Middlesbrough striker Martin Braithwaite has expressed his desire to be included in Denmark’s World Cup squad for Russia, claiming he is ‘ready to die’ to fulfil his dream.
Martin Braithwaite, who was on loan at Bordeaux from Middlesbrough from the second half of the season, has shown that he is desperate to feature in Denmark’s World Cup run.
Denmark manager Age Hareide initially named a 35-man shortlist, and has since trimmed the squad down to 27 names. However, the provisional squad must be shortened to a list of 23 players by June 4th.
Hareide cut eight players from his initial 35-man shortlist including Cardiff City’s Kenneth Zahore and Southampton’s Pierre Emile Hojbjerg.
Braithwaite was far from impressive in his time at the Riverside stadium, scoring six times in 21 appearances in all competitions. Although, he did show flashes of brilliance, he was not consistent, and was consequently shown the loan exit door by the then-incoming manager Tony Pulis.
He started slow in his time back in France with Bordeaux too. But ended the season with a similar record to that of his time at Middlesbrough, with four goals in 14 games, but all four goals came in his last five games.
Braithwaite helped Bordeaux secure sixth place in Ligue 1 however, and ultimately a place in next seasons Europa League.
“I have that dream”, he said in an interview with the Danish media. “I see myself running to the Danish fans in the stands, dancing, celebrating with them after scoring my first goal in this World Cup and getting a win.
“I can not wait anyway and I’m working hard! I hope we will have a great competition. And me, I’m ready to die to play this World Cup. It really means a lot. For me, it is a great pride to represent this country.”
Denmark get their World Cup underway on June 16th against Peru, and both sides accompany Australia and France in Group C.