England notebook: England talking points ahead of Euro 2020 semi-final against Denmark on Wednesday

England is just one game away of reaching the final in a major tournament, and Sky Sports News reporter Rob Dorsett analyzes the tactical talk points before England's semi-final showdown...Gareth Southgate, as well as almost every England player interviewed, has talked about the unbreakable bond and team spirit of this Euros squad. This is a team spirit that could propel England to their first major international trophy for 55 years.This is Southgate's greatest achievement. It has removed the club cliques which had divided and dominated England squads in the past and brought unity and a mutual sense of direction. This has been his greatest priority. Southgate believes that special camaraderie among players can result in special results on the pitch. He has been proven right so far.It's interesting to note that when you stand on the England training pitch at St George's Park every day, like we do at Sky Sports News - the players arrive in different pairs each and every time. The two Harrys, Kane and Maguire, are the ones who usually walk up the stone steps together. After that, Raheem Sterling, Jordan Henderson, Declan Rice, John Stones, John Stones, Luke Shaw, Kieran Trippier and Mason Mount, Kalvin Phillips might be the first to walk up the stone steps together. Forgotten club loyalty. They are united for their country.Unity is possibleSouthgate is so keen to get everyone involved and pull in the same direction that only three outfielders have not had any game time at this tournament: Ben Chilwell and Conor Coady.Since the World Cup semi-final against Croatia on July 11, 2018, England has not had an unchanged team in consecutive matches. Three years of experimentation, switching attacking options to better match the weaknesses of an opponent and swapping full-backs for better coping with their strengths have been the norm.These adjustments aren’t just for tactical reasons. These adjustments are also a sign that the England manager has worked harder than ever before to keep his players involved, hungry, and ready for action if needed. In his first major tournament start, Jadon Sancho performed admirably against Ukraine. The 21-year old had only played six minutes in each of the four previous matches.Image: The opposition half of the match against Ukraine saw seven outfield England players on averageSouthgate expressed his disapproval at the UEFA-initiated 26-member squad. He was concerned about keeping so many people involved and motivated. How to prevent dissension within the ranks.After the quarter-final victory over Ukraine, he spoke out for the first time pitchside. He said that it was a strange feeling to think of the boys who didn't make it onto the pitch. This speaks volumes about Southgate's mental state. Southgate was unable to talk about the sensational results - that's a word for people who didn’t play.It was also significant that England's greatest ever win in the knockout stage of a major tournament, Saturday's, saw the England boss turn to Jack Grealish, an unutilized substitute. He hummed. He whispered a quiet message to him. He probably said, "Don't worry about missing today." In the final stages of the tournament, you'll still have a significant part to play.This is a sign that Southgate is human - it shows emotional intelligence and understanding towards a player probably feeling a little annoyed that he doesn't get more Euros game time. Grealish only had one start against the Czech Republic and two substitute appearances against Scotland, Germany, and Ireland. He's had two assists and a hand in a third England goal.It's also an indication of England's pragmatic approach and drive to succeed.Image: Jack Grealish and Gareth Southgate after the 2-0 win over GermanyGrealish was clearly thinking about the next game and how he could turn to Aston Villa captain to help him win the semi-final. Jack Grealish who feels valued and encouraged is a dangerous Jack Grealish. Southgate is aware that he could still play a crucial role in England's victory at the European Championships.Expect a core that remains the sameEngland's semi-final opponents are also close-knit. Their common bond is born out of a mutual feeling for a teammate who has been in a difficult time. They are playing to honor Christian Eriksen, who was shockingly and cruelly excluded from the tournament's first game in Denmark. Wembley will host a meeting between two teams that are united and each eager to advance in the competition.Image: The Danes are known for their high-up style and aggressive full-backs. Only Spain and Italy have had more shots per 90 than the Danes.Southgate won't be generous enough to change his starting lineup to keep his fringe players happy. White, Chilwell and Coady won't be given a break. One might expect a tweak at the full-back or an alternative on right-wing. It's not more. But it's not over. The core team and the cautious approach will continue exactly as they have been.Given his importance to England over the past 18 months and his exceptional form for Chelsea heading into this tournament, Chilwell's inactivity is quite surprising. He won the Champions League for his club two weeks before England's opening match of the Euros. But he hasn’t even had the chance to add any more caps.The England manager was a man of pragmatic humanity. Southgate was taught the importance of squad morale while in Russia. This is something Southgate championed in 2018 for the first time.Repino was a place where the players got along well and enjoyed one another's company. Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford and I recollect them spending some time in the media center there, laughing and having a good time as they tried to beat each other on the ten-pin bowling lanes.Lingard was not selected for this team. Only nine players are left from the halcyon summer of 2018. The bond between these players is stronger in this Euros squad. They could still be the greatest achievement in English football for generations.The latest Sky Sports Football Euros podcast features Peter Smith, Nick Wright, Gerard Brand, and Ben Ransom. They discuss England's Euro 2020 semifinal against Denmark at Wembley on Wednesday.Gareth Southgate will move to a back-three? What are the threats Denmark poses to England's watertight defense? What lessons can England take from the Nations League defeat to Denmark in October? Is Raheem Sterling the overall tournament player?We also preview the second semi-final, as Italy faces Spain at Wembley on Tuesday night.Listen to and subscribe to your podcast provider's podcast here