UEFA Nations League - Group A2

England 0-1 Denmark: Harry Maguire sent off as hosts lose in Nations League at Wembley

By Phil McNultyChief football writer at Wembley
Harry Maguire
Harry Maguire's red card after 31 minutes was the second earliest by an England player in an international, after Rob Green vs Ukraine in October 2009 (14 minutes)

Harry Maguire's miserable start to the season continued with a red card as England had two men sent off for the first time in their Nations League defeat by Denmark.

Manchester United's captain suffered a 31-minute nightmare, shown a yellow card for a reckless early challenge on Yussuf Poulsen and then dismissed by Spanish referee Jesus Gil Manzano after he brought down Kasper Dolberg trying to retrieve his own poor touch.

England's night got worse four minutes later when Christian Eriksen scored his 34th goal for Denmark on his 100th appearance after Kyle Walker was harshly adjudged to have fouled Thomas Delaney.

Chelsea defender Reece James was shown a red card after the final whistle for confronting referee Manzano.

In a low-key affair, England had their moments and it took a magnificent save from Kasper Schmeichel to claw away Mason Mount's close-range header as Denmark closed out the win.

England are now third in their group, with only the winners progressing to the Nations League finals in 2021.

Maguire misery sums up England's night

Maguire endured what must have been one of the most miserable nights of his career before he was sent off after only 31 minutes.

It was bad from the opening moments when he needlessly left his foot in on Poulsen, and the rest of his performance was distracted and chaotic.

Maguire was ill-at-ease with England's three-man defensive system, often out of position, even pulling up holding the top of his hamstring at one point before his fate was sealed by a shocking first touch which he tried to retrieve with a lunge that injured Dolberg.

He looks like a player suffering mentally as well as physically following his recent arrest in Greece and it would be no surprise if he was also taken out of the line of fire at club level given his recent poor form.

He made an error that led to Tottenham's first goal in United's 6-1 home defeat before the international break and his display earned him a rating of just 1.85 out of 10 by BBC Sport readers - which was still higher than he carded for this defeat.

England never seriously troubled Denmark apart from a couple of late scares, Harry Kane looking out of sorts and the failure of manager Gareth Southgate to introduce the creativity of Jack Grealish ahead of Jordan Henderson - which is no slight on the Liverpool captain - a mystery.

There was also more uncertainty involving goalkeeper Jordan Pickford and Walker that led to a somewhat dubious penalty award - summing up what was a very unsatisfactory and disjointed night for England and Southgate.

James indiscipline mars fine display

Chelsea's James was arguably England's best player on his full debut - only to ruin all that good work after the final whistle when he got verbally involved with referee Manzano and was shown a red card.

It was a moment of frustration for the 20-year-old but also inexcusable ill-discipline, which has been a trend in England's recent games given Walker's sending-off in Iceland last month and the two dismissals here.

This was a bad night for England but James was one of those who could have held his head high, until he unwisely showed dissent to the officials.

James had been solid in defence and a real threat in attack, on a night when England were struggling with reduced numbers and were being held at bay by a resilient Danish rearguard.

Sadly for James, a fine performance will now be remembered for the wrong reasons.

'Very proud of the performance'

England manager Gareth Southgate talking to Sky Sports: "I was very proud of the performance. I thought we were excellent with 11 men and causing them all sorts of problems down our right-hand side. The sending off alters everything and the penalty - it's a foul on Kyle Walker and I don't see the foul at all. The less said the better.

"We showed resilience and showed a great example of how to play with 10 pragmatically, and when to press. Their keeper made an amazing save to keep it at 1-0. I couldn't be prouder of the boys in the last 10 days, they are learning and improving. We've had any number of changes to our preparation and showed resilience."

Player of the match

SchmeichelKasper Schmeichel

with an average of 7.51


  1. Squad number5Player nameCoady
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  2. Squad number8Player namePhillips
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  3. Squad number2Player nameJames
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  4. Squad number12Player nameMings
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  5. Squad number10Player nameMount
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  6. Squad number23Player nameCalvert-Lewin
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  7. Squad number7Player nameRice
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  8. Squad number3Player nameMaitland-Niles
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  9. Squad number14Player nameHenderson
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  10. Squad number4Player nameWalker
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  11. Squad number9Player nameKane
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  12. Squad number11Player nameRashford
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  13. Squad number1Player namePickford
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  14. Squad number21Player nameSancho
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  15. Squad number6Player nameMaguire
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  1. Squad number1Player nameSchmeichel
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  2. Squad number10Player nameEriksen
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  3. Squad number4Player nameKjaer
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  4. Squad number23Player nameHøjbjerg
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  5. Squad number8Player nameDelaney
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  6. Squad number18Player nameWass
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  7. Squad number12Player nameDolberg
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  8. Squad number9Player nameBraithwaite
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  9. Squad number7Player nameSkov
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  10. Squad number6Player nameChristensen
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  11. Squad number20Player namePoulsen
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  12. Squad number3Player nameVestergaard
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  13. Squad number13Player nameM Jorgensen
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  14. Squad number5Player nameMaehle Pedersen
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  15. Squad number11Player nameSisto
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  16. Squad number21Player nameJensen
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Three defeats in 50 - the stats

  • This was only England's third home defeat in their past 50 competitive internationals on home soil.
  • Denmark have lost just two of their past 40 international matches, keeping clean sheets in nine of their past 11 games.
  • Christian Eriksen has been directly involved in 32 goals in his past 35 appearances for his national side (24 goals, eight assists).
  • This was Marcus Rashford's 40th England cap, making him only the third player to reach that tally before the age of 23, after Michael Owen in 2002 and Wayne Rooney in 2007.



Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 1Pickford
  • 4Walker
  • 5Coady
  • 6MaguireBooked at 31mins
  • 2JamesBooked at 90mins
  • 7RiceSubstituted forHendersonat 76'minutesBooked at 85mins
  • 8PhillipsBooked at 86mins
  • 3Maitland-NilesSubstituted forMingsat 36'minutes
  • 10MountSubstituted forSanchoat 73'minutes
  • 11RashfordSubstituted forCalvert-Lewinat 72'minutes
  • 9Kane


  • 12Mings
  • 13Pope
  • 14Henderson
  • 15Saka
  • 16Alexander-Arnold
  • 17Gomez
  • 18Ward-Prowse
  • 19Grealish
  • 20Ings
  • 21Sancho
  • 22Henderson
  • 23Calvert-Lewin


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Schmeichel
  • 18Wass
  • 4Kjaer
  • 6ChristensenBooked at 38minsSubstituted forM Jorgensenat 45'minutes
  • 7SkovSubstituted forMaehle Pedersenat 45'minutes
  • 23HøjbjergBooked at 45minsSubstituted forJensenat 88'minutes
  • 8Delaney
  • 20Poulsen
  • 10Eriksen
  • 9BraithwaiteSubstituted forVestergaardat 74'minutes
  • 12DolbergSubstituted forSistoat 37'minutes


  • 2Billing
  • 3Vestergaard
  • 5Maehle Pedersen
  • 11Sisto
  • 13M Jorgensen
  • 14Dalsgaard
  • 15Gytkjær
  • 16Lössl
  • 17Wind
  • 21Jensen
  • 22Hansen
Jesús Gil Manzano

Match Stats

Home TeamEnglandAway TeamDenmark
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  1. Post update

    Match ends, England 0, Denmark 1.

  2. Dismissal

    Reece James (England) is shown the red card.

  3. Full Time

    Second Half ends, England 0, Denmark 1.

  4. Post update

    Daniel Wass (Denmark) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Harry Kane (England).

  6. Post update

    Foul by Daniel Wass (Denmark).

  7. Post update

    Kyle Walker (England) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Yussuf Poulsen (Denmark).

  9. Post update

    Kalvin Phillips (England) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Conor Coady (England) header from the right side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Harry Kane.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Dominic Calvert-Lewin (England) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Reece James with a cross following a set piece situation.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Christian Eriksen (Denmark).

  13. Post update

    Tyrone Mings (England) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Joakim Maehle Pedersen (Denmark).

  15. Post update

    Reece James (England) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Denmark. Mathias Jensen replaces Pierre-Emile Højbjerg.

  17. Booking

    Kalvin Phillips (England) is shown the yellow card.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Yussuf Poulsen (Denmark).

  19. Post update

    Harry Kane (England) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Booking

    Jordan Henderson (England) is shown the yellow card.

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