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Wednesday, 17 August 2005
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Denmark 4 England 1 [0-0]

Parken Stadion, Indre Østerbro, København
41,438; Kick-off: 8.05pm CET, 7.05pm BST.
Live on Sky Sports (UK) - Commentator: Martin Tyler

Denmark - Dennis Rommedahl (one-yard tap-in after Tomasson rounded keeper 60 59:32), Jon Dahl Tomasson (two-yard tap-in 63 62:44), Michael Gravgaard (three-yard header from corner 67 66:09), Søren Larsen (fifteen-yard poke-in 90+2 91:24).
England - Wayne Rooney (ten-yard strike 87).
Match Summary
Denmark Squad
England Squad
Results 2005-2010 England - Glen Johnson (80), Ashley Cole (85).

England kicked-off. 94 minutes (46 & 48).


Match Summary

Officials from Norway




Referee (black) - Tom Henning Øvrebø
39 (26 June 1966), Oslo, FIFA-listed 1994;

Assistant Referees - Geir Åge Masovn Holen, 37 (25 August 1967), and Arild Sundet, 43 (6 March 1962).

Fourth official - Emil Laursen, 34 (23 September 1970), Denmark, FIFA-listed 2002;

10 Goal Attempts 8
7 Attempts on Target 3
0 Hit Bar/Post 0
7 Corner Kicks Won 4
4 Offside Calls Against 4
13 Fouls Conceded 14
55.2% Possession 44.8%

Denmark Team



FIFA (17th Aug. 2005) =18th
EFO ranking Group 2

ELO rating 17th to 15th
Colours: Made by Adidas - Red v-necked jerseys with white side panels, grey chest sashes, white adidas sleeve trim, white shorts with red side panel and white adidas side trim, red socks with white tops;
Capt: Jon Dahl Tomasson, Thomas Gravesen 64 minutes Manager: Morten Per Olsen, 56 (14 August 1949), appointed 16 August 2000.
Denmark Lineup
1 Sørensen, Thomas L. 29 12 June 1976 G Aston Villa FC, England 49 0
2 Poulsen, Christian B., off 87th min. 25 28 February 1980 CM FC Gelsenkirchen-Schalke 04, Germany 32 1
3 Agger, Daniel M. 20 12 December 1984 CD Brøndbyernes IF 2 0
4 Nielsen, Per L., off 46th min. 31 15 October 1973 CD Brøndbyernes IF 7 0
5 Jensen, Niclas C.M. 31 17 August 1974 LB Fulham FC, England 44 0
6 Priske, Brian 26 14 May 1977 RB KRC Genk, Belgium 16 0
7 Gravesen, Thomas 29 11 March 1976 CM Real Madrid CF, Spain 57 5
8 Grønkjær, Jesper, off 46th min. 28 12 August 1977 RM VfB Stuttgart 1893, Germany 56 5
9 Tomasson, Jon Dahl, off 64th min. 29 29 August 1976 CF VfB Stuttgart 1893, Germany 75 36
10 Jørgensen, L. Martin, off 46th min. 29 6 October 1975 LM ACF Fiorentina, Italy 64 11
11 Jensen, Claus W., off 73rd min. 28 29 April 1977 AM Fulham FC, England 38 6
Denmark Substitutes
13 Gravgaard, Michael J., on 46th min. for Nielsen 27 3 April 1978 CD FC København  1 1
Gravgaard's 67th minute goal can be argued as a Steven Gerrard own goal.  Gerrard put the ball into his own net whilst trying to clear a corner.
15 Kahlenberg, Thomas, on 46th min. for Jørgensen  22 20 March 1983 M

AJ Auxerroise, France

4 0
19 Rommedahl, Dennis, on 46th min. for Grønkjær 27 22 July 1978 F Charlton Athletic FC, England 54 11
scoreline: Denmark 2 England 0
18 Larsen, Søren, on 64th min. for Tomasson 23 6 September 1981 F FC Gelsenkirchen-Schalke 04, Germany 3 3
scoreline: Denmark 3 England 0
17 Pérez, Kenneth, on 73rd min. for C. Jensen 30 29 August 1974 F Alkmaar Zaanstreek, Netherlands 15 1
scoreline: Denmark 3 England 1
14 Jensen, Daniel M., on 87th min. for Poulsen 26 25 June 1979 M SV Werder Bremen von 1899, Germany 16 0
result: Denmark 4 England 1
unused substitutes: 12-Thomas Gaardsoe, 16-Jesper Christiansen, 20-Kasper Borgelund, 21-Allan Jepsen.
team notes: Denmark's first home win over England, at their eighth attempt since 1948.
Rommedahl, Gravgaard and Larsen become the first substitutes to have scored against England, and not since USSR's defeat of England in June 1984 have two substitutes scored against England.
Michael Gravgaard is the first opposition player to score on his debut since Matlan Marjan's debut brace for Malaysia aganist England in June 1991.
Coach Morten Olsen won a couple of his 102 Danish appearances against England, in September 1979, and in September 1983, when he was the captain in the Wembley victory.
4-5-1-1 Sørensen -
Priske, Agger, Nielsen
(Gravgaard), N.Jensen -
(Rommedahl), Poulsen, Gravesen, Jørgensen (Kahlenberg) -
C.Jensen (Perez) -

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 27.7 Appearances/Goals 40.0 5.8


England Team



FIFA (17th August 2005) 7th
EFO ranking Group 3

ELO rating 4th to 5th
Colours: The 2005 home uniform - White collared jerseys with large red cross on right shoulder, navy blue shorts with thin white narrowing stripe on right thigh and red hem, white socks with navy blue half-striped tops.
Capt: David Beckham, 46th captaincy. Head Coach: Sven-Göran Eriksson, 57 (5 February 1948), appointed 30 October 2000, took post 12 January 2001, 
54th match, W 30 - D 15 - L 9 - F 104 - A 53.
England Lineup
1 Robinson, Paul W., off 46th min 25 15 October 1979 G Tottenham Hotspur FC 13 6 GA
2 Neville, Gary A., off 46th min 30 18 February 1975 RB Manchester United FC 77 0
3 Cole, Ashley 24 20 December 1980 LB Arsenal FC 42 0
Cole cautioned in the 85th min. for Unsporting Behaviour.
4 Gerrard, Steven G., off 84th min 25 30 May 1980 CM Liverpool FC 35 6
5 Terry, John G., off 46th min 24 7 December 1980 CD Chelsea FC 18 0
6 Ferdinand, Rio G. 26 7 November 1978 CD Manchester United FC 39 0
7 Beckham, David R.J. 30 2 May 1975 RM Real Madrid CF, Spain 82 16
8 Lampard, Frank J., off 64th min 27 20 June 1978 CM Chelsea FC 33 7
9 Rooney, Wayne M. 19 24 October 1985 F Manchester United FC 24 9
10 Defoe, Jermain C., off 46th min 22 7 October 1982 F Tottenham Hotspur FC 13 1
11 Cole, Joseph J. 23 8 November 1981 LM Chelsea FC 24 3
England Substitutes
12 Johnson, Glen M., on 46th min. for Neville 20 23 August 1984 RB Chelsea FC 5 0
Johnson cautioned in the 80th min. for Unsporting Behaviour.
13 James, David B., on 46th min. for Robinson 35 1 August 1970 G Manchester City FC 33 31 GA
16 Carragher, James L.D., on 46th min. for Terry 27 28 January 1978 CD Liverpool FC 18 0
20 Owen, Michael J., on 46th min. for Defoe 25 14 December 1979 F Real Madrid CF, Spain 71 33
scoreline: Denmark 2 England 0
18 Hargreaves, Owen L., on 64th min. for Lampard 24 20 January 1981
born in Canada
M FC Bayern München, Germany 27 0
scoreline: Denmark 3 England 0
17 Jenas, Jermaine A., on 84th min. for Gerrard 22 18 February 1983 M Newcastle United FC 13 0
result: Denmark 4 England 1
unused substitutes: 14-Phil Neville, 15-Matthew Upson, 19-Michael Carrick, 21-Darren Bent, 22-Robert Green.
team notes: Gary Neville and unused substitute, Phil, are brothers.
The first time in twenty-five years that England have conceded four goals, and lost by a three goal margin, since Wales beat England 4-1 in May 1980.
4-4-2 Robinson (James) -
(Johnson), Ferdinand, Terry (Carragher), A.Cole -
Beckham, Lampard
(Hargreaves), Gerrard (Jenas), J.Cole -
Rooney, Defoe

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 25.0 Appearances/Goals 36.4 4.1


    Match Report (Mike Payne's exclusive report coming shortly)

Denmark scored three goals in seven second-half minutes as England were humiliated in their final game before their World Cup qualifier in Wales.  Charlton's Dennis Rommedahl scored from two yards after goalkeeper David James had rashly rushed from his goal.  Rommedahl passed for Jon Dahl Tomasson to score, while Michael Gravgaard headed a corner against Steven Gerrard and into the England net.  Wayne Rooney scored a late consolation before Soren Larsen made it 4-1.

All things considered the match - England's worst defeat since losing to Wales in May 1980 - turned into everything Sven-Göran Eriksson did not want ahead of the crunch qualifier in Cardiff.   Defoe - expected to start against Wales with Michael Owen suspended - was replaced at half time after 45 minutes in which he did little to state his case for inclusion.  And England's defence looked brittle under pressure after starting the second half poorly. Only Rooney, as feisty and committed as always, really stood out for the visitors.  Denmark, on the other hand, stated their intent from the off, starting the match at a tempo more suited to a qualifier than a friendly.

Once England adjusted they did create chances, with Frank Lampard and David Beckham both peppering the goal inside the opening 15 minutes - the captain's low drive narrowly missing.  A poor pass from keeper S�rensen gifted the ball to Beckham but Defoe could not quite meet his skipper's cross and the Danish keeper eventually gathered the ball.  An error from S�rensen cost his team a goal when the two sides met at the 2002 World Cup and England had almost profited from his charity once again.  Defoe, desperate to impress, failed to convert an even better chance after 30 minutes.  The Tottenham striker made a poor contact with a low cross from Gerrard, though his strike nonetheless was well placed and forced a decent save from S�rensen.

Rooney had the ball in the net but the goal was ruled out for a foul on Per Nielsen, while the 19-year-old should have been awarded a penalty after he was held back by Christian Poulsen but the infringement went unnoticed. 

Eriksson made four substitutions at the break, including the introduction of Owen for Defoe - but the England coach's plans soon lay in tatters.  James tried to cut out a raking cross-field pass but intended target Tomasson kept his calm to elude the keeper before crossing from the byeline for Rommedahl to tap home.  The compliment was soon returned as Claus Jensen's cross was half-cleared to Rommedahl, who headed the ball for Tomasson to convert from three yards.  England's misery was compounded when Gravgaard met a header and the ball went into the England net, seemingly taking a deflected off Gerrard on the way.

It might have got worse but Poulsen headed straight at James when well placed before Rooney scored a consolation with a tidy right-foot finish after connecting with a through ball.  But the goals had not finished, with Larsen out-stretching Rio Ferdinand before poking the ball past the beleaguered James. - BBC Sport

Source Notes

Danish FA website
BBC Sport