Former Manchester United defender John Sivebæk is a European Champion, having helped Denmark upset all the odds to win the 1992 Championship.
The Danes weren’t even meant to be at the tournament after missing out on qualification, but political unrest and the break-up of Yugoslavia saw the Eastern European powerhouse disqualified from the tournament in Sweden.
Denmark’s players quickly cancelled their holidays, and became the ultimate gate-crashers as they went on to beat Germany 2-0 in the final.
This summer Sivebæk and his Denmark team will be hoping to do the same when they take on the world at the inaugural Star Sixes tournament at The O2 in London.
The 12-team six-a-side competition will see ex-internationals such as Steven Gerrard, Alessandro Del Piero, Roberto Carlos, Robert Pirès, Michael Ballack and Deco return to action for their countries.
Sivebæk’s ten-man Danish squad currently features Daniel Jensen, Stig Tøfting and Martin Jørgensen, with more names still to be unveiled, but the full-back says he would love to be able to pick one current Denmark player.
“If I could, I’d have Christian Eriksen without doubt,” said Sivebaek, who netted the first goal in Sir Alex Ferguson’s remarkable reign at Manchester United.
“Eriksen has been brilliant for Tottenham, he has the skill and touch to do really well in a small-sided game. He is already one of the best midfielders in the Premier League, and he’s getting very close to being one of the best in business.
“Maybe he needs to impose himself more, be more expressive, but he’s not the sort of guy who wants headlines.
“You sometimes get the feeling that he could do more, but he would be great to have in our team.”
Unfortunately for John and Denmark, Eriksen is not eligible for Star Sixes, but we await with interest to see who else will be turning out for the Danes this summer…