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England fail to inspire in Denmark draw

No joy: Kane heads over on a low-key night for new-look England PICTURES: REX

Denmark 0-0 England

ENGLAND failed to inspire for the second time in four days as Gareth Southgate’s men limped to a dour goalless draw in Copenhagen.

The Three Lions seemed to suffer a Nations League hangover following Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood being sent home in shame on Monday for misdemeanours in Reykjavik.

Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling could have won it for England in a better second half but overall the visitors did little to convince in a fairly even encounter.

Debut: Coady kept a clean sheet

England had a quartet of debutants in a new-look team, with Kalvin Phillips starting in midfield and Conor Coady in defence. Late in the second half, substitutes Jack Grealish and Ainsley Maitland-Niles also made their bow.

It was a much-changed England side, with Southgate down to 19 players after injury and the departure of Foden and Greenwood.

The England boss reverted to three at the back — Coady, Eric Dier and Joe Gomez — but that just contributed to a feel the side was too defensive, as in Saturday’s 1-0 win in Iceland.

The front three of Kane, Sterling and Jadon Sancho could not find space in behind the Denmark defence and did not have much in the way of support.

The Danes sensed their opportunity and Jordan Pickford came to England’s rescue with a save from Kasper Dolberg, while Martin Braithwaite fired wide and Dolberg went close from distance.

But the second half slowly began to promise more for England and, after Mason Mount had replaced Sancho, Kane headed just wide and Kasper Schmeichel had to deny Sterling, before the all-too-belated introduction of Grealish late on.

Kane had the best chance in injury-time after rounding Schmeichel but Mathias Jorgensen cleared off the Danish goalline. A disjointed feeling prevailed but perhaps a point was just about right for unfamiliar England in the end.

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