Ben Davies delighted to be playing Denmark’s ‘best’ side

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Wales defender Ben Davies admits he is pleased to being playing against the “best” Denmark team rather than a bunch of part-timers.

The dispute over the image rights of the Denmark players had threatened to turn the Nations League game in Aarhus on Sunday into a farce.

Denmark fielded a team of lower-league and futsal players for the 3-0 friendly defeat to Slovakia on Wednesday.

That was the prospect facing Wales until a deal was brokered by the Danish FA and its players’ association the following day and Davies is happy.

“If we want to win things and prove ourselves, we have to do it against the best possible teams,” Davies said.

“Denmark are a really strong team when they’ve got their best players there. That’s the players we want to play against.

“But we haven’t thought about any of the palaver that’s gone on with them, we’ve just tried to be ready when the game comes.”

The settling of the Danish dispute means Davies will come up against Tottenham team-mate Christian Eriksen.

“He sometimes sees things that other people don’t,” Davies said. “His awareness of the game, ability to pick a pass and the quality he’s got makes him one of the best midfielders in the world.

“We’ve been very lucky to have him over the last few years the number of chances he’s created.

“He makes our team flow as we get our rhythm through him, helping us take the ball from defence to attack so easily.”

The tie also sees Davies return to a country he knows well as he spent part of his childhood in Denmark when his father worked there.

Davies spent about two years – before his comprehensive school education – living around an hour away from Aarhus.

“Football played a massive part when I was there,” Davies said. “But it was so cold some days in Denmark we had to train indoors.

“I loved living there and I loved having that experience and, looking back, I’m so happy I did it.”

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