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Schmeichel wary of a resurgent Irish team

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Kasper Schmeichel is wary about a rejuvenated Republic of Ireland side gunning for revenge against Denmark when the sides meet on Saturday.

The Danes qualified for the Russia 2018 World Cup with a 5-1 playoff win against O’Neill’s men thanks to a Christian Eriksen’s hat-trick who will be absent in the game.

However, Schmeichel has called on other players to deliver against a team he warns will be “highly motivated”.

“It doesn’t matter if Christian’s here or not, we need to win anyway,” Schmeichel told Sky Sports.

“You take Christian out of any team in the world and you’re going to feel it but that’s football – it’s a chance for someone else to step up and try to stake a claim.

“Christian’s a remarkably consistent player. It’s a rarity (his absence) but it is a testament to how he lives his life; he’s professional, dedicated. But we need to weigh in with goals and creativity from all over the pitch.

“We know this will be really tough considering what happened last time. They will be highly motivated to exact revenge. They’re going to be looking to set the record straight but we are in no way complacent.”