O'Neill seeks Hendrick improvement

18 November 2018 11:29:46 EST

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill says he wants to see Jeff Hendrick contribute more against Denmark on Monday.

The Burnley midfielder was one of the stars of the team's Euro 2016 campaign but has struggled for form since.

I still think Jeff can and should do better for us in the middle of the field, which I feel is his proper position.

Martin O'Neill

He is fighting for his place with Sean Dyche's side in the Premier League but is still one of the first names on O'Neill’s teamsheet, though his international boss is hoping for more from him.

O'Neill said: "Jeff has not reached the heights that he did with us a couple of seasons ago and, at this minute, he's lost his place at Burnley.

"I still think Jeff can and should do better for us in the middle of the field, which I feel is his proper position."

Monday night's match in the Nations League is a dead rubber with Denmark confirmed as group winners following their win over Wales on Friday, a result that relegated the Irish.

So there is only pride to play for, though O'Neill anticipates a hard game, especially with Christian Eriksen in the Denmark side after scoring a hat-trick against the Irish in last November's World Cup 2018 play-off.

"World-class players can deal with situations and Eriksen is a world-class footballer, he will be hard to deal with," O'Neill added.

"I think that regardless of some sort of plans you might make, players can extricate themselves from those positions.

"We gave him a bit of space (in the play-off), particularly in the second half, which he exploited pretty well - he's a top-class player."

Denmark are 4/6 to win Monday's game with the Republic of Ireland 6/1 and the draw 5/2. Eriksen is 9/2 to score the first goal of the game.

The Republic of Ireland have been relegated to League C for the next Nations League tournament. while Denmark will be in League A.

England meanwhile have qualified for next summer's Nations League finals and are 12/5 to win the tournament with hosts Portugal 8/13.

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