COPENHAGEN: Christian Eriksen, Kasper Schmeichel and Co will return for Denmark against Wales in the UEFA Nations League after the Danish football union agreed a temporary truce with its top players.
The Danes fell to a 3-0 friendly defeat in Slovakia on Wednesday after being forced to select a starting team comprising futsal and lower league players in a row over commercial image rights.
The likes of Eriksen and Schmeichel, among others, are refusing to sign a new agreement with the national team but a short-term agreement has been reached to prevent a similar situation unfolding against Wales.
A DBU statement said: “The players’ association and DBU today reached agreement on a deal that ensures that the men’s team can participate in the Nations League match in Aarhus against Wales on Sunday.
“The DBU and the Player Association have entered into a temporary agreement for DBU’s senior national team squad until September 30, 2018.
“It has been agreed that the DBU and the Player Association will resume negotiations on a new permanent agreement so that the first negotiation meeting will take place on Monday 10th, September 2018.
“In today’s agreement, the DBU and the Player Association have agreed that the match against Wales is played under the same terms as before and that the commercial rights are handled as before in the term of the agreement.”
A host of part-timers took part in the riendly loss in Trnava, with manager Age Hareide also absent as John Jensen temporarily replaced him in the dugout.
Thursday’s agreement means Hareide will be able to call on his usual players against Ryan Giggs’s Wales who set their Nations League campaign under way with a 4-1 victory over the Republic of Ireland.
Tom Lawrence, Gareth Bale – with his 30th goal for Wales – Aaron Ramsey and Connor Roberts were on target before Republic substitute Shaun Williams claimed a consolation for the visitors to the Cardiff City Stadium.