International boss singles out Spurs playmaker for special praise

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Dom Le Roy

Wales manager Ryan Giggs has pinpointed the threat that Christian Eriksen poses ahead of tomorrow night’s Nations League encounter against Belgium.

Both sides meet at the Cardiff City Stadium with promotion to the top tier of the Nations League still available.

Eriksen has seen limited action in recent weeks for Tottenham Hotspur after suffering an abdominal injury against Brighton towards the end of September.

He has only twice completed 90 minutes since recovering from the problem and has found himself named amongst the Spurs substitutes for the last three Premier League matches.

Mauricio Pochettino has previously stated that he would prefer that his international stars were given a rest ahead of a busy festive fixture period.

The Dane played a starring role when both sides met in Aarhus in September when he bagged both goals in a 2-0 win.

With such importance hinged on the match, it is likely that Eriksen will start the match tomorrow.

A draw would give Denmark the chance to top the group when they face Republic of Ireland three days later.

Victory for a Welsh side which includes Ben Davies in their squad will guarantee them a first place finish in Group B4 and a Euro 2020 play-off game should they not qualify automatically.

Giggs told BT Sport: “He’s [Eriksen] a fantastic player and was the difference in Aarhus,”.

“We have to be aware of his qualities and we are.

“But it’s one thing setting out a plan to stop him, it’s another actually doing it.

“He’s up there as one of the top Premier League performers, and he’s done it for a consistent amount in both scoring and making goals.

“He can be the difference, but it’s the same for them trying to stop our quality players hurting them.”

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