Why are Christian Eriksen and Kasper Schmeichel not playing for Denmark, and have they been replaced by futsal ...
By Adam Storer5th September 2018, 1:44 pmUpdated: 5th September 2018, 1:45 pm
DENMARK will face Slovakia and Wales during this international break.
But their line up on Wednesday evening will look very different to the one that reached the knockout stages at the World Cup in the summer.
Why are Christian Eriksen and Kasper Schmeichel not playing?
Tottenham star Eriksen will be among those not to feature against Slovakia, due to an ongoing dispute between the Denmark players and the nation's football association (DBU).
No capped Danish international will be involved in the friendly, and the Uefa Nations League fixture against Wales.
This means that Leicester City goalkeepe r Kasper Schmeichel and Chelsea's Andreas Christensen will also miss out.
The disagreement between the players and DBU comes after a row over fees and commercial rights, with Eriksen among those not to sign a new deal with the national body.
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Are they being replaced by futsal players?
Denmark will field a very unknown team, with their new wave of players hailing from the third and fourth tier, as well as from the country's futsal team.
Seven of the 24-man squad hail from the sport, with the Danish futsal team ranked 51st in the world.
The majority hail from Jaegersborg Boldklub, who lifted the national championship in 2013 and 2015, while also winning the World Championship in 2014.
What is futsal?
Futsal is a five-a-side offshoot of football that is played on hard courts, typically indoors.
The balls they use have 30 per cent less bounce than in the grass version.
They play 20 minutes halves, with time stopping every time the ball has g one dead.Meet Denmark futsal ace Rasmus Johansson who could face Wales in Nations LeagueSource: Google News Denmark | Netizen 24 Denmark