Tuesday 17 September 2019

Denmark boss Age Hareide confirms Christian Eriksen will feature in dead rubber game with Ireland

Denmark’s Christian Eriksen. Photo: Bo Amstrup/Ritzau Scanpix via AP
Denmark’s Christian Eriksen. Photo: Bo Amstrup/Ritzau Scanpix via AP
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

DENMARK manager Age Hareide has confirmed that he will play Christian Eriksen in tomorrow's UEFA Nations League tie with Ireland even though the Aarhus match is a dead rubber.

Victory in Cardiff on Friday confirmed Denmark as the winners of Group B4 with a game to spare. It also ensured that Ireland would finish in bottom spot and be relegated to Group C.

Hareide indicated today that he will make changes for the fixture. He will already be making two enforced switches with key men Kasper Schmeichel and Thomas Delaney missing out through suspension.

But Hareide will include his playmaker, Eriksen, although he is unlikely to keep the Spurs player on the pitch for the full 90 minutes due to his recent injury problems.

"Christian will play from the start tomorrow," said Hareide. "The intention is that he's going to play. In this case, we have to sort of nurse him as much as possible. That means he probably won't be staying on for 90 minutes."

Hareide will use the match to give his squad players an opportunity to shine.

"There is not much to say really," he said. "The group is finished. We're top of the group. Now it's a game to play to get better. We have to use every international game we can to get better and to look at our squad and see how everybody performs."

The experienced coach and former team-mate of Martin O'Neill is conscious that the visitors are going through a rough spell at the moment having fired a blank in their previous three matches.

"We know that but sometimes football is very funny," he said. "Sometimes things will go against you for a long period. They will certainly work hard for it. We have studied the games they have played. Set pieces are probably the main threat but we have to be aware of everything."

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