Inter Milan midfielder, Christian Eriksen says it’s always a pleasure to be back in the Denmark squad after making his 100th cap in the UEFA Nations clash against England at Wembley Stadium.
It was also a historic moment for the Danish team, recording their first win in the stadium in 17 years. The Danish midfielder is not new to the stadium having played there during his stint with Tottenham Hotspur while waiting for the completion of their Stadium.
“100th national team game, a goal, and a win at Wembley! Couldn’t be much better!,” the former Ajax playmaker wrote on his Twitter page.
It was a perfect night for Eriksen, whose only goal was the difference between the sides. England center back, Harry Maguire had a miserable night, getting red-carded within 34 minutes.
Things got worse for the hosts four minutes later when Eriksen scored his 34th goal for Denmark after Kyle Walker was harshly adjudged to have fouled Thomas Delaney.
Meanwhile, Simon Kjær, who plies his trade with AC Milan also crossed the 100 mark in the historic night for his country.
Eriksen happy to play
The skipper of the side lauded the coach, Kasper Hjulmand for allowing him to play. This is following his struggle at his club Inter.
The attacking midfielder, who moved to San Siro from Tottenham during last winter transfer has struggled to convince coach Antonio Conte.
However, he was back in the Denmark camp this week, contributing three goals in three games, including the only goal of the win against England in the UEFA Nations League last night.
While admitting that he enjoys playing for the national team, Eriksen said it’s one thing that hasn’t changed since his move from Spurs.
“The coach lets me play, so I’m happy with that. Anywhere I have been before, even at Spurs, it has always been a pleasure to travel to the national team.
“It’s not different now, obviously like everyone knows and all the things you write, many things have changed, and I don’t play as much as I did at Tottenham.
“But it’s the same when I come back to Denmark, I’m happy to be there and it doesn’t matter which club or where I am.
“I’m always happy to be back and the coach lets me play, so I’m happy with that,” Eriksen said at a press conference.
Denmark Game stats
- Denmark has lost just two of their past 40 international matches, keeping clean sheets in nine of their past 11 games.
- Christian Eriksen has been directly involved in 32 goals in his past 35 appearances for his national side (24 goals, eight assists).