Denmark head to the 2022 World Cup with out a ‘darkish horse’ tag for the primary time since conquering Europe on the finish of the twentieth century.
Kasper Hjulmand’s expenses reached the semi-finals of Euro 2020 and are actually one in all worldwide soccer’s most revered outfits heading into this winter’s showdown.
With a wealth of event expertise behind them, the Rod-Hvide make their method to Qatar as exterior possibilities of going all the best way.
This is what to anticipate from Denmark on the World Cup.
Hjulmand has to this point named 21 gamers in his squad and can verify his last 5 alternatives previous to the event.
Goalkeepers: Kasper Schmeichel (Good), Oliver Christensen (Hertha Berlin)
Defenders: Simon Kjaer (Milan), Andreas Christensen (Barcelona), Jens Stryger Larsen (Trabzonspor), Daniel Wass (Brondby), Joakim Maehle (Atalanta), Joachim Andersen (Crystal Palace), Rasmus Kristensen (Leeds), Victor Nelsson (Galatasaray)
Midfielders: Christian Eriksen (Manchester United), Thomas Delaney (Sevilla), Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (Tottenham), Mathias Jensen (Brentford)
Forwards: Martin Braithwaite (Espanyol), Andreas Cornelius (Copenhagen), Kasper Dolberg (Sevilla), Andreas Skov Olsen (Brugge), Mikkel Damsgaard (Brentford), Jonas Wind (Wolfsburg), Jesper Lindstrom (Frankfurt)
A part of Hjulmand’s reasoning behind selecting a preliminary 21-player squad was to permit gamers working their method again from accidents the possibility to show their health.
Brentford’s Christian Norgaard and RB Leipzig’s Yussuf Poulsen are two key figures who can be trying to break again into the fold after returning to matchday motion lately.
It is a miracle that Christian Eriksen is heading to Qatar in nice bodily situation and again on the prime of his sport following his cardiac arrest at Euro 2020. The playmaker has already turn out to be a key determine at Manchester United below Erik ten Hag following a formidable opening to 2022 with Brentford.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg has turn out to be a real chief for each membership and nation within the final couple of years, and he enters the World Cup stage within the type of his life after a superb opening to the season with Spurs. The one concern Hjulmand could have is that he is barely had a relaxation thus far and will turn out to be jaded because the event goes on.
Accidents have meant that Andreas Christensen’s beginnings to life at Barcelona have been start-stop, however he is simply crucial defender in Denmark’s squad and brings loads of big-game expertise to the facet.
One of many shining stars of Denmark’s Euro 2020 run, Joakim Maehle nonetheless hasn’t fairly hit the identical heights at membership stage with Atalanta. However, his work price and productiveness within the last third imply he stays a star for the nationwide facet.
Hjulmand has flittered between 3-4-3 and 4-3-3 formations in the previous couple of months, however given they arrive up towards a France facet who may also be taking part in three-at-the-back on impartial floor, the previous appears the almost certainly possibility out in Qatar.
Denmark predicted XI: Schmeichel; Andersen, Kjaer, Christensen; Wass, Hojbjerg, Delaney, Maehle; Eriksen, Dolberg, Olsen.
After a robust begin to 2022, Denmark have endured a fairly inconsistent patch in latest worldwide home windows.
As talked about, they confronted off towards France within the Nations League, beating Les Bleus on residence soil of their final aggressive outing. Nevertheless, their total type has been up-and-down to say the least.
Denmark’s final 5 outcomes
Austria 1-2 Denmark
Denmark 0-1 Croatia
Denmark 2-0 Austria
Croatia 2-1 Denmark
Denmark 2-0 France
This World Cup goes to be an actual litmus check of the place Denmark will stand on the worldwide stage by way of popularity for the following decade.
In the event that they make a deep run as soon as extra, then we’ll know for certain that they could be a pressure to upset the apple cart over the following few years.
They need to make some noise in Qatar and may upset a few of the large boys, however in the end others will merely have extra high quality when it issues.