Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - SPORT - BY JOHN FAL­LON

KASPER SCHMEICHEL would com­plete a ca­reer against the odds by reach­ing the World Cup fi­nals, ac­cord­ing to his fa­mous fa­ther.

Dad Peter is cer­tain his son’s rise was de­layed by him hav­ing to live in his shadow.

Schmeichel kept goal for the most suc­cess­ful Manch­ester United in his­tory. As a teen, Kasper, left, opted to join ri­vals City but left after mak­ing just eight ap­pear­ances.

Kasper’s de­ci­sion to quit was vin­di­cated six years later when he was part of Le­ices­ter City’s Pre­mier League-win­ning side.

“Kasper’s road to the Pre­mier League was a lot longer than so many other play­ers with the same skill-set,” noted his Dad.

“Man­agers looked at him as my son, rather than his abil­ity.

“He went to Notts County in League Two from Man City to get ex­pe­ri­ence.

“From there, he won the league, played one sea­son in the Cham­pi­onship for Leeds United and went to Le­ices­ter. The rest is his­tory.

“Kasper won the Pre­mier League and played in the Cham­pi­ons League but he is still very am­bi­tious.

“He was at the Eu­ros as No2. Now he wants to go to the World Cup as Den­mark’s No1.

“Be­ing part of a World Cup is an ex­pe­ri­ence he wants.”

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