Christensen on how he plans to stop Kane and what Mount texted him after his Euro 2020 wonder goal

There have been few more impressive defensive performers at Euro 2020 than Andreas Christensen but the Dane is well aware he will have to be at his best if his national side are to vanquish England at Wembley tonight.

Denmark have recovered remarkably from the shocking scenes of their opening group game, in which captain Christian Eriksen collapsed on the field after suffering a cardiac arrest.

They have won their past three matches at the tournament with an aggregate score of 10-2 and Christensen has been typically composed throughout, continuing the excellent domestic form that helped him finish the club season as a Champions League winner.

Yet a semi-final against the Three Lions now awaits, a clash that will see the 25-year-old go head-to-head with one of the most dangerous strikers in Europe. Harry Kane rediscovered his goalscoring touch against Germany in the last-16 before bagging a brace in Saturday’s 4-0 thumping of Ukraine, both key indicators that the Tottenham forward is the man Denmark must keep in check.

Christensen insists his team-mates have a plan, with Kane’s Spurs colleague Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg offering valuable insight.

‘We know his qualities and everyone has an idea of what we can do to stop him,’ said the Chelsea defender this week in the build-up to the much-anticipated clash.

‘Pierre-Emile knows him and it may be that he can share some things. All players have their habits and we must take advantage of them. He is good with his feet and he is one of the best finishers in football.’

‘We know his qualities and everyone has an idea of what we can do to stop him.'

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So how does Christensen plan to thwart Kane if, as expected, he lines up in the Danish defence directly opposite England’s talisman?

‘I react a lot on instinct,’ he explained. ‘He is very big so it’s hard to get into his body but he also has great qualities with his feet so you should not get too close either.’

The defender could also be coming up against two of his fellow Chelsea Academy graduates if either Reece James or Mason Mount start for Gareth Southgate’s men. Friendships will have to be put to one side if that materialises, though Christensen has revealed a cheeky message he received from the latter following his wonder goal against Russia in the group stage.

Shortly after he slammed in an unstoppable strike to claim the third goal in Denmark’s 4-1 victory, his phone pinged with a query from Mount as to why he has never produced something similar for Chelsea. In fact, Christensen has never scored for the Blues at senior level and that was his first goal since November 2017, though he promised more would come.

In the meantime, focus remains on the international stage and our no.4 insists the Danes will arrive at Wembley full of self-belief, particularly considering their 1-0 win there in the Nations League back in October.

‘We can use that to make us believe that it’s possible,’ he added. ‘We’re going to be outnumbered but we’re happy and we try to be as calm as we can.

‘We’ve shown we have the quality to play against the best. As a team, I would not say they are that much better.’

If Denmark are to come out on top and book a place in the Euro 2020 final, Christensen will undoubtedly have another big part to play.

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