Some in the Danish media aren’t happy at all. When, just over a week ago, a group of players pulled out of the Danish national squad ahead of the friendly against Czech Republic, it was thought the claimed injuries weren’t all they were made out to be.
Tottenham Hotspur’s Christian Eriksen was of course one of the players involved, and Danish pundit Flemming Toft declared: “Danish football is a joke.”
The insinuations really annoyed Denmark manager Åge Hareide, who said he’d not even spoken to Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, or anyone else at Spurs, so it was nonsense to suggest he’d been pressured.
Still, few believed all the players were genuinely struggling with fitness issues. Danish newspaper BT point out that all of the six players who withdrew started matches for their clubs at the weekend, with one of those being Eriksen.
Former Danish international Stig Tofting has written a column for Ekstra Bladet blasting the situation, and explaining he’d have had to be taken away in an ambulance to stop him representing his country.
It does feel like there’s always something negative around the Danish squad, hopefully the emergence of Kasper Dolberg will change that and help take some pressure off Tottenham’s Eriksen.