After a shaky first half England came from behind with an improved performance after the break to defeat Denmark 2-1 in the Parken Stadium. England had not won away to Scandinavian opposition for eight games, a run stretching back to 1992. But tonight they deserved their 2-1 win against Denmark who themselves have now gone five friendly games since a win.
Fabio Capello made nine changes from the side which lost at home to France in England's last international in November and it seemed to have backfired when the Danes took an early lead in the 7th minute.
England were caught out at the back as Liverpool's Daniel Agger was allowed a free header to put the host's in front.
England's defence continued to give cause for concern but after the break it was the visitor's who took control with an impressive display which was capped by a winning goal from another Villa player, substitute Ashley Young.
Glen Johnson set up the winger for his first international goal as England then played possession football with Denmark running out of ideas.
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (Swe)
Venue: Parken Stadium Attendance: 21,523
Denmark scorers: Agger 7 England scorers: Bent 10, Young 68
DENMARK Sorensen, Christian Poulsen (c), Jorgensen (Kjaer 46), Agger, Simon Poulsen (Wass 46), Jacobsen (Silberbauer 60), Kvist (Vingaard 90), Eriksen, Krohn-Dehli (Pedersen 70), Rommedahl, Bendtner.
Substitutes Lindegaard, Wass, Kjaer, Silberbauer, Schone, Vingaard, Junker, Lorentzen, Enevoldsen, Pedersen
ENGLAND Hart, Johnson, Dawson (Cahill 60), Terry, A Cole (c 2nd half) (Baines 81), Lampard (Parker 46) (c), Wilshere (Barry 46), Walcott (Downing 67), Milner, Rooney (Young 46), Bent.
Substitutes Green, Walker, Cahill, Lescott, Baines, Downing, Parker, Barry, Young, Defoe, Cole, Stockdale.