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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Christian Eriksen: Denmark hat trick is 'going to mean a lot for my whole life'

Ireland scored first but Denmark came back in a big way behind the talent of Tottenham's Christian Eriksen to book a spot in the World Cup.
The FC panel pile on the praise for Christian Eriksen's hat-trick performance that powered Denmark's thrashing of Ireland.

Christian Eriksen was delighted to play a major part as his stunning hat trick helped fire Denmark to the 2018 World Cup as they shot the Republic of Ireland's dreams down in flames with a 5-1 victory.

With the game level at 1-1, Eriksen fired a powerful effort home from the edge of the 18-yard box to put the Danes ahead. 

The Tottenham midfielder then netted his second after finding space and firing past Randolph after 63 minutes and he completed his hat trick with another powerful effort with just over 15 minutes remaining. 

That gave him eight goals in his past eight international games, and his second career international hat trick. He has never scored a hat trick in his club career with Ajax or Tottenham.

"It's not often I score any hat trick, so of course it's incredible and taking your country to the World Cup with three goals away and winning the playoff, it's going to mean a lot for my whole career, for my whole life really. It's a big thing and I'm very, very happy about it," he said after the game.

"It's an incredible feeling. We've been fighting for so long to get there [to the World Cup] and of course now the two playoff games were very hard but with the result we got tonight we can be very pleased and it makes you very much looking forward to the World Cup."

Christian Eriksen's three goals sparked Denmark to a World Cup spot.

The Spurs man, who will line up in Saturday's north London derby at Arsenal, believes his confidence comes from changes in the coaching team following Age Hareide's appointment in charge a little over 18 months ago.

Eriksen added: "I think mentally I've grown up and taken a more clinical shot instead of the passing and a bit more thinking I think, a bit more of a striker -- getting my own shots out and get the goal as soon as possible.

"With the change of the manager and how we play, it's meant a lot for my position in the game and how we keep me in the game, keep me involved. It's been a big change."

Meanwhile, Hareide had a message for Ireland after the match, thanking them for giving Denmark the space to thrive and win the game with comfort.

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