Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner is currently unavailable for international selection. The on-loan Juventus player is banned for six months by the Danish Football Federation after being found guilty of driving whilst over the limit on a motorway in Copenhagen.
Regardless of such a problem he would also have been unavailable due to a serious thigh injury for which he is still in the rehabilitation phase.
Therefore Denmark had to turn elsewhere for a striker to lead the line as they looked to bounce back from a humiliating defeat against Macedonia last month.
Their opposition was the Czech Republic in Prague so it was never going to be an easy task; but the Dane’s certainly made it look that way.
They romped to a comfortable 3-0 victory over their Group B rivals to stay in touch with Bulgaria and Italy above them.
The two latter goals came courtesy of Simon Kjaer and Niki Zimling but it was the goalscorer of the first goal who grabbed the headlines with his first ever international goal; Andreas Cornelius of FC Copenhagen.
The young Dane only turned 20 a week ago but grabbed his first international goal in three appearances to start the rout over their Czech opponents last night. The giant striker has been banging in the goals in the Superliga which has earned the attention of Arsenal among many other admirers including Stoke City.
It has been reported that Arsenal sent scouts to the game to check on his progress and they would have been thoroughly impressed.
If Arsenal scouts were watching they would have been very impressed with the tenacious fighting spirit shown by this young man.