Jensen retains World Cup dream

Clarets keeper hoping to hear Danish call

Jensen: In Olsen's thoughts

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Burnley keeper Brian Jensen is refusing to give up on his dream of gracing the 2010 World Cup finals.

The 34-year-old is yet to feature for his native Denmark, despite being a consistent performer for the Clarets, but insists that the international door has not been closed.

He was placed on standby for a World Cup qualifier against Portugal in September, and that has given him hope of earning further recognition in the future.

"When Denmark played Portugal I was on standby over there for the other two goalkeepers in case anything happened because Thomas Sorensen was suspended," said Jensen.

"I was basically cover but since then I hadn't really heard anything.

"At least now they have told me the door is open - but the only thing I'm thinking about is doing my best for Burnley.

"Hopefully that will be good enough, but it's not for me to say, it's down to the Danish manager (Morten Olsen).

"At the moment I'm probably fifth choice from his point of view, but hopefully I can fight my way into the squad.

"It will be my last chance, but fingers crossed I will do enough at the end of the season. Only time will tell."


Jensen remains an ever-present for Burnley this season, providing a reliable last line of defence for Owen Coyle's side.

He did sustain an ankle knock during a recent clash against Wigan, which threatened to keep him sidelined for a while, but the commanding Dane insists it will take more than a niggle to halt his Premier League adventure.

"We played 61 games last season and I didn't have any injuries, just a few niggles," he said.

"Being in the Premier League you don't want to miss any of the action so hopefully I won't have any more this season and I can get stronger to make sure we get a good chance in the Premier League.

"I know what we are capable of, we are playing up to our very best, but that's what we need to do or we'll be punished.

"We know we have a chance and everybody in the squad has always believed that and I am not overly surprised we have 16 points from 12 matches.

"We can only look up and hopefully we can get some more points on the board to make sure we establish ourselves in this league."