Fabio Capello’s men vindicated their last 4-1 defeat over Denmark back in 2005 with a confident display and 2-1 victory in front of their travelling fans at the Parken Stadion tonight.
It wasn’t all plain sailing for England however as the Danes took a shock lead inside the first 10 minutes after Liverpool defender Daniel Affer beat John Terry to a dangerous in-swinging cross and headed home to make it 1-0 to the home side. The lead didn’t last long however and England were soon level after some robust play from Theo Walcott opened up space and left Aston Villa striker Darren Bent with an empty net to score into and make it 1-1.
There were chances for the remainder of the first period for either side and the Danes further tested the English back-line after the impressive Christian Eriksen rattled a shot off the post towards the end of the first-half.
The England eleven trotted off meloncolanly at half-time looking concerned at their timid first half display but head-coach Fabio Capello made some important changes for the start of the second period which seemed to have reinvigorated his English side.
The likes of Ashley Young, Scott Parker and Stewart Downing were all introduced and England began to look much more assured in the second half with Ashley Young inparticular looking lively and firing some early testing shots just wide of Thomas Sorenson’s net.
The winger was rewarded for his persistence however as he tucked away a well-taken placed shot in the bottom corner of the net two thirds into the game and from then on the hosts never really posed a threat and England were able to see the game out comfortably.
The England national side won’t yet be reunited until March when they contest a Euro 2012 qualifier with neighbors Wales but the result will go along way to inspire confidence in the side going into the next important fixture.