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All is not well between the sticks in Denmark


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.

Bad boy coming of age as Bendtner buries Liverpool


By Phil O’Connor

A contract running out, in trouble over drunken behaviour and a country qualified for Euro 2012 – whatever one thinks of Sunderland’s on-loan Danish striker Nicklas Bendtner, his life is far from boring.

With the clock ticking down on an Arsenal deal that is highly unlikely to be renewed, Bendtner hit the headlines this weekend as he struck his second goal in two games to all but end Liverpool’s hopes of a shot at next year’s Champions League.