Denmark keeper Kasper Schmeichel jovially asked whether football has ever been home during a pre-match press conference. Denmark takes on tournament favorites England in the semifinals of Euro 2020 at Wembley on Wednesday. Hopes of the entire country rest on the Three Lions to reach their first European Championship final. “Football’s coming home” is on every English fan’s lips following their brilliant run at Euro 2020.
“Has it ever been home? I don’t know, have you ever won it?” Kasper Schmeichel said before Denmark face England in the semifinal at Wembley. “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.”
“So, yeah, not really a lot of thought to England’s feelings in this,” he added. “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.”
Denmark won their first and only major tournament in 1992 when Peter Schmeichel, Kasper’s father was the goalkeeper. Their semi-final is all the more impressive after their captain Christian Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest during their first game.
“I think this group has always been special,” said Schmeichel. “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.”