Craig Bellamy wasn’t the most popular figure amongst Irish fans in the run-up to the final game of the World Cup qualifying Group D campaign, when he dismissed Ireland’s chances of beating the Welsh in the pre-match build-up.
“No, they are not…as good as Wales. We have better players. So that really fills me with confidence.”
James McClean found the net in the second half and the rest is history.
Ireland travel to Copenhagen on Saturday before welcoming the Danes back to Dublin on Tuesday with a spot in Russia next summer on the line.
Meanwhile, Wales face France and Panama in friendlies this week, as they begin to build towards their Euro 2020 qualifiers.
Speaking on Sky Sports show ‘The Debate’, Craig Bellamy was discussing Ireland’s chances of qualifying for their first World Cup since 2002.
He held praise for Christian Eriksen in particular.
“Eriksen is a danger. He is a danger. The last couple of years, I remember him at Ajax. I always felt he had the ability to go on to your Barcelonas. He is that type of player, like Modric was when he was at Zagreb and then he was able to come over to Spurs.
“I’ve just seen that as a similar move. I see him at Spurs for a while, and then your Real Madrids or Barcelonas [will move for him]. I believe his quality is that high. Spurs are on a different path now to when they were then, so they might be able to prevent that…”
He went on to talk up the Danish side, but questioned their firepower up front.
“I like this Denmark team. The one area I do fear for them is centre forward. They have Poulsen with Leipzig who is a decent player, but they’re still bringing in Bendtner. He’s at Rosenberg at the moment scoring goals. But he doesn’t convince me, he never has.”
He feels that Bendtner is the type of player who will play into Ireland’s hands.
“They will defend deep. They will look to get a lot of men behind the ball and counter attack.”
While he certainly did not write off Ireland’s chances, he did hint that the Boys in Green would be up against it come Saturday night.
The Green Army making the trip over will be hoping that the odds will be upset once again.