England look to build on Saturday’s UEFA Nations League victory over Iceland on Saturday when they visit Denmark on Tuesday evening.
Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions dominated possession and territory against Iceland, but just as they did in their infamous Euro 2016 exit, struggled against their deep defensive low block, looking laboured and very much in pre-season mode.
This didn’t look the same England side that reached the 2018 World Cup semi-finals, topped their inaugural Nations League group over Spain and Croatia, and romped Euro 2020 qualification with seven wins from eight and 31 goals scored.
In spite of playing 19 minutes with an extra man, following Kyle Walker’s two bookings, they did eventually find the breakthrough with Raheem Sterling converting an injury-time penalty following a handball inside the area - although they had something of a let-off when Birkir Bjarnason failed to convert a penalty two minutes later.
The England boss may be looking to make some changes here, and will be without right-back Kyle Walker (suspended), while debutant duo Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood have been sent home after breaking COVID-19 protocols.
That means we could be in for international debuts for Leeds United’s Kalvin Phillips, Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish and Arsenal’s Ainsley Maitland-Niles. They’re 13/1, 5/1 and 14/1 respectively to score anytime with Paddy Power, while Harry Kane (top scorer in the squad with 32 England goals) is the favourite - 16/5 first, and 13/10 anytime.
Hosts Denmark are looking to bounce back from a 2-0 home defeat to Belgium on Saturday, but they were solid throughout 2019, going unbeaten in Euro 2020 qualifying with four wins and four draws from eight outings.
Still, the hosts are outsiders here, 27/10 for the home win (via Betfair Sportsbook), while a draw is 12/5 and an away win is just 11/10. England have won their last two meetings with Denmark, both friendlies, in 2014 and 2011.
We recommend backing Raheem Sterling to score first, at 9/2 with Paddy Power. The Manchester City attacker has nine goals in his last 10 international appearances following Saturday’s match-winning penalty.
*All prices correct at the time of writing and subject to change
Raheem Sterling to score first - 9/2 (Paddy Power)