Dynamite face a tough group
Denmark finished runners up of Group E behind Poland with a record of six wins, two draws and a couple of defeats. A strong finish – four wins and a draw – saw them over the line but they will have to show us something better if they’re to have any chance at the World Cup proper.
Danish Dynamite have been dropped into pool C alongside France, Australia and Peru. That suggests the race is on for second-place behind Les Bleus but they won’t pick-up any free points in that division. William Hill’s 100/1 on Age Hareide’s side winning the competition outright tells punters everything they need to know.
A squad without many big-name players the team will have to work as a unit to gain success. Here’s three men to keep tabs on…..
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Eriksen arrives in great form
One of the most impressive players in the Tottenham team this season the promising 26-year-old will be hoping to carry his club form onto the international stage and showcase his talents. The ambitious attacking midfielder scored 14 goals for Spurs after 35 games, including the opener vs Stoke on the road in April.
Recent performances for Denmark suggest he can be trusted to chip in with a few goals in Russia and he netted against the likes of Romania, Montenegro and Poland in the build-up. Far from a selfish player with the ball at his feet he was responsible for providing team mate Harry Kane with a share of ammunition this season.
Will the 30-year-old former Arsenal man be handed the task of scoring the goals his team need to progress from the group stages? That remains to be seen but the talented 6ft 4inch striker – now on the books at Rosenborg – already has 30 international goals in 79 starts and he has been showing his talents recently with some eye-catching performances in Eliteserien.
Bendtner certainly appears to be enjoying football back in his homeland and proved it by banging in 23 goals in his first season back. That would’ve done wonders for his confidence after a few tough years in English football and we should see the best of him this summer. If he’s after a move back to a major European side this is the place to advertise his talents.
The Leicester goalkeeper has enjoyed better seasons for The Foxes but the 31-year-old from Copenhagen has once again been a constant performer for the Premier League side and remains one of the division’s best between the sticks. We’re not too sure why a bigger English club haven’t brought him in but if he’s after a move then he’s certainly going the right way about it. The former Man City man could be playing in his final World Cup competition and he’s expected to do his bit for the cause.
Denmark kept a clean-sheet in against Chile, Panama, Ireland, Montenegro and Poland recently and they’ll build their summer challenge off that watertight backline, making themselves difficult to beat. Schmeichel has experience of keeping his cool in some of football’s biggest matches including the latter stages of the Champions League and that’ll come in useful while his nation is involved.