Denmark’s World Cup squad finalised but Celtic Star misses out

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.

RB Leipzig’s midfielder Amadou Haidara vies with Celtic’s Matt O’Riley during the UEFA Champions League match at Celtic Park on October 11, 2022.(Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)

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 O’Riley controls the ball during the UEFA Champions League match between Shakhtar Donetsk and Celtic at The Marshall Jozef Pilsudski’s Municipal Stadium on September 14, 2022. (Photo by Adam Nurkiewicz/Getty Images)

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:

Paul Gillespie

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  1. He cant play for the U21 ‘s anymore! …do some research!! Think his next stage is Euro qualifiers for first team as he only missed out on Qatar apparently as he is one of the players we hear is on standby. Still think its a missed opportunity for DBU as he is someone who would have added real depth to the squad