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Posted on 14 June 2002  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

David Pleat takes a look at the challenge presented by Denmark ahead of England's last 16 clash on Saturday...

ENGLAND ARE CAPABLE of winning, but Denmark are a throwback to the pre-Ramsay days where wingers held the key.

With Jorgensen, Gronkjaer and Rommedahl switching wing repeatedly, and being substituted cleverly, Denmark's strength is in this area. The majority of goals in the competition, not surprisingly, have been scored from crosses supplied from wide positions.

Teams that have gone through the centre and failed to draw defenders out of position have suffered by not creating goalscoring opportunities.

England will be facing a straightforward 4-4-2 formation, which will suit the players. One imagines Butt and Scholes will have the 'simple' task of matching the work rate of Gravesen and Tofting and preventing the supply to the Danish wingers.

It has been refreshing to see Denmark play because they have been brave. When their attacks break down, their wide players have to tuck in quickly and it not easy when they have drifted into such wide positions.

They hug the touchline like players with the ability of Ginola could do brilliantly if disciplined enough to stay out wide. This is always a problem because talented, skilful players that play wide need a supply of the ball - without it they get frustrated, go wandering and searching.

Consequently they lose that all-important width for the team. Sand and Tomasson will face tough defenders in Sol Campbell and Rio Ferdinand - I do not see them as having the cleverness to assert themselves.

Therefore, much will depend on the comparative inexperience at international level of Ashley Cole or Wayne Bridge - whoever gets the nod - and Danny Mills resisting on the opposite flank.

England's organisation and determination should be enough to snaffle the Danish threats.

In my view, a quarter-final with Brazil is beckoning and that could truly be a game to remember. But, first of all, we have to show Denmark our mettle.

Sinclair could be an important player, because he can do the very things that have served Denmark so well thus far - a wide player who can attack their most vulnerable defender, Helveg, at right back.

Not the same player he was several seasons ago, he lacks a natural defensive awareness and has not the craft going forward to trouble us.

All theory, but England have a great opportunity to put something substantial into practice on Saturday - let's hope they will succeed.

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