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John Jensen named Denmark manager for UEFA Nations League opener against Wales

Former Arsenal midfielder John Jensen has been named as the Denmark manager for their UEFA Nations League opener against Wales. Credit: PA

Former Arsenal midfielder John Jensen has been named as the Denmark manager for their UEFA Nations League opener against Wales.

Denmark's preparations for their game in Aarhus on Sunday are in turmoil after an extraordinary row over the players' commercial rights.

The Danish Football Association (DBU) is set to field a team made up of domestic first and second division players in Denmark, rather than stars like Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen and Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.

Regular manager Age Hareide has been told to stay at home and Jensen will take charge of Wednesday's friendly against Slovakia in Trnava and the Wales game this weekend.

DBU elite manager Kim Hallberg said: "We must hold the two international matches to avoid millions of fines and possible exclusion of the national team for several years. On behalf of DBU and Danish football, I am pleased that John Faxe Jensen has taken the hard task of being coach in both matches."

Former Denmark midfielder Jensen, 53, had coaching experience at Blackburn in 2011 Credit: PA

Former Denmark midfielder Jensen, 53, had coaching experience at Blackburn in 2011 and managed Danish club Fremad Amager between 2014 and 2018.

"Where we are now, I see only losers in the conflict, and Danish football losers most of all," Jensen told the official DBU website.

"When I say yes to help here, it's because I feel very very strong for the national team as an institution, and because I think the most important thing must be that the games will be played after all.

"I do not consider the matter between DBU and the players, my yes is not an expression of it.

"I just hope to help us get through the two matches and that the parties find a solution as soon as possible."