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

Bendtner.

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

tournament sponsor.

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.

Squad:

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

(Wolfsburg)

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)