Euro 2020 preview: Denmark

Could the success of Euro 92 be the catalyst for the class of 2020 at this summer’s European Championships? Our preview of the tournament continues with Denmark, who boast an in-form Chelsea defender in their ranks…

Denmark – Group B

While that success of 1992 remains the standout success story in the history of the Danish national side, the current crop are seen to contain a lot more big names and there is quiet optimism in their ranks that they could surprise a few teams this summer.

Inter Milan attacker Christian Eriksen, seen by many as the Dane’s key player, heads into the tournament in confident mood having just lifted the Serie A title and he led the way in qualification with 10 goals.

The likes of Kasper Dolberg, Martin Braithwaite and Yussef Poulsen offer a variety of attacking options in the final third, while Chelsea defender Christensen offers calmness and composure at the heart of the backline.

The opponents

For many seen as the competition's ‘dark horses’, Denmark have to first navigate through a tricky looking group, although they do hold the advantage of playing all their group games in Copenhagen. 

Denmark are joined in Group B by the fancied Belgium, fellow Scandinavians Finland and a solid Russia side.

Getting off to a strong start in their opening game against Finland will be seen as a must, before arguably tougher games against Belgium and Russia come around.

The Blues

Andreas Christensen is the sole Chelsea entry in this Denmark squad, with the defender expected to feature heavily throughout their campaign.

There is plenty of Premier League representation throughout Kasper Hjulmand’s squad though, with Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, Fulham’s Joachim Andersen and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg of Tottenham all included in the 26-man squad.

Former Spurs playmaker Eriksen, who has over 100 caps to his name, is expected to make things tick for the Danes, while skipper Simon Kjaer is a solid performer at international level.

The fixtures

Denmark v Finland, Parken, Saturday 12 June, 5pm
Denmark v Belgium, Parken, Thursday 17 June, 5pm
Russia v Denmark, Parken, Monday 21 June, 8pm

If Denmark win their group, they will face a third-placed team from either Group A, D, E or F. 

If Denmark finish second, they will face the runner-up of Group A (Turkey, Italy, Wales or Switzerland). 

The squad

Goalkeepers: Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester), Jonas Lossl (FC Midtjylland), Frederik Ronnow (Schalke)

Defenders: Simon Kjaer (AC Milan), Andreas Christensen (Chelsea), Jannik Vestergaard (Southampton), Joachim Andersen (Fulham), Mathias Jorgensen (Copenhagen), Daniel Wass (Valencia), Jens Stryger Larsen (Udinese), Joakim Maehle (Atalanta), Nicolai Boilesen (Copenhagen)

Midfielders: Christian Eriksen (Inter Milan), Thomas Delaney (Borussia Dortmund), Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (Tottenham), Mathias Jensen, Christian Norgaard (both Brentford), Anders Christiansen (Malmo)

Forwards: Kasper Dolberg (Nice), Jonas Wind (Copenhagen), Andreas Cornelius (Parma), Martin Braithwaite (Barcelona), Robert Skov (Hoffenheim), Mikkel Damsgaard (Sampdoria), Yussuf Poulsen (Leipzig), Andreas Skov Olsen (Bologna)