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Sorensen: I’m ready to play

Denmark goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen has declared himself fit for their opening World Cup Group E encounter with the Netherlands.

Sorsensen has been in a race against time to make the June 14 deadline after injuring his elbow while playing for Stoke City in the Premier League.

The 33-year-old's World Cup dream had looked in tatters when he was helped off the pitch during a 7-0 thrashing at the hands of Chelsea on April 25.

But following an intensive rehabilitation programme, Sorsensen now believes he is fit and ready to face the Dutch in Johannesburg.

Jesper Christiansen and Stefan Andersen have deputised for the 87-times capped international number one during Denmark's warm-up games.

"I've been 100 per cent ready for a while now," revealed Sorensen. "I had a talk with (coach) Morten Olsen the other day and he explained to me why he didn't play me against South Africa."

Speaking about Denmark's Group E chances alongside the Netherlands, Cameroon and Japan, he added:"Realistically, we are not among the favourites and we are a small nation.

"But we do have players playing in the big leagues around Europe and so they are used to playing in high-pressure games.

"The spine of our team is experienced with myself in goal, Daniel Agger of Liverpool at centre-half, then there's Christian Poulson from Juventus, Nicklas Bendtner from Arsenal and Jon Dahl Tomasson.

"We also have a young centre-half to look out for called Simon Kjaer. He plays for Palermo in Italy, but a lot of teams are looking at him now."

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