Schmeichel brilliant, but England prevails

England have beaten Denmark 1-0 in five out of their last six matches at Wembley

Despite an inspired performance by keeper Kasper Schmeichel, Denmark lost their first friendly of the year after going down 0-1 to England at Wembley stadium last night thanks to a late goal from Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge.

England enjoyed the lion’s share of possession in the first half, but an organised Danish defence held them at bay until just before the break when Schmeichel dished up a sprawling save to deny Sturridge.

England continued their dominance in the second half, but the Danish Leicester City keeper saved a string of chances before Sturridge finally headed home with eight minutes to go.

The Danes, who started the match with five players from the Danish Superliga, pushed for an equaliser, but England held on for the win: their first at Wembley in three games and the sixth 1-0 match in a row that the two nations have played at the historic venue.

Denmark's next international is against Sweden at home at Parken Stadium on May 28 – a celebratory match to mark the 125th year anniversary of the Danish football association, DBU.

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Emphatic win for youngsters
In related news, the Danish under-21 team continued their good form in the European Championships qualification Group B by mauling Estonia 8-0 in Farum last night.

The match was practically decided after 16 minutes thanks to two red cards for the Baltic visitors with Denmark already leading 2-0 thanks to an early brace from Bayern Munich starlet Pierre-Emile Højbjerg.

Andreas Cornelius scored a third before the break before Yussuf Poulsen, and two goals each by Lasse Vigen Christensen and Nicolaj Thomsen, finished off a nightmare evening for the Estonians.

The win keeps Denmark top of the group with 20 points, four ahead of Russia, who have a game in hand. The under-21s next game isn't until September 3: at home against the Russians in what will likely turn out to be the group decider.