Denmark officially released their squad for the upcoming winter World Cup in Qatar and it confirmed that Celtic’s Matt O’Riley misses out this time. The 21 year-old midfielder chose to represent the Danes over his birthplace country, England. Recently he had been capped by the national side after playing for the U-21’s.
His form has been such at club level with the Hoops that Kasper Hjulmand welcomed his addition to the Danish set-up with welcome arms. However, the senior men’s coach for Denmark maintained his belief that Matt should continue to develop with the younger squads at this current moment in time.
There’s obviously a very high ceiling for Matt O’Riley in his career and his exclusion from this squad is merely the end of the beginning at international level for him. The midfielder has proved his worth for Ange Postecoglou and Celtic in domestic club football, with also some mature performances in the Champions League too.
Matt’s time will definitely come to pass for Denmark, of that there is no doubting if he keeps on his current trajectory. A while longer in the U-21’s will serve him well in the long run as he becomes accustomed to the Danish set-up and customs with the national team.
Here’s the full squad that will be at Qatar 2022:
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