Southgate sends Denmark warning to England stars ahead of Nations League tie

Gareth Southgate has warned England face a much harder test in Denmark during Tuesday evening's Nations League tie.

Three Lions boss Southgate watched Denmark’s defeat in Belgium and believes they were unlucky to lose while England struggled to break down Iceland.

But Denmark have some familiar names in their line-up with Christian Eriksen and Kasper Schmeichel and Southgate believes it will be a tough contest.

Southgate said: “It will be a different style of game, Denmark were very good against Belgium, very unlucky to lose the game and pressed with intensity, they’ve got good quality players with the ball so it will be a different test defensively.

“We will come up against good defenders as well but there will be a little bit more space because the way Denmark play.

“Iceland were a very low block, a sensible approach for the way they needed to approach the game. Denmark will come at us a little bit more and there will be some more space for our attacking players.”

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Meanwhile, Southgate says he can still call on players who played against Iceland as, despite the turnaround, fitness levels are high.

Southgate added: “We're actually really pleased with the condition of the players after the Iceland game. It was a game played in predominantly one half of the pitch so the physical demands were a lot lower than sometimes games can be.

“There are of course have been players in the squad short of training and match minutes so in actual fact everyone has reported well both before and after training.”

England are second in their UEFA Nations League group on goal difference after the 1-0 win in Reykjavik last week.

Belgium won their opening clash against Denmark 2-0 thanks to goals from Jason Denayer and Dries Mertens and are set to face the Three Lions in September and October.

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