Denmark coach picks squad for Czech match
Denmark coach Morten Olsen picked 20 players Tuesday for his
team’s opening qualifying match for the 2014 World Cup against the
Czech Republic, which will be played without the suspended Nicklas
Olsen’s squad includes Aalborg forward Nicklas Helenius, but the
coach declined to comment individual players, adding three more
players will be named later. The 21-year-old striker is seen as a
possible replacement for Bendtner.
Earlier Tuesday, the Danish football federation said UEFA had
turned down Bendtner’s appeal of a one-match ban and ?100,000
($125,000) fine for ”improper conduct” during the European
Championship in Poland and Ukraine.
The ban rules the Arsenal striker out of the Sept. 8 match.
Bendtner was banned for a goal celebration during a group game
against Portugal. After scoring his second goal of the match, the
striker raised his shirt and lowered the top of his shorts to
reveal the name of a betting firm, which was not an official
Olsen picked veteran defenders Simon Kjaer and Daniel Agger,
midfielders William Kvist and Christian Eriksen, and forward Dennis
Rommedahl. He also picked three goalkeepers, Stephan Andersen,
Anders Lindegaard and Kasper Schmeichel.
Goalkeepers: Anders Lindegaard (Manchester United), Kasper
Schmeichel (Leicester), Stephan Andersen (Evian)
Defenders: Daniel Agger (Liverpool), Daniel Wass (Evian), Jores
Okore (Nordsjaelland), Lars Jacobsen (FC Copenhagen), Simon Kjaer
Midfielders: Christian Eriksen (Ajax), Jakob Poulsen (Monaco),
Kasper Lorentzen (Nordsjaelland), Nicolai Stokholm (Nordsjaelland),
Niki Zimling (FC Brugge), Thomas Kristensen (FC Copenhagen),
William Kvist (Stuttgart)
Forwards: Dennis Rommedahl (Brondby), Michael Krohn-Dehli (Celta
Vigo), Nicklas Helenius (Aalborg), Nicolai Jorgensen (FC
Copenhagen) Tobias P. Mikkelsen (Greuther Fuerth)