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Denmark's World Cup squad in profile - including form guide and star player

Not many teams will want to face Age Hareide's much-improved side, who thrashed Ireland 1-5 in qualifying

"We will be a danger to all teams because of him," said Denmark coach Age Hareide, remarking on the supreme talent of playmaker Christian Eriksen.

It's hard to argue with him. The Tottenham midfielder, 26, has been in dazzling form for both club and country for the best part of two years.

Between November 2016 and November 2017, he scored 11 goals in 12 matches for Denmark, as well as laying on goals for others.

In Russia, striker Nicolai Jorgensen is likely to be tasked with sharing the goalscoring burden, with former Arsenal man Nicolas Bendtner on the bench.

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Hareide favours a 4-3-3 formation, playing a direct style which brings the best out of Werder Bremen's box-to-box midfielder Thomas Delaney.

But it's Eriksen who will be key to the Danes' chances of progressing.

Form guide

Veteran coach Age Hareide favours a direct style, playing 4-3-3 (Image: Catherine Ivill)

Defeats to Poland (3-2) and Montenegro (0-1) in 2016 saw Denmark finish second in their qualifying group behind the Robert Lewandowski-inspired Eastern Europeans.

The Danes eventually sealed their qualification emphatically, thrashing Ireland 1-5 in Dublin, with Eriksen helping himself to a hat-trick.

That result, combined their convincing 4-0 win over Poland in qualifying, are enough to suggest Denmark are capable of upsetting the odds in their World Cup group.

Star player

Christian Eriksen

Christian Eriksen is Denmark's main man (Image: REUTERS)

If Eriksen has been very good for Tottenham, he's been great for Denmark.

An impressive 11-goal haul in a 12-month period from November 2016 suggests he's now right up there among the world's top creative midfielders.

With fantastic passing ability, a cool temperament and now an eye for goal, he has all the attributes to shine alongside the planet's elite players.

How far can he take Denamrk at the World Cup?

Rising star

Andreas Christensen

Andreas Christensen is enjoying a breakthrough season at Chelsea (Image: Mike Hewitt)

A year ago, Andreas Christensen wasn't a household name.

But a string of composed displays at the heart of Antonio Conte's Chelsea defence this season have alerted football fans across the world to the centre back's talent.

Positionally sound, good on the ball and adept an snuffing out danger, it's easy to forget he's still only 21-years-old.

Incredibly, he isn't guaranteed a place in the Denmark side, with Hareide often opting for experience at the back in the form of Simon Kjær and Brentford's Andreas Bjelland.


Saturday June 16 - Peru vs Denmark, 5pm, Mordovia Arena, Saransk

Thursday June 21 - Denmark vs Australia, 1pm, Samara Arena, Samara

Tuesday June 26 - Denmark vs France, 3pm - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow

Betting odds

William Hill have Denmark at 100/1 to win the tournament outright.

*odds correct at the time of publishing