Denmark don’t fear England and their home advantage after “facing death”

Denmark boss Kasper Hjulmand insists his players do not fear England – because they have already come face to face with death.

Hjulmand revealed Christian Eriksen’s terrifying heart scare when he suffered a cardiac arrest on the pitch has been the driving force behind his team’s run to the semi-finals.

Denmark have been the fairytale of the Euros after losing their opening two Group matches, just sneaking through into the knock-out stage and now the players are on a mission to win for Eriksen.

Hjulmand said: “We’ve been facing death in a way I never hoped I would. We almost lost our best player, our best friend, the heart of the team and fought with emotions like crazy. We didn’t know what to do, how to get through it.

Denmark faced death after Christian Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest and collapsed against Finland

“We tried to fight the best way we have learned through these emotions. We have played fantastic football. We have shown who we are. I am very proud of these boys.

“I’m very proud of the people of Denmark and the support, love and compassion they have given us and that has helped us through this time.

“I don’t know if it’s the time of my life but it’s definitely something where, in four weeks, you experience the emotions of a lifetime and try to be focused at the same time.

“It’s been quite a journey and when I look back in 10, 15, 20 years I’ll say ‘What happened? That was crazy’. But right now I’m very focused on England and Wembley.”

Meanwhile, Denmark have returned 5,000 tickets because of travel restrictions for their fans getting to London and Hjulmand says it is unfair that England will have a big advantage.

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Kasper Hjulmand has lead Denmark to the Euro 2020 semi-finals

Hjulmand added: “We know we’re in a pandemic. About the rules, and the back and the forth, I don’t know but it could have been so great with the Danish fans and we’re quite progressed in Denmark with Covid.

“It’s just a big wish from me that the Danish people could go to Wembley and share this experience with us but it doesn’t seem likely.”

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