Denmark World Cup 2022 guide: Star player, fixtures, squad, one to watch, odds to win

Denmark World Cup 2022 guide: Star player, fixtures, squad, one to watch, odds to win

Denmark are riding the crest of a wave heading into the World Cup.

They turned near-tragedy into the feel-good story of the summer with run to the Euro 2020 semi-finals after Christian Eriksen’s collapse, won nine out of nine before a dead-rubber defeat in qualifying and beat France twice in the recent Nations League.

Here’s everything you need to know about Denmark…

Coach: Kasper Hjulmand. Tactically versatile coach who has restored bond between national team and fans.

Captain: Simon Kjaer. Fine defender whose reputation soared for the way he dealt with aftermath of Eriksen’s collapse.

Star player: Christian Eriksen. Nothing sentimental in his recall, he was outstanding in the win over France in Paris in June.

One to watch: Andreas Skov Olsen. The 22-year-old Club Brugge winger’s emergence is one of the few changes from the side familiar from the Euros.

Odds to win: 30/1

World ranking: 10th

Best thing about them: A touch clichéd but Eriksen playing at a World Cup again after the horror of last summer will be genuinely remarkable.

There is nothing sentimental about Christian Eriksen’s Denmark return, the Manchester United midfielder has been simply brilliant (Getty Images)
There is nothing sentimental about Christian Eriksen’s Denmark return, the Manchester United midfielder has been simply brilliant (Getty Images)

Worst thing about them: Still cannot find a prolific centre-forward to spearhead a team with few other weak points.

Their prospects in three words: Everyone’s dark horses.

Fixtures (all times GMT)

November 22 vs Tunisia (1pm)

November 26 vs France (4pm)

November 30 vs Australia (3pm)

Squad in full

Goalkeepers: Kasper Schmeichel, Oliver Christensen.

Defenders: Simon Kjaer, Joachim Andersen, Joakim Maehle, Andreas Christensen , Rasmus Kristensen, Jens Stryger Larsen , Victor Nelsson, Daniel Wass.

Midfielders: Thomas Delaney, Mathias Jensen, Christian Eriksen, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.

Forwards: Andreas Skov Olsen, Jesper Lindstrom, Andreas Cornelius, Martin Braithwaite, Kasper Dolberg, Mikkel Damsgaard, Jonas Wind