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Knudsen in Danish Squad
Wednesday, 9th Mar 2016 13:33

Town left-back Jonas Knudsen has been named in the Denmark squad for their friendlies against Iceland and Scotland later this month.

The Danes face the Icelanders at home in Herning on Thursday 24th March and then the Scots at Hampden Park on the following Tuesday.

Knudsen, 23, has previously won two full Danish caps but this is his first call-up since joining the Blues last summer.

Speaking in December, Knudsen said he was hoping to break into new Denmark manager - and one-time Norwich defender - Åge Hareide's squad.

Denmark: Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester), Jonas Lössl (Guingamp), Frederik Rønnow (Brøndby), Henrik Dalsgaard (Zulte Waregem), Daniel Agger (Brøndby), Simon Kjær (Fenerbahce), Jores Okore (Aston Villa), Andreas Christensen (Gladbach), Jannik Vestergaard (Werder Bremen), Erik Sviatchenko (Celtic), Riza Durmisi (Brøndby), Daniel Wass (Celta), Jonas Knudsen (Ipswich Town), Thomas Delaney (FC København), Michael Krohn-Dehli (Sevilla), William Kvist, (FC København), Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Schalke 04), Christian Eriksen (Tottenham), Lasse Schöne (Ajax), Lasse Vibe (Brentford), Nicolai Jørgensen (FC København), Yussuf Poulsen (Leipzig), Martin Braithwaite (Toulouse).

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PJH added 13:42 - Mar 9
Congratulations to him
I thought he was probably our best player last night.

MickMillsTash added 13:43 - Mar 9
Has probably improved over the course of the season and has not been helped by the number of different players who have turned out in front of him,
I would say that this is surprising news.

hoppy added 13:48 - Mar 9
Nice one. Pleased for him to get in the squad - I wonder what chances are of him getting in the team too. Would be good if he gets a chance. Has improved a great deal, although I do think some of the criticism of him early in the season wasn't necessarily because he was Jonas Knudsen, a young player playing in this country for the first time, but partly because he wasn't Tyrone Mings or Aaron Cresswell.

jert16 added 13:53 - Mar 9
Well done Jonas! Keep it up!!

Seasider added 14:03 - Mar 9
Well done Jonas,think your game has come on in leaps and bounds as the season has progressed.

Bluebell added 14:17 - Mar 9
Great news and good for him. I didn't realise he is only 23. He seems a very mature young man for his age.

Hopefully he will get to play for his country. I really can't understand why so many people say he is not good enough for us. He is very passionate and improving all the time. Danish football is definitely different to playing for Ipswich and he has made the switch well.

HarryfromBath added 15:02 - Mar 9
Yes! I am delighted for Jonas and this is thoroughly deserved. The Championship is such a difficult proving ground and he has made such stunning progress against opponents who have tested him with fire and I really believe he will kick on next season.

I don't know if you ever look on here, Jonas, but heartfelt congratulations to you if you do. Here's to many more international call-ups!

Lathers added 15:34 - Mar 9
Good for him, although I have to say he doesn't look very comfortable in the Championship, so playing International football is going to be tough. Now he's at ITFC, he may have been included as he brings something different to the squad with his ability to play long hopeful punts up field..... :)

Currie10 added 15:49 - Mar 9
Harry - sorry but if he is the standard to be in the Danish national squad then frankly they are in dire straights.


Kirbmeister added 15:55 - Mar 9
Currie10 - shame the Danish coach didn't see your comment before he picked the squad as I'm sure, if he had, he would have left Knudsen out.

pinewoodblueboy added 16:15 - Mar 9
There is definitely a very good player in there, needed time to adapt to the physical nature of the championship but I think he is getting there. Lets be honest, Mings had some stinkers at first, think we,ll see a much better Knudsen next season.

wherescounago added 17:03 - Mar 9
Well deserved call up, he is improving with every game and proving the doubters wrong. Given time he will be spoken about in the same breath as Cresswell and Mings.

Cakeman added 17:25 - Mar 9
Very well done Jonas.
I must admit my thoughts on Knudsens ability are still mixed.
I really hope that he progresses to be competent fixture for us as I get the feeling that he has a real drive to make it work and he does seem to be very happy playing for us.
Also get the impression thst he is a nice guy and. I like to see the nice guys do well.

blues1 added 17:36 - Mar 9
Currie10. What an idiot you are. Knudsen has been our most consistent defender for some time now, and don't forget also gets forward on many occasions too. The fact is, we haven't conceded 1 goal down our left hand side in the past 10-15 games. They've all been either thru the middle or on our right. Yes, early in the season he was a bit shaky but that was to be expected with the difference in the championship to where he used to playing. A fully deserved call up imo

therein61 added 17:38 - Mar 9
Every player wants to play for his country and I am pleased for Jonas he is steadily improving after a shaky start in a blue shirt.

essexboy added 17:51 - Mar 9
Well done Lad,fully deserved.You are getting better every game and only time will tell as to how good you will become.👍

HarryfromBath added 17:51 - Mar 9
Currie10, fair enough - we can politely agree to differ here.

I may be proved wrong, but I believe the raw material is there with Jonas for him to push on next season. As others have said above he has been targeted and tested this season - especially defensively - but I believe that he has steadily grown into the full-back role.

As he becomes more established, his leadership and tenacity will start to show even more. His never-say-die attitude and fighting spirit remind me of Luke Chambers.

planetblue_2011 added 18:23 - Mar 9
How? What has done!!

Currie10 added 18:25 - Mar 9
Denmark have had some quality players over the years, I'm amazed they consider Jonas to be good enough at present.

He was very good at Bristol City. I can only assume a lot of the down arrow brigade were not at Huddersfield when again he was quite poor.

He's had a better time of late, but really does need to improve certain aspects of his game and no doubt will. Good prospect though, sure.

blues1 added 18:53 - Mar 9
Currie10. He was the best of our defenders at Huddersfield. But was hard to look great it has to be said as the team as a whole didn't play well

lightingblue added 19:02 - Mar 9
Personally I think this most certainly be down to MM's coaching ability, and footballing knowledge. You find any better than our very own Mc. In Mick we trust. Look at what his done for us. From relegation - play off contenders.

lightingblue added 19:08 - Mar 9
He could be our next Claus Thomson or Thomas Gardsoe (sorry if spelt names wrong!!!) LOL. Brian Laudrup watch your back here come Jonas

Lathers added 20:30 - Mar 9
Blues1 - Knudsen has never looked comfortable on the ball since he joined. When he receives it he treats it like a hot potato. He stands off and backs off his man too often, he is too lightweight in the tackle, has little imagination on the ball and when he attacks he rarely looks a serious threat. Calling someone an 'idiot' because they quite rightly question how he has been called up to the Denmark Squad...... Really?

thebeat added 22:29 - Mar 9
Have to agree with Lathers on this one, personally dont think he's good enough.
Lost count of the amount of times hes let his man get in behind him and doesnt seem to be able to stay on his feet half the time.
Also doesnt get forward enough for me, hesitates to go on the outside and in the rare ocassion he does the resulting cross is normally poor.
Cant fault his effort or passion but Chambers has that in abundance but it doesnt make him a great fullback either.

Currie10 added 22:35 - Mar 9
Personally think he could do with a summer of bulking up - he'll get better but we do need players who are good enough now.

How the hell Mick has stuck with Knudsen and Chambers at full back this season is an absolute mystery to most. I'd play Foley ( his actual position is full back ) ahead of Knudsen any day of the week on the basis Foley is bound to end up on the bench with Skuse back. We all know that's the case.

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