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Åge Hareide hoping to channel Danish Dynamite spirit of ‘86 against Croatia

Coach says his players can take a more positive approach to last-16 game now that tension of the group stage has been lifted

It is perhaps the most famous piece of graffiti in Danish football history. The question had been spray-painted in downtown Copenhagen. “What if Jesus comes back?” The answer would appear the following day. “Then we’ll move Elkjaer out wide.”

It was 1986, the Mexico World Cup was being played, and it was one of those vignettes that resonated widely, capturing the mood in a heartbeat. The tone was lighthearted but the pride was evident. Preben Elkjaer, the national team’s striker, could not be supplanted – even by the son of God.

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