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England fans boo team off after dismal display against Denmark

England's second game at Euro 2024 ended in disappointment after the Three Lions were held to a 1-1 draw with Denmark. Although the result leaves England top of Group C with one match to play, England fans in Frankfurt on Thursday evening booed the team off the pitch at the full-time whistle.

It wasn't the best performance by England by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, it was arguably their worst-ever showing in a major tournament under Gareth Southgate. After taking an early lead through Harry Kane, they retreated into their shells and Denmark took over the game.

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England fans booed the team off in Frankfurt on Thursday – Photo by Icon Sport

While the England band tried to keep spirits up, groans around the Waldstadion became commonplace in the second half as England's large travelling contingent lost patience with the side. Things could have been even worse, too, as the Danes came close to winning all three points late on.

A damp end to a day of fun in Frankfurt

There was plenty of anticipation in the air before kick-off and the England fans in Frankfurt were in party mode. Despite fears, the England fans in Frankfurt were able to enjoy their day out without being involved in any violence.

While there were still airings of the infamous ‘ten German bombers' chant, most of the chanting in Frankfurt city centre was good-natured with both sets of supporters joining in with a rendition of ‘Hey Jude' at one point.

One incident which has sparked controversy online is a video of an England fan diving into a fountain in Frankfurt before kick-off. Some have found the incident inappropriate while others consider it nothing more than a bit of fun.

England fans boo team off in Frankfurt – Southgate's reaction

Speaking to reporters after the draw with Denmark, Gareth Southgate acknowledged fan disappointment. He said:

“Of course, there’s a huge amount of work to do. That’s evident from the two performances we’ve given. We have to stay tight. We understand that people will be disappointed with the performances and rightly so. We’ve got to make them better.”

“It's clearly not gone how we would have hoped. At the moment we’re not using the ball well enough. We have to accept that if you do that, you’re going to suffer at times, as we have tonight. We know there’s another level that we’ve got to find.

“I think we’ve played teams that are quite fluid in back threes and it’s not easy to put pressure on them. We’ve definitely got to do that better than we have in these two matches. That’s been a big part of the problem but so has not keeping the ball.”