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Written by Oluwaseun Oyediji

England continued their search for consecutive wins in their first two group games of the European Championship after a 1-1 draw with Denmark in the second Group C match-up in Frankfurt on Thursday.

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England defeated Serbia 1-0 in their opening game on Sunday thanks to a first-half goal from Jude Bellingham, while Denmark was pegged back in a 1-1 draw with Slovenia earlier the same day – Christian Eriksen’s opener cancelled out by Erik Janza’s goal 13 minutes from time.

Denmark showed one change from their 1-1 draw against Slovenia as Maehle came in for Bah at right wing-back. Kasper Hjulmand has kept his midfield and attack unchanged, meaning Eriksen made his 132nd international appearance, equalling Kjaer – on the bench today – for the most caps won for the Danes.

Captain Kasper Schmeichel started in goal for Denmark alongside Joachim Andersen, Andreas Christensen, Jannik Vestergaard; Joakim Maehle, Morten Hjulmand, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Victor Kristiansen; Christian Eriksen; Jonas Wind, and Rasmus Hojlund.

England went with the same lineup that started the win over Serbia four days ago – just the fifth time Gareth Southgate has named an unchanged line-up in what is his 97th game in charge. Pickford made his 21st appearance at the World Cup and Euros combined, taking him one ahead of Peter Shilton for the most by an England player at major tournaments.

Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford maintained his place in goal for the Three Lions while Kyle Walker, John Stones, Marc Guehi, Kieran Trippier; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Declan Rice; Bukayo Saka, Jude Bellingham, Phil Foden; and captain Harry Kane also started the game.

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England took the lead through Kane's close-range finish, coming after Walker who stole the ball from Andersen down Denmark's left, but that would prove to be the only meaningful attack from Southgate's side.

Instead, Denmark took control after falling behind and equalised through a sensational long-range drive from Hjulmand.

In the 56th minute, Foden worked the ball inside, took a touch to set himself, and drove a low shot from a distance that came back off the right-hand post.

Denmark's corner dropped to Damsgaard to hit on the half-volley from 20 yards in the 68th minute. It was hit well enough but Pickford was well-positioned to stop it rather comfortably. Four minutes later, substitute Watkins made a difference as he got onto a ball in behind and was denied by Schmeichel from a one-on-one, albeit from a tight angle.

After that Hojbjerg's long-range drive was parried to safety by Pickford as Denmark's players were not afraid to pull the trigger from a distance.

The game ended in a 1-1 draw with England remaining top of the group with four points ahead of their last group game with Slovenia. Denmark and Slovenia both have two points while Serbia also have the chance of progressing to the Round of 16 from the group with a point.

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This has been a running theme for England across many tournaments, as they start well and take the lead in games, only to then give control of proceedings to their opponents. There were a lot of frustrated players out there in white shirts towards the end of the first half.

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There have only been five goals scored in the last four meetings between Denmark (two) and England (three) in all competitions ahead of today's game.

England have won each of their last 16 games in which they have opened the scoring, last failing to win when netting first against Poland in a World Cup qualifier in September 2021 (1-1 draw).

They have never won their opening two games in a European Championship.

There has already been one game in Group C today, with Serbia scoring in the 95th minute - via the final touch of the game - to draw 1-1 with Slovenia in Munich.

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