Uefa Nations League: Christian Eriksen calls for truce in Denmark player row

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The Danes are involved in an extraordinary row between their Player Association (Spillerne) and Football Association (DBU) which threatens both this fixture and Denmark's participation in the 2020 Euros.

Negotiations have collapsed between the players' union and the DBU over a collective agreement.

The breakdown in talks has seen numerous country's big names deselected for the forthcoming worldwide games against Slovakia and Wales.

"We are here because we love playing for Denmark, and we are proud of the many millions we earn for the youth and breadth of Danish football, including by taking part in the DBU's events and for their sponsors".

"The national team has meant infinitely much to me in my career and in my life". "I do not consider the matter between DBU and the players, my yes is not an expression of it", Jensen said. "We are fighting in our negotiations for our fundamental rights, also for future national team players - and not for more money".

Danish national soccer team caretaker manager John Jensen, foreground and Sport director DBU Kim Hallberg, listen to a question during a press conference at the Rivar Park hotel in Bratislava, Slovakia Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018.

Jensen, a member of Denmark's European Championship-winning team in 1992, said he was helping out to "mitigate the negative consequences".

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Eriksen, who released a statement through the Danish Player Association on behalf of the team, said of the situation: "We have to solve this conflict now, not just digging the ditches deeper".

The women's team boycotted a World Cup qualifier against Sweden in October 2017 in a dispute over employment conditions. "So we're happy to extend our hand again... let's renew the old deal by one month".

The dispute is centred around commercial image rights, with the senior squad members wanting to change regulations that would in turn allow them to sign individual sponsorship deals with any brand they like, including those in direct competition with the DBU's corporate affiliates.

"We must field teams in the two worldwide matches to avoid millions in fines and possible exclusion of the national team for several years", said Kim Hallberg, the DBU elite manager.

"We feel a lot of support", Eriksen said in comments published by the players' union.

Danish Superliga and First Division players have not been included in the 24-man squad, their places instead taken by second division, plus third and fourth-tier players.

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