Wales CAN silence Danish crowd during Euro 2020 last-16, says Brooks

Wales CAN silence large Danish crowd in Amsterdam during Euro 2020 last-16 match-up, says winger David Brooks… despite Welsh fans being unable to travel and support continuing to build for Danes in wake of Christian Eriksen’s cardiac arrest

  • Wales take on Denmark in Amsterdam on Saturday in their Euro 2020 last-16
  • Denmark fans have been granted the ability to travel to Holland for the game
  • The Danes will have a considerable advantage when it comes to attending fans
  • Wales winger David Brooks believes they will be able to block out the noise 
  • Find out the latest Euro 2020 news including fixtures, live action and results here

David Brooks insists Wales will block out the outpouring of support for Denmark following Christian Eriksen’s cardiac arrest in their Euro 2020 last-16 tie.

Wales meet Denmark in Amsterdam – the former home of Ajax midfielder Eriksen – on Saturday, with football fans around Europe wishing the Danes well after what happened to their 29-year-old talisman.

Eriksen collapsed in Denmark’s tournament opener against Finland in Copenhagen and team doctor Morten Boesen said ‘he was gone’ prior to being resuscitated.

David Brooks is convinced Wales can block out the noise of a mainly Danish crowd on Saturday

 Denmark’s supporters are able to travel to Amsterdam for their last-16 match at Euro 2020

Inter Milan’s former Tottenham player is now recovering at home after being discharged from hospital and was watching on TV as Denmark beat Russia 4-1 on Monday to secure a knock-out tie with Wales at the Johan Cruyff Arena.

‘The whole world was watching and it wasn’t nice to see,’ said Brooks when asked about the widespread support for Denmark following Eriksen’s cardiac arrest.

‘He’s got a wife and kids, but thankfully he’s back home and well. Everyone will be wishing him a speedy recovery, as am I. But you’ve just got to kind of put it to the side. We’ve just got to get on with the game of football in hand.’

Wales supporters are banned from entering Holland due to Covid-19 regulations as the United Kingdom is not on the Dutch Government’s list of safe countries.

The last-16 tie is going ahead in Amsterdam where Christian Eriksen used to play for Ajax

Eriksen has given a thumbs up on Instagram from hospital after his cardiac arrest

Denmark is not on the safe list either but, for European Union and Schengen area residents, an exemption to the entry rules and the need to quarantine exists.

Danish fans can avoid quarantine in Holland by spending less than 12 hours in the country.

These rules do not apply to Wales fans following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.

Brooks said: ‘Seeing the Denmark fans being able to travel and the Wales ones aren’t is obviously not nice for us.

‘Some of the ‘Red Wall’ made the seven-hour journey to Baku and we’d like them there.

‘But we want to make them proud back home and write our own history.

‘Obviously the lads that were there last time (when Wales were semi-finalists at Euro 2016) have cemented their place in history by doing what they did.

Danish supporters will avoid avoid quarantine if they enter and leave Holland within 12 hours

‘I don’t think we’re any different. There are a few lads who were there at Euro 2016 and now, but for the new lads we want to re-enact or re-create something like that and go in the history books ourselves.’

Brooks has yet to start at Euro 2020 with the Bournemouth forward being limited to two cameo appearances from the bench.

The 23-year-old has had less than 20 minutes playing time, and admits it has been difficult to make an impression with Wales captain and talisman Gareth Bale filling his position.

‘It’s not exactly where I want to be, sat on the bench for the first three games,’ Brooks said.

‘That’s no secret. It’s just unfortunate that the guy in my position is playing for Real Madrid and is one of the best players in the world. You just have to be ready for any opportunity that comes your way. Be ready if called upon.

‘We know it will be a tough game, but we’re all looking in the right direction and hopefully we can do the business. If you don’t turn up on the day you’re likely to go home. All the boys know that.’

Wales fans are not able to travel out to Holland and so their will be a large Danish crowd 

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