England Lions: Seven players who could be a semi-final hero against Denmark

England need a hero to step up to the plate against Denmark, and with Planet Sport Bet's great offer on the first goalscorer market in mind, there's an abundance of likely candidates.

Semi-final heroes for England are rare, but that's exactly what the Three Lions will need if they are to get past Denmark at Euro 2020.

However, 'England expects' so who should you be backing to take the spotlight at Wembley if England manage to win?

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Harry Kane

When it comes to England goals, there is an obvious place to start and that is with the captain Harry Kane.

The Tottenham striker started the tournament slowly, which inexplicably prompted many to question whether or not he should have kept his place in the side during the group stage.

He has come alive in the knockout games, though, scoring three goals in two matches to spearhead England's hopes.

Kane's record under Gareth Southgate is particularly impressive, with him scoring 32 goals in the 42 caps he has been awarded under the former Middlesbrough boss.

With Planet Sport Bet you can back Harry Kane to score the first goal against Denmark at around 16/5 and anytime at 13/10.

Raheem Sterling

No two England players in their Euro 2020 squad have played more times together at international level than Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane, so it is perhaps no surprise to see them link up so well together.

There can be little question that Sterling has been England's star man in the tournament so far. He has been the player who has produced when England have needed it the most, breaking the deadlocks against Croatia, the Czech Republic and Germany.

He is another player who has thrived under Southgate and that is highlighted by the statistics too.

Raheem Sterling England career:

  Caps     Goals
Before Gareth Southgate    27 2
Under Gareth Southgate    39 15



Raheem Sterling (right) scored as England opened their tournament with victory over Croatia
Raheem Sterling (right) scored as England opened their tournament with victory over Croatia

The kind of performances that Sterling is producing does come with a downside, though, as you can be sure the opposition will be making special plans to negate his influence.

That may well work to England's ultimate advantage as it will create space and opportunity for others, although it may impact Sterling's chances of being the hero himself.

You can back Raheem Sterling to score the first goal against Denmark at around 11/2 and anytime at 23/10.

Bukayo Saka

There can be little doubt that Bukayo Saka has captured some imagination for England this summer.

The Arsenal youngster was not tipped to play a major role for England before the tournament, and there was outright fury among the Three Lions fans when he was preferred to Jadon Sancho against the Czech Republic.

His performances since have silenced those criticisms, and he is a strong contender to come back into the side after missing the Ukraine clash with injury.

That would likely be a wise choice too, with Denmark's narrow back three vulnerable to inverted forwards driving towards goal from a wide starting position.

Saka has shown himself to be a master of that despite his young age, and it could make him a semi-final hero.

You can back Bukayo Saka to score the first goal against Denmark at around 9/1 and anytime at 4/1.

Mason Mount

Denmark will be coming into the lion's den for the semi-final at Wembley - Mason Mount
Denmark will be coming into the lion's den for the semi-final at Wembley - Mason Mount

Mason Mount is a player that you can sometimes miss when he's playing, but you really notice his absence when he is not.

The Chelsea midfielder is a favourite of Southgate's and has a decent enough record of four goals in 19 caps.

Interestingly, though, all but two of Mount's England appearances have come in competitive matches, and with a Champions League title under his belt already at the age of 22 he's obviously a man not phased by the big occasion.

He has become England's Mr Reliable in midfield and is a master of knitting together the attack, and you'd not be surprised at all to see him pop up with a big goal.

You can back Mason Mount to score the first goal against Denmark at around 9/1 and anytime at 15/4 with Planet Sport Bet.

Jack Grealish

Jack Grealish
Jack Grealish

The apparent 'poster boy' of England's Euro 2020 campaign has found himself in and out of the team. But he makes an impact when called upon.

Jack Grealish has provided assists for both Sterling (Czech Republic) and Kane (Germany), and is the kind of player who you always expect to make something happen.

Something he has not done so far, though, is score for England, and that simply won't do.

Whilst primarily a creator, it would certainly fit the 'poster boy' narrative if the tournament threw up a special individual moment for him.

Grealish is unlikely to start the match, but if things remain tight, expect him to be the first man Southgate calls from the bench.

You can back Jack Grealish to score the first goal against Denmark at around 10/1 and anytime at 17/4.

John Stones

John Stones
John Stones

Whilst his centre back partner Harry Maguire has grabbed more headlines since coming back into the side, John Stones has been a consistent performer at the heart of England's defence.

If we are being super-critical, you could say the Man City man should have scored against Scotland in the group stage when he hit the post with a header from which it appeared easier to score.

That said, he has done it before for England in a major tournament, with him scoring twice against Panama in the 2018 World Cup.

Granted, they are his only international goals to date, but with England starting to find their groove from set-pieces, his moment may be tantalisingly on the horizon.

You can back John Stones to score the first goal against Denmark at around 22/1 and anytime at 11/1.

Luke Shaw

Luke Shaw's recent performances have been praised by World Cup-winning left-back Roberto Carlos
Luke Shaw's recent performances have been praised by World Cup-winning left-back Roberto Carlos

When you're receiving praise from Roberto Carlos, you know you're absolutely nailing the attacking left-back thing.

Shaw was not many people's tip to be a shining light for England before the tournament, but he has been absolutely superb in the last two matches especially.

Although he has been more interested in creating than scoring himself, he has definitely been getting himself into some outstanding attacking positions, so he should be considered a goal threat himself too.

There also appears to be something of a dearth of left-footers in this England team, so a set-piece in the right place may have his name written all over it.

You can back Luke Shaw to score the first goal against Denmark at around 35/1 and anytime at 18/1 with Planet Sport Bet.