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Dean Saunders’ Wales v Denmark preview: Wales’ team spirit could silence the Danes

| 24.06.2021

Our Matchday Squad journalist will be covering Wales throughout Euro 2020

As a Wales fan, I have to be honest and say I’d rather we were facing Finland or Russia in the last 16, as Denmark have recovered brilliantly from the terrible events of their first game, and you can see how what happened to Christian Eriksen has really galvanised them. 

The Danes also have the advantage of having fans in Amsterdam, whereas the Welsh fans will be absent, but Robert Page can use that to his advantage, as just another example of how the odds are stacked against us, and that can motivate the lads.

As for Wales, Kieffer Moore will return to the starting line-up, and that gives us an added dimension, as he can hold the ball up for Dan James, Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey to run onto. Joe Allen and Joe Morrell are the engine room of the team, but what I love about this side is that the ‘superstars’ – Bale, Ramsey – work as hard as anyone, and that lifts the whole team.

Even without Eriksen, Denmark are a classy side, but with our team spirit, and Moore hopefully getting chances from the pace of James and Bale, if we can silence the Danish supporters as we did against Turkey in Baku, I believe we can steamroller them, and a 3-1 Wales victory is not impossible.

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Dean Saunders

Dean Saunders is a former professional footballer and manager who played as a striker in a career which lasted from 1982 until 2001.

He played for Liverpool and Aston Villa in the 1990s, and set a new British transfer record when he joined the former from Derby County.

He began at his hometown club Swansea City before also playing for Brighton, Oxford United, Bradford City, Nottingham Forest and Sheffield United as well as spells at Galatasaray and Benfica.

He was capped 75 times at senior level for Wales between 1986 and 2001, scoring 22 times, making him one of the nation's highest-scoring and most-capped players of all time.