The chances of the first player contracted to Brentford Football Club playing at a World Cup moved a step closer today with the naming of two Bees in Denmark’s provisional squad for the upcoming tournament. The 2018 FIFA World Cup will kick-off in Russia one month from today and Denmark will be part of the football festival. And Brentford pair Andreas Bjelland and Henrik Dalsgaard were today named in the provisional Denmark squad for the tournament.
The Danes have been drawn in Group C for the tournament. They will face Peru, Australia and France as they look to reach the last 16 and, perhaps, progress further. Before that, Denmark have friendly matches against Sweden and Mexico, at the start of June, and they have named a 35-man provisional squad including Andreas and Henrik.
Both Bees have played a crucial part in Denmark reaching the World Cup. Andreas played in both legs of the Qualification Play-Off win over Republic of Ireland. He has earned 28 caps for his country, six of which came in the qualification campaign. Andreas has won seven caps since joining Brentford in 2015 and also represented his country at Under-17, Under-18, Under-19 and Under-21 level.
Henrik missed the win over Ireland with injury but has earned nine caps for his country since his debut two years ago. Five of those caps were earned in the World Cup campaign and five since he joined Brentford last summer. Henrik has also played for Denmark at Under-21 and Under-20 level.
The Brentford pair will link up with their international team mates for a training camp in Denmark next week. The Danish FA plan to announce their final squad at the end of the month, before the friendly matches.