Former Danish goalkeeper and Manchester United legend Peter Schmeichel believes his country must be wary of Southampton striker Shane Long.

As per The 42, Schmeichel has warned Denmark about the Irish striker as the two sides prepare to meet in the World Cup play-off on Saturday night.

There are players in the Irish team that we need to be aware of. Shane Long is one of them. I’m not sure if he plays, but I would [play him]. Any time Shane Long is fit I’d play him.

The thing is, I think he is an incredible striker. I think he’s one we’ve got to keep an eye on all the time. Even when the ball breaks down and comes your way, you’ve got to know exactly where he is.

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The first of the two legs takes place in Copenhagen on Saturday before the two countries meet in Dublin with a place at the 2018 World Cup in Russia on the line.

The high levels of praise coming from the former Manchester United shot-stopper may come as some surprise to Southampton fans, with the 30-year-old coming in for some criticism from some sections of the Saints’ support.

The former West Brom forward is yet to score this season in the Premier League, with Southampton languishing in the bottom half of the table after winning just three of their opening 11 games.

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