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Goalkeepers 
1-Thomas Sorensen (Sunderland) Born: 12.6.76

Sorensen, at 1.95m, has emerged as the undisputed first-choice goalkeeper since Peter Schmeichel retired in 2000. Known for his fast reflexes. 

16-Peter Kjaer (Aberdeen) Born 5.11.65
Solid but unspectacular reserve goalie, long in Schmeichel's shadow and unlikely to play much now either unless Sorensen gets injured. 

22-Jesper Christiansen (Rangers) Born 24.4.78
Has played five under-21 internationals and is regarded as a great talent. Joined Rangers in 2000 but failed to earn regular place in starting line-up. Currently on loan at Vejle. 

Defenders 

5-Jan Heintze (PSV Eindhoven) Born 17.8.63
Veteran left-sided defender and team captain. Played in 1988 European championships but boycotted Denmark team which won European title in 1992. Diminutive but fast, Heintze is an energetic driver of attacks along his wing.

3-Rene Henriksen (Panathinaikos) Born 27.8.69 .
Classic libero type who steers the defence with calm authority. Uses positioning skills to compensate for shortcomings in the air. Late bloomer but now a regular in the starting line-up. 

4-Martin Laursen (AC Milan) Born 26.7.77
Tall and strong, Laursen has matured into a reliable central defender beside Henriksen, although he has spent a lot of the time on the bench in Serie A. 

6-Thomas Helveg (AC Milan) Born 24.6.71
Injury-prone fighter who plays on the right side of defence or in midfield. If healthy, the technically skilled Helveg, whose marking of opponents can be erratic, is certain to start. 

20-Kasper Bogelund (PSV Eindhoven) Born 8.10.80
Under-21 regular who has also established himself as PSV's first-choice right defender. Impressed in senior team debut against Saudi Arabia. 

12-Niclas Jensen (Manchester City) Born 17.8.74
Joined City this year from FC Copenhagen. Praised by manager Kevin Keegan as professional who keeps possession well and creates space. Heintze's understudy on the left in defence. 

13-Steven Lustu (Lyn Oslo) Born 13.4.71
Reliable veteran all-rounder, but slow, who can be relied on to fill any position in defence. 

Midfielders 
23-Brian Steen Nielsen (Malmo FF) Born 28.12.68
Veteran stalwart fighter with thundering distance shot. A reliable but unspectacular allround midfielder who played in Japan for Urawa Red Diamonds in 1996. 

17-Christian Poulsen (FC Copenhagen) Born 28.2.80
Plays with strong motivation and authority beyond his years for club team but may not get much time in the World Cup unless many team mates are injured. 

2-Stig Tofting (Bolton Wanderers) Born 14.8.69.
Short but strong central midfielder who moved early this year to Bolton from German Bundesliga club Hamburg SV. Relentless in duels, known for bruising tackles, hence nickname "lawn-mower". Explosive shot from distance, takes many free kicks. 

7-Thomas Gravesen (Everton) Born 11.3.76
Technically skilled but hot-tempered fighter who likes to take the initiative and relishes action in attack but sometimes neglects defensive duties. 

14-Claus Jensen (Charlton Athletic) Born 29.4.77
Stocky powerhouse with technical prowess compensating for lack of height. Seldom hits a bad pass. Coming back to form after missing much of the early part of the season through injury. 

Forwards

11-Ebbe Sand (Schalke 04) Born 19.7.72
Undisputed starting line-up striker but relies solely on right foot to shoot. Strong in the air, covers the ball well. Prolific scorer held in high regard for solid effort, even amid sometimes lengthy scoring droughts. 

9-Jon Dahl Tomasson (Feyenoord) Born 29.8.76
Confident striker who likes to shake off defenders with sudden turns of speed. Uncanny ability to glide unnoticed into space in front of goal. Capable scorer with head and feet. 

8-Jesper Gronkjaer (Chelsea) Born 12.8.77
Talented dribbler with rare ball control for a Scandinavian player. Good at moving forward with pace, drawing defenders and setting up scoring chances with precise crosses, even under pressure, but has missed most of this season through injury. 

19-Dennis Rommedahl (PSV Eindhoven) Born 22.7.78
Energetic dribbler and prolific scorer who makes up in speed for what he lacks in size. 

21-Peter Madsen (Brondby) Born 26.4.78
Long under-21 career. Many foreign top clubs have shown interest in the powerful 1.83-metre tall striker. 

18-Peter Lovenkrands (Rangers) Born 29.1.80
Fast left-footed striker whose performances on the left wing for Rangers has proved to be of national team calibre. 

10-Martin Jorgensen (Udinese) Born 6.10.75
Fast, agile dribbler hailed at his national team debut in 1998 as the new "Laudrup". An in-form Jorgensen can penetrate any defence but mood swings can turn him into selfish ball holder.

15-Jan Michaelsen (Panathinaikos) Born 28.11.70 .
Aggressive, attacking right midfielder who moves well with the ball and finds team mates with good crosses but seldom senses opportunities to move into free positions himself.