Euro 2020: England prepare to take on Denmark in semi-final clash
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Alan Shearer has given special praise to England duo Raheem Sterling and Luke Shaw as a result of their impressive working relationship at Euro 2020. The Manchester City winger and the Manchester United full-back have occupied the left flank for the Three Lions in all but one of their matches in the competition so far and will likely start Wednesday evening’s semi-final against Denmark.
England, who are yet to concede a single goal at the Euros, will be looking to reach their first major tournament final since 1966 with a win under the lights at Wembley.
The current crop appear to have a remarkably strong team spirit under Gareth Southgate’s leadership, with Sterling and Shaw’s mutual understanding a prime example of the togetherness of the group.
The pair combined excellently during England’s historic win over Germany in the first knockout round as the City man locked onto his United counterpart’s pass before firing the Three Lions into the lead.
Sterling and Shaw will be hoping to hit top form once again for the visit of Denmark, with Shearer drawing attention to their impressive partnership ahead of the all-important clash.
“It’s a phenomenal relationship, that relationship that they have with each other,” the former Newcastle United striker told the BBC.
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“There’s been a clamour to start different players in that position, but this is the reason Southgate isn’t budging Sterling from that left-hand-side. It’s because of that relationship between those two.
“They know when to play it, they have that understanding, Sterling knows where Shaw is going to be at what time, when to pass it, he knows to get the ball into the box.
“Sterling doesn’t have to look, he knows Shaw will be on his bike. Shaw is having an incredible tournament, as is Raheem Sterling.”
It remains to be seen whether the formidable duo will be able to inspire England into the final of the Euros with victory in Wednesday’s semi-final at Wembley.
The hosts will go up against a spirited Denmark side buoyed by a determination to succeed for team-mate Christian Eriksen after the midfielder suffered a cardiac arrest during their opening game of the tournament.
England boss Southgate appeared to be quietly confident when speaking to the media on Tuesday, declaring that his team will not be affected by the magnitude of the occasion.
“I’ve not heard the new Wembley have an atmosphere like it did for the Germany game,” said the 50-year-old.
“I’m sure tomorrow is going to be very special. They know that this is a great chance to be the first team to get to a [Euros] final.
“But they’re excited by it. I don’t think they’re inhibited by it. For them it’s just the next of a number of big games.
“I’m not worried about the occasion, we had that with the opening game [against Croatia] and we dealt with that. We had that with the Germany game and we dealt with that.
“I’ve got total trust in them.”
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