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Knudsen Named in Danish World Cup Squad
Sunday, 3rd Jun 2018 18:22

Town defender Jonas Knudsen has been named in Denmark’s 23-man squad which will travel to the World Cup in Russia this summer.

Manager Åge Hareide confirmed his final travelling party this evening, a day ahead of tomorrow’s deadline. A 27-strong squad trained in Helsingør last week and drew 0-0 with Sweden in a friendly last night, a game in which Knudsen was an unused sub.

In March, Knudsen won his third full international cap in a 0-0 friendly draw with Chile, his first international appearance since joining Town in the summer of 2015.

Speaking in April following that match, Knudsen said: “It would mean everything to me to get to a World Cup. When you are a little kid it is something you dream about, playing for your national team in the World Cup. There is nothing better than that.”

Denmark, who play their final friendly at home to Mexico next Saturday, will face Peru, Australia and France in the group stages of the finals.

If he features for Denmark in Russia, Knudsen (or Bartosz Bialkowki if he is named in the Poland squad which is due to be named tomorrow and makes an appearance first) will become the 10th Blues player to play at a World Cup finals.

John Wark and Alan Brazil represented Scotland in 1982 when Mick Mills was England’s captain with Paul Mariner and Terry Butcher also in Ron Greenwood’s side.

Bontcho Guentchev featured for Bulgaria in 1994, Matt Holland was in Mick McCarthy’s Republic of Ireland team in 2002, Slovenian defender Amir Karic was still a Town player at the same tournament and most recently Tommy Smith played for New Zealand in 2010.

George Burley was in the Scotland squad in 1982 but didn't play, while John Elsworthy was named in the Wales 22 for the 1958 World Cup in Sweden but the FAW couldn't afford to send a full squad and the Blues' left-half remained at home.

Denmark: Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester City), Frederik Rønnow (Brøndby IF), Jonas Lössl (Huddersfield Town), Henrik Dalsgaard (Brentford), Simon Kjær (Sevilla), Jens Stryger Larsen (Udinese), Mathias Jørgensen (Huddersfield Town), Jannik Vestergaard (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Andreas Christensen (Chelsea), Jonas Knudsen, Ipswich Town, William Kvist (FC København), Thomas Delaney (Werder Bremen), Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur), Lukas Lerager (Bordeaux), Michael Krohn-Dehli (Deportivo), Lasse Schöne (Ajax), Pione Sisto (Celta Vigo), Nicolai Jørgensen (Feyenoord), Yussuf Poulsen (RB Leipzig), Viktor Fischer (FC København), Kasper Dolberg (Ajax), Andreas Cornelius (Atalanta), Martin Braithwaite (Bordeaux).

Photo: Claus Birch

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legoman added 18:27 - Jun 3
Well done our son!

wkj added 18:27 - Jun 3
Good on him, despite what will probably be the unpopular belief

SWGF added 18:28 - Jun 3
Fantastic news

dannysigma added 18:32 - Jun 3
Fantastic news - can only make him stronger and better. Congratulations Jonas!

itfcjoe added 18:32 - Jun 3
Nice one Jonas - good luck and do ITFC proud!

Guthrum added 18:33 - Jun 3
Good stuff! Looking forward to him having a stonking tournament and coming back on fire for the new season.

12th_Man added 18:35 - Jun 3
Well deserved don't know why he gets so much stick

Bad_Boy_Mark added 18:37 - Jun 3
Brilliant news! Congratulations!

Well deserved after the season he's had, and well done all the staff and management at ITFC!

Mad Dog is Blue and on his way to Russia!

Suffolkboy added 18:39 - Jun 3
Wonderful news for a player who has worked tirelessly towards improvement ; another totally justifying MM ' s judgement and faith !
Let's hope the numpties of last season reassess their behaviour and give JK their total support , alongside our new Manager and his team .
Please , no more shocking personal behaviour and indiscretions , let's support everyone and every thing we try to achieve at ITFC this coming year !

Steve_M added 18:55 - Jun 3
An excellent reward for a player who has found consistency and belief in his ability this season. The improvement in his game has been very impressive.

*goes to check Denmark's fixtures*

Seasider added 19:21 - Jun 3
I am made up for Jonas,as I am sure he is.It is a big thing to play in the World Cup.

This can only benefit,not only him;but Ipswich,as he will experience different training methods and play with top class players,

Good luck !

rfretwell added 19:21 - Jun 3
Brilliant, well done Jonas. Jimmy Bullard said in his book Bend it like Bullard that he couldn't believe the speed and accuracy of the England players in their training drills. It was a while new level for him and more. Knudsen is surely finding the same with Denmark - the benefits are there for all to see in his displays for Town.

MachoMan_RandySavage added 19:26 - Jun 3

LWNR2013 added 19:28 - Jun 3

chrisswailes added 19:41 - Jun 3
Congrats Jonas!

BlueandTruesince82 added 19:53 - Jun 3
Well done Jonas. Hope he gets some game time.

jas0999 added 20:02 - Jun 3
Great news. Didn’t think he’d make it! Now let’s hope for some game time. Good luck fella.

MoscowBlueMule added 20:03 - Jun 3
Well done Jonas. If you fancy a tour of Moscow while you are here, just PM me :)

Swn98 added 20:10 - Jun 3
Go get em Jonas only doubted you once after the Charlton debacle
Pre season last year you deserve your chance.

christiand added 20:47 - Jun 3
Wonderful news, enjoy the experience Jonas!

guentchev added 21:53 - Jun 3
Excellent news for Jonas and excellent news for ITFC....particularly if he gets through the group stage...


howdonblue added 22:10 - Jun 3
Great news for you Jonas

Well done fella

MickMillsTash added 22:15 - Jun 3
Thats got to x2 any transfer fee

Wales 1958 - fancy missing out because they could not pay for you to go.

Adnamsfarter added 22:49 - Jun 3
Go on Jonas!


runningout added 23:32 - Jun 3
How times have changed, when it wasn’t such a deal to have Internationals in our squad

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