Why Denmark could be forced to name a weakened team to face Wales

Wales’ game in Denmark on Sunday has been thrown into chaos amid a major row in the host nation.

Denmark’s stars, who reached the last 16 of the World Cup in Russia, have threatened t to not to play in the fixture.

They include Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen, Leicester keeper Kasper Schmeichel and Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen.

It is the result of an ongoing dispute between players and the Danish Football Association (DBU).

Senior Danish players have refused to sign a new national team agreement in a wrangle over commercial rights.

The DBU now seems set to select Danish lower league players for Wednesday’s friendly with Slovakia before hosting Wales.


Manager Age Hareide and assistant Jon Dahl Tomasson are also not expected to be in charge of the team.

The DBU has decided that Hareide should not be involved in the two games as the Denmark team will consist of lower league players he has not coached before.

On Sunday, the DBU rejected an offer by the Danish Football Players’ Association to play the two fixtures under the terms of their previous deal.


Instead the governing body has written to its domestic clubs in an attempt to compile a squad of new players who have not previously been involved with the national side.

Denmark risk being barred by Uefa if they fail to fulfil either of the fixtures.

Ryan Giggs’ Welsh side play Ireland on Thursday and Denmark on Sunday in the Uefa Nations League.

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