Did Leicester City star prove he is Premier League material against England?

Kasper Schmeichel for Leicester City

Arsenal target and Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel produced an impressive performance for Denmark against England last night.

And that is no mean feat for a man plying his trade in the Championship.

That's no disrespect to the Foxes - the 27-year-old is part of a side that are flying at the top of the division - but the challenge of facing Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge et al was still a significant step up from the Dane's weekly exerts.

In the event, however, Schmeichel encountered very little in the way of problems against the Premier League's big hitters.

The stopper was unlucky to be beaten by a clinical Sturridge header late on but he did produce fine saves against the forward earlier, as well as thwarting Raheem Sterling and virtually every other Three Lions advance.

Indeed, on last night's performance, it would not be unfair to say Schmeichel proved he can hack it in the top flight.

The 27-year-old has plied his trade in the Premier League before, of course, having spent time as Manchester City's first-choice goalkeeper. Now, though, the Dane could be back for a long-term stay... But for who?

Interestingly, Schmeichel's contract runs out at the end of the season - and he was linked with a move to Arsenal back in November. The son of Manchester United legend Peter Schmeichel would supposedly play the role of no.2 at the Emirates Stadium, behind Wojciech Szczesny in the pecking order.

But with Leicester currently looking well on course for promotion to the Premier League, 27-year-old Schmeichel might prefer to get a new deal sorted this summer and stay at the King Power Stadium, where he could have the chance to be a first-choice goalkeeper in a top-flight side.

Whoever the Dane does choose to turn out for, however, (he was even linked with a move to AC Milan in January!) he certainly has the ability to turn heads.

Schmeichel has come a long way since his days at Man City, when he was a promising but raw talent. And last night, he showed just how far he has come. The Premier League awaits.

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