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Monday, 15 April, 2002, 14:36 GMT 15:36 UK
Talk about Denmark
Have your say on Denmark's progress
Denmark are unceremoniously dumped out of the World Cup in the second round, losing 3-0 to England.

What did you make of Denmark's tournament?


This debate is now closed. A selection of your e-mails appear below.


Denmark have to stand back and take a long, hard look at their performance against England. It was a total and utter shambles and a collapse beyond belief. There seemed to be no commitment or belief from them.
Stephen Quinlan, Ireland

Denmark impressed me throughout this tournament. However, I have to say that I never feared them, like you do with say Brazil. They had good spirit in the opening stages and they deserved to win their group and beat France.
Chidds, England

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Denmark played an ordinary tournament with a few sparkling moments
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Kwame Mwaipaya, Denmark
The Danes cruised through their group at ease but, in the second round, showed the world that they are not ready to face teams with world class players just yet.

Against England their weak links were found, but certainly in the future Denmark have the potential to do well.
Laura,England

Denmark played an ordinary tournament with a few sparkling moments. Did England deserve to win? They played the better football, looked stronger and got some help from our side, so yes they did.
Kwame Mwaipaya, Denmark

Jon Dahl Tomasson - how much possession did you have in the first half, and how many chances? Not a lot, was it? Go home!
Wayne, English in Norway

I wanted to congratulate the Danes on a wonderful performance in this year's World Cup. I am a proud Danish American and I enjoyed watching quality football played by the old country.

The England game was unfortunate in that Denmark beat themselves. They didn't play with the heart and desire that I had witnessed in their previous matches. But overall, the Danes were well represented and I'll be watching for them in Euro 2004.
Peder Christensen,USA

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Denmark were absolute rubbish and did themselves no justice
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Brian Petersen, Denmark
England were lucky. Denmark are still a far stronger team and nine out ten times they would beat England. England's only skill is defending and it's very sad when a team succeed with that kind of football.
Kim, DK

Denmark got off to a very bad start due to a couple of personal mistakes. It was unnecessary to give away the corner prior to the first goal, and the goalkeeper made a huge blunder seconds later. From then on it was uphill for Denmark and several other individual mistakes gave England the victory. You just can't give away so much at that level.
Tom Nilsen, Denmark

Denmark showed glimpses of a great side, whose players all worked hard for each other. However, Denmark have no stars and lacked inspiration and that extra quality that you need on the world stage.
Michael Thompson, UK

Denmark were absolute rubbish and did themselves no justice. Sure England have some good players but Denmark gave the ball away too often and made huge defensive errors to give England two easy goals.You do not do this in World Cup football because you will get punished. Hopefully Denmark can bounce back and qualify for Euro 2004.
Brian Petersen, Denmark

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The Danes just didn't look as if they believed enough - and the defensive errors were proof of this
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Barney, UK
I do not agree with Soren below. The only thing that has been proved is that England are a better side. It makes little difference how we qualified or how the first stages went for them, the fact is England beat us comfortably. We may have had all the possession in the second half but what did we do with it? Good luck England, see you in Portugal!!
Tomas Eggel, Denmark

At the end of the day you have to take into account the mental state of the players as part of the game, unfortunately for Denmark this time England were more confident and we won because of it.
Simon, England

England were fortunate enough to be able to take their foot off the pedal after 40 minutes and coast through the rest of the game, conserving energy for the big test ahead. Denmark rarely threatened in the second half despite all the possession - the mark of a team firmly under the thumb. The defensive blunders made the task all the easier, but the battle was won before kick-off. How so? The Danes just didn't look as if they believed enough - and the defensive errors were proof of this.
Barney, UK

The Danes can be proud of themselves for getting as far as they did and playing stylish football. We are only a small footballing nation and people tend to forget that. Roll on Euro 2004 - I look forward to seeing the red & white Danish dynamite play again.
Charlotte Beyer, Danish in UK

The Danes came up against a determined and fortunate England side. With sterling performances against the Uruguayans and the French, the Danish side should leave the tournament with their heads held firmly high.
Bobby Seagull, England

Few teams can rally when a goalie concedes two terrible goals in one half, as Sorensen did. Owen scored a fine goal, but the other two were gifts. Had Sand reduced it to 1-2, perhaps the game would've been different.
Thor Kehler, Canada

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It's very tough for a team in any sport to gain momentum when a key player is sidelined early in the game, as happened to Denmark by losing Helveg
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Ryan, Canada

Despite being unlucky against England, we have a much better and homogenous team. This is proved by our most successful qualification matches whilst England hardly qualified. I also think that the first round matches talk for themselves, where England had great difficulties. I hope we'll meet again in 2004!
Soren, Denmark

I Wish England all luck for the next game against Brazil. It will sure be a great game - with a lot of football superstars - and this time with England as underdogs compared to the game against Denmark.
Allan Jespersen, Denmark

It's very tough for a team in any sport to gain momentum when a key player is sidelined early in the game, as happened to Denmark by losing Helveg. However, England played a tremendous game and attacked all the weaknesses presented to them by what seemed to be a Danish squad all out of steam from their victory over France.
Ryan, Canada

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Why we lost? Playing 4-3-3 against very big, fast and strong 4-4-2 midfielders is suicide if you don't match your opponents physically
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Christian Hagen, Denmark
I actually came from the Denmark game disappointed - England didn't win it - Denmark lost it! If we play like that against a team on top of their game then quite simply the score will be reversed!
Lauren, England

An early goal often shakes, the opponent, this time it did, and with that impressive midfield England have it is almost impossible to get in to the game when you are behind. After the early goal Denmark had to go up higher on the field witch England punished great skill, when you win a game with 3 goals you always deserve it... BUT I do believe that the game was more equal than the score shows, hope we are going to see one of the best matches ever when you crash in to Brazil (I guess)
Allan, Denmark

Who can penetrate England's defence? Not the Danes, not Brazil, not anybody? This is where the Cup will be won - not up front. With Eriksson, England have understood that goals need not come with every attack. Björn Borg used to say "you only have to put the ball once more over the net than your opponent," it's that simple.
Wills, England

I don't understand most of these comments. Denmark are an excellent team who had an off day. Nothing more.
Jamie, Azerbaijan (ex-pat)

why we lost? Playing 4-3-3 against very big, fast and strong 4-4-2 midfielders is suicide if you don't match your opponents physically. Morten Olsen realised this against France, but not against England. 4-5-1, and we had seen a totally different match. but the man just loves his 4-3-3. The English side did not impress me, really
Christian Hagen, Denmark

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Denmark hasn't got much impact on physically strong, well organized teams.
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Ole Christensen, Denmark

We ran out of luck, simple as that. We produced as many chances as in the previous games, and were equally sloppy in defence. But this time we were punished and we didn't take our chances.
Rune Hansen,Denmark

Reading these comments pages, Denmark fans talk a good game - pity their team can't play a good game. Very ordinary Denmark.
Mark Corder, England

Denmark hasn't got much impact on physically strong, well organized teams. We also saw that against Senegal. With the two goals we gave away to England, Denmark is not a class act. (Peter Schmeichel, where are You?) Good luck against, likely Brazil. You're going need it - they have the world class individualists, we lack.
Ole Christensen, Denmark

Denmark, you are awesome! You created problems for the English defence and opened up holes. If you had a Batistuta or Crespo to take advantage of this fact, the score line would read Denmark 2, England 0. Your passing was immaculate and your professionalism inspiring.
Kim,USA

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Everything went wrong for Denmark and everything went right for England
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Adrian Friis, Denmark
Denmark showed in the game against England they are much better at defending a possible victory (as against France) then trying to score goals when behind.
Rob, Netherlands

Yeah right, Danish Martin. Coming to an airport near you soon... your football team.
Murph, England

What went wrong? They showed up!
Noel Fowles,Canada

The Danes have been overrated. They are sporadic in their play and inconsistent.
Ray Farrugia, Malta

I was looking forward to a tight and entertaining game today. In the end everything went wrong for Denmark and everything went right for England. The Danes looked strangely nervous from the start and it was a host of individual errors that let England into the game. England did not impress at all; The Danes have themselves to blame. A sad ending which also ended Denmark's recent World Cup scoring record.
Adrian Friis, Denmark

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Denmark played well, the result was perhaps flattering for England
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Pete,Living in Denmark
Yes, England were good, but I do feel sorry for Denmark. They were very unlucky to loose Thomas Helveg, they would have had a better chance with him in the team. Hope he recovers soon!
Catherine, England

I'm an English ex-pat in Copenhagen. Denmark played well, the result was perhaps flattering for England. However, obvious Danish nervousness at the start came from fear of Beckham and Owen. The two have been built up enormously in the media here.England also had something to do with producing these errors. Good crosses and Owen/Heskey in the box put Denmark under pressure. If you're in the box, something can always happen. It did.Best wishes Denmark, you did yourselves proud anyway.
Pete,Living in Denmark

Congratulations England! Now see if you can be as graceful in victory as we are in defeat.
Dan, Dane in London

I'm obviously glad England won but at the same time I would have liked to see Denmark progress. Shame we had to play each other at this relatively early stage. Still, it's been a good World Cup and I believe England have as good a chance as any to go on to the finals now.
Lloyd, England

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The Danes were totally in awe of the English
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Jan Christensen,Denmark
Quite honestly nothing went wrong for the Danes, the simple truth is that the defence partnership of Cole, Campbell (Arsenal) and Ferdinand, Mills (Leeds) have formed an impenetrable defensive unit.I am very confident that Ronaldo and company from Brazil will not have their way with this England back four.Mr Eriksson has shrewedly selected the best team and if England are to be beaten it will be on a penalty shoot-out.Good luck guys!!!
Winston ,US

England did not win, Denmark lost.
Eddie Janssen,The Netherlands

Well as a Scot I hate to say it, but well done to England for making it to the quarter finals. Will they get an easier game though in this World Cup? I thought Denmark were rotten. Hopefully Brazil will make it through against Belgium and we will see a better game in the next match.
Mark Stafford, Scotland, UK

The Danes were totally in awe of the English. The Danish press talked up the English side so much that compared to the ex-world champions France, England seemed unbeatable before ever the whistle was blown.Just the hype surrounding Beckham makes him appear the greatest footballer ever, but on the pitch he shows little ability other than as a mascot for the others.Watching my side sleep-walking about their own half whilst England put away the first two goals convinced me that Denmark had totally lost the initiative.England deserved to win.
Jan Christensen,Denmark

I have been an avid fan of England for years and today was the result I'd been waiting for. Good job by Eriksson's boys. They managed to punish the mistakes make by the overconfident Danish team. England all the way...
Alan, Malaysia

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Unfortunately Denmark couldn't get it together in the first half
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Mona, Denmark
Martin - I bet you wish you hadn't said what you said below. Very comprehensive victory and yet again no goals conceded. Well done Sven and the team.
Andy, England

Well, at half time you had to ask yourself: 3-0? England did not have a whole lot of possession of the ball compared to Denmark. The 2nd and 3rd goals came from fortunate breaks of the ball. We still haven't seen an England team dominate any of the games they played. In saying that, their forwards are clinical.
Tom Crossan,USA

Good performance by England but Brazil will find out how good we are. Hopefully Belgium will do us a favour and knock them out.
Mark, England

I hate it when I'm right, my bet was that England was either crush Denmark 3-0 or Denmark would win 2-1, it all depended on how much respect Denmark had for the England team. Unfortunately Denmark couldn't get it together in the first half. Congratulations England.
Mona, Denmark

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This was Sorensen's worst game ever in the red shirt
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Rasmus,Denmark
I live in London and I decided to watch the game in an English pub, even though I'm Danish. I can hardly describe what it's like to be surrounded by 200 jubilant people while you have a sinking feeling of defeat. However, people were really nice about it, and even bought me beers to cheer me up. So, thanks to the English for that. And even if I feel a bit bitter, I hope Becks and the boys can pull it off, so it at least was worth it.
Lone, Denmark

Our players seemed psyched out by the crowd and fuss about the game. This was Sorensen's worst game ever in the red shirt. England played well, but never had to show their potential.
Rasmus,Denmark

Denmark were simply outclassed at the highest level. England were simply too good for them and showed their dominance.
Peter Franks, UK

Just finished watching a game between Denmark and England and all I can say is Denmark were awful, from beginning to the end. No skills, no motivation, no desire, slow, no imagination. I wish I knew that before I woke up so early to catch this game.
Alex,US


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