Take a look at some of the players who have scored for England against Denmark! Tommy Taylor. Nat Lofthouse. Duncan Edwards. John Atyeo. Jack Charlton. George Eastham. Trevor Francis. Kevin Keegan. Phil Neal. Gary Lineker. David Platt. Michael Owen. Wayne Rooney. Emile Heskey. Joe Cole. Daniel Sturridge. Given the teams have only met 20 times before, that’s a lot of talent from a small sample. You could write a half-decent potted history of English football naming that lot alone. Anyone getting on the scoresheet tonight will find themselves in exalted company.
Jose Mourinho will be delighted to see Harry Kane return to the England starting XI. Muscle fatigue be damned; Gareth Southgate insists he’s taking no unnecessary risks.
Kane’s inclusion is one of five changes from the 2-1 victory over Belgium. Kalvin Phillips, Conor Coady, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Reece James also come in, the latter pair making their first senior starts. Kieran Trippier, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jordan Henderson, Eric Dier and Dominic Calvert-Lewin drop out.
Denmark meanwhile name Christian Eriksen and Simon Kjaer. Both collect their 100th cap this evening.
England: Pickford, James, Maitland-Niles, Walker, Coady, Maguire, Rice, Phillips, Kane, Mount, Rashford.
Denmark: Schmeichel, Kjaer, Christensen, Skov, Delaney, Braithwaite, Eriksen, Dolberg, Wass, Poulsen, Hojbjerg.
Ah, Denmark. Any old excuse, eh?
They come to town tonight sporting a Hummel shirt not quite as iconic as that one. But still rather lovely, no? Christian Eriksen, who has plenty of experience at Wembley as a former Spur, will pull on that beautiful red top for the 100th time, looking for a win that would take the Danes to the top of Nations League A2.
England are favourites, though. They played out a drab 0-0 draw last month in Copenhagen but have since beaten the number-one team in the world, Belgium, 2-1. Another victory for Gareth Southgate’s side this evening will keep them top of the group, leaving them needing only a win over Iceland and a draw in Belgium to guarantee another appearance in the Nations League Finals. All to play for, then. It’s on!
Kick off: 7.45pm BST.