Olsen - Bendtner needs games
Morten Olsen has warned Nicklas Bendtner will not feature for Denmark unless he plays regularly at Arsenal.
Last Updated: 13/12/10 4:40pm
Morten Olsen has warned Nicklas Bendtner he will not feature in his plans for Denmark unless he is playing regularly for Arsenal.
The 22-year-old striker has cut a frustrated figure this season, playing just 74 minutes of Premier League football for the Gunners.
Injuries kept the Dane sidelined until October, with the strong form of his team-mates now restricting Bendtner to cameo appearances from the bench.
Bendtner's national coach Olson has expressed a desire to see his key striker play more games under Arsene Wenger, or his place in the national side will be under threat.
"Thinking with the eyes of the Danish national team, you have to have minutes and you have to have enough games, and if he's not playing in Arsenal we cannot use him," Olson told Sky Sports News.
"So it is important not only for Nicklas Bendtner but for all the players that they are playing.
"Bendtner has not been 100 per cent fit for a year. We also saw in the World Cup he was not 100 per cent.
"He has not played in the autumn, he has not played many minutes for Arsenal. We hope he will come back and show the talent he is."