Euro 2020 LIVE: England vs Denmark latest plus Italy vs Spain team news

Follow live coverage as Italy and Spain kick off the Euro 2020 semi-finals tonight.

Roberto Mancini’s Azzurri have been the tournament’s most impressive team, topping Group A in style before seeing off plucky Austria and then No 1 ranked Belgium last time out. Spain have enjoyed a rollercoaster ride and were staring at elimination in the group stages before turning on the style against Slovakia. They then survived extra-time against Croatia before coming through the lottery of a penalty shootout against Switzerland in the quarter-final.

The two meet at Wembley Stadium tonight in the first of the tournament’s final four matches. England, meanwhile, are preparing for the other where they will meet Denmark. Bukayo Saka, who missed the thrashing of Ukraine on Saturday with injury, is back fit and available again meaning boss Gareth Southgate once again has a clean bill of health to work with.

We will bring you all the latest from inside the England camp as well as all the build-up from Wembley throughout the day:

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England ‘better prepared’ for Denmark semi-final

Gareth Southgate believes England’s recent semi-final experience means they go into Wednesday’s last-four clash with Denmark better prepared than at previous tournaments.

The Three Lions fell just short at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, where they lost in the semis. England then suffered more semi-final disappointment in 2019 as they were beaten by Holland in the Nations League.

But Southgate insists the experience gained on those two occasions will help England as they prepare for Wednesday’s Wembley showdown.

“We are better prepared for this semi-final in that we’ve lived it before. We’ve had another two semi-finals prior to this one.

“And although that doesn’t determine winning or losing a game of football, there are a lot of factors that we are aware of and we have dealt with before that help you to prepare in a better way.

“For example, after the game in Rome the celebrations were at a certain level, where probably in Russia – to get through the first knockout game, to get through the quarter-final, took a lot of emotional energy.

“In Rome, it was important to go and thank the fans who turned up in such numbers but everybody was quite calm about what was going on and we knew we hadn’t achieved what we want to achieve yet.

“So those things I think are what prepare you for a big match like this.”

Denmark believe they can stop Kane

Denmark’s Andreas Christensen believes his side’s Premier League players have what it takes to stop England striker Harry Kane and silence Wembley Stadium when they meet in their Euro 2020 semi-final on Wednesday.

The 25-year-old defender’s club side Chelsea have a good record against the England No 9 and Denmark may also gain from the insight of midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg who is a team mate of Kane’s at Tottenham.

“We know his qualities, and everyone has an idea of what we can do to stop him,” he said.

“Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg also knows him, and it may be that he can share some things. All football players have their habits, and we must take advantage of them.”

England have made progress since 2018

Kieran Trippier looks back on England’s World Cup semi-final exit without any sense of regret and is instead focused on demonstrating the progress they have made since then by sealing a place in the Euro 2020 final.

The 30-year-old’s free-kick had the nation dreaming of reaching a first major tournament final since 1966, only for Croatia to turn things around and snatch a 2-1 extra-time win at the Luzhniki in 2018.

It was England’s third major tournament semi-final loss since lifting the World Cup and Gareth Southgate’s side have the opportunity to end that hoodoo against Denmark at a rocking Wembley on Wednesday.

“No regrets,” Trippier said of the 2018 World Cup run. “The past is in the past. We are in a position now where we just want to create our own history. That’s all we want to do. But I think from the two years the team has changed a lot.

“There are only maybe six or seven of us from the World Cup team. We’ve got so much good young talent. It is there for everyone to see the attacking players we’ve got. I think we’ve taken that step forward from 2018.

“The Nations League we were in the semi-final and now we are playing Denmark. I feel we’ve made a real good progression over the years.”

Bukayo Saka back in training with England

Bukayo Saka recovered from a knock and trained on Monday as England built up towards the Euro 2020 semi-final against Denmark.

Having topped Group D unbeaten, the Three Lions followed up a 2-0 win against Germany in the last 16 by beating Ukraine 4-0 in Rome at the weekend.

Saka started against Germany last Tuesday but was not included in the squad for Saturday’s match at the Stadio Olimpico due to a slight knock.

But the 19-year-old was back training with the rest of the 26-man squad on Monday as Gareth Southgate’s side stepped up their preparations for the Denmark semi-final.

Euro 2020 semi-final day

It’s day one of the Euro 2020 semi-finals.

Roberto Mancini’s Italy have been the tournament’s most impressive team, topping Group A in style before seeing off plucky Austria and then No 1 ranked Belgium last time out. Luis Enrique’s Spain have enjoyed a rollercoaster ride and were staring at elimination in the group stages before turning on the style against Slovakia.

They then survived extra-time against Croatia before coming through the lottery of a penalty shootout against Switzerland in the quarter-final. The two meet at Wembley Stadium tonight in the first of the tournament’s final four matches.

England, meanwhile, are preparing for the other where they will meet Denmark.

Bukayo Saka, who missed the thrashing of Ukraine on Saturday with injury, is back fit and available again meaning boss Gareth Southgate once again has a clean bill of health to work with.

We will bring you all the latest from inside the England camp as well as all the build-up from Wembley throughout the day.

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