10/09/2013 11:07, Report by Ryan Grant

World Cup Reds: Denmark

We run the rule over United stars' prospects of playing at the World Cup finals next year...

United player: Anders Lindegaard (5 caps)

Chances of qualifying: The Danes began their qualifying campaign impressively by grinding out draws against tough opposition in the Czech Republic and Bulgaria, before beating the Czechs 3-0 away, but stumbled to a shock 4-0 defeat at home to Armenia in June – a real blow to their hopes. Morten Olsen’s side look short of firepower; no player has managed more than one goal from their seven qualification games. They're second from bottom but, after a 2-1 win in Malta on Friday, are only a point behind second-placed Bulgaria and are still in contention.

How has Lindegaard contributed so far? Having kept a clean sheet in Denmark’s opener against the Czech Republic last September, Lindegaard missed out on the following qualifiers through injury. Real Betis keeper Stephan Andersen has since occupied the role, leaving the United man battling to regain a place in the Danish squad.

Situation at United? Lindegaard is awaiting his first Barclays Premier League action of the season, having been on the bench in United’s three opening fixtures. The 29-year-old continues to play deputy to David De Gea, as he did for much of last season, but has expressed his desire to force his way into the side at Old Trafford.

Likelihood of being involved in the squad? Olsen looks set to stick by Andersen after declining to call up Lindegaard for this month’s internationals. Anders may well feature in Denmark’s final two qualifiers, depending on the outcome of the next few days.   

Remaining qualifiers: 10 September – Armenia (away), 11 October – Italy (home), 15 October – Malta (home).

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