GROUP E: Can Denmark channel the spirit of 1992?

They surprised the world by taking out the 1992 European Championship and since then, Denmark has made steady progress on the world stage.

They surprised the world by taking out the 1992 European Championship and since then, Denmark has made steady progress on the world stage.

Although they have never been back to those heights, they have been a consistent performer but it is getting to a stage where the national team must produce something before the fans get bored.

Denmark does not have the richest football history out of the European nations in the 2010 World Cup but it has a proud group of players led by a career coach who has spent the past decade in charge of the team.

This commitment, along with the fact that a majority of the playing group are in their 30s, indicates that the Danes are trying to use experience in a major tournament as the key motivating factor and it has worked for other nations in the past but I cannot see the likes of Jon Dahl Tomasson and Dennis Rommedahl taking this team much further than the Round of 16.

Denmark

Playing schedule: Holland (Johannesburg) June 14; Cameroon (Tshwane/Pretoria) June 19; Japan (Rustenburg) June 24

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Manager: Morten Olsen (DEN)
Captain: Jon Dahl Tomasson
Key players: Dennis Rommedahl, Nicklas Bendtner, Daniel Agger
Wildcard: Thomas Enevoldsen
Player to watch: Simon Kjaer
Most caps: Peter Schmeichel (129). Of this squad: Jon Dahl Tomasson (110)
Top goalscorer: Poul Nielsen (52). Of this squad: Jon Dahl Tomasson (51)
FIFA ranking: 36
Qualifying: Top in UEFA group stage.
Appearance: 4th
Best result: Quarter finals – 1998

Denmark squad

Goalkeepers

Stephan Andersen (Brondby)
Jesper Christiansen (Copenhagen)
Thomas Sorensen, (Stoke City)

Defenders
Daniel Agger (Liverpool)
Lars Jacobsen (Blackburn)
William Kvist Jorgensen (Copenhagen)
Simon Kjaer (Palermo)
Per Kroldrup (Fiorentina)
Patrick Mtiliga (Malaga)
Simon Poulsen (AZ Alkmaar)

Midfielders
Mikkel Beckmann (Randers)
Thomas Enevoldsen (Groningen)
Christian Eriksen (Ajax)
Jesper Gronkjaer (Copenhagen)
Daniel Jensen (Werder Bremen)
Martin Jorgensen (Aarhus)
Thomas Kahlenberg (Wolfsburg)
Christian Poulsen (Juventus)
Jakob Poulsen (Aarhus)
Dennis Rommedahl (Ajax)

Forwards
Nicklas Bendtner (Arsenal)
Jon Dahl Tomasson (Feyenoord)
Soren Larsen (Duisburg)

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