Morten Olsen has confirmed 20 of the Denmark players he will take to UEFA EURO 2012, with three further call-ups to be announced by 24 May at the latest.
Perhaps the most surprising inclusion is Évian Thonon Gaillard FC midfielder Thomas Kahlenberg, who has not been involved with the national team since autumn 2010. "He has played many games recently, and we have seen them all," said Olsen. "He may not be a fast player, but he is a fast-thinking player, and he can be a good asset at the tournament."
In addition to the 20 definite names, Manchester United FC goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard, TSG 1899 Hoffenheim defender Jannik Vestergaard and FC Groningen forward Nicklas Pedersen have also been invited to join Denmark's training camp. The hopeful trio, though, are not assured of making up the remainder of the final squad next week. "I am at least going to watch the games this coming weekend before I decide," said Olsen.
Denmark face Brazil on 26 May and Australia on 2 June in their two pre-finals friendlies. Seven days later they meet the Netherlands in their opening Group B match in Kharkiv before switching to Lviv to play Portugal and Germany.
Goalkeepers: Thomas Sørensen (Stoke City FC), Stephan Andersen (Évian Thonon Gaillard FC).
Defenders: Lars Jacobsen (FC København), Daniel Wass (Évian Thonon Gaillard FC), Daniel Agger (Liverpool FC), Simon Kjær (AS Roma), Andreas Bjelland (FC Nordsjælland), Simon Poulsen (AZ Alkmaar).
Midifelders: Christian Poulsen (Évian Thonon Gaillard FC), Jakob Poulsen (FC Midtjylland), William Kvist (1. FC Nürnberg), Niki Zimling (Club Brugge KV), Thomas Kahlenberg (Évian Thonon Gaillard FC), Christian Eriksen (AFC Ajax), Michael Silberbauer (BSC Young Boys), Lasse Schøne (NEC Nijmegen).
Forwards: Dennis Rommedahl (Brøndby IF), Nicklas Bendtner (Sunderland AFC), Michael Krohn-Dehli (Brøndby IF), Tobias Mikkelsen (FC Nordsjælland).
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