Both Sol Campbell and Teddy Sheringham met a milestone in this game, each were making their 50th appearance for their country.
There was a remarkable start to this World Cup phase two game when England took an early lead in the fifth minute. Beckham's corner went to Ferdinand who nodded the ball goalbound and by bizarre fortune, Denmark's goalkeeper, Sorensen, put the ball over line and to make double sure the goal was on the scoreboard, when the ball was scrambled out of the goalmouth, but fell to Heskey who made sure the ball went in the back of the net with force. It didn't matter as the referee had indicated that a goal was scored when the ball had initially crossed the line. It was as easy as that. The goal was credited to Ferdinand by FIFA rather than an own goal.
Denmark were forced to make a substitution in the seventh minute when Helveg sustained an injury. With an early goal England looked comfortable, and were solid in defence. Eriksson's team extended their lead in the twenty-second minute when Nicky Butt flicked on a Sinclair low cross to Owen who put the ball past Sorensen for his first goal of the tournament.
Denmark were unlucky not to pull a goal back on 27 minutes through Sand, who took the ball into England's box and going by two England defenders before hitting the ball wide of Seaman's goal. Denmark continued to apply pressure in the final 15 minutes of the first half, however it was England who scored a goal again. This time it was Emile Heskey who latched on to a long throw from Danny Mills via Beckham who stroked the ball into the net from the edge of the box. A good end to the first half by England who did not seem content to sit back on their early lead. However, Denmark did look to recover the deficit from a 35-yard shot from Gravesen as half-time approached, but Seaman put the ball over the crossbar.
Surprisingly, Erikkson made a change during half-time by replacing Michael Owen with Robbie Fowler to give the Liverpool striker a rest in preparation for the quarter-final game. Seaman had a narrow escape just past the hour mark when he failed to smother a shot from Jensen, however as the Dane was pouncing on the loose ball, Campbell saved the day by clearing the ball from danger.
As time ticked on it looked increasingly unlikely that Denmark would come back into the game. Gravesen was providing the most trouble for England's defence but it wasn't to be. Sinclair was unlucky not to score in the 72nd minute following a lovely cross from Fowler but his header went just over of Denmark's net.
Despite the 3-0 margin, England did not demolish Denmark, who just could not score despite chances. However, that said England did not need to win the game by a certain number of goals, so why push themselves when a quarter-final game against Brazil awaited them in six days?
Sorensen, Helveg (Bogeland 7 mins), Niclas Jensen, Henrikson, Laursen, Rommedahl, Gravesen, Tofting (Claus Jensen 58 mins), Gronkjaer,
Subs Not Used: Christiansen, Heintze, Jorgensen, Kjaer, Lovenkrands, Lustu, Madsen, Michaelsen, Nielsen, Paulsen.
Seaman #1, Mills #2, A Cole #3, Ferdinand #5, Campbell #6, Beckham #7, Butt #21, Scholes #8 (Dyer 48 mins - #23), Sinclair #4, Heskey #11 (Sheringham 69 mins - #17), Owen #10 (Fowler 46 mins - #9).
Subs Not Used: Bridge #14, Brown #12, J Cole #19, James #22, Keown #15, Martyn #13, Southgate #16, Vassell #20. (Full Squad)
England Goals: Ferdinand (5 mins), Owen (22 mins), Heskey 44 mins)
Denmark Caution: Tofting
England Cautions: Mills
Referee: M Merk (Germany)