England's stretch of nine games unbeaten was broken at Old Trafford tonight when the mighty Danes rolled into town and got a late winner. The game served as a platform for some newer faces to
the England squad to impress their coach and make a bid for the England Euro 2004 squad, which will be announced in May next year. There were good performances from Rooney, Lampard and Cole
in this entertaining game.
England poked their noses ahead in the 5th minute thanks to wonder-kid, Wayne Rooney. Having only made his debut for England in February of this year, Rooney is showing no fear of the international stage. His goal tally is building up quite nicely this season for his country, with the promise of more to come. After receiving a pass from Lampard, Rooney played the ball to the left of the field to Heskey. The Liverpool forward's subsequent shot was cleared away by Helvig but only to Rooney who blasted the ball into the net to put England on the score sheet.
Just 3 minutes later Denmark pulled the game back to level pegging after Cole lost possession of the ball. Both Gronkaer and Helvig worked together to get the ball to Jorgensen who slotted
the ball past David James. The 1-1 scoreline was short lived when England went back into the lead a minute later. Nice passing between Beckham, Heskey and Rooney saw the final ball delivered to Joe Cole for the youngester to calmly beat Sorensen. Fans were jubilent.
The action in the first half was not over and both teams played exciting football, although it may have been a bit too physical than the Danes would have liked for a friendly when two of the visitors had to leave the field requiring hospital attention - Rommedahl for a leg injury after a collision with James, and then Wieghorst for a stitches to his cheek.
Denmark came back into the game in the 30th minute when Matthew Upson knocked Jorgensen to the ground. The foul occured in the penalty area and a spot-kick was awarded to Denmark which was taken by the penalised player who was successful with his kick.
Paul Robinson was kept busy during the second half when he replaced David James. Denmark pushed to get the game winner and the Leeds United goalkeeper had several saves to make from Gronkjaer, Tomasson and Lovenkrands. Unfortunately Robinson couldn't hold on to a shot from Jorgensen and the loose ball fell to the feet of Tomasson who siezed his chance to put his team ahead, and that's how the scoreline remained.
James (Robinson 46 mins), G Neville (Johnson 16 mins), Terry, Upson, A Cole (Bridge 46 mins), Beckham (Jenas 65 mins), Butt (P Neville 46 mins), Lampard, J Cole (Murphy 75 mins), Heskey (Beattie 46 mins), Rooney (Parker 65 mins).
Subs Not Used: Mills, Walker. (Full Squad)
Sorensen, Helveg (Priske 46 mins), Henriksen, Nielsen (Gaardsoe 70 mins), Niclas Jensen, Gronkjaer (Lovenkrands 62 mins),
Wieghorst (Daniel Jensen 28 mins), Gravesen, Jorgensen (Madsen 84 mins), Rommedahl (Perez 19 mins), Sand (Tomasson 46 mins).
Subs Not Used: Roll Larsen, Skov-Jensen.
England Goals: Rooney (5 mins), J Cole (9 mins)
Denmark Goals: Jorgensen (8 and 30(pen) mins), Tomasson (82 mins)
England Cautions: James, Johnson
Denmark Caution: Daniel Jensen
Referee: V Hrinak (Slovakia)