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EUROPA LEAGUE: Brede Hangeland expecting stern Odenese test

29 Sep 2011 08:28:57

EUROPA LEAGUE: Brede Hangeland expecting stern Odenese test

Up for the battle: Brede Hangeland Fulham defender Brede Hangeland believes Odense will prove a stern test on his return to Denmark. The 30-year-old joined the Cottagers in 2008 from Copenhagen, with whom he plied his trade for two years. Hangeland twice won the Superliga title during his time in Denmark, fending off resistance from Odense on both occasions. The defender expects a similarly tough contest on Thursday evening and is looking forward to pitting his wits with Odense once more. '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. 'We had a few hard games against them. I expect the same tomorrow. 'It's a hard place to come to and they have great support. It should be a good game. The long and short of it: Hangeland has impressed during his time with Fulham 'Some of the fans will have seen me - it's only three and a half years since I played in this league. '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.' Hangeland has impressed throughout his time in west London despite regular links with a move to pastures new. 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. '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. 'As a general rule I think any player should respect his contract and if the manager asks you to play you should play. 'I try and play even when I shouldn't play because I'm injured.  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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