Chelsea and Denmark defender Andreas Christensen believes his national team’s Premier League players have what it takes to stop England forward Harry Kane and silence Wembley Stadium when they meet in the Euro 2020 semi-finals on Wednesday.
Christensen’s former European champions Chelsea have a good record against Kane and Denmark can also benefit from the vision of midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, team-mate of Tottenham captain.
“We know its qualities and everyone has an idea of what we can do to stop it,” Christensen said at a press conference.
“Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg knows him too, and he might be able to share a few things. All footballers have their habits and we must take advantage of them ”.
Kane, who scored against Germany in the round of 16 and scored a double in England’s 0-4 quarter-final victory over Ukraine, presents a tough challenge for the Danes. “He’s good on his feet and he’s one of the best finishers in football today,” Christensen said.
On marking Kane, Christensen said: “I react a lot on instinct. He is very big, so it is difficult to get into his body, but he also has great qualities with his feet, so you should not get too close ”.
Despite playing for more modest clubs across Europe, the Danes are not intimidated by England’s star-studded lineup. “I feel like we have the qualities to play against everyone. As a team, I wouldn’t say they are much better, ”said Christensen.
Having resurfaced after the knockout of Christian Eriksen due to cardiac arrest in the opener against Finland, coach Kasper Hjulmand is working on a plan to stop England’s forward.
“We are aware of Harry Kane, but you cannot place an order to wrap a player. We know everything about how they attack, so we are creating some structures to stop British attacks, “he told reporters.
The match will take place in front of 60,000 fans at Wembley, but due to travel restrictions in the wake of Covid-19, if England will have their fans. only Danes residing in the UK will be able to attend.
“We are going to be outnumbered, but we are happy and we try to be as calm as possible. We have shown that we have the quality to play against the best. It will be about who wants it the most, ”Christensen added.