Denmark put out an alternative national team against Slovakia on Wednesday evening, and by all accounts the part-timers and futsal players did really well as they lost 3-0.
The crisis and circus around the national team and a commercial disagreement with the DBU has been the story of this international break and one of the biggest in Danish sport for some time.
Several players, including Southampton’s Jannik Vestergaard, have spoken out repeatedly about the situation. But that’s not the only thing the defender has had time to chat about this week, also speaking about the differences between the Bundesliga and Premier League.
The 26 year old moved from Borussia Monchengladbach to Southampton in the summer transfer window and he’s already been noticing the different way fans react in England compared to his time spent in Germany.
Quoted by Denmark’s Tipsbladet, the footballer explained: “I actually think there’s quite a big difference. In Germany there is a great tradition that all clubs have a form of ‘Ultra-tribune’. In England, the entire stadium reacts if there is an decision they are dissatisfied with. If you make a good tackle, then the whole stadium will stand up and start clapping.”
Vestergaard should therefore be encouraged to get some crunching, but obviously fair, tackles in to please the Southampton faithful.