Having watched the brilliant game against Italy last night, I came to wonder what kind of team we are looking at for the senior team in the future.
Honestly - I am confident that Agger, Kahlenberg, Andreasen and Bendtner
will all come real good in the senior team. Add Lorentzen and the march of the next generation Laudrups and the future looks bright for a Denmark team that plays nice football.
It was however worrying to see the complete absence of fullbacks. I don't think there are really anyone pushing from the bench eithher, and we see in the Danish league that no team has even a Priske-like prospect.
Both Troest and Michael Jacobsen - both natural central defenders - showed that they're rather dodgy when facing fast, skillful players one on one, and neither of them are any good at contributing to the attack. Should both develop to be excellent cover players for central defence. We're very deep in this department these days.
In goal, Kevin Stuhr Ellegaard didn't impress me at all, and unless Kaspar Schmeichel takes a leap forward, I don't really see us with any future options better than Sørensen and Christiansen (who are both decent/good - but not great).
In midfield I think all of Würtz, Bergvold and Simon Poulsen are fine players who can develop to be NT players. But they need to go abroad to get exposed to a higher pace. They all sufffered big in the second half when Italy got physical with us and upped the pace.
Kamper is Rommedahl. Enough said. Tazz Sørensen is an abomination in a Denmark shirt. Morten 'Duncan'.... I don't know. He seems so incomplete, but he will likely be a good tank-option for the bench. A bit of a shame that he doesn't get to work more with Michael Laudrup. Would likely have done him good.
Selection pool for the EURO qualifiers in my view:
Keepers: Sørensen (Sunderland), Christiansen (FCK)
Right backs: L. Jacobsen (FCK), Priske (?), Bøgelund (PSV)
Left backs: Niclas Jensen (?)... perhaps Agger as an emergency...
Central defenders: Gravgaard (FCK), Agger (Liverpool), Krøldrup (Fiorentina), Laursen (Aston Villa), Andreasen (Werder Bremen)
Central midfield: Christian Poulsen (?), Claus Jensen (Fulham), Graversen (?), Daniel Jensen (Werder Bremen), Silberbauer (FCK), Retov (Brøndby), Jan Kristiansen (FC Nürnberg), Rasmus Würtz (AaB).
Wingers/midfield forwards: Martin Jørgensen (Fiorentina), Kahlenberg (Auxerre), Grønkjær (Stuttgart), Løvenkrands (Schalke), Rommedahl (Charlton), Tommy Bechmann (Bochum), Kasper Lorentzen (Brøndby)
Strikers: Jon Dahl (Stuttgart), Søren Larsen (Schalke), Bendtner (Arsenal), Morten Skoubo (Sociedad)
30 players. Left back is the only area where we look downright shoddy. There aren't anyone you could class as 'stars' in this team, although I think several of the young guys have the potential. But it's a group with lots of pace and lots of technique. Future is not bleak - even if we didn't make the WC and the future draw looks very difficult with us fighting Spain and Sweden for EURO qualification.