Denmark’s entry into the 2018 FIFA World Cup is nothing short of a miracle. It was like the Rise of The Phoenix from the Dead. Their new coach, coming after lacking success till about a decade ago, did not make things easy. He struggled with his ideas and their implementation. But all is well that ends great. The squad rose brilliantly at the right time getting a 5-1 away win in the last playoff game. This is Denmark’s 5th representation at the world cup final. They were eligible for the world cup for the first time in 1986.
While the team is not unbeatable, the likes of Christian Eriksen command fear and respect from the opponent team. Among the midfielders, players who would most probably accompany Tottenham’s Eriksen are William Kvist from FC Copenhagen, Werder Bremen’s Thomas Delaney, Rosenborg’s Mike Jensen, Lukas Lerager from Bordeaux, Lasse Schone from Ajax. Others who might be given a due consideration are Daniel Wass, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Mathias Jensen, Michael Krohn-Dehli and Robert Skov.
Celta Vigo’s winger Pione Sisto has been remarkable in the last few months and if his form continues the same way, then the midfielders attack would be strong. Kvist too can make a substantial contribution.
The defenders in the team are Simon Kjaer from Sevilla, Peter Ankerson and Nicolai Boilesen from FC Copenhagen, Andreas Christensen from Chelsea, Brentford’s Henrik Dalsgaard, Real Betis’ Riza Durmisi, Mathias Jorgensen from Huddersfield and Andreas Bjelland from Brentford.
It will be pleasurable to watch the rising star, Andreas Christensen. He is a sound player and is good with the ball. And he is still very young, so he may not get the final place in the team. Since the coach is known for going with experience rather than form.
Likely forwards to be included in the squad are Niklas Bendtner (Rosenborg), Martin Braithwaite (Bordeaux), Andres Cornelius from Atlanta, Nicolai Jorgensen from Feyenoord and Yussuf Poulsen from RB Leipzig. Others who might make it are FC Copenhangen’s Viktor Fischer, Cardiff’s Kenneth Zohore, and Ajax’s Kasper Dolberg.
Goal keepers Kasper Schmeichel from Leicester, Joan Lossi from Huddersfield and Frederik Ronow from Brondby are the chosen ones. FC Midtjylland’s Jesper Hansen may also be considered.
Team Denmark is a happy team of underdogs whose belief that they are capable of causing some upsets, cannot be taken lightly. Facing Peru, Australia, and France in Group C in the world cup, they are the strongest among the Scandinavian countries.