Kevin Blom to referee England v Denmark

Kevin Blom from the Netherlands will be the man in the middle for England’s friendly against Denmark on Wednesday.

DUTCH official Kevin Blom will take charge of England’s friendly with Denmark at Wembley on Wednesday night.

The 40-year-old from Gouda, who has been a referee in the Eredivisie since 2004, has brandished 58 yellows and three red cards in 20 games in all competitions so far this season.

Robert Van der Ven and Charles Schapp are the assistant referees while fourth official Serdar Gozubuyuk completes the officiating team from the Netherlands.

Blom, who now predominantly oversees Europa League matches, has been in the Uefa Elite category since June 2004, allowing him to officiate in the Champions League.

It will be the first time the Dutch A-list official will be in the middle for an England match but has past history of officiating the other home nations.

Blom is notoriously remembered for his controversial handling of Scotland’s Euro 2012 qualifier against Czech Republic at Hampden Park in September 2011, awarding a dubious penalty which the Czechs converted late on to rescue a vital point.

Deep into stoppage time, Scotland defender Christophe Berra was also booked for diving when fouled in the box as the 2-2 draw all but ended the Tartan Army’s hopes of qualification.

The woeful display led to Blom being reprimanded by the Dutch Football Association and was axed from contention for the Euro 2012 finals in Poland and Ukraine.

He also attracted criticism twelve months ago for sending off Albania defender Andi Lila for a second bookable offence in their 1-0 victory over Norway in qualifying for this summer’s World Cup.

The Denmark practice match is the first of four pre-World Cup fixtures for the Three Lions and the final match before manager Roy Hodgson names his preliminary tournament squad.

Hodgson, 66, has selected an enlarged 30-man party to face Morten Olsen’s team with Southampton left-back Luke Shaw, Cardiff’s Steven Caulker, Everton midfielder Ross Barkley and Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling all included.

The international friendly between the Three Lions and the Danes will be screened live on ITV and ITVHD on March 5, kicking off at 20:00 GMT with coverage starting at 19:30 GMT.

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