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Dan Plays Down Recent Praise

18 October 2021

Daniel Iversen has played down the praise he has received for his recent performances in goal, laughing off the comments saying “it’s my job”.

The Danish goalkeeper has featured in all 12 Championship matches so far this season since returning to the club on loan from Leicester City.

In those games, he has made impressive stops along the way, and both head coach Frankie McAvoy and team-mates, such as Tom Barkhuizen, have praised him in front of the press.

Dan laughed when asked about that, though, as he said: “It’s what I’m here for. I’m a goalkeeper, I have to keep the ball out of the net, that’s my job.

“I don’t know what else to say to that other than it’s my job!”

Away from club football, Dan’s native Denmark qualified for the 2022 World Cup during the last international break.

The 24-year-old has previously been called up to the national team, being a regular feature in the youth teams, before receiving a senior team call-up in 2019.

His recent performances could well warrant another inclusion in the squad, but Dan stressed he isn’t busy spending time thinking about that.

“You always have to try, but I don’t really think about it,” he admitted. “It’ll come when it comes, it’s not my decision so I’ll just wait, try to do my best here at Preston, that’s what I have to do.

“If they call me up, they call me up, if they don’t then they don’t. It’s not the end of the world.

“I have to concentrate on Preston right now and that’s my focus.”

At North End, Dan and his team-mates have the visit of Coventry City to prepare for on Wednesday evening.

The Sky Blues arrive in Lancashire full of confidence after making a great start to their second season back in the Championship, sitting fourth in the table as things stand, but the goalkeeper feels PNE should spend more time focusing on themselves.

“We don’t have to look so much at Coventry, we have to look at ourselves and how we play,” he said.

“We have to play our game, but of course we have to look a little bit at Coventry also. We know they’re a good team, a good passing team and they score a lot of goals, so we have to be aware of that, but we have to concentrate on our play.”

Hear more from Daniel in his full interview on iFollow PNE.


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