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Denmark-EURO 2020 Team Profile

2021-06-09 21:00:00 1279

An unbeaten qualifying campaign, growing squad depth and being armed with home advantage in the group stages makes Denmark dark horses at Euro 2020.

Coach: Kasper Hjulmand
Number of European Championship Appearances: Nine
Best European Championship Performance: Winners in 1992
Number of European Championship Titles: One
Qualifying Form: Finished second in Group D with a record of 4-4-0
Major Trophies: One
Most Capped (current) Player: Christian Eriksen (107)
Key Player at Euro 2020: Christian Eriksen

Lead-up to the Tournament:
Denmark failed to qualify for Euro 2016 but manager Kasper Hjulmand has them heading in the right direction.

The former Mainz man succeeded Age Hareide last year and the Danes have lost only two of his 18 games in charge, with him keen to add attacking flair to what was already solid defensive foundations.

Denmark coasted through qualifying unbeaten, winning four and drawing four of their eight games to finish second to Switzerland in Group D, scoring 23 goals and conceding only six.

They also took four points from two meetings with England in the Nations League and have made a perfect start to World Cup qualifying, winning all three fixtures against Israel (2-0), Moldova (8-0) and Austria (4-0).

Denmark’s Euro 2020 preparations also featured a 1-1 friendly draw with Germany earlier this week, further evidence that they have the big-game experience to trouble Europe’s elite.

The Squad:
When Denmark landed a knockout blow to win Euro 92, 13 of their 20-squad players were based in their homeland, but most of their current crop of stars ply their trade in one of Europe’s top divisions.

Christian Eriksen is their talisman and he rediscovered his form at Inter, who won the Scudetto for the first time in 11 years this season, while their skipper and second most experienced player, Simon Kjaer, is an influential figure at AC Milan.

They inherit two experienced strikers in Martin Braithwaite, who is at Barcelona, and Leipzig’s Yussuf Poulsen, and there is plenty of Premier League quality on show with Kasper Schmeichel, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Andreas Christensen, Jannik Vestergaard and Joachim Andersen also in their ranks.

Defensively the Danes look solid but they rely heavily on Eriksen to sprinkle star quality and he is the only squad member to have reached double figures.

Fixtures:
12th June - Finland, Parken Stadium, Copenhagen
17th June - Belgium, Parken Stadium, Copenhagen
21st June - Russia, Parken Stadium, Copenhagen

Denmark’s 26-man squad:
Goalkeepers:
 Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester), Jonas Lossl (Everton), Frederik Ronnow (Schalke)

Defenders: Simon Kjaer (AC Milan), Andreas Christensen (Chelsea), Jannik Vestergaard (Southampton), Joachim Andersen (Fulham), Mathias Jorgensen (Copenhagen), Daniel Wass (Valencia), Jens Stryger Larsen (Udinese), Joakim Maehle (Atalanta), Nicolai Boilesen (Copenhagen)

Midfielders: Christian Eriksen (Inter Milan), Thomas Delaney (Borussia Dortmund), Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (Tottenham), Mathias Jensen, Christian Norgaard (both Brentford), Anders Christiansen (Malmo).

Forwards: Kasper Dolberg (Nice), Jonas Wind (Copenhagen), Andreas Cornelius (Parma), Martin Braithwaite (Barcelona), Robert Skov (Hoffenheim), Mikkel Damsgaard (Sampdoria), Yussuf Poulsen (Leipzig), Andreas Skov Olsen (Bologna).

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