Eriksen a talisman for Danes
Denmark boss Age Hareide believes that Tottenham star Christian Eriksen (above) can be the difference between the teams when Ireland and the Danes clash in the World Cup play-off, writes Aidan Fitzmaurice.
The Danes have an injury crisis in defence but they were boosted by the sight of Eriksen scoring for Spurs in their Champions League win over Real Madrid and veteran coach Hareide sees him as their talisman.
"We have a physical presence up front but we also have players with good technical ability. The extraordinary skills of Christian Eriksen give us something extra in that respect," says Hareide.
"As an assist maker and a goalscorer, he has been fantastic for us, and you always feel he will create chances and produce something special.
"So often a player like that, capable of extraordinary things, can be the difference when a match is very tight - especially against a team as well organised as Ireland."