Facts & figures: Denmark

Factbox on World Cup qualifiers Denmark: World Cup record:

Previous appearances in finals: Three

Best performance: Quarter-finals in 1998

Coach: Morten Olsen since 2000. As a central defender he won more than 100 caps. After hanging up his boots he went on to coach Danish club Brondby, Germans Cologne and Ajax Amsterdam.

Key players:

Nicklas Bendtner (Arsenal). Age: 21. Forward.

Bendtner was a regular goal-scorer for Arsenal last season and was also on target three times in World Cup qualifying. Voted 2009 Danish Player of the Year.

Christian Poulsen (Juventus). Age: 29. Midfielder.

Plays an important role as the only Denmark midfielder with a clear defensive role. His work rate allows the team to keep their attacking 4-3-3 shape.

Daniel Agger (Liverpool). Age: 24. Defender.

Probably Denmark`s best defender. Left-footed and good with his head but he has suffered a series of injuries recently.

FIFA world ranking November 2009: 26

How they qualified: Denmark finished top of Group One with six wins, three draws and one defeat, evoking memories of the Euro 1992-winning team. The campaign included 1-0 victories home and away against arch-rivals Sweden and a 3-2 win in Portugal.

Prospects: The Danes surprised many with their strength in qualifying despite being dogged by injuries. They have enough fire-power and talent to get past the group stages.