England’s Mason Mount has roared a warning to any Denmark players taking comfort from their 1-0 win at an empty Wembley Stadium earlier this season: welcome to the Lions’ Den!
Last month the government announced that the capacity for the semi-final would rise to 60,000 in the European Championship semi-finals on Wednesday – 20,000 more than cheered England on to success just six days ago.
So it will be a very different environment to the one the Denmark players experienced in the height of lockdown in September when Harry Maguire’s early red card contributed to a 1-0 away win in front of banks of empty seating.
“We played them not too long ago, we know they’re a very good team, very passionate and it’s going to be a big, big test,” Chelsea midfielder Mount said.
“We have to be ready for the battle. That’s what we have to do now.
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“It will be a special day and there will be a few more fans there as well to create the atmosphere. You are in the lion’s den and you have to come and perform. We are obviously going to try and give our best.
“It is unbelievable to play at Wembley and all our group games and the Germany game were special, special games to be involved in.
“I was on the bench for Germany and now it is a semi-final at Wembley and hopefully we can get to the final. That has always been our goal from the start and has been our focus.”
Sadly, getting past the semi-final phase has hardly been an England speciality for the last 56 years.
Even with a full Wembley at Euro 96, the home side could not take the final step but like many of his young team-mates, Mount was not even born when Gareth Southgate missed THAT penalty.
“This whole tournament, there has been always talk of what has happened in the past,” Mount said.
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