Peter Schmeichel hails Denmark after they set up England semi-final

‘I’m very proud to be Danish right now!’: Peter Schmeichel hails Denmark after they beat Czech Republic to set up England semi-final… and insists it’s NOT unexpected because he always knew ‘team were very good’

  • Peter Schmeichel was full of pride after Denmark reached the semi-finals
  • Win over the Czech Republic set up Wembley clash with England on Wednesday
  • Schmeichel was part of Denmark side that defied the odds to win Euros in 1992
  • He insists run this tournament is not unexpected as the team are very strong 
  • Find out the latest Euro 2020 news including fixtures, live action and results here

Peter Schmeichel admitted he was emotional after watching Denmark beat the Czech Republic to move into the semi-finals of Euro 2020.

The win came exactly two weeks after Christian Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest on the pitch in Denmark’s opening match against Finland, requiring CPR on the pitch with the midfielder having a heart-starter fitted in the days that followed.

Since then, his team-mates have put in a number of inspired performances, beating Wales 4-0 in the last 16 before securing a semi-final clash with England at Wembley on Wednesday night.

Peter Schmeichel hailed Denmark after they secured semi-final clash with England at Wembley

The Danes beat the Czech Republic 2-1 in Baku to continue their run of inspired performances

Schmeichel, who was part of the Denmark team who defied the odds to win the Euros in 1992, was full of pride as he watched the current crop, including his son Kasper, move a step closer to replicating that success 29 years on.

‘I have to say Kasper Hjulmand and his players keep impressing me and keep producing something out of the ordinary,’ Schmeichel told beIN SPORTS.

‘My god, what a performance by this team. When you think that two weeks ago precisely today, the game against Finland – these players watched a teammate have a cardiac arrest on the pitch. They were all hurt by that.

‘To reach the semi-final now and playing so well, I’m just very, very proud. This is very emotional.

Kasper Hjulmand’s side have scored 10 goals in their last three matches to reach this stage

‘I wont say it’s unexpected because I always knew this team were very good but you still need to produce the results and win and they have.

‘The Danish defence, led by Simon Kjaer… my god, how good were they? I’m very proud to be Danish right now. I’m so happy. We’re in the semi-finals and it’s brilliant!’

After blasting past Russia and Wales in their previous matches, Denmark have now scored 10 goals in their last three matches, and will need all of that firepower to breach an English defence that is yet to concede this tournament.

There could be as many as 65,000 fans at Wembley on Wednesday night, with Denmark fully aware that they will have to overcome a partisan crowd full of excitement at the possibility of England reaching a first Euros final.

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