England turn aside Denmark

There were a slew of international friendlies on Wednesday evening and one of the key results was England’s 2-1 victory over Denmark.

As per usual, the Three Lions made it interesting. Football betting fans know that England rarely make it easy on themselves and Wednesday’s friendly was no different.

The game was played in Copenhagen but just as it has been for quite some time now, England has the huge upper hand when it comes to talent on the field. With names like Wayne Rooney and Darren Bent, and captain Frank Lampard, there is huge talent differential between the teams.

Denmark struck early on in the seventh-minute when Christian Eriksen won a corner off of the aforementioned Lampard. The attempted cross was headed away by John Terry but Eriksen quickly regained control. He aimed for the box a second time and this time Daniel Agger’s diving header finished the job successfully.

Stop if you’ve heard this before but a number of English fans simultaneously groaned as their team fell behind early yet again.

England battled back quickly, though, as Ashley Cole worked the ball to Theo Walcott, who found Bent in the box and he tapped in an easy one.

As per usual, Denmark played their lockdown, defensive style and simply waited for opportunities. They earned plenty in the first half and even the better chances between the two teams. There’s no doubt that most of those opportunities came through Eriksen and while he’s talented, he’s just one of the few weapons that the Danish team has to offer.

And just as nerves set in throughout the first half, England found a way to break through in second half.

Stewart Downing came in for Walcott in the 68th minute and that proved to be the key substitution. Minutes later, he made a run with Glen Johnson down the left and after some deft passing, the ball came to Ashley Young and he sealed the deal.

Overall, it’s a meaningless game and nobody would have faulted England too much for losing but given how they played, nobody is lauding them too much for a win. It was about par for the course: competent and pleasing.

The shining star of this contest however was on the Danish side and if Eriksen can look this good in international company at the young age of 18, he’s going to have a bright future wherever he plays.

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England start search for five-a-side team to take on Germany in November re-match

Following the South Africa 2010 World Cup disappointment of England losing out to Germany, former England goalkeeping legend Peter Shilton is fronting a launch to find an amateur five a side team to take on a similar German team in a football rematch.

Following the devastating 4-1 defeat in Bloemfontein, South Africa, in June, Shilton has teamed up with Holiday Inn to mark the relaunch of its hotels and give its guests and loyal football fans the opportunity to show the Germans that England does indeed have what it takes to claim the trophy.

Holiday Inn and Shilton are searching for an English amateur five-a-side team with a real passion for the game, to represent their country against Germany’s own football marvel, Horst Hrubesch, and his equivalent German team in the ultimate rematch.  This event will take place on Monday 8 November 2010 in London.

Shilton comments: “This is our big chance to show Germany what we’re made of and I’m taking this as a personal mission to bring the glory back to England. I’m looking for teams with stamina, skill and real belief that they can do this. I need a team who wants to win as much as I do and is willing to give 100%. In return, I’ll train and manage them and make sure they’re well prepared for the big day.”

Both teams and the referee will be recruited via a dedicated Facebook competition page and entries will be open to a public vote. Each nation’s three favourite team entries will be passed to their respective football legends to pick the winners, who will each receive a day on the pitch with their legend, including a training session and management at the rematch itself, plus exclusive signed football kit.

Without goal line technology, and ‘that’ controversial incident in South Africa, it is imperative the rematch is judged fairly, so Holiday Inn is also recruiting an equally passionate amateur accredited referee from anywhere in the UK and Ireland – except for England – to keep a close eye on the 40-minute proceedings.

The competition is now open. To enter your five-a-side team or to enter as a referee, visit the Facebook/Holiday Inn page. You can also use this link to vote for your favourite team or referee and help them stand the best chance of winning. The competition closes on 28 October 2010, however early entries are encouraged in order to get as many votes as possible, maximising the chances of winning.

Win England match tickets and signed shirts with Nationwide

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NATIONWIDE ARE CALLING ALL ENGLAND FANS

– Win Match Tickets and Signed Shirts –

The England football team sponsors Nationwide Building Society are giving away prizes including international match tickets and signed England football shirts in their Nationwide England Fan Of The Week competition.

As the 2010 World Cup finals draw closer, Nationwide are whipping up some World Cup Fever amongst the legions of England fans who will already be making their own plans to watch the competition, be it on TV or for the lucky ones a trip to South Africa.

To take part in the Nationwide England Fan of the Week competition, all that is needed is a picture of yourself  supporting the England team. The competition has already started and will run through the World Cup with a range of great England prizes to be won.

Go to the Nationwide England Fan of the Week website and enter NOW by simply uploading a picture of you supporting the England team.

The Nationwide England Fan of the Week will be randomly drawn every Monday until the end of the World Cup. Prizes for winning fans include match tickets to England v Mexico, signed England shirts and other England goodies.