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Schmeichel Ready to Step in

Young Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel says he would grasp any opportunity given to him during Euro 2012 with both hands.

The Leicester City stopper is third choice in the squad behind Manchester United’s Anders Linegaard and Evian’s Stephen Andersen, though he insists he is proud to have even made the squad.

“This is why you play football – to get to these major events and to play in them. They should be the sort of occasion every footballer relishes,” said Schmeichel, who completed the move to the King Power Stadium following spells with Notts County and Leeds United.

“I’ve been through enough in my career to know that anything can happen in football and to know that you can only expect the unexpected.

“I didn’t even expect to be in this squad, so you can never anticipate the future, you just have to make sure you’re ready for it!”

Morten Olsen’s men face an almighty challenge to qualify for the quarter-final stage, having been drawn in what many observers have already christened the ‘group of death’.

Matches against the Netherlands, Portugal and Germany are on the horizon and most Netherlands v Denmark betting markets do not rate the Danes’ chances highly.

Elsewhere, the latest Betfair Germany v Portugal odds suggest that Joachim Low’s men should have too much for the Iberian outfit, who will be hoping that Cristiano Ronaldo can replicate his domestic form at this month’s tournament.

All eyes will be on the Real Madrid star whenever Portugal take to the field, particularly as the player has already stated his aim to be named player of the tournament and boost his chances of landing the coveted Ballon d’Or prize later this year.

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