What will they be like if they win?! Denmark given a rapturous send-off by hundreds of fans as Kasper Hjulmand’s men depart Helsingor base and make their way to London ahead of Euro 2020 semi-final against England
- Denmark’s players got a hero’s send-off as they set off for London on Monday
- Hundreds of fans turned up at Denmark’s Helsingor base to wave off the players
- Kasper Schmeichel and Co waved to their fans before boarding the coach
- Find out the latest Euro 2020 news including fixtures, live action and results here
Denmark were given a hero’s send-off as they left their Helsingor training base before making their way to London for their Euro 2020 semi-final clash with England.
Hundreds of fans lined the street outside the hotel where the team had been staying as they cheered manager Kasper Hjulmand from his balcony.
The crowd below waited in anticipation before getting a closer look at their heroes before the players and coaching staff made their way onto the team coach.
Denmark’s players and coaching staff got a hero’s send-off before making their way to London
Danish flags were being waved while a number of young girls playing the flute serenaded Kasper Schmeichel and Co moments before they departed.
Once they’ve touched down in England, Denmark will make their way to north London and will be based at Tottenham Hotspur’s training ground in Enfield ahead of the semi-finals, and final should they make it, at Wembley.
While the send-off they received back home will certainly be uplifting, the Denmark players will be happy to know that they will have almost 8,000 supporters in their corner for Wednesday’s last four showdown.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (left) and Kasper Schmeichel (right) make their way to the team coach
Thomas Delaney smiles for pictures as young football fans greet their heroes on Monday
The Danish FA were initially given around 6,500 tickets to sell to UK-based supporters.
And to the surprise of many, all of those were quickly snapped up.
Another 1,400 have been asked for, which means that the players can rely on staggering levels of support in an expected 60,000 reduced-capacity crowd.
The number will dwarf the 1,500 figure sold to UK-based Germany supporters for England’s last match under the arch.
Gareth Southgate’s side received almost total backing from the vast majority of the 40,000 present at the last-16 clash which they won, 2-0.
The Denmark players board the team coach before setting off for London from Helsingor
It had been hoped that a similar atmosphere would greet the Three Lions for the semi-final.
But the Danes, riding a huge wave of emotional support following the collapse of Christian Eriksen, will have significant backing on what promises to be a raucous night.
The England squad has signed a No 10 jersey emblazoned with Eriksen’s name that will be handed to Denmark captain Simon Kjaer by England counterpart Harry Kane.
The England players were on a bus traveling to London from their training base to prepare for their opening game of Euro 2020 on June 12 when Eriksen collapsed on the field while playing against Finland. He had to be resuscitated with a defibrillator.
Denmark will be backed by 8,000 fans when they take on England at Wembley on Wednesday
Tottenham’s state-of-the-art complex will host Denmark ahead of their clash against England
‘We saw it on the screens,’ said England defender Kieran Trippier, a former team-mate of Eriksen’s at Tottenham. ‘I was close with Christian. The most important thing is he is getting better.’
Perhaps what is most remarkable is that while Eriksen recovers from his cardiac arrest, Denmark has managed to reach the semifinals for the first time since unexpectedly winning the European Championship in 1992.
‘These last four weeks have been the emotions of a lifetime,’ Denmark coach Kasper Hjulmand said. ‘We’ve been facing death in a way I never hoped I should.’
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