3 key Denmark players to face Caltex Socceroos at FIFA World Cup

Having sat out in 2014, a determined Denmark is sure to provide stiff opposition for the Caltex Socceroos at next year’s World Cup.

Christian Eriksen is the obvious star among Age Hareide’s side, but who else could prove problematic in Russia?

We’ve taken a look at three other Danes to be monitored.


Still only 28, captain Kjaer has won 74 caps since making his international debut in 2009.

The tough-tackling defender played in Italy, Germany, France and Turkey before sealing a switch to La Liga side Sevilla at the beginning of the season.

That kind of broad experience will make him a valuable source of knowledge for Denmark’s younger players at what will be his second World Cup.

Simon Kjaer is Denmark's skipper
Simon Kjaer is Denmark's skipper


Kjaer is likely to be joined in a formidable defence by impressive Chelsea youngster Andreas Christensen.

Following a two-season loan spell with Borussia Monchengladbach, 21-year-old Christensen has cemented a first-team place under Antonio Conte and become a regular starter for his national team.

The languid centre-back is good on the ball and tactically astute.

Andreas Christensen plays his club football with EPL champions Chelsea.
Andreas Christensen plays his club football with EPL champions Chelsea


With Nicklas Bendtner restricted to the role of super-sub – and young talents Kasper Dolberg and Andreas Cornelius still learning at international level – Jorgensen could be the man to lead the line in Russia.

The one-time Bayer Leverkusen striker top scored in the Eredivisie last term with 21 goals for champions Feyenoord.

Tall and well-rounded, he struck twice during this season’s Champions League group stages and appears to be in the prime of his career.

Nicolai Jorgensen
Nicolai Jorgensen scored twice in this season's UEFA Champions League group stage