Denmark Euro 2024 squad review: All eyes on Eriksen return

The official 26-man Denmark Euro 2024 squad has now been announced, as we speculate who could line up for the 1992 winners in their respective group stage games.

They came top of their qualifying group by virtue of a better H2H record against Slovenia, who are conveniently also in the same group as them for the tournament in Germany. Also making up Group C are England and Serbia, in what could be a tightly-fought contest for second place, with the Three Lions expected to be favourites to top the group.

Denmark won Euro 1992 against the odds, can they repeat the trick in 32 years later? – Photo by Icon Sport

Denmark – Key facts

  • Year founded: 1889
  • Nickname: De Rod-Hvide (Red and Whites)
  • Current FIFA ranking: 21
  • Highest FIFA ranking: 3
  • Year of Euro debut: 1964
  • Best Euro performance: Winners (1992)
  • Player to watch: Christian Eriksen

Full Denmark Euro 2024 squad

Goalkeeper

  • Kasper Schmeichel
  • Frederik Ronnow
  • Mads Hermansen

Defence

  • Simon Kjaer
  • Andreas Christensen
  • Joakim Maehle
  • Jannik Vestergaard
  • Joachim Andersen
  • Rasmus Kristensen
  • Victor Nelsson
  • Victor Kristiansen
  • Alexander Bah

Midfield

  • Christian Eriksen
  • Thomas Delaney
  • Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg
  • Mathias Jensen
  • Christian Norgaard
  • Morten Hjulmand

Attack

  • Yussuf Poulsen
  • Kasper Dolberg
  • Andreas Skov Olsen
  • Jonas Wind
  • Mikkel Damsgaard
  • Rasmus Hojlund
  • Jacob Bruun Larsen
  • Anders Dreyer
Damsgaard is still yet to score for Brentford in over 50 appearances – Photo by Icon Sport

Surprise inclusions in Denmark Euro 2024 squad

Mikkel Damsgaard

England fans will remember Damsgaard from the wonderful free-kick that he scored against them in the Euro 2020 semi-final, but in truth, the Brentford man has not done much for club or country since. Amazingly, he is still yet to score for the Bees in 54 appearances across all competitions, and has not found the net for his country since that free-kick against England.

Yussuf Poulsen

Similar to Damsgaard, Poulsen has not been on the best of form for club or country of late, with the striker only scoring five times for RB Leipzig all season, and his last coming in March. For Denmark, he only managed to score one goal in qualifying, and that was against the lowest-ranked team in the world in San Marino back in October.

Christian Eriksen player to watch
Eriksen scored a late winner against Sweden and will be motivated after suffering a cardiac arrest on the pitch at the last Euros – Photo by Icon Sport

In-form players for Denmark

Christian Eriksen

Eriksen scored a wonderful late winner to help Denmark beat Sweden 2-1 in a recent friendly, and he will be chomping at the bits to get into action at the Euros. Unfortunately, the midfielder suffered a cardiac arrest on the pitch at the last tournament, and so played no further part in Denmark's route to the semi-finals.

Nonetheless, Eriksen will be determined to remind the rest of Europe of the quality that he possesses.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg

Hojbjerg also got on the scoresheet in the Sweden game, and is the anchor in midfield for Denmark that allows Eriksen to flourish further forward. He was not always first choice for Tottenham Hotspur this season, but he is one of the first names on the team sheet for his country.

England Group C
Denmark's quest for a second-ever European crown gets off to a challenging start – Photo by Icon sport

Denmark Predicted Euro 2024 XI

Denmark vs Slovenia

(3-4-1-2) Schmeichel, Andersen, Kjaer, Vestergaard, Maehle, Christensen, Hojbjerg, Kristensen, Eriksen, Wind, Hojlund

Denmark's weakest opponents on paper in Group C are Slovenia, who they face in their opening group game. Manager Kasper Hjulmand likes to play with three central defenders and two wing-backs, as demonstrated against Sweden, while Eriksen is given a free role in midfield with two anchors behind him.

Denmark vs England

(5-3-2) Schmeichel, Maehle, Andersen, Kjaer, Vestergaard, Kristensen, Christensen, Hojbjerg, Eriksen, Wind, Hojlund

Perhaps not a change in personnel for Denmark against arguably their toughest opponents in England, but a change in shape that may see them go a bit more defensive. Maehle and Kristensen would likely be asked to form part of a back five, while Eriksen may be asked to drop a little deeper and form a further three-man barrier in midfield.

Denmark vs Serbia

(3-4-1-2) Schmeichel, Andersen, Kjaer, Vestergaard, Maehle, Christensen, Hojbjerg, Kristensen, Eriksen, Wind, Hojlund

We expect Denmark to revert back to their favoured system in their final group match against Serbia, and again personnel will likely be unchanged unless there are any injuries or suspensions. The Danes will likely need something from their final game if they are going to advance into the knockout stages, and so Hjulmand will likely pick his strongest XI possible.


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