England vs Denmark: How have the Danes made it to the Euro 2020 semi-final at Wembley?

Kasper Hjulmand’s men are the last obstacle standing between the Three Lions and a major international final...

Denmark's goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel celebrates with defender Jannik Vestergaard. (Photo by DARKO VOJINOVIC/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Denmark's goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel celebrates with defender Jannik Vestergaard. (Photo by DARKO VOJINOVIC/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

England go into Wednesday evening’s Euro 2020 semi-final against Denmark knowing they are just 90 minutes away from next Sunday’s final.

For their part, the Danes were unfancied by many, and have had to overcome huge odds and a traumatic blow in the group stage to reach this point in the competition.

It’s been a tough journey, but this current crop of players will be hoping to replicate Denmark's famous 1992 European Championship triumph.

We’ve taken a closer look at England’s opponents in the last four to give you the lowdown on how they made it this far…

How did Denmark qualify for Euro 2020?

Going all the way back to the beginning of their Euro 2020 journey, the Danes booked their place at the tournament by finishing second in their qualifying group.

Despite ending up one point behind Switzerland, Denmark actually put in an unbeaten run in a group rounded out by the Republic of Ireland, Georgia, and Gibraltar.

Kasper Hjulmand’s men scored 23 goals across their eight matches, conceding just six.

How did Denmark get out of their group at Euro 2020?

Denmark's Euro 2020 campaign started off in the worst way imaginable when playmaker and talisman Christian Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest partway through their opening game against Finland.

Thankfully, the 29-year-old survived the ordeal, but his teammates were forced to complete the match later that evening, and went on to lose 1-0.

Still reeling from the traumatic incident, the Danes then put in a spirited display against Belgium, but despite taking a lead after just two minutes, ultimately slipped to a 2-1 defeat.

Their third and final group stage encounter saw them come up against Russia, with Hjulmand’s men once again proving their mettle in a 4-1 victory.

That result was enough to take them through, and made them the only side in European Championship history to lose their first two matches and still make it out of their group.

How have Denmark fared in the knockout stages?

Since the group stage, Denmark have gone from strength to strength.

The Danes cruised past Wales with a 4-0 rout in the last 16, before coming up against the Czech Republic in the quarter-finals.

First half goals from Thomas Delaney and Kasper Dolberg were enough to put them into a commanding lead, and even after Patrik Schick scored shortly after the interval, they were able to hang on for a 2-1 win.

Dolberg has emerged as a real threat for Denmark in recent outings, and has hit three goals in three appearances at a rate of one every 53 minutes.