FIFA World Cup Special : Team talk – Denmark dreaming to fly high with three Premier League stars

Tottenham star Christian Eriksen will be the most important player for Denmark.

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We conclude our “Team Talks” for Group C of the FIFA World Cup 2018, with Scandinavians Denmark.

Team : DENMARK

Coach: Age Hareide
Captain: Simon Kjaer
Nickname(s): Danish Dynamite
Last Qualified in: 2010
Result in 2014: Did not qualify
Qualified as: UEFA Second Round Winners (14 November 2017)
Previous World Cup Appearances: (4 Times) 1986, 1998, 2002, 2010.
Best World Cup Finals Result: Quarter Finals in 1998.

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Final Squad:

Kasper Schmeichel, Jonas Lossl, Frederik Ronow; Simon Kjaer, Andreas Christensen, Mathias Jorgensen, Jannik Vestergaard, Henrik Dalsgaard, Jens Stryger, Jonas Knudsen; William Kvist, Thomas Delaney, Lukas Lerager, Lasse Schone, Christian Eriksen, Michael Krohn-Dehli; Pione Sisto, Martin Braithwaite, Andreas Cornelius, Viktor Fischer, Yussuf Poulsen, Nicolai Jorgensen, Kasper Dolberg.

Key Players:

1) Kasper Schmeichel: 

The 31-year old Leicester City goalkeeper will be following in his father’s footsteps (Peter played in the 1998 World Cup) under the bar. The Premier League winner with Leicester City will have to be at his very best for Denmark’s best results.

2) Simon Kjaer: 

The Danish skipper will not only lead the Danes on the field, but also provide leadership at the heart of the defense. The 29-year old was instrumental in Sevilla’s quarter final run in this season’s UEFA Champions League.

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3) Andreas Christensen:

The 22-year old defender is one of the most highly rated centre backs in the modern days of world football. The recent FA Cup winner with Chelsea, will form a crucial partnership with captain Kjaer at the back to form a formidable back-line for Denmark.

4) Christian Eriksen: 

The Tottenham midfielder is Denmark’s best player in recent times and his 11 goals in qualifications just support the claim. The crafty midfielder will be the at the heart of every Danish build up and his form will majorly decide Denmark’s progress in the tournament.

Recent Form:

The Red and White Dynamites are unbeaten in their last 11 matches with 6 wins and 5 draws. Their last two internationals however, finished goalless against Chile and Sweden.

Group matches:

Denmark have been drawn in Group C alongside France, Peru and Australia. They will play Peru in their opening match on 16th of June, followed by Australia and France on 21st and 26th June respectively.

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Prediction:

With a very talented bunch of players, led by Tottenham star man Christian Eriksen, Denmark will be battling it out for the second place in their group behind France. If they can play according to their potential, something they displayed during qualifications, Denmark will be expected to reach the round of 16.

Trivia:

Denmark holds the unique record of winning a major international title without actually qualifying in the first place. In the 1992 UEFA Euro Cup, original Group 4 qualifiers Yugoslavia were banned due to the outbreak of civil war and thus the runners up Denmark qualified at their expense. After finishing 2nd in Group A, they went on to beat Holland on penalties in the semis, before defeating Germany in the final to lift their one and only major International crown till date.

 

How far do you think Denmark will progress this year? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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