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Thursday, December 2, 2004

England announce Denmark friendly

England will prepare for the final stages of their 2006 World Cup qualifying campaign with a friendly away to Denmark next August.
Sven-Goran Eriksson's side have never previously played an away friendly so early in the domestic season, but they take on both Wales and Northern Ireland away in key qualifiers the following month.

And while some Premiership managers may be unhappy at the extra travelling so early in the season, Eriksson believes the short trip to Copenhagen on August 17 will provide excellent preparation for his players.

cDenmark have a deserved reputation for attractive, attacking football,' the England coach told the Football Association's website, www.theFA.com.

'The 'Danish Dynamite' team of the late 1980s and early 1990s were wonderful to watch, with players like Preben Elkjaer-Larsen, the Laudrup brothers and Peter Schmeichel.

'Their victory in the 1992 European Championship was one of the most incredible stories in modern football. Their team spirit and self belief were fantastic, and they deserved their success.

'Morten Olsen was also one of their greatest players and has shown himself to be a top-quality coach. I am expecting a very difficult game which will be excellent preparation for the final matches of our qualifying campaign.'

Olsen, now the Denmark boss, added: 'England are an outstanding opponent. The match is against the most traditional football nation in the world and a team, which always delivers a 100% effort.

'It is perfectly timed as preparation for our World Cup qualifier against Turkey two weeks later. Let's not forget, we won our last encounter at Old Trafford a year ago.'

Indeed, while Denmark, who are currently second in their qualifying group, were beaten 3-0 by England at the 2002 World Cup, they won 3-2 at Old Trafford in the last friendly between the two sides in November 2003.

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I'd prefer to have friendlies against the likes of Brazil, France, Italy etc. to try and take the team to the next level but I guess we can hope for some small revenge.
 

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Ooh, sounds fun...

It'll still be the same 11 with the same players playing useless but still being picked.

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Its alwways Denmark and the Netherlands!

Last time we played denmark, Robinson spilled an easy shot but there was no witch hunt against him and no nicknames of calamity robbo...

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Eh.... can't say I don't understand that Brazil for instance would make for more of a high profile match (to say the least), but the last friendly game between us was a 2-3 thriller, and "boring" was really not the word to describe it I think....
 

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I actually enjoyed that match. However, most friendlies are boring. Look at how many drab matches there've been where we've failed to score.

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Sven will probably give out a bunch of caps to guys who don't deserve them. I can just see Titus Bramble giving away the ball for the winning goal. :rolleyes:
 

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Phil Neville and Jamie Carragher will probably both have worn the captain's armband before the night is out. :rolleyes:
 

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SM ONLINE said:
Jamie Carragher should be vice captian after Stevie-G anyway instead of the disgrace beckham
I agree about Gerrard but have to point out the Carragher bit as outrageous bias on your part. ;)
 

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Gary Neville, despite being solid is not a captain because it is impossible to have respect for such a twat.

Ferdinand would make a decent captain, but is not exactly a model professional. Kids want a role model to look up to as England captain, not a drugs cheat. Mind you, do we want a cross-dressing, affair-having eejit as captain instead?

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Being serious I can only see 3 possible candidates if Beckham has captiancy took away.

1. St. Mike
2. Campbell
3. Gerrard
 

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I think Sol would be the obvious candidate, never mind Beckham being ready or not. The other strong candidates (in terms of characther) don't have the England past to get it yet, and I'm here talking about Gerrard and Terry predominantly.

Rio shouldn't even be in the first 11 - although that's not becuase he's not a good defender, but simply because Sol and Terry are both clearly better players. I actually don't recall any point in my time when England had a central D selection like the current one. Very impressive to say the least. Much deeper than Italy's for instance, and that's novel.

Owen is not cut out for a captaincy.
 
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Sol, Rio and a fit Woody are all clearly better than Terry for me, and if King can keep progressing, he can be better than Terry too. Sir Steven should be captain by the way. Sol as vice.
 
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