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All is not well between the sticks in Denmark

May 29, 2012

Phil O’Connor

Perhaps understandably, nowhere in his writings are his views on international football recorded. 

 But recent events echo the words of William Shakespeare in Hamlet - all is not well in the state of Denmark. Especially between the posts.

Goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen looked distinctly shaky in a recent friendly against Brazil, conceding two goals before leaving the fray with a back injury. It was an echo of a similarly limp performance against Russia, where Sorensen celebrated his 100th cap by letting in two soft goals.

 The back injury which led to his replacement against Brazil means he will take no part in Euro 2012.

 That in itself wouldn’t be so bad – if his understudy Stephan Andersen hadn’t been equally wooden for Brazil’s third. 

Lurking in the background, like the ghost of Hamlet’s father the king, is Peter Schmeichel, cornerstone of Denmark’s 1992 Euro-winning team. 

 How the Danish coach Morten Olsen must wish he could call on him, given that  Anders Lindegaard has been out for most of the spring due to injury.

An interesting addition to the plot is Schmeichel’s son Kasper. The Leicester City goalkeeper will take over Sorensen’s place in the squad, providing a link back to the team that won that fairytale victory in 1992.

 Given the upfront nature of the Danish people, conflict and drama are never too far away from the national side. 

 Whether they can channel that energy into something positive to blow Euro 2012 Group B rivals Netherlands, Germany and Portugal off the Polish and Ukrainian stage remains to be seen.

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