EUROPA LEAGUE: Brede Hangeland expecting stern Odenese test

29 September 2011 08:28
Up for the battle: Brede Hangeland [LNB]Fulham defender Brede Hangeland believes Odense will prove a stern test on his return to Denmark. [LNB]The 30-year-old joined the Cottagers in 2008 from Copenhagen, with whom he plied his trade for two years. [LNB]Hangeland twice won the Superliga title during his time in Denmark, fending off resistance from Odense on both occasions. [LNB] The defender expects a similarly tough contest on Thursday evening and is looking forward to pitting his wits with Odense once more. [LNB]'When I was here they were the second best team in this league and I was lucky to be part of the best team in this league,' Hangeland said. [LNB]'We had a few hard games against them. I expect the same tomorrow. [LNB]'It's a hard place to come to and they have great support. It should be a good game. [LNB] The long and short of it: Hangeland has impressed during his time with Fulham[LNB]'Some of the fans will have seen me - it's only three and a half years since I played in this league. [LNB]'I have taken part in a few games on this pitch so hopefully they will give me a good reception tomorrow if they remember me.'[LNB] Hangeland has impressed throughout his time in west London despite regular links with a move to pastures new. [LNB]The Norway international has never seemingly been affected by off-field issues and admits he was surprised by the issues between Manchester City and Carlos Tevez this week. [LNB]'We've all taken notice but I think it's very hard to comment on that when you don't know the details,' he added. [LNB]'As a general rule I think any player should respect his contract and if the manager asks you to play you should play. [LNB]'I try and play even when I shouldn't play because I'm injured. [LNB]  EUROPA LEAGUE LIVE: Follow all the action from the group stages as it happensHangeland: Players have a duty to play - even when injuredRetiring Hughes to lead Northern Ireland into final two international matches

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