Old warhorse ready for battle

Last hurrah

 If Denmark are to progress from Group E, they will need a major contribution from a forward known for his guile as much as his goals.

Never the quickest player, the 33-year-old Tomasson still has an impressive scoring record at international level and his tally of 51 goals, at just under one every two games, is one shy of Poul Nielsen's Danish record. Tomasson's erratic club form has extended to the national team. His six goals in seven games helped Denmark to qualify for Euro 2000 but he failed to score at the finals. Two years later at the World Cup finals he scored four times. In 2002 with AC Milan he added Serie A and Champions League winners' medals to the UEFA Cup and Dutch first division honours he won with Feyenoord. Having established himself with Heerenveen, Tomasson moved to Newcastle in 1997 but his slight stature was not suited to the English game.

Denmark's chances in South Africa may depend on which Tomasson shows up. Their rivals will be well aware of the threat he poses -- with Tomasson pulling the strings, the Danes won their qualifying group ahead of Portugal and Sweden.

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