Brilliant Tottenham star disappoints kids, hapless Arsenal striker doesn't

Christian Eriksen and Nicklas Bendtner have been doing some free-kick practice on international duty, with varying degrees of success.

The international break always provides the odd interesting story, as national teams gather and the home media take a look at what their returning stars, most of which play away from their homeland, are getting up to.

In Denmark it is no different - where the media have been getting thoroughly excited about the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Italy and Malta.

These games are no dead rubbers, as Denmark battle with Bulgaria, Armenia and the Czech Republic for second spot in a group already won by Italy.

So the press is understandably excited about the upcoming home fixtures, and are camped out at the nations training base in Helsingor.

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And one report in national paper Ekstra Bladet really amused me.

It spoke of several names we should all be familiar with, having a little round of free-kick practice during some down-time at training.

In goal was Leicester City stopper Kasper Schmeichel - with his three antagonists being Christian Eriksen of Spurs, Nicklas Bendtner of Arsenal and Viktor Fischer of Ajax.

With the idea of a football kicked by one of their heroes, a group of school children are said to have gathered behind the goalmouth- hoping to retrieve an effort that evaded the goal, and the fence.

But up first stepped Eriksen - who is pretty good at free-kicks. The kids apparently chanted and goaded him as he continually pinged free-kicks over the fake wall and into the back of the helpless Schmeichel’s net.

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The kids were irate, as they wanted to collect a ball kicked by the current darling of the Danish national team.

But never fear - where Eriksen’s brilliance defied them Bendtner’s haplessness placated them.

The Arsenal striker stepped up, and we are sure he would say purposely, hammered the ball well over the wall, the goal, the fence and onto the clubhouse roof - which the school kids happily retrieved for themselves - at which point coach Morten Olsen reportedly reeled in his rowdy troops for defensive drills.

But the only positive for Bendtner to take, moments before Fischer sent a shot into the same area - and the school kids were reportedly much more pleased with collecting from the Arsenal star.

image: © Martin Nikolaj Bech

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