Brentford’s collection of internationals from Denmark and Republic of Ireland had all eyes on the World Cup Play-Off draw this afternoon, and found out they could be playing each other next month.
Denmark and Ireland both finished second in their respective UEFA European World Cup qualifying groups, securing those finishes when the last games were played last week. They earned spots among the best eight second-placed teams, who were drawn in to four two-legged ties for the final four European places at the World Cup in Russia next summer. And when the draw was made Denmark and Republic of Ireland were drawn together, meaning one set of Brentford players will definitely make the World Cup.
The Bees have two current Republic of Ireland internationals on their books. John Egan has two caps while Alan Judge, on his way back from a long-term injury, has one. The Danish contingent at Griffin Park is larger with Henrik Dalsgaard, Andreas Bjelland and Lasse Vibe all current internationals. Henrik, who has eight caps, and Andreas, who has 26, have played in recent Denmark games while Lasse, who has 11 caps, has just returned from injury.
The teams will face each other over two legs next month. The first game will be played in Denmark between November 9 and 11. The second, deciding, match will be in Dublin between November 12 and 14. The successful team will make the World Cup and the draw for the group stages will be held on December 1. The squads for these matches will be announced by their countries over the coming weeks.