Peter Schmeichel claims Denmark are favourites to beat England at Wembley and reach the final of Euro 2020.
The former Manchester United goalkeeper, a hero when Denmark conquered Europe against the odds in 1992, believes they can take another step towards repeating history with his son Kasper in goal.
The Danes had an horrendous start in this tournament when Christian Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest in their opening game against Finland, but they became the first nation ever to qualify for the knockout stage at the Euros after losing their opening two group fixtures.
Peter Schmeichel (left, pictured with his wife) believes Denmark are favourites to beat EnglandInsurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
England and Denmark face off at Wembley tonight for a place in Euro 2020 final against Italy
Kasper Hjulmand’s side have beaten Wales and the Czech Republic to set up a semi-final date against England, with the winner facing Italy in the final at Wembley on Saturday.
Gareth Southgate’s team have home advantage and have yet to concede a single goal in five games, but Schmeichel still fancies Denmark to win.
‘If I’m honest, I think Denmark are favourites,’ he said.
‘The night Denmark played Wales in the last 16 was precisely 29 years after our win. I think that we are a very good footballing nation. We are currently ninth in the FIFA rankings. I think we’ve lost five games in 50. We qualify for all the big tournaments, we do well, we got to the quarter-finals of the World Cup.
‘We might be a small country but in football terms we’re up there. We think we can compete with anybody, we think we can have the same chance as anybody, but of course we don't have the same number of quality players as other nations have.
‘So for us, it's about creating an atmosphere and making sure everything is right on the day. Then it's set up for us to make results.
‘I think it’s going to be tight. I really do believe this is very evenly balanced, in spite of what people may read in England. It's very much about what happens on the day.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer