Eriksen's efforts for Spurs and Denmark merit Ballon d'Or nomination - Kahlenberg

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The Tottenham playmaker continues to star for club and country and is considered to be deserving of a standing alongside the very best in the world

Christian Eriksen’s performances for Tottenham and talismanic displays for Denmark make him deserving of a Ballon d’Or nomination, claims Thomas Kahlenberg.

The 26-year-old playmaker enjoyed another standout campaign at club level in 2017-18, netting 10 goals and providing 10 assists for Spurs as they secured a top four finish in the Premier League.

That form has been carried over into international competition, with another goal and assist recorded on the grandest of stages at World Cup 2018.

Eriksen’s displays have sparked talk of interest from the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona, with former Denmark international Kahlenberg of the opinion that he would not look out of place among illustrious company when the shortlist for the 2018 Ballon d’Or is revealed.

A man who earned 47 caps for his country while operating as an attacking midfielder told Goal of the man currently filling that role: “I do not know how many players are named on the list but he really had a great season.

“After that, he's also a very quiet guy who does not talk much to the press, who is more focused on football. If he continues like this, he will definitely be shortlisted for the Ballon d'Or.”

For now, Denmark are looking to Eriksen for inspiration once again as they prepare to face France in their final Group C fixture at Russia 2018, with the top spot still up for grabs.

Kahlenberg added: “Eriksen expresses himself very well in this team. We do not have world stars like France, we are more dependent on some players. And Eriksen is very, very important. He's one who makes the difference.

“I do not know how his performances are perceived in France. You have a lot of world-class players in France so it's normal to talk less about a player like him. Here, Christian is watched very closely, watched in the media because he had an extraordinary season in Tottenham and with the national team. In Denmark, we know he's a world-class player, and I think he can still improve. But he’s already very, very good.”

While Eriksen is the undoubted star for Denmark, he is ably assisted by a collection of hard-working and talented team-mates.

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Kahlenberg is looking for more of them to step up and shine in the global shop window, with there enough potential at Age Hareide’s disposal to suggest that their World Cup adventure can continue for some time yet.

Asked to name those who are capable of making a positive impression, the ex-Auxerre and Brondby midfielder said: “Andreas Christensen, who plays for Chelsea, has huge talent. He is a smart player.

“There is also Thomas Delaney who has really progressed since he is playing at Werder. He's a midfielder with a box-to-box style, very effective, which works well in our system.”