Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg has received praise in the Danish press for his disciplined performance as Denmark overcame England 1-0 in the Nations League on Wednesday.
The midfielder came up against his Tottenham teammate Harry Kane, who had a quiet night on the whole, although he did help set up a great chance for Conor Coady in the dying minutes of the game which the Wolves man failed to capitalise on.
England started the game as the better side but the tie turned on its head at the 30-minute mark when Harry Maguire received his marching orders after picking up two yellow cards.
Just minutes later, the away side were gifted a penalty due to a lack of communication from Kyle Walker and Jordon Pickford, with former Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen dispatching the spot-kick with ease.
The Danes managed the game very intelligently from that point on, restricting the Three Lions to just a handful of opportunities.
Hojbjerg constantly put out fires throughout the ninety minutes, while also taking up intelligent positions which helped Denmark to keep possession and frustrate Gareth Southgate’s men.
Ekstra Bladet wrote about the 25-year-old’s performance: “Is finding the necessary tactical discipline for the role of defensive anchor. Very strong in duals and never afraid to play the ball forward.”
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