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Home advantage for Christian's Denmark

Posted on 10 October 2013  - 13:00

Christian Eriksen admits he would love to be playing in the “football country of the world” next summer, as Denmark approach their final World Cup qualifiers this week.

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The Danes still have plenty of work to do if they are to reach the finals in Brazil next summer, but they have home advantage for both their forthcoming games – on Friday against Italy and on Tuesday against Malta – as they battle it out with Bulgaria to secure second place in Group B.

Their visitors on Friday evening, Italy, have already won the group, leaving Denmark to try and dislodge second placed Bulgaria in order to secure a place in the play-offs. With 13 points, Bulgaria are just a point in front of the Danes, although Christian is aware that it’s not just they who are challenging to secure the runners-up spot.

“It’s between us and Bulgaria, and a few other teams. Armenia could get in there, Czech Republic are also possible, but we are in a situation where we have to be our best,” said the attacking midfielder.

“We have what it takes to get through, and we still have our chances to become number two in the group.”

So what would it mean to Christian if Denmark can secure second place and then win through the play-offs to earn a spot in Brazil next summer?

“I’d love it!” enthused the 21-year-old. “It’s the football country of the world and it’s where it all started I think, so it’s really exciting and I think everybody from Denmark would really hope to go there.”