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Danes determined to reach Euro 2016 - Christian

Posted on 12 June 2015  - 16:40

Christan Eriksen is determined to take European football’s biggest stage with Denmark – and faces a qualifying match that could take the Danes another step closer to Euro 2016 on Saturday.

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The midfielder was on target in Tuesday's friendly against Montenegro and now it's the big one, a Group I qualifier against Serbia in Copenhagen.

The top two teams in each of the nine groups, best third-placed team and hosts France go into the finals next summer with the eight best third-placed teams facing each other in play-offs for the final four places.

Denmark again have a tough group up against Portugal and Serbia for that top-two spot - they will certainly want to avoid the World Cup heartbreak suffered in qualifying for Brazil, 2014 when their second-placed finish wasn't enough to make it into the play-offs.

Qualifying has started well though and the Danes currently sit second behind Portugal having beaten Serbia in Belgrade in November.

“This will be a really important qualifying game for us against Serbia, everyone wants to go to the Euro Finals,” said the playmaker who recently gained 50 caps for his country at the age of 23.

“We have a young team but a lot of experienced players, so it’s a strong group and hopefully we’ll continue what we’re doing and get to the finals.

“We have a tough group with Portugal and Serbia. We beat Serbia 3-1 away but they have strong players and on their day they will be difficult to beat. And almost every year we’re in a group with Portugal!

“Everyone wants to be on the biggest stage, so hopefully we’ll continue what we’re doing so far.”