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Danes unveil strong under-21 team for the Euros

Viktor Fischer, Pierre Emile Højbjerg, Jores Okore and Jannick Vestergaard on the team

Bayern Munich starlet Pierre Emile Højbjerg is on the team (photo: Michael Lucan)
June 1st, 2015 4:02 pm| by Christian W
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Denmark is arguably entering its best-ever squad in the Under-21 European Championship this summer in the Czech Republic.

Coach Jess Thorup, who guided the youngsters through an undefeated qualification campaign, has picked a solid mix of players including Jores Okore, Pierre-Emile Højbjerg, Jannik Vestergaard and Viktor Fischer.

Where’s Lucas?
The most glaring omission is probably Ajax starlet Lucas Andersen, while the Superliga’s top-scorer Mads Hvilsom will also be disappointed to miss out.

The FC Copenhagen trio of Andreas Cornelius, Danny Amankwaa and Yussef Toutouh are also out due to long-term injuries. Okore’s knee is a concern and the Aston Villa defender could end up being replaced by FC Midtjylland’s Patrick Banggaard.

Denmark kicks off their tournament against hosts Czech Republic on June 17, before taking on favourites Germany (June 20) and Serbia (June 23).

But before the tournament, the Danes play a friendly against Sweden on June 11 at Lyngby Stadium (entrance is free).

Denmark are 11/1 sixth favourites to win the tournament with Bet 365.

Denmark's under-21 team


Keepers
Jakob Busk, FC Copenhagen
Frederik Rønnow, AC Horsens
David Jensen, FC Nordsjælland

Defenders
Alexander Scholz, Standard Liege
Christoffer Remmer, FC Copenhagen
Riza Durmisi, Brøndby
Jonas Knudsen, Esbjerg
Jannik Vestergaard, Werder Bremen
Jores Okore, Aston Villa
Frederik Sørensen, Verona

Midfielders
Andreas Christensen, Chelsea
Jens Jønsson, AGF
Lasse Vigen, Fulham
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg, Bayern Munich
Christian Nørgaard, Brøndby
Nicolaj Thomsen, AaB
Rasmus Falk, OB

Forwards
Pione Sisto, FC Midtjylland
Yussuf Poulsen, RB Leipzig
Viktor Fischer, Ajax
Uffe Bech, FC Nordsjælland
Emil Berggreen, Eintracht Braunschweig
Nicolai Brock-Madsen, Randers FC