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Friday 23 February 2018

Elliot puts Darren in Schmeichel class

Rob Elliot
Rob Elliot

Kasper Schmeichel stands as a pretty impressive block for Denmark in between Ireland and the World Cup finals.

But Newcastle United keeper Rob Elliot believes that, in Darren Randolph, the Irish camp have a goalkeeper to rival Denmark's No 1.

Elliot is enjoying a fine run of form with Newcastle United, an ever-present in the Premier League this season, though that's not enough to get him a game at international level as Randolph is firmly established as first choice.

The rivalry between Randolph and Elliot is a friendly one as the pair have a long personal relationship, both on the books of Charlton as 16-year-olds. And while Elliot is an admirer of Schmeichel, he is confident that Randolph can deliver.

"He is a fantastic keeper, a big personality for Denmark and Leicester, he has shown over the last couple of years that he is a top quality goalkeeper," Elliot says of Schmeichel.

Quality

"He has been linked with big moves to the big clubs but there is no doubting his quality, we need to make sure we are working him and testing him as much as possible.

"It's going to be a tough game going to Denmark first but we have a lot of strengths too, we have a lot of players in our squad that they will be looking out for.

"Schmeichel is one of them but with the form Darren is in, they will be thinking the same."

Elliot is one of those players who has been in the firing line of Christian Erisken this season, Spurs winning 2-0 away to Elliot's Newcastle at the start of the season.

"He provides a lot of quality from set pieces," says Elliot, pleased to be fit again after a long spell out witha knee injury sustained on Ireland duty.

"My knee is fine, there are no issues there, so it's nice for me to say to everyone, to the whole world, that I had my injury but it's done and I am back playing so I can push on for Newcastle," he added.

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