Harry Maguire trudged off down the tunnel looking every inch a broken man.
There could be no complaints, two reckless yellow cards and his sending-off epitomised a bad, ill-disciplined and disappointing night for England.
And just for good measure, Reece James was shown another red card after the final whistle for foul and abusive language at referee Jesús Gil Manzano as frustrations boiled over.
They were two moments of madness. Maguire’s recklessness cost England dear and James’ anger got the better of him as the night ended in anger and recriminations.
James had actually been England’s best player on the night but you still cannot excuse that sort of behaviour and the real turning point was Maguire’s red card.
Maguire is struggling for form, confidence and belief after a turbulent and troubled summer which begs the question whether Gareth Southgate has shown too much faith in him, almost blind loyalty.
Manchester United captain Maguire was convicted of assault in a Greek court, had a disrupted pre-season and a wretched start to the campaign culminating in the humiliating 6-1 defeat to Tottenham at Old Trafford.
Maguire looks like he is playing with the weight of the world on his shoulders and sometimes the harder decision is for a manager to take a player out of the firing line rather than leave him there to be shot at.
There were too many mistakes, too many players who were sloppy and England paid a heavy price as Jordan Pickford looked anything but convincing.
Sure enough, Pickford was in no man’s land when his mix-up with Kyle Walker led to a harsh penalty award and Christian Eriksen slammed home the winner from the spot after 35 minutes.
It was a mess, a comedy of errors and a bad night for England in only their second competitive defeat in 32 home games.
All the good work against Belgium quickly forgotten by a shambolic ending to an international get-together remembered for more controversy with the three covidiots reporting up late and Kieran Trippier being released early for his FA betting hearing.
Even mild-mannered Southgate showed his frustration in the second half, going crazy after Kalvin Phillips was penalised for a foul… only then to apologise profusely when the referee threatened to send him to the stands.
That would not have been a good look after Maguire’s sending off which was England’s 17th red card in their history with James making it 18.
It was also a game crying out for some creativity, a spark and some invention but England had none of that. To be fair, Southgate has never picked his England team on name or reputation – but then you end up with too many flair players on the bench.
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But it did seem bonkers that Jack Grealish did not get on while Harry Kane was left on despite clearly being below his best and struggling for fitness which will have been a worrying sight for Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho.
England’s night started badly when Maguire who was booked after just five minutes for a nasty over-the-top challenge on Yussuf Poulsen.
After 31 minutes, it got even worse. Maguire’s loose touch left him stretching and lunging at Kasper Dolberg. It was definitely a second yellow and off he trudged.
Four minutes later, England conceded a penalty after Pickford rushed out, Walker tried to clear and was adjudged to have fouled Thomas Delaney. Eriksen slammed home the penalty and ten-man England were up against it.
Mason Mount saw a close range header brilliantly saved by Denmark keeper Kasper Schmeichel and there was no way back for England.
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