Christian Eriksen spearheads Denmark squad ahead of World Cup Playoff

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Christian Eriksen will lead the way in Denmark’s efforts to qualify for the FIFA World Cup in Russia when they take on Ireland in the playoff.

Age Hareide’s men finished 2nd in Group E to Poland, seeing off competition from Montenegro for the coveted play-off spot after it became apparent that direct qualification was out of reach for both sides.

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Denmark have qualified for four FIFA World Cups – 1986, 1998, 2002 and 2010. They topped their group in two of those appearances, with their best achievement coming in 1998 when they reached the Quarter-Finals. They also managed to defeat then-defending World Champions France during the group stages in 2002, but were beaten 3-0 by England in the round of 16.

Denmark’s World Cup qualifying campaign was built off the back of a solid backline, which conceded just eight times from 10 matches, with Sevilla man Simon Kjaer at the heart of it all.

In fact, the 28-year-old started in all 10 qualifying matches, missing out on only 34 of the total 900 minutes of playing time.

Tottenham maestro Christian Eriksen topped the scoring charts with eight goals and three assists from 10 appearances, playing every minute of Denmark’s qualifying campaign.

Denmark will need the Spurs man at the height of his powers if they hope to qualify for their first World Cup since 2010.

The first leg against Ireland takes place in Copenhagen on November 11 before a trip to Dublin for the return leg on November 14.

Denmark squad for FIFA World Cup Playoff

Goalkeepers: Frederik Ronnow, Jonas Lossl, Kasper Schmeichel

Defenders: Andreas Bjelland, Henrik Dalsgaard, Andreas Christensen, Jannik Vestergaard, Jens Stryger Larsen, Mathias Jorgensen, Peter Ankersen, Simon Kjaer

Midfielders: Christian Eriksen, Lasse Schone, Lukas Lerager, Mike Jensen, Pione Sisto, Thomas Delaney, William Vitved Kvist

Attackers: Andreas Cornelius, Nicklas Bendtner, Nicolai Jorgensen, Viktor Fischer, Yussuf Yurary Poulsen, Martin C. Braithwaite

 

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