Denmark coach fumes at press over suggestions Tottenham Hotspur pressured him into Christian Eriksen withdrawal

Denmark head coach Age Hareide

Age Hareide is not happy with the reports suggesting Tottenham asked Eriksen not to play in a friendly fixture.

Denmark national team coach Age Hareide has been commenting on the fitness of Tottenham Hotspur playmaker Christian Eriksen.

Eriksen was in fine form for Denmark in their recent win against Kazakhstan, scoring twice. But it was reported after the game that the Spurs playmaker was not fit for the friendly with the Czech Republic this week after picking up a knock.

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It led to some reports that the Danish coach was being pressured into not playing Spurs midfielder Eriksen by the English club.

This did not go down well with Hareide, who was accused of the same regarding FC Copenhagen striker Andreas Cornelius.

Denmark head coach Age HareideDenmark head coach Age Hareide

He stated to the press, as reported by Ekstra Bladet:

“We have injuries, and must always be respectful. We have a responsibility to the players and the press have a responsibility to write it correctly and not speculate that people will not play.

“And I have not been pressured by Copenhagen or Tottenham over players, I have not spoken to Tottenham.

“I cursed the fact that the press suddenly can write what it wants. Now I've said it so everyone will understand it. None of our players who are down here have objected to play this game. All would play for Denmark. They have been really good at all the way!”

Christian Eriksen celebrates after scoring the third goal for TottenhamChristian Eriksen celebrates after scoring the third goal for Tottenham

It was clear he was not pleased with suggestions that Tottenham might have convinced him not to play Eriksen in the friendly game, and it is now clear that the playmaker genuinely does just have a minor injury.

Tottenham recently received good news when England allowed Harry Kane to return to the club instead of featuring v Spain in a friendly but this situation is clearly not the same.

Hopefully Eriksen can recover in time for Tottenham’s game with West Ham next weekend.

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