England’s Euro 2024 opponents set for last-minute training ground change because of state of pitch


UEFA chiefs are ready to step in and find a NEW training ground for England’s group opponents Denmark.

SunSport reported on concerns about the condition of the newly-relaid pitch at the Danes’ base in Freudenstadt, near Baden-Baden in the south west of Germany.

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APUefa are working hard to find the 1992 tournament winners a new training base[/caption]

A last-minute change saw ground staff rip up huge swathes of the new surface – only put down on June 2 – at the beginning of the week, with Denmark coach Kasper Hjulmund and his players unhappy at the state of play.

Now Uefa has admitted it is preparing to identify a second option nearby.

A Uefa spokesman said: “We are coordinating with the Danish FA on alternative options in the event that a solution is required for a new training facility.

“Uefa wishes to confirm its commitment to provide first-class services and facilities to Denmark and to all teams participating in the Euro 2024 finals.”

Denmark start their campaign against Slovenia in Stuttgart on Sunday before returning to Freudenstadt ahead of their clash with England in Frankfurt next Thursday.

The conditions of the training ground surface have caused growing concerns and suggestions it has already impacted on preparation for Denmark’s opening game.

But Hjulmund and national team director Christian Norkjaer are attempting to take the heat out of the situation.

Norkjaer said: “Fortunately, our training ground is improving.


Denmark Euro 2024 guide

THE winners of Euro 1992 will be hoping for another unlikely surge to the latter stages under boss Kasper Hjulmand.

The spirit of the squad cannot be questioned after they recovered from Christian Eriksen’s collapse to make it to the Euro 2020 semi-finals and give England a scare.

MANAGER: Kasper Hjulmand

Played in America for North Florida Ospreys and became Thomas Tuchel’s successor at Mainz in 2014. 

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KEY MAN: Rasmus Hojlund

One of few bright sparks as Man Utd finished a dismal eighth in the Premier League. Can cause problems with his tireless work ethic and clinical finishing.

How Denmark attack

Denmark are very structured and patient in the way they attack.

They will often push a midfielder up to join the three strikers and attempt to create a four-man overload.

How Denmark defend

While Denmark attack in a 4-3-3, or even a 4-2-2, they will drop into a deeper 5-4-1 out of possession.

They will wait patiently for the right moment to press and recover quickly if the opposition attempt to play over the top.

Read the full Denmark Euro 2024 guide here, including predicted line-ups, odds and Wags

“We had a really good training session on that Wednesday and there are therefore no plans to train elsewhere right now.”

He added: “We feel good here in Freudenstadt, the atmosphere in the squad is really good.

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“and we are using all our energy to get ready and prepare for the exciting opening match on Sunday.

“We would like to focus solely on the match against Slovenia now, so we have no further to say about the pitch.

“However, I will report if anything changes about the training pitch.”

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