Andreas Christensen temporarily omitted from Denmark squad due to UK travel ban

Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen has been temporarily removed from the Denmark squad following a travel ban imposed by the UK government.

The 24-year-old, along with six other Denmark internationals including Leicester City’s Kasper Schmeichel, will not be available for Denmark’s friendly fixture against Iceland on Wednesday, the Denmark FA confirmed.

This is due to the UK travel ban on Denmark, which prevents the defender and other Premier League and EFL players from traveling from the UK amid the global pandemic.

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“We experience the English authorities’ decision as too violent and far-reaching, as the entire set-up around the national team just minimizes a possible risk,” Denmark FA director Jakob Jensen told the official website.

“We are working hard for and hope that the situation will be resolved as soon as possible so that we can play with our strongest national team in the remaining matches.”

Denmark boss Kasper Hjulmand has named seven new players as replacements. But it remains to be seen whether Christensen and the other players will be available for their UFEA Nations League fixture against Iceland on Sunday (15 November), which will also be played in Denmark.

Hjulmand still hopes that he could have those players available for the Nations League fixtures.

“It is crucial that we can play with our absolutely strongest national team in the decisive Nations League matches against Iceland and Belgium,” the manager added.

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