Republic of Ireland team is still waiting for their first win in the Nations League after being held to a dour 0-0 draw by Denmark on Saturday that is on Oct 13. Martin O’Neill’s side is bottom of their three-team group, with this tepid stalemate at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium following a 4-1 thrashing by Wales in their first match. Ireland is without a win in their last four competitive matches, they have played.
Denmark beat Wales in their opener and has four points from two matches in the new competition, which offers qualification for the upcoming Euro 2020. Matt Doherty was handed a first start for the Republic as O’Neill made six changes in the team. There was a place for Cardiff midfielder Harry Arter following his return to the squad after resolving his differences with assistant manager Roy Keane.
- Denmark’s leader says Spurs is worried about the midfielder.
- Players complain about FA’s “too violent personal attacks”.
Tottenham liked another backlash after Denmark’s leader, Åge Hareide, suggested that Christian Eriksen’s stomach problem could be a chronic condition. The 26-year-old has not played since his 2-1 Premier League victory in Brighton on 22 September.
Denmark’s bit-and-pieces side goes down and fights in friendship with Slovakia. Spurs had expected Eriksen to return after the international break this week, but Hareide said it was unlikely that the midfielder would travel to the Nations League match against Ireland on Saturday.
Blackpool have taken the opportunity to re-sign Mark Howard from Bolton Wanderers on a free transfer this summer. The 31-year-old previously plyed his trade for the Trotters on a temporary basis during the 2011/2012 season where he acted as cover to Matt Gilks and Mark Halstead due to their injury concerns.
During that period, Howard could only manage four appearances before he was released to join Sheffield United but hopefully, he can have a better experience this time around with manager Gary Bowyer confirming that he would serve as the club’s first-choice shot-stopper for the 2018/19 season.
Australia defender Aziz Behich has said that the Socceroos are confident and upbeat ahead of the second World Cup group stage game against Denmark. Australia put in a strong performance against France during their opening match of the tournament but they eventually succumbed to a 2-1 defeat with Behich registering an unfortunate own goal.
Speaking ahead of the Denmark game, Behich admitted that the team have forgotten the previous result and they are now keen to show the progress made under the management of Bert van Marwijk, he said: “We’re confident going into tomorrow… I think we’ve come a long way from when [head coach] Bert first took over… We’ve showed it in the last game and we want to improve on that… The boys are really confident and upbeat about tomorrow. From the last game, obviously, we didn’t get the end result, which was disappointing. So, look, we analysed the game, and we’ve been working hard the last month or so preparing for that game. I think we showed a lot of good signs.”
Denmark international striker Nicolai Jorgensen has received death threat and the Denmark Football Federation made a complaint to the police. The Danish striker was one of the three players that have missed their penalty in the match against Croatia.
The player has also received some serious online abuse following his miss at the World Cup but the most serious things have been the death threats that have been reported to the police. (more…)
Agent Bayram Tutumlu has revealed that Barcelona had expressed an interest in signing Christian Eriksen from Tottenham Hotspur during the last transfer window. However, a deal could not materialise for the Denmark international with his representative Martin Schoots said to have hampered the move.
In a report covered by Calciomercato, Tutumlu said: “I was invited to see Christian Eriksen in London in September, even though he was having a renovation of the house, and here he asked me what to do to get to a bigger club. I told him that a bigger club wants him. I also told Christian Eriksen that Barcelona is looking at more things when buying a player, not just his football qualities. And it ended with the fact that they bought Coutinho instead. This is because alone, his agent (Martin Schoots) has destroyed it for him.” (more…)
Christian Eriksen’s agent has said that it is always a compliment for his client to be associated with some of Europe’s elite. The Denmark international, who is currently in the ranks of Tottenham Hotspur, has been linked with the likes of Manchester United and Real Madrid of late, with the latter said to be planning a major squad overhaul for the summer.
Speaking to Danish newspaper BT, Martin Schoots said: “I don’t comment on rumours much. But when clubs like Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester United are mentioned, it’s always a compliment. Since Christian was 14-years-old, big clubs have shown interest. The first were Chelsea, AC Milan, and Barcelona, since then there has been no transfer window without any offer or interest. It is not all clubs known by the press. ‘Christian is not a guy who wants to talk too much. He talks with his feet.”
Age Hareide says that he is extremely delighted to have guided Denmark to the World Cup 2018, but things could have been very different for the manager had it not been for the patient approach from the national team during difficult times. Hareide has revealed how he was on the brink of leaving the job after a 1-0 loss against minnows Montenegro earlier in the campaign. After taking over as the coach of the national team in December 2015, Hareide was given the task of qualifying for the World Cup 2018 without fail. This was due to the national team’s failure to reach the Euro 2016 under Morten Olsen.
Denmark had a difficult start to the campaign under Hareide as the team suffered defeats against Poland and Montenegro. This was in the second and third games of the World Cup qualification. This immediately raised doubts about the ability of Hareide to be able to lead the national team role. It was only after a 4-1 victory over Kazakhstan that things looked on the positive side for Denmark. Immediately after this result, the national team had to go through three consecutive draws – across friendly and World Cup qualification matches combined. Denmark’s form improve only towards the end of the campaign, and they were able to beat Ireland in a play-off game.
Denmark goalkeeping legend Peter Schmeichel has sent out a warning to the national team to guard against complacency in the upcoming crunch World Cup playoff against the Republic of Ireland.
The former Manchester United stopper was initially very happy being drawn against the Irish but has been thinking again as the tie looms ever nearer.
Chelsea legend Frank Lampard feels Dele Alli won’t be missed by Tottenham Hotspur when they host Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League on Wednesday night.
The north London outfit will be without Alli for the first three games of the group stage after he received a straight red card in last season’s Europa League round of 32 tie against Genk.
Writing in his Evening Standard column, Lampard insisted that Spurs can cope without the presence of Alli as Eriksen can step up to the plate. The Denmark international has often played second fiddle to Alli in the forward department, but Lampard backs him to impress in the Champions League following his impressive showing at Everton.
He said: “Christian Eriksen has become such a good player for Tottenham he can ensure Dele Alli won’t be missed too much against Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday. Being without a player of Alli’s quality through suspension is never ideal, yet Eriksen is the one I expect to step up. I saw Spurs’ win over Everton at the weekend and he was fantastic in midfield, creating chances and dictating play. Now, it is important for Tottenham’s season to get their first win at Wembley.” (more…)