Aston Villa defender Jores Okore discusses his national team hopes

The defender hopes to regain a place in the Danish national team.

Aston Villa have had a season to forget. The club sit bottom of the Premier League tale and it is looking increasingly unlikely that they will be making it out of the relegation fight this term.

Instead it seems that they will be heading to the Championship.

One player who it would be hard to blame for their poor results would be Danish international Jores Okore.

He only recovered from injury in December and has played in just three defeats for Villa in his 10 appearances this season - a good ratio considering Villa's record this season.

Now he has been talking about his time with the Danish national team. Okore told Tips Bladet in Denmark:

"It's always great to represent your country and be part of the squad when we play matches. It means a lot to me and it is a pat (on the back) and a signal that you are doing well for your club.

"For me it is always a gesture to represent my country. I very much hope that I can be in the next few matches, and that I am with, when we start to World Cup qualifying."

Okore has not played for Denmark this season because of injury but has eight caps for his country.

He was recently at the centre of a storm in Denmark after far-right politician Daniel Carlsen disagreed with the choice of Okore as a model for the new Denmark national strip - the Daily Mail reporting that he stated:

"It is unfortunately not just the national team's shorts which has a new colour.

"I do not believe that Africans should represent Denmark's national team."

Okore, originally from the Ivory Coast, moved to Denmark aged four.

He received widespread support after the incident and will be hoping to earn a place in the Danish national team for the upcoming friendlies against Iceland and Denmark next month.

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