Injured Sorensen in Denmark's preliminary roster

May 10, 2010 - 4:46 PM By JAN M. OLSEN Associated Press Writer

COPENHAGEN(AP) -- Injured goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen was included by Denmark coach Morten Olsen in his 30-man preliminary World Cup roster.

Sorensen dislocated his elbow last month while playing for Stoke in England's Premier League and is trying to regain fitness ahead of Denmark's June 14 opener.

Olsen said Sorensen is making good progress and suggested only a major setback would see him miss out when the final 23-man roster is picked by June 1.

Others selected include Feyenoord forward Jon Dahl Tomasson, Ajax winger Dennis Rommedahl and Liverpool defender Daniel Agger. Also picked were veterans Christian Poulsen of Juventus and Martin Jorgensen of Aarhus.

Defender Patrick Mtiliga, a 29-year-old with Spain's Malaga, was less expected. Mtiliga has played one match for Denmark.

"A football team is like a symphony orchestra. There are of course soloists but the team should be able to hold the rhythm," Olsen said.

Denmark has been drawn in Group E with the Netherlands, Japan and Cameroon. Olsen said he and assistant coach Peter Bonde have been studying their opponents' most recent matches.

"It would surprise me if they completely change the way they play," Olsen said.

Twenty-six players in the provisional squad were included for Denmark's exhibition against Senegal on May 27. Olsen said the remaining four are on standby.

The roster:

Goalkeepers: Stephan Andersen (Brondby), Kim Christensen (IFK Goteborg), Jesper Christiansen (Copenhagen), Thomas Sorensen, (Stoke, England)

Defense: Daniel Agger (Liverpool, England), Lars Jacobsen (Blackburn, England), William Kvist Jorgensen (Copenhagen), Simon Kjaer (Palermo, Italy), Per Kroldrup (Fiorentina, Italy), Patrick Mtiliga (Malaga, Spain), Simon Busk Poulsen (AZ Alkmaar, Netherlands)

Midfielders: Mikkel Beckmann (Randers), Thomas Enevoldsen (Groningen, Netherlands), Christian D. Eriksen (Ajax, Netherlands), Jesper Gronkjaer (Copenhagen), Daniel Jensen (Werder Bremen, Germany), Martin Jorgensen (Aarhus), Thomas Kahlenberg (Wolfsburg, Germany), Michael Krohn-Dehli (Brondby), Christian Poulsen (Juventus, Italy), Jakob Poulsen (Aarhus), Dennis Rommedahl (Ajax, Netherlands), Michael Silberbauer (Utrecht, Netherlands)

Forwards: Nicklas Bendtner (Arsenal, England), Jon Dahl Tomasson (Feyenoord, Netherlands), Soren Larsen (Duisburg, Germany)

On standby: Anders Moller Christensen (Odense), Leon Jessen (Midtjylland), Morten Rasmussen (Glasgow Celtic, Scotland), Mikkel Thygesen (Midtjylland)

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