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Denmark to field full-strength national team against Wales but dispute continues

When Denmark faces Wales on Sunday in its first game of the inaugural UEFA Nations League, the team will field its regular players instead of the makeshift squad that lost to Slovakia on Wednesday.

Denmark to field full-strength national team against Wales but dispute continues
Sunday's match will see the return of familiar faces like Christian Eriksen, William Kvist and Simon Kjær, shown here in a November match against Kazakhstan. Photo: Liselotte Sabroe/Ritzau Scanpix
The Danish Football Association (DBU) announced on Friday that it had come to a temporary agreement with the players’ union in the two sides’ dispute over commercial rights. 
 
The temporary reprieve means that the 23-member squad that will face Wales will be made up of the same players like Christian Eriksen, Kasper Schmeichel and Thomas Delaney, who led Denmark to the last 16 of the World Cup.
 
Denmark was forced to field a makeshift team comprised of lower-league and futsal players for Wednesday’s friendly against Slovakia. The alternative team lost 3-0 but staved off embarrassment. The temporary squad contained players from the third (2. division) and fourth (Danmarksserien) tiers, along with one of the regional level five leagues (Sjællandsserien) and players from the national team for futsal, an indoor variant of football with five players per team.
 
 
DBU and the players’ union Spillerforeningen will continue their negotiations over a new appearance agreement and are scheduled to meet on Monday. The primary stumbling block in the dispute is reportedly players’ image rights. 
 
UEFA has previously stated that the cancellation of either a friendly match or a competitive Nations League fixture would result in disciplinary action against DBU.
 
Although the regular players will face off against Wales, they will do so without head coach Åge Hareide on the sidelines. He has been replaced by Euro 92 winner John Jensen as part of the dispute. 
 
Sunday’s match against Wales kicks off at 6pm on Sunday in Aarhus. 

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‘I’m fine — under the circumstances’: Collapsed Danish striker tweets from hospital

Christian Eriksen, the Danish football player who collapsed on the pitch in his country's opening Euro 2020 game, said that he was doing "fine" in an Instagram post from hospital on Tuesday.

'I’m fine — under the circumstances': Collapsed Danish striker tweets from hospital
Danish striker Christian Eriksen tweeted a picture of himself in hospital. Photo: DBU

“I’m fine — under the circumstances, I still have to go through some examinations at the hospital, but I feel okay,” he wrote in a post accompanying a photo of him smiling and giving a thumbs-up while lying in bed.

In a scene that shocked the sporting world and beyond, the 29-year-old Inter Milan midfielder suddenly collapsed on the field in the 43rd minute of Denmark’s Group B game on Saturday against Finland in Copenhagen.

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Medical personnel administered CPR as he lay motionless on the field for about 15 minutes before being carried off the pitch and rushed to hospital. He was later confirmed to have suffered cardiac arrest.

“Big thanks for your sweet and amazing greetings and messages from all around the world. It means a lot to me and my family,” he wrote in Tuesday’s post. “Now, I will cheer on the boys on the Denmark team in the next matches. Play for all of Denmark.”

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