STOCKHOLM - Denmark captain Christian
Poulsen has been dropped for next month's Euro 2012 home
qualifier against Norway because the midfielder is not in the
right frame of mind to play, coach Morten Olsen said.
"He's stressed by his situation, that's why I've chosen to
overlook him this time," Olsen told reporters.
The 31-year-old has suffered from a loss of form and a lack
of playing time since moving to Liverpool from Juventus a year
"We hope that Christian finds a good club and gets playing
time so that he can return against Portugal and Cyprus in
October," the coach said, adding that Poulsen's Liverpool team-mate Daniel Agger will wear the captain's armband in his
Portugal, Denmark and Norway all have 10 points in Group H,
with the Portuguese top on goal difference.
Norway face Iceland on September 2 before travelling to
Copenhagen to take on the Danes four days later.
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