The Danes are coming! Don’t look now, but Denmark may be a dark horse in the 2018 World Cup! With a more-soft-than-not group Denmark could see some knockout stages games, and if team’s don’t pay attention to their midfield, they could find themselves behind the Danes early.
With, lets be honest, not so many household names on their team here are a few to look out for:
Christian Eriksen – Tottenham Hotspur midfield puppeteer, Eriksen is the focal point of Denmark’s team. In an advanced midfield, attacking role, Eriksen is allowed to roam and make the most of every touch he gets. He scored a hat trick against Ireland in a qualifying game to book Denmark’s trip to Russia this summer, flexing his muscles and showing that they shouldn’t be underestimated.
Casper Schmeichel/ Jonas Lossl – Both starting Premier League keepers, Schmeichel in Leicester City and Lossl in Huddersfield, Denmark is not shy on solid goal tending options. Lossl contributed to Huddersfield Town’s strong start to the season and was a factor all season long in his club not seeing relegation immediately after promotion. Schmeichel is a superstar but has some injury concern having missed the last few games for Leicester this season. Schmeichel is the first choice, but Lossl is a good shout shout he be needed.
Kasper Dolberg – Thew young centre-forward could be the recipient of some pretty set-up balls from Eriksen, and could be responsible for Denmark’s goal scoring this tournament. The 20 year old Ajax striker managed 9 goals in 26 games this season with 2 assists to add. While young, he is an exciting prospect and could use the World Cup as a platform to move on to bigger and better things professionally.
Denmark will be fun to watch simply because of the nature of their team. Eriksen is a player who can make others better and he will have to in order to escape the group stage. However, the unity that teams like Denmark, essentially non-favourite teams, can create becomes more important than skill. Their real competition will be Australia for second in their pool, as France should dominate that group.