Hartson delivers verdict on Tottenham ace Eriksen's hat-trick

Wales coaches John Hartson (l) and Chris Coleman chat during Wales training ahead of their World Cup qualifier against Belguim tomorrow night at the Vale Complex on October 14, 2013 in...

Tottenham's Christian Eriksen starred for Denmark in their two-legged play-off against Ireland during the international break.

John Hartson commentates during the Barclays Premier League match between  Tottenham Hotspur and Hull City at White Hart Lane on May 16, 2015 in London, England.

John Hartson has applauded Tottenham playmaker Christian Eriksen on his Twitter account after he scored a marvellous hat-trick for Denmark to dash Ireland's dreams of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.

Martin O'Neill's Ireland came into the play-off match with plenty of optimism after holding the likes of Eriksen, Nicklas Bendtner and Pione Sisto to a 0-0 draw back in Denmark on Saturday.

Denmark's midfielder Christian Eriksen (L) celebrates on the pitch after the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifying football match, second leg, between Republic of Ireland and Denmark at Aviva...

However, former Ajax ace Eriksen upped his game dramatically in Dublin on Tuesday night, putting the Ireland defence to the sword with three goals, while a Bendtner strike and a Cyrus Christie own goal succumbed Ireland to a heavy loss.

Former Celtic and Wales striker Hartson stated Eriksen's quality was "difficult to defend against" as the 25-year-old Tottenham ace shone on the international stage.

Brighton defender Shane Duffy had given Ireland the lead after a defensive mix-up, but Cyrus Christie inadvertently put through his own net after the ball ricocheted off the post.

Then, Eriksen's class showed. A sweeping effort saw him curl one in off the bar from the edge of the area to put Denmark into the lead, before he found the corner of Darren Randolph's net in the 63rd minute from a similar distance.

Denmark's midfielder Christian Eriksen celebrates after scoring a goal during the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifying football match, second leg, between Republic of Ireland and Denmark at...

He made it four and completed his hat-trick with 15 minutes left to play, capitalising on a loose ball to fire into the roof of the net. Denmark were not finished there though, as former Arsenal striker Bendtner scored a penalty.

Eriksen is expected to start for Tottenham as Mauricio Pochettino's men face bitter rivals Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium in Saturday's lunchtime kick-off.

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