Ian Wright will be the "country’s barometer" for ITV host as England eye final

Ian Wright has been described as the "country's barometer" for ITV presenter Mark Pougatch ahead of England's crunch Euro 2020 semi-final against Denmark on Wednesday.

The Arsenal hero, and favourite of the Three Lions faithful, will be on hand to discuss the match at Wembley alongside Pougatch and former Manchester United skipper Roy Keane.

Pougatch, who took over from Adrian Chiles back in 2015, has been talking over his plans for the broadcast, and how he might well get some annoyed looks from Keane.

Moving on to Wright, the presenter is expecting some jubilant celebrations should England reach the last two, and is expecting that to the the reaction of the nation watching on.

Pougatch wrote in his column for The Sun: "There is no getting Roy into line or indulging him. It’s the same with any of them, if I ask a stupid question then I’ll get a look.

"And at Wembley I will call Ian the country’s barometer.

"Our reading of him will be our reading of the nation’s mood — and I think he’ll be in a state of near self-combustion with excitement."

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The Three Lions are expected to make their only change in bringing Bukayo Saka in for Jadon Sancho, with Declan Rice and Kalvin Phillips once again starting in the middle with Mason Mount.

They will have the job of shielding a defence that includes the Harry Maguire and John Stones, with Kyle Walker at right-back and Luke Shaw on the left.

There are also no surprises in goal, with Jordan Pickford looking to extend his lead of clean sheets in the tournament, having already secured the Golden Glove award with five.

Southgate insisted before the encounter that his team were feeling calm following their run of unbeaten form, but are aware of the dangers that Denmark possess.

He said: "The prize is one that we've never experienced.

"Denmark, of course, have won it so they've got a better record than us and I think people forget that in our country sometimes. We don't have as good a footballing history as we like to believe sometimes.

"It's a motivating thing, a challenge for us. If we were a country that had won five titles and had to match what had gone before, we might feel differently. But we're not.

"We're playing a really good opponent, we knew that before the autumn, and even more so after the games in the autumn. It'll be a really tight game, an exciting game for everybody."

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