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Danish veteran Helveg picked for Euro qualifiers against Sweden and Liechtenstein

Danish veteran Helveg picked for Euro qualifiers against Sweden and Liechtenstein

Veteran defender Thomas Helveg was recalled for Denmark's next two European Championship qualifiers against Sweden and Liechtenstein next month.
Denmark coach Morten Olsen, who said last week that his team's 4-0 loss in a friendly against Ireland was the worst performance in his seven years on the job, also included Werder Bremen defender Leon Andreasen on the preliminary squad of 17 players. Six more players will be added to the selection on Monday.
Veteran goalkeeper Thomas Soerensen is doubtful for the match because of a right knee injury so Olsen included goalie Jesper Christiansen, backed up by substitute Stephan Andersen.
Helveg, whose previous clubs include AC Milan and Norwich City, has not played for Denmark since it tied the Czech republic 1-1 on Nov. 12, 2006. Helveg, who now plays for Danish club Odense, has 104 caps.
Denmark's home game against Sweden on June 2 was spoiled by a drunk Danish fan who attacked German referee Herbert Fandel after he awarded Sweden a penalty in the final minutes.
The match was abandoned with the score at 3-3, but UEFA awarded Sweden a 3-0 victory and banned Denmark from playing its next two Euro 2008 qualifiers at its national stadium in Copenhagen.
Denmark is fourth in Group F behind Sweden, Northern Ireland and Spain, and needs a win to keep a realistic chance of qualifying for the tournament.
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Roster:
Goalkeepers: Jesper Christiansen (FC Copenhagen), Stephan Andersen (Brondby)
Defenders: Daniel Agger (Liverpool), Leon Andreasen (Werder Bremen), Martin Laursen (Aston Villa), Michael Gravgaard (FC Copenhagen), Niclas Jensen (FC Copenhagen), Thomas Helveg (Odense)
Midfielders: Daniel Jensen (Werder Bremen), Dennis Rommedahl (Ajax), Rasmus Wurtz (FC Copenhagen), Thomas Kahlenberg (Auxerre), Thomas Kristensen (FC Nordsjaelland)
Forwards: Jesper Gronkjaer (FC Copenhagen), Jon Dahl Tomasson (Villarreal), Nicklas Bendtner (Arsenal), Peter Lovenkrands (Schalke)


Updated : 2021-03-06 13:17 GMT+08:00