Four interesting facts about England opponents Denmark

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As England are set to welcome the Danes to Wembley on Tuesday night, we give you four interesting facts about the Danish football.

Here's what you need to know...

Morten Olsen- The 100 man

Olsen is currently Denmark's manager and has been since 2000. In his playing days he was the first Dane to win 100 caps for his national side, playing mainly as a sweeper. Highly regarded for his integrity and sportsmanship, Olsen, only picked up a single yellow card in his whole career. Incredibly, the Danish manager is the only man in football to have won 100 caps as a player and as a manager. Although Denmark failed to qualify for the World Cup in Brazil, the Danish FA still awarded him with a contract extension.  

Jon Dahl Tomasson & Poul Nielsen - Joint all time goal scorers 

Both Tomasson and Nielsen hold the all time record for goals scored for Denmark, with 52 goals respectively. Nielsen played for the Danes between 1910-1925 and incredibly scored 52 goals in just 38 appearances. Unfortunately the World Cup was never blessed with Nielsen but he did take part in one Olympic Games. 

Jon Dahl Tomasson played for AC Milan, Feyenoord and had a brief spell in England, with Newcastle United. The likeable Dane was a predator in the box and won the Champions League, UFEA Cup and several league titles in his illustrious career. He appeared in two World Cups and two European Championships. He retired after the 2010 World Cup after his goal against Japan equalled the all time record. He is currently the manager of Roda JC.

Peter Schmeichel - The goal machine?

The Great Dane was widely regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in World football. Schmeichel spent his best years at Manchester United, where he led the team to five Premier League titles and the Champions League in 1999, his last game ever for the club as they completed the treble. The United great is the highest capped Danish footballer in history, he made 129 appearances. Amazingly, Schmeichel did net 11 goals in his whole career, including one for his country. 

1992 European Championship - We don't even need to qualify, we will still win it

Denmark failed to qualify for the 1992 European Championship in Sweden after finishing behind Yugoslavia in the qualification process. However, due to war in Balkans, Yugoslavia were subsequently banned from the competition and Denmark were put into the competition by UFEA. The Danes went on and actually lifted the trophy by beating World Champions Germany thanks to goals from John Jensen and Kim Vilfort.

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