the break: Maehle Pedersen on for Skov and M Jorgensen on for Christensen, who was booked late on in the first-half. 

Denmark have made three subs already – they have two more. 

Scotland 1-0 Czech Republic 

– Bulgaria 0-0 Wales 

– Norway 0-0 Northern Ireland 

– Croatia 0-1 France 

– Portugal 2-0 Sweden 

– Italy 1-1 Netherlands 

– Iceland 1-2 Belgium 

Something of a nightmare half for Gareth Southgate… 

Harry Maguire was sent off after 31 minutes for two rash tackles, and then Christian Eriksen converted from the spot after a harsh penalty against Kyle Walker.

Work to do for the hosts in the second period! 

Booking for Hojbjerg, for a wild lash on club team-mate Harry Kane. Is Jose watching?!

Three minutes of added time at the end of the first half. 

It’s all happening at the moment… Kane turns Andreas Christensen of Chelsea and is halted on the half-way line – definite booking. 

The Danes also make a change – Kasper Dohlberg comes off (as a result of that Maguire injury perhaps?) for Pione Sisto. 

England make a change straight away – Maitland-Niles is the one sacrificed, with Tyrone Mings coming on. 

Hosts to play with a back-four now – James, Coady, Mings, Walker. 

Straight down the middle from the ex-Tottenham man, and it’s been a shocking few minutes for England – they trail and are down to 10 men at Wembley! 

England get into a muddle in the box, and Walker is penalised for a foul on Delaney. 

And no bias, it simply isn’t a foul… Walker barely touches him and if anything, it’s a foul the other way. 

Pickford coming racing out hastily doesn’t help matters it has to be said. 

Oh dear me – Harry Maguire receives a second yellow card and is sent-off!

It’s a poor first touch and his follow-through to win the ball back catches Kasper Dolberg right on the ankle!

Maguire knows what’s coming… and after perhaps getting away with his early challenge, there’s no second chance here for the Man Utd captain! 

Another chapter in a wretched few weeks/months for the centre back. 

First opportunity in the box for England!

Rice’s diagonal ball finds best friend Mason Mount in the penalty area perfectly, but his lay-off to Kane to shoot is not kind for the captain, and he can’t quite get the ball out of his feet to pull the trigger!

Promising position for Eriksen’s right foot, after James got caught wrong side out wide, but his free-kick is poor and doesn’t beat the first man!

Both sides looking threatening here!

An early cross from Reece James in the box is too quick for Kane and Rashford, and Denmark clear from the subsequent corner. 

Iceland have equalised against the Belgians! 

Interesting few minutes for Marcus Rashford… 

It starts well, with an on-target shot from range which Schmeichel holds comfortably. 

But then the Man Utd man loses the ball three times in a row, gifting Denmark possession in threatening areas!

On the final occasion, it opens up for ex-Spurs man Christian Eriksen, but he blazes over. 

England have got in twice down the right-hand side, but not quite able to find the end product as of yet. 

Mason Mount, playing over Jack Grealish, looks particularly lively in that role from out wide!

Antoine Griezmann, who scored in the 2018 World Cup final against Croatia, scores against them again tonight. 

Early lead for the Scots at Hampden! 

Early lead for Belgium in the other game in this group. 

Bright start from Denmark, who almost catch England napping from a quick corner-kick routine, but Kasper Dolberg’s shot is deflected into the side-netting by a just-about alert enough Kalvin Phillips. 

Harry Maguire receives an early booking for a hasty lunge on Yussuf Poulsen… 

I tell you what, that’s quite nasty that is. Probably still a yellow, but not great from the Man Utd captain. 

England clear their lines from the free-kick.

Early opening for the returning Harry Kane on the edge of the box, but his left-footed shot is blocked and deflects up into the arms of Schmeichel. 

After both players take the knee, we’re underway at Wembley! 

Don’t ask me why… 

  • England: Pickford, James, Walker, Coady, Maguire, Maitland-Niles, Phillips, Rice, Mount, Rashford, Kane 
  • Denmark: Schmeichel, Wass, Kjaer, Christensen, Skov, Delaney, Eriksen, Hojbjerg, Poulsen, Braithwaite, Dolberg  

Now, time for the national anthems… 

– Italy v Holland

– Poland v Bosnia

– Iceland v Belgium

– Croatia v France

– Portugal v Sweden

Three other home nations are in Nations League action tonight!

– Scotland vs Czech Republic 

– Bulgaria vs Wales

– Norway vs Northern Ireland 

We’ll provide all the score updates as and when they come in! 

All in all, not a lot. 

Some familiar names here! 

Denmark: Schmeichel, Wass, Kjaer, Christensen, Skov, Delaney, Eriksen, Hojbjerg, Poulsen, Braithwaite, Dolberg

Welcome to Sportsmail’s live coverage of England vs Denmark in the UEFA Nations League tonight – kick-off at Wembley is at 7:45pm. 

All the build-up and team news is coming up! 

We’ll also be bringing you all the updates and scores from all the other games tonight, including action involving Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland! 


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