Brighton & Hove Albion under-23s midfielder Anders Dreyer is looking to get his first minutes of the UEFA U21 European Championships under his belt tonight when Denmark face Austria, kick-off 5.30pm.
The young Danes suffered a 3-1 defeat to Germany in their first group game on Monday, with Dreyer an unused substitute, and the Albion man is hopeful of making his first appearance of the tournament this evening.
He said, “The mood amongst the squad was good, and it still is. We still want to progress through the group stages and we feel as though we have a very good team.
“We know we came up against a good Germany side on Monday evening, but we still maintain that we can get into the knockout rounds.
“I didn’t get onto the pitch for that match, but in the next two matches I’ll hopefully get more minutes. The games against Serbia and Austria will be tough and there’s no easy game at a tournament like this.
“Hopefully we can control the game a little more than we did against Germany and score some goals as well.”
The midfielder also reflected on the time he spent back in his homeland earlier this month before meeting up with the national side ahead of the tournament.
“Between the end of the season and the start of this competition I went back to Denmark to see family and friends with the eight days that I had off,” he explained.
“It was nice to spend some time at home for a while before joining up with the side to prepare for this tournament.
“We met up at the start of the month and apart from two days off during the first weekend of the month, it’s all been about getting as ready as we could.”
The 21-year-old made 14 appearances for Simon Rusk’s under-23 side during the first half of last season, scoring four goals in the process.
“My time at Brighton was good in the first half of last season. I settled in well and there are a lot of good people in the club.
“I had a good team around me and it felt good. When I arrive back after this tournament there’s a new management team for the first team, and that of course is very exciting.
“I’m looking forward to that and it will be good to see what happens.”