England face a huge test of their table topping credentials as they welcome Denmark to Wembley in the UEFA Nations League.
Sunday’s win over Belgium lifted England to top spot in Nations League A2 and victory here will keep the Three Lions top heading into November’s final two rounds, although a draw or defeat would require Belgium failing to better their result to keep them at the summit.
Denmark meanwhile could go top with a win if Belgium lose to Iceland but anything else would see them stay third.
Ben Chilwell is ruled out for England with a foot injury which has affected him in recent months for Leicester then Chelsea, after missing the Wales game through internal suspension before illness kept him out of Sunday’s win over Belgium.
Kieran Trippier is also absent for personal reasons but Harry Kane is likely to start if he recovers from a muscle issue which kept him out of their last two matches.
Denmark have no fresh injury concerns but manager, Kasper Hjulmand could rotate his squad although Martin Branthwaite and Christian Eriksen are likely to start their third match in six days.
- England have lost just one of their last five competitive meetings against Denmark (W1, D3, L1).
- Denmark have won just one of their last six trips to Wembley (W1, L5), although all six games were settled by a 1-0 result.
- On their last five trips to British Isles, Denmark have lost just one of their matches in all competitions despite not specifically facing England in any of those games (W2, D2, L1).
England produced a strong clinical performance to edge past an uncharacteristically poor Belgium team but sadly there is still work to do up front given that several chances went begging, which could be costly if the winner of this group comes down to goal difference.
Denmark meanwhile benefitted from a woeful Icelandic defence to claim victory on Sunday but England’s defence will be much tougher, even if they can sometimes perform like a dodgy switch but that shouldn’t be the case if Conor Coady starts given his defensive leadership.
We should therefore see a good competitive clash between two teams who contested a goalless draw in Copenhagen last month, although if England show the same attacking spirit of their last two outings then they should edge this.
Prediction: England 1-0 Denmark
Result: England 0-1 Denmark