Erik­sen on a high with tre­ble thrill

Sunderland Echo - - Football -

Chris­tian Erik­sen was de­lighted to steer Den­mark to the 2018 World Cup fi­nals af­ter fir­ing a hat-trick in last night’s sen­sa­tional 5-1 rout of the Repub­lic of Ire­land.

Tot­ten­ham star Erik­sen said: “It’s not of­ten I score any hat-trick, so of course it’ s in­cred­i­ble and tak­ing your coun­try to the World Cup with three goals away and win­ning the play­off, it’s go­ing to mean a lot for my whole ca­reer, for my whole life re­ally.

“It’s a big thing and I’m very, very happy about it.

“It’s an in­cred­i­ble feel­ing. We’ve been fight­ing for so long to get there (to the World Cup) and of course now the two play-off games were very hard but with the re­sult we got we can be very pleased and it makes you very much look­ing for­ward to the World Cup.”

The Spurs man (pic­tured) be­lieves his con­fi­dence comes from changes in the coach­ing team fol­low­ing Age Hareide’s ap­point­ment in charge a lit­tle over 18 months ago.

Erik­sen added: “Men­tally I’ve grown up and taken a more clin­i­cal shot in­stead of the pass­ing and a bit more think­ing I think, a bit more of a striker - get­ting my own shots out and get the goal as soon as pos­si­ble.

“With the change of the man­ager and how we play, it’s meant a lot for my po­si­tion and how we keep me in the game, keep me in­volved. It’s been a big change.”

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