Morten Olsen is disappointed with the Tottenham star's form in Denmark's recent disappointing results, saying: "we blame him. He must stand up to the criticism."
Christian Eriksen has come in for a scathing attack from his international boss Morten Olsen after Denmark conceded a last minute goal to Portugal that saw them lose the Group I fixture.
Cristiano Ronaldo headed a 95th minute winner to consign the Scandinavian nation to their first qualifying defeat, although it was Denmark's second disappointing result over the international break, coming after a draw away to Albania.
And the country's boss Morten Olsen held Spurs star Eriksen partially accountable for Denmark's inability to secure three points in either match, stating that he was disappointed the former Ajax man failed to influence matches at an international level and, perhaps even more scathingly, that he hasn't developed since leaving Amsterdam.
“It is a brutal world, otherwise you have to play at another level," Olsen said of the 22-year-old. "It is not Ajax any more, this is not development.
“After so many matches he could pick up the ball and help to control the game. He has not been able to.
“Therefore, we blame him. He must stand up to the criticism, and he does too.
“It is quite something when you have to criticize a player like Christian Eriksen. It should not take place.
“If it was a player at a lower level, one could say that he had no class. But with Christian Eriksen do not make the mistake. I must be tough and say to him. And he knows it well.”
Eriksen came into form in the second half of his first season at Spurs, finishing with 10 goals in 36 games. He has also done well this campaign, scoring 2 goals so far including the winner in the recent game with Southampton.
In contrast, he has only 5 goals in nearly 50 caps for Denmark, only one of which came in a competitive fixture, and Olsen, who is one of Europe's longest serving international managers having been in charge since 2000, may be within his rights to expect more from a player held up as one of the best attacking midfielders in the Premier League.