Schmeichel trolls England ahead of semi

Euro 2020

Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel has aimed a dig at England ahead of his side's UEFA European Championship semi-final clash with the Three Lions on Wednesday night.

England fans are becoming increasingly confident that their national team just might be on their way to winning a major trophy, with many taking to chanting "football is coming home" at every opportunity.

Speaking at a Euro 2020 press conference, Schmeichel was asked what it would mean for Denmark to stop football from "coming home" with victory over England in their semi-final.

"Has it ever been home? I don't know, have you ever won it?" the Leicester goalkeeper responded, according to Sky Sports, before a journalist pointed out the Three Lions' FIFA World Cup success in 1966.

"Was that not the World Cup?" he continued.

"To be honest, I haven't given any thought to what it would mean to stop England more than what it would do for Denmark. To be honest, I've focused very little on the England national team. It doesn't really mean anything to me.

"It's what it would do for our country back home. The joy it would bring to a country of only five-and-a-half million to be able to do something like that, or compete with the nations we're competing with.

"So, yeah, not really a lot of thought to England's feelings in this."

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The Denmark shot-stopper also spoke about the "collective strength" his side has shown following the harrowing incident when playmaker Christian Eriksen suffered cardiac arrest during a group game.

"I think this group has always been special," Schmeichel added.

"We've said it for many years. It just came to light in a very dramatic way. But we have never been in doubt of the collective strength and the spirit we have in this team.

"It's shown the world what we have. I think what it has done for the country of Denmark is that we've experienced something as a country quite shocking.

"That's definitely brought the country very close together. The support we've seen back home is unlike anything I've ever experienced in my career, in my life, and unlikely to ever see anything like it again."

The winner of the tie between the Danes and England will face Italy in the final on Sunday, 11 July.

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