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By Sam Lyon

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2200: That's a wrap, people. Good wins for England and Scotland, then, a spot of reflection needed among the Northern Ireland ranks, and plenty of international friendly drama elsewhere to keep both us occupied and Internationals Danny out of trouble. Happy days. Chris Bevan returns to the commentary chair at the weekend - I'll join you all again next week for the return of the Champions League. That... is massive. Talking of massive, by the way, check this out... BBC London has learned that West Ham have won the backing of Olympic bosses ahead of Tottenham in the battle for the 2012 Stadium. Massive. And on that bombshell, I'll see ya! Bye!

Internationals Danny: "I'm signing off but before I go - late drama in Geneva. Lionel Messi's 89th-minute penalty meant it finished Argentina 2-1 Portugal - Cristiano Ronaldo cancelling out Angel Di Maria's opener earlier on for Argentina. And France beat Brazil 1-0 thanks to Karim Benzema. Only match still going on is Spain v Colombia - currently 0-0. That kicked off at 2030 GMT - and you can check our live scores page for 'closure' on that."

England midfielder Jack Wilshere on Twitter: "Thanks for all your kind messages. I'm delighted to get my first start with the seniors! Great result and good performance! Buzzing! No sleep for me tonight."

GOONER_keatinge on Twitter: "How can you say a celebration is in order? So what, England won a friendly? Big deal..."

Alvin McCaig reports:
"The super Scots outclassed hapless Northern Ireland in a rain-lashed Dublin."

calummeston1 on Twitter: "Scotland could have hammered England if they were playing them tonight, no question."

Paul Fletcher reports:
"A very satisfactory evening for England, who were good value for their victory in Denmark. Next stop Wales, who they meet in a Euro 2012 qualifier on 26 March."

2142: A celebratory drink well and truly due for Fabio Capello and Craig Levein this evening, then, a deep think in the leather arm-chair for Nigel Worthington on the cards by way of contrast. Let's hear from our match reporters...

Internationals Danny: "So, Giuseppe Rossi's late equaliser secures a 1-1 draw for Italy against Germany in Dortmund. Germany have not won against Italy since 1995. About 10 minutes left in tonight's other big games - France still beating 10-man Brazil 1-0, and it's Argentina 1-1 Portugal."

AtomicTed on Twitter: "Why does everyone on Twitter think England are amazing again?! Has everyone forgotten the World Cup apart from me?!"

Ollie, Worthing, via text: "So all this Nations Cup has proved is that Scotland and the Republic of Ireland are the best teams in the UK who aren't England? Insightful."

2136: So Scotland kick off their Nations Cup in perfect style, just as the Republic of Ireland did last night, with the next round of matches due in May. Work for Wales and Northern Ireland to do if they want to take the trophy home with two matches to play, for sure.

Full time
2133: FULL-TIME Scotland 3-0 Northern Ireland

2131: Two minutes of injury time to be played in Dublin.

2130: England manager Fabio Capello: "I'm happy with the result and happy with the performance of some of the players, especially those that play less than the others. It was an interesting debut for [Jack] Wilshere. It is a little too early to decide my line-up (for Wales Euro 2012 qualifier), but it was a good game for him, while Darren Bent scored and had a chance to add a second. He played well and worked well, and helped the team when we needed to press. No-one is injured which is important for the clubs."

Internationals Danny: "Germany's non-winning against Italy jinx looks set to continue - Giuseppe Rossi equalises for the Italians on 81 minutes. By the way, spot-kick fans - all the goals in Estonia 2-2 Bulgaria were penalties. Is this some kind of record?"

2127: Well into the last five minutes in the Scotland-Northern Ireland match, Craig Levein's men seeing things out rather comfortably.

Internationals Danny: "Full-times. Malta 0-0 Switzerland - the Swiss, of course, are in England's and Wales' Euro qualifying group. The Netherlands have beaten Austria 3-1, with Dirk Kuyt among the Dutch goalscorers. Belgium drew 1-1 with Finland and Poland won 1-0 in Norway. And in Under-21 football, Wales beat Northern Ireland 2-0 - bad night all round for Northern Ireland."

2124: England match-winner Ashley Young: "(The goal) is probably up there with best of them (in my career). I'm delighted to have got on the scoresheet. Hopefully, I have shown that I've come on and done well. Try to establish myself now." Jack Wilshere: "It was great to play for your country and I'm glad my debut was a win. It was a difficult game in midfield and personally pleased with my performance. Quite similar to my role at Arsenal but just not going forward as much and playing with the players I was with made it easy. The main thing is that we won. It was a good performance and we can take a lot from the game."

2123: Oh, Rory Patterson, you have to score there. The Northern Ireland frontman is given the freedom of the Scotland box to rise and meet a delicious cross into the centre, but the Plymouth man can only direct a tame header straight at the keeper. What a waste.

Someone has struck the woodwork
2120: Free-kick, 20 yards out, Scotland midfielder Barry Bannan swings at goal left-footed from wide on the right... Jonathan Tuffey does well in the Northern Ireland goal to tip it up and on to the bar.

Former Denmark keeper Peter Schmeichel on Twitter: "Denmark's best XI can compete with the best nations, but make one or two changes and we saw what happened then. Happy with first half and Christian Eriksen."

2116: The game in Dublin is all sewn up now - it's just a question of how many Scotland will score, I reckon. At the moment, they don't look too frantic about pushing for a fourth.

Internationals Danny: "Blimey. Luxembourg have beaten Slovakia 2-1. My 'international Danny' senses are telling me that's a bit of a shock result. Elsewhere, Karim Benzema has put France 1-0 up against Brazil."

GazUtd on Twitter: "England win a friendly. Prepare for weeks of being told how they're the best team since the Sliced Bread XI of 1423."

2112: Into the last 20 minutes in Dublin and the sting has been very much drawn in this match. Scotland 3-0 Northern Ireland.

Full time
2110: FULL-TIME Denmark 1-2 England

2107: Three minutes of added time in Copenhagen, Denmark 1-2 England.

2105: Not a huge amount to report from proceedings in Dublin, either, where Scotland - three goals to the good - remain in control against Northern Ireland.

2102: Into the last five minutes in Copenhagen, and other than a rousing rendition of "God Save the Queen" from the visiting fans, not a great deal to report. England seeing this game out rather nicely.

2059: RE: the Scotland goal, it was of course Steven Naismith with the lay-off, not Gary. And, re: 2054, I think I meant ... and Darren Bent, rather than ...and Stewart Downing, again. Those of you who noticed those absolutely deliberate (*cough*) mistakes, pat yourselves on the back.

Internationals Danny: "It finished Estonia 2-2 Bulgaria. Estonia in Northern Ireland's Euro qualifying group, Bulgaria in England and Wales' group. Cracking finish to the game, with Ivelin Popov popping in a pen for the late Bulgarian leveller. Meanwhile, a late goal has seen Slovenia win 2-1 in Albania. Slovenia also in Northern Ireland's group."

2057: England's last change - Leighton Baines on for Ashley Cole. Gareth Barry is Don Fabio's third captain of the match.

2054: Approaching the last 10 minutes in Copenhagen and England are looking rather comfortable - both with and without the ball. Scott Parker and Gareth Barry look a far more natural fit in this 4-2-3-1 formation if the second half is anything to go by, while the pace of Ashley Young, Stewart Downing and Darren Bent in attack is causing the Danes all sorts of consternation.

Scotland goal: Ah. Not so encouraging for Northern Ireland now. Scotland work the ball well through the middle before Steven Naismith's flick finds Kris Commons in all sorts of space in the Northern Irish box, the Celtic frontman making no mistake with a clipped finish from six yards.

2051: GOALFLASH Scotland 3-0 Northern Ireland (Commons)

Internationals Danny: "Big half times. France 0-0 Brazil - although Brazil's Anderson Hernanes has been sent off for violent conduct. And it's Argentina 1-1 Portugal."

2050: Encouraging signs for Northern Ireland at the start of the second half in Dublin, Nigel Worthington's men keeping the ball well at the start of the half - and Rory Patterson as just spun and shot at goal from 20 yards, held low down by Scotland keeper Allan McGregor.

Internationals Danny: "There's a mini-tournament in Cyprus - Ukraine have won it by beating Sweden 5-4 on penalties, while Romania beat hosts Cyprus 5-4 on penalties after a 1-1 draw in the third-place play-off. Symmetrical. Meanwhile, for clarity - earlier, Iran beat Russia 1-0 and Greece beat Canada 1-0. Apologies for any Danny-caused confusion."

2046: We're up and running again in Dublin, Scotland 2-0 Northern Ireland.

England goal: Great goal. Glen Johnson pinches possession off the team in red, bursts forward and feeds Ashley Young for the Aston Villa forward to slide in his first international goal.

2044: GOALFLASH Denmark 1-2 England (Young)

2043: A fifth England change - six are allowed - as Stewart Downing replaces Theo Walcott.

2041: Best move of the half from Denmark and once again Christian Eriksen is at the heart of it, the playmaker's back-heel finding Dennis Rommedahl in the box, the winger's low shot held well by Joe Hart in the England goal.

Internationals Danny: "News of a couple of half-times reaches me. It's Germany 1-0 Italy. And it's Farnborough 0-0 Boreham Wood. Not sure that second one is an international, to be fair."

2038: It's been pretty much one-way traffic for England since the break. Much better.

2036: Another change for England, Bolton's Gary Cahill replacing Michael Dawson at centre-half.

lostlibertine on Twitter:l "Scott Parker breaks a record by becoming the first England player to earn his first four caps at different clubs."
Is that right? What a stat that is, if so.

2033: Another good chance for England, who have come out of the blocks full of intent since the break, James Milner laying Darren Bent in behind the Denmark defence, the Aston Villa striker clipping wide from the angle.

Half time
2031: HALF-TIME Scotland 2-0 Northern Ireland
Alvin McCaig's HT snap-shot:
"The Scots are full value for their lead after an impressive attacking display against a poor Northern Ireland side."

2030: The half-time whistle blows in Dublin, Scotland 2-0 Northern Ireland.

2028: Encouraging, this, from England as Ashley Young's flash header from James Milner's cross is saved.

2027: Great link-up play between Aston Villa pair Ashley Young and Darren Bent as the substitutes cross to the back post finds England's goalscorer rushing in - Denmark keeper Thomas Sorensen doing well to block Bent's header from point-blank range.

Internationals Danny: "That didn't take long. Cristiano Ronaldo equalises for Portugal, who are now 1-1 with Argentina. Meanwhile , anonymous is on the texts again (does he/she NEVER rest?) to ask who scored the only goal as Greece beat Canada 1-0. It was Giannis Fetfatzidis, anonymous. Giannis Fetfatzidis."

2026: Scotland continue to forge chances in Dublin, and James Morrison sends a header goalwards from Alan Hutton's precise cross - Jonathan Tuffey claiming well on the dive. Northern Ireland bounce upfield on the counter in a rare attack, but Niall McGinn's 20-yard effort is deflected wide.

2024: Taking over the England captain's armband from Frank Lampard, by the way, is Ashley Cole.

Internationals Danny: "First blood to Argentina, who lead Portugal 1-0 thanks to Angel Di Maria's 14th-minute goal."

2022: Back up and running in Copenhagen, Denmark 1-1 England.

2021: Changes for England - off go Jack Wilshere, Frank Lampard and Wayne Rooney, on come Scott Parker, Gareth Barry and Ashley Young.

2020: Another chance for Scotland, Phil Bardsley curling towards the top corner right-footed, Jonathan Tuffey tipping around the post in the Northern Ireland goal.

2019: They started fairly well in Dublin, Northern Ireland, but Scotland have upped the tempo now and are well in control. Ten minutes of the half remaining.

Scotland goal: If he meant it, it's genius. He probably didn't, though. James McArthur receives the ball on the right-corner of the 18 yard box, looks up and dinks the ball over the keeper and into the far corner. His celebrations suggest it was a cross.

2016: GOALFLASH Scotland 2-0 Northern Ireland (McArthur)

moore_jon on Twitter: "I went to watch Ajax the other day and Christian Eriksen was anonymous. You sure it isn't England making him look good??"

Internationals Danny: "Big-name fans might enjoy these... Miroslav Klose has put Germany 1-0 up against Italy. A rare win for the Germans against Italy is on the cards tonight, perhaps? And Wesley Snejder has put the Netherlands 1-0 up against Austria."

2010: Scotland are starting to throw their weight around in Dublin now and Kris Commons tees himself up for a volley inside the box, but his snap-shot is deflected away by a desperate Northern Ireland defender's outstretched boot.

Someone has struck the woodwork
2008: So close to a second for Scotland, Stephen Caldwell rising to meet Charlie Adam's corner and thumping a header against the bar.

Internationals Danny: "John Murray on BBC 5 live sports extra says that is the first goal Scotland have scored away from home since 10 September 2008 in Reykjavik, when they won 2-1 against Iceland. On that day, Kirk Broadfoot and Barry Robson got the goals.."

Half time
2007: HALF-TIME Denmark 1-1 England
Paul Fletcher's HT snap-shot:
"A very entertaining and open first half. Lots of talk before the match about Jack Wilshere on his full debut and the Arsenal man has not let anyone down, but the stand-out player so far has been 18-year-old Dane Christian Eriksen."

2006: That's the half-time whistle, Denmark 1-1 England.

2005: Time enough for Christian Eriksen to swing a quite brilliant free-kick over from the right that is begging to be headed in - but Daniel Agger contrives to miss his header and England escape.

2004: One minute of first-half added time to be played in Copenhagen.

Scotland goal: Breakthrough in Dublin. Charlie Adam's corner, via a flick from Phil Bardsley, causes a wealth of problems for the Northern Irish defence and Kenny Miller is on hand to slam home from a couple of yards to hand Scotland a just-about deserved lead.

2002: GOALFLASH Scotland 1-0 Northern Ireland (Miller)

jhrobertson on Twitter: "I would personally love to see Denmark's Christian Eriksen in the Premier League."

Internationals Danny: "TEAM NEWS SNAP - from Geneva - Lionel Messi starts for Argentina. Cristiano Ronaldo starts for Portugal. The first time the two have faced each other in international football."

1959: Pity. Frank Lampard provides a delicious flicked finish to direct Theo Walcott's low shot home behind his legs 12 yards out, but the official's flag is rightly raised for offside. Shame.

Internationals Danny: "Full-time - Israel 0-2 Serbia - good win for Serbia who are in Northern Ireland's Euro 2012 qualifying group. It also finished Turkey 0-0 South Korea. By the way, a bit more info on that 1-0 Iran win over Russia in Abu Dhabi (see 1852). Mohammad Reza Khalatbari scored a last-minute winner for the Iranians - then got sent off for celebrating. Shirt off, second yellow, see you later type job."

1958: Best chance of the night so far over in Dublin for Scotland as Kris Commons drives down the left and lays it into the path of Kenny Miller in the box, the ex-Rangers man side-footing over from the centre of goal. Should have done better there.

1957: Christian Eriksen has been hugely impressive for Denmark tonight and he tears England apart again, laying in Dennis Rommedahl, whose low shot from the angle is saved by the feet of keeper Joe Hart.

1954: Niall McGinn is causing problems for the Scots in these early stages and he beats the offside trap to get in behind the opposition defence, just failing to get enough power on his shot from the angle to really trouble keeper Allan McGregor.

Someone has struck the woodwork
1952: I tell you what, what a move that is from Denmark. The hosts build ever so patiently before Christian Eriksen bursts, swapping passes with Nicklas Bendtner on the edge of the England box before slamming a low shot that for all the world looks like creeping into the corner - only for his shot to crash off the post.

1949: Half a chance for Scotland in Dublin now as Northern Ireland keeper Jonathan Tuffy dawdles over a clearance allowing Kris Commons to close him down - the ball ricocheting off the Scotland striker and bouncing kindly for the boys in green. Let-off.

1948: Over in Copenhagen, Frank Lampard and Jack Wilshere are just showing signs of earning themselves a bit more space - and the former almost makes the most of said space 30 yards out, taking a touch and lashing a shot in at goal, the ball just swerving wide.

1946: Early burst into the Scotland box from Niall McGinn, the Northern Irelander making his way past two defenders before firing a low cross across the box that just eludes Rory Patterson 12 yards out.

1944: Over in rainy Dublin, Northern Ireland get their match against Scotland under way.

1943: Following a bark of "Press! Press!" from the sidelines, England - led by Frank Lampard - get right up in the grills of the Denmark players and force them back with a good spell of hassle and harry. Good from the visitors.

Alvin McCaig reports:
"Plymouth striker Rory Patterson gets the nod ahead of Northern Ireland's record scorer David Healy, who has to settle for a place on the bench. Fulham's Chris Baird starts at left-back with Rory McArdle of Aberdeen at right-back. Scotland have been forced to make a late change to their line-up after Scott Brown was injured in the warm-up, with Wigan's James McArthur taking his place. Gary Caldwell failed a fitness test so his brother and Wigan team-mate Steven partners Christophe Berra in central defence."

1940: James Milner and Theo Walcott have swapped sides and the former, as a result, is getting a bit of joy now - his latest furrow down the right ending with a looped cross that is well claimed by Thomas Sorensen in the Denmark goal.

1938: Good move from England, culminating in James Milner paying a beauty of a pass across the face of goal that Darren Bent, sliding in, is inches away from stabbing into the net from six yards. Better from Don Fabio's men.

England defender Rio Ferdinand on Twitter: "1-1 already! Well done Theo [Walcott], perseverance, and Darren Bent taps in the equaliser. Lively start!"

Northern Ireland:
Tuffey, McArdle, Baird, McAuley, Craigan, McCourt, Evans, Davis, McCann, McGinn, Patterson. Subs: Blayney, Hodson, Thompson, Healy, Boyce, Norwood.
Scotland: McGregor, Hutton, Steven Caldwell, Berra, Bardsley, Morrison, Adam, Commons, McArthur, Naismith, Miller. Subs: Bell, Danny Wilson, Bannan, Mark Wilson, Conway, Hanley, Maguire, Snodgrass, Gary Caldwell.

1934: Denmark definitely bossing things in Copenhagen, England a little off-kilter as they get used to their 4-2-3-1 formation. The full-backs, in particular, are looking exposed. I have to say, too, that captain Frank Lampard has been fairly anonymous.

Internationals Danny: "Bit of an internationals Danny fail - Kazakhstan did of course draw 1-1 with Belarus thanks to Sergei Ostapenko's 88th-minute equaliser. Thanks to the tireless anonymous who texted in to 81111 to let me know. Meanwhile, Hungary have won 2-0 against Azerbaijan."

1930: Ajax youngster Christian Eriksen - said to be the future of Danish football - is running the show for the hosts, and he almost carves England open again, only a Jack Wilshere clearance inside the area halting another fine home attack. This match is so open.

England goal: Immediate response. Theo Walcott does excellently on the right of the box, wriggling free of Simon Poulsen and sending a low cross across the six-yard box, laying it on a plate for Darren Bent to tap into an empty net.

1928: GOALFLASH Denmark 1-1 England (Bent)

Denmark goal: Less than eight minutes on the clock, and England are cut apart. Christian Eriksen is the creator, swinging a cross over from the right and Daniel Agger - ghosting between John Terry and Michael Dawson in the box - sends a flying header high into the net from 16 yards.

1927: GOALFLASH Denmark 1-0 England (Agger)

1926: End-to-end, real open stuff in Copenhagen here. Denmark looking very dangerous...

1924: And now a fabulous chance for England in these open early stages - Darren Bent latching on to a poor back-pass and even though his effort is saved, Wayne Rooney follows up and just has a couple of back-tracking defenders to finish past with the keeper stranded behind him... Mathias Jorgensen gets across to clear the frontman's tame side-footed effort, though. Waste.

1922: A couple of chances in quick succession for Nicklas Bendter, though, as first he is set through by Christian Eriksen - only to be held up by a close offside decision - and then he slaps wide from outside the area.

1920: Jack Wilshere gets on the ball nice and early, and shows encouragement with a couple of nice passes. Settled quickly on his full debut by the look of things, the Arsenal midfielder.

1918: We are up and running in Copenhagen.

TheGoldhawk on Twitter: "Shocked to see a balanced team from England, though could do with a ball winner in the midfield."

Mike, Wirral, via text: "RE 1904: is Jiffalaaaa for real? England build our hopes up as always, get into the Euros then crash and burn, why will this time be different?"

1915: Stop. Anthem time.

InfostradaLive on Twitter: "England have not won in their last eight matches vs Scandinavian opposition IN Scandinavia. Last win was a 2-1 vs Finland in Helsinki in 1992."

1912: Worry ye not Scotland and Northern Ireland fans, by the way, plenty of chat on your match coming up from myself and Alvin McCaig, but with half an hour to go until that kicks off and with the players making their way out under the Parken Stadium roof in Copenhagen, let's focus for the time being on all things Denmark-England. Have it.

1910: Fabio Capello on Jack Wilshere: "I monitored Jack Wilshere for a long time at start of the season and he played well but was not ready for the seniors. The last two months he has improved, he is confident and the other Arsenal players are confident with him. I spoke to Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger about the position to play him in on Wednesday and he said he was good going forward and also playing further back."

recartwr91 on Twitter: "Anyone who thinks the England team is world class needs their head testing."

1907: DENMARK v ENGLAND (1915)
Sorensen, Christian Poulsen, Jorgensen, Agger, Simon Poulsen, Jacobsen, Kvist, Eriksen, Krohn-Delhi, Rommedahl, Bendtner.
Subs: Lindegaard, Wass, Kjaer, Silberbauer, Schone, Vingaard, Junker, Lorentzen, Enevoldsen, Pedersen.
England: Hart, Johnson, Dawson, Terry, Ashley Cole, Lampard, Wilshere, Walcott, Rooney, Milner, Bent.
Subs: Green, Walker, Cahill, Lescott, Baines, Downing, Parker, Barry, Young, Defoe, Carlton Cole, Stockdale.
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (Sweden)

Internationals Danny: "Scotland fans might be interested in a quick form update on two rivals in Euro 2012 qualifying Group I. In a belting match, Croatia beat the Czech Republic (who beat Scotland 1-0 last October) 4-2. Meanwhile, today's (not very) big game went to form, as Liechtenstein (world ranking 147) won 1-0 in San Marino (203). Liechtenstein are currently propping up Group I."

Anon via text: "This is the start of rebuild time and for a lot of us the way we play tonight is more important than the result. Someone ring the media to let them know..."

Jiffalaaaa on Twitter: "Despite the injuries, the England Team is still World Class. Finally a sign we have strength in depth?"

1904: To add to Fletch's notes, it's worth bearing in mind that after two wins briefly raised spirits following the shocking World Cup display in South Africa, Fabio Capello's England side followed that up with a draw against Montenegro and that awful defeat by France in the last two matches of last year. Make no mistake - Capello and England need a win and a performance tonight, big time.

1901: DENMARK v ENGLAND (1915)
Paul Fletcher reports:
"The Parken Stadium in Copenhagen witnessed Sven-Goran Eriksson's heaviest defeat as England coach, his team conceding three goals in seven forgettable second-half minutes against Denmark on their way to a 4-1 humbling in August 2005. Their next fixture was a crucial Euro qualifier against Wales. As fate would have it, the next match for Fabio Capello's England is a Euro 2012 qualifier against Wales. Lets hope their preparation is better this time around."

Mohandreas on Twitter: "A lot of the Danes have to prove something tonight. Poulsen, Sørensen, Bendtner have become fringe players in the Premiership."

1857: "This may be Denmark v England but the underlying theme of this friendly is most certainly Club v Country," reports Dan Roan. So far, it's 205 comments and counting on his blog, so if you want to get involved - jump in.

1855: Urgh, coding error alert. Could you all refresh please? Thanks.

jamesatoneill on Twitter: "Let's hope Scotland don't embarrass themselves tonight."
That's the spirit James, got to love that kind of positivity.

Alvin McCaig reports:
"Northern Ireland won the last Home Championship in 1984 although it may be stretch to say they go into the Dublin clash with the Scots as reigning champions. Nigel Worthington's squad has been ravaged by injuries so the opener gives a few fringe players the chance to impress. Withdrawals have also hit Scotland's preparations and Kenny Miller, now of Bursaspor and until recently of Rangers, will captain the team for the first time in the absence of the injured Darren Fletcher."

Internationals Danny: "A quick run through of some other matches which have already taken place today. Andorra 1-2 Moldova. Armenia 1-2 Georgia. Belarus 1-0 Kazakhstan. Macedonia 0-1 Cameroon. Greece 1-0 Canada. Latvia 2-1 Bolivia. And - one for surprise fans maybe - Iran 1-0 Russia."

JordMarks on Twitter: "Jack Wilshire's time to shine tonight. Come on England!!!"

1847: DENMARK v ENGLAND (1915)
Paul Fletcher reports:
"So Jack Wilshere starts for England for the first time, while Ashley Cole makes his 87th England appearance to become his side's most capped full-back. Fabio Capello's team will line-up 4-2-3-1, with Theo Walcott and James Milner either side of Wayne Rooney behind striker Darren Bent. Thomas Sorensen, Christian Poulsen, Daniel Agger, Lars Jacobsen and Nicklas Bendtner are the five Premier League players in the Denmark XI."

Internationals Danny: "International friendlies boring? Baloney. Unless you are not even remotely human, you will love tonight. Germany host Italy in Dortmund (KO 1945 GMT) where 'surprising stat' fans confirm the hosts have but seven wins in the fixture compared to Italy's 14. Fans of 'new coaches rebuilding teams after poor 2010 World Cup showings' will relish Laurent Blanc's France taking on Mano Menezes' Brazil in Paris (KO 2000 GMT). And fans of, er, football, will surely be keeping an eye on events in Geneva where Argentina take on Portugal (KO 2000 GMT). Messi v Ronaldo. They've shared 48 league goals this season. Combined, 133 goals in their past 133 club games. The world's two best players. Boring?"

Krish, Meadow Hall, via text: "I decided I would go shopping with my sister today as I have lost all faith in the England team... but already I find myself reading the live text. I know they are just disappoint me again but I can't stop."

TraumaticThrash on Twitter: "Sam, I've got a good feeling its going to be 3-1 to the almighty England! Come on ENGLAND!"

1842: So let's get chatting, people. As always, you can Tweet the commentary via the hashtag #BBCFootball, ask me a question direct @sampatricklyon or text me via 81111 (UK). Easy.

Hart; Johnson, Dawson, Terry, A Cole; Lampard, Wilshere; Walcott, Milner, Rooney; Bent

1839: As an added bonus, too, Internationals Danny will bring you the latest from the good and the great elsewhere, with Germany-Italy, France-Brazil and Argentina-Portugal the highlights of an intriguing set of matches. Better than a slap in the chops, I'd say.

1837: Ah look, at the very least it's better than a night out at Broadway's new 'Spiderman' musical. Apparently.

1835: And, yes, all right, both the Scotland and Northern Ireland squads have been decimated by withdrawals - a total of 14 between them, I believe - but this is no ordinary friendly. It's a Nations Cup match-up at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin and it follows on from the Republic of Ireland's 3-0 win over Wales last night. Plus, with Euro 2012 qualifiers around the corner for two of those home nations next month, tonight's ties represent invaluable preparation time.

1833: Well try telling that to Fabio Capello, the England head coach attempting to rebuild his squad and systems following the 2010 World Cup debacle. Argue that with Frank Lampard, set to captain his country for the first time. Cross words with Ashley Cole, set to become England's highest-capped full-back ever - all of them as starts. And see how you get on saying that to Jack Wilshere, a man set for his full England bow with the hopes of a nation desperate for a new generation of international stars resting upon his fledgling shoulders. It's a big night for them, it's a big night for England, so it's a big night for us as football fans. Can't argue with that, can you?

1830: Insignificant? Inconsequential? An inconvenience? Is there anyone out there who regards tonight's international matches between Denmark and England and Scotland and Northern Ireland as anything other than an interruption of a sensational domestic season?

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