LIVERPOOL defender Daniel Agger leads Denmark into their Euro 2012 campaign today insisting he doesn’t fear the threat of Holland dangerman Robin van Persie.
The 27-year-old skipper knows the Danes face a tough task getting out of Group B which also includes Germany and Portugal.
To have any hope of reaching the knockout stages they need to upset the odds against the Dutch in Kharkiv (5pm) and Agger will be tasked with keeping van Persie quiet.
The striker enjoyed a stunning campaign with Arsenal as he bagged 30 league goals, including a match-winning double at Anfield back in March.
Having been crowned Footballer of the Year, Van Persie is now hotly tipped to win the Golden Boots at the Euros but Agger is ready for the challenge.
“I have spoken about van Persie every day for three weeks and now I am just happy the tournament is about to begin for us,” he said.
“His speed? Well, he is not the quickest. He is not the slowest either. I don’t know if I’d be able to beat him over 100 metres. We haven’t tried that one yet.
“He is always at the right place and his runs are very good. And you have to give him that he has a good shot, a really good left foot.
“His heading isn’t his strong point. Of course, he is an all-round player so he can do most things, including heading. But some things are better than others.
“We just have to be aware and it’s important to stay one step ahead. As long as we keep the ball he will struggle to create chances and that won’t please him.
“But I don’t think you can go up close to him and press him and irritate him. That is something he is used to all the time.”
Agger is set for a testing evening with the 2010 World Cup finalists also able to call upon Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, who topped the goalscoring charts in the Bundesliga.
In stark contrast to Holland coach Bert van Marwijk, Denmark’s Morten Olsen has little firepower with Nicklas Bendtner, who spent last season on loan at Sunderland, expected to lead the line.
“We don’t have big stars like Holland,” Agger added.
“We have to work as a unit and play like one.”