Denmark keeper Schmeichel to wear £100 gloves with 288 spikes like Italy ace

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Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel could have the secret weapon to deny England in their crucial Euro 2020 semi-final on Wednesday night.

The Danes are set to take on Gareth Southgate's men at Wembley for a place in the European Championship showpiece, having thrashed Wales and beaten Czech Republic on their way to the last four.

But with England bidding to reach the final in their own capital, Schmeichel, 34, could end up being a thorn in their side thanks to his Adidas Predator gloves.

The Leicester shot-stopper has 288 spikes in his gloves at this summer's tournament, which are designed to help him punch the ball.

Adidas' Predator range is famous for its boots, with the likes of Steven Gerrard and David Beckham wearing them during their legendary careers.

However, top goalkeepers are now donning Predators on their hands, including Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma.

The Predator Pro gloves are priced at £100 and are fitted with the spikes to help goalkeepers punch crosses, which could give Schmeichel an edge at Wembley on Wednesday.

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Manchester United star David de Gea and Sheffield United ace Aaron Ramsdale have also been sporting the unique gloves.

Schmeichel will hope they help inspire Denmark to victory in their crunch clash with England and set up a final showdown with either Italy or Spain at Wembley on Sunday night.

And legendary father Peter, who won the competition with Denmark in 1992 after proving their spot-kick hero in the semi-finals, says his son will be ready for a potential penalty shootout against the Three Lions.

"I am sure he would feel the same as I did – that it is yet another challenge," Schmeichel Sr told ITV.

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"You have to deal with that and it is part of the job you've chosen to do. You know how significant is it and how big it is but at the end of the day you can only do so much as a goalkeeper and he will be prepared for it.

"I think one thing he will think of is the last time Denmark was in the European Championship semi-finals, Denmark did win on penalties so he can bring that into it."

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