Injured Bendtner fails to make to Denmark’s World Cup squad

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) Nicklas Bendtner has been left off Denmark’s World Cup squad.

Denmark coach Age Hareide says both Bendtner, who has a lingering groin injury, and defender Andreas Bjelland, who also is injured, won’t be ready for the team’s opening match against Peru on June 16.

Christian Eriksen, Lasse Schone and William Kvist were named in the team, which will play in Group C against France, Peru and Australia. Denmark’s squad includes forwards Andreas Cornelius, Kasper Dolberg and Pione Sisto.

Denmark will play a friendly against Mexico on Saturday.

Denmark:

Goalkeepers: Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester), Jonas Lossl (Huddersfield), Frederik Ronow (Brondby)

Defenders: Andreas Christensen (Chelsea), Simon Kjaer (Sevilla), Mathias Jorgensen (Huddersfield), Jannik Vestergaard (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Henrik Dalsgaard (Brentford), Jens Stryger (Udinese), Jonas Knudsen (Ipswich)

Midfielders: Christian Eriksen (Tottenham), Lasse Schone (Ajax), Lukas Lerager (Bordeaux), Michael Krohn-Dehli (Deportivo La Coruna), William Kvist (FC Copenhagen), Thomas Delaney (Werder Bremen)

Forwards: Andreas Cornelius (Atalanta), Kasper Dolberg (Ajax), Martin Braithwaite (Bordeaux), Nicolai Jorgensen (Feyenoord), Pione Sisto (Celta Vigo), Viktor Fischer (FC Copenhagen), Yussuf Poulsen (RB Leipzig)