Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg has found himself on the end of some criticism in Denmark. The 21 year old Southampton player was one of a number of Danes to withdraw from the national squad ahead of a friendly against the Czech Republic.
All of the withdrawals were put down to injury concerns, but the Danish press didn’t buy it, and it’s been seen as players putting club before country. That all of the ‘injured’ players started matches at the weekend has only served to underline that, and Hojbjerg started for Southampton against Liverpool.
Former Danish international Stig Tofting has written a column for Ekstra Bladet in which he goes over the withdrawal disappointment, saying he’s still angry about it, and then tells some players they’re underachieving.
Top of the list is Southampton’s Hojbjerg, with Tofting saying the national team have shown a lot of confidence in the midfielder but he’s not repaid it.
Not as disciplined in his football as other options, according to Tofting, it’s stated Hojbjerg hasn’t fulfilled his promise going forward either.