Mads Andersen is hoping a strong end to the season with Barnsley can boost his hopes to play a part in Denmark’s Euro 2020 campaign.
Andersen has been one of the stand-out performers in defence across the Championship in terms of statistics this term, even when you take into account Sunday’s disappointing result at Coventry City.
Should his form continue, then it would appear to be a question of when and not if the Danish FA take a look at him.
And if Andersen needs any further inspiration, it comes with team-mate Michal Helik, who was recently called up to the Poland side and was capped for the first time during the recent international break, which included an appearance against England at Wembley.
On the prospect of wearing the red and white of Denmark at senior level, Andersen – who was capped twice at Under-19 level for his country – said: “It is my goal one hundred per cent – to play for the national team.
“I have not had any talks with them, but it is a big motivation for sure. Daniel Agger was my hero.”
With the Euro’s on the horizon, domestic football is of paramount importance and Barnsley will need to improve after a poor performance against Coventry at St. Andrews.
The Reds were well beaten and produced one of the worst performances since Valerian Ismael was appointed.
As head coach at Oakwell rightly stated, it represents a ‘good warning’ for the sixth-placed Reds ahead of back-to-back derbies against Huddersfield Town and Rotherham United.
Barnsley still have a four point cushion on Reading, who sit just outside of the top six, with four matches remaining. It’s a good position to be in, but Ismael’s side still have work to do.
Andersen, 23, added: “It is okay to be disappointed for a bit. But there are four games left and we cannot go ‘under the grave’ because we lost the match (at Coventry) and you move forward.
“We will do everything we can at Huddersfield.”