Denmark 1-2 England: How Was It For You?

Chris Wright

10th, February 2011


By Chris Wright

Whereas it’s easy to dismiss them as being futile exhibitions of nothing in particular, international friendlies do serve a purpose they provide a platform for experimentation in a competitive (if not by name) atmosphere, and afford national managers the stage to tinker with the personnel at their disposal with the safety net of being assured that the outcome will be completely non-decisive.

It’s basically ‘dry-humping’ in a footballing sense a chance to hone your technique without…well, ‘blowing your beans’, so to speak.

Basically, what I’m getting at here is that England’s 2-1 friendly win over Denmark in Copenhagen last night shouldn’t be taken lightly.

Denmark were decent (especially young Christian Eriksen, Ajax’s Bergkamp-backed starlet), but England…were better. I mean actually, intrinsically better!

Darren Bent celebrates after scoring England’s equaliser

When Daniel Agger nodded the Danes in front with just seven minutes on the clock, England immediately rallied honest to God, rallied as a temporarily blinded Theo Walcott bungled past Simon Poulsen’s retina-centric challenge to lay one on a plate for Darren Bent to equalise just three minutes later.

Bar a couple of inept slips from the ever-inept Glen Johnson, England then set about playing with the kind of urgency and contained aggression that has been missing for months (nay, years), whilst still retaining some semblance of prowess and ability.

It took until deep

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  1. MrMac says:

    As a dane, but avid Premier fan – i was a little bit disappointed by Wilshere.
    Clearly the lad has the technique and skill to stand on the england team as a starter – but he seemed to lack a shitload of passion?

    As many papers write – Eriksen smashed light night and will hopefully continue to smash for us (Since bendtner apparently got bored of trying to become a star player – and feels slowly flushing out his career is more fun). If wilshere taps into the same sort of young “I’m gonna show the world” attitude, he’s gonna be immense.

    But am i the only one that thinks england still has a long way to come?
    England played well cause aston villa played, mostly.

    Not an england team.

  2. Chris says:

    @MrMac: True, I think at one stage every single England player on the pitch either played for (or HAD played for) Aston Villa or Chelsea!

    As for Wilshere, I thought he just seemed stoicly focused on not appearing to be ‘overawed’ by the occasion, rather than lacking passion. A solid, if not particularly memorable start to his England career.

  3. Jelle says:

    So many fine black young men in that England team. I would gladly bend down and let Bent take me down, yeah! And I’d love to do Ashley Cole what he did to Jenas. I’d like to feats on their black meat!

  4. Chris says:

    I had a comment but after reading that last one I’ve forgotten it. I think I need a lie down.

  5. Soheil says:

    jellie we all know you’re ollie in disguise .. Lol

  6. Ted Balls says:

    Maybe it was just me, but the inside of that stadium didn’t half sound dead.

    The first two goals were greeted with the sound of light applause on the evening breeze, and the polite murmur that pervaded throughout the first half was only broken by some eerie shrieking halfway through.

    Then again, maybe it was the dodgy Sopcast connection I was watching it on…

  7. Jelle says:

    No, I’m a well-known Belgian Bum Bandit

  8. The Belgian says:

    a Belgian Bum Bandit? Showbizz Bart?

  9. Del says:

    Aston Villa is trying to single handedly save Englands national football team.

    Full credit to them!

    Aston Villa 2 – 1 Denmark

    p.s. Meanwhile Daniel Agger pretty much did 70% of Denmarks work for them. Made Nicklas Bendtner look crap at his job of being the striker.

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