The Manchester United striker saw his minutes increased again in the Finnish capital, coming on at half-time and enjoying a full 45 minutes leading the line. His side dominated but looked frustrated as the game edged towards a goalless draw, until Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg arrowed in a late winner from distance.
There were scenes of jubilation after the full-time whistle as the Danish squad went over to their away end. And Hojlund was right in the middle of it, leading the crowd with chants of &aposWe are the Danes, we are the Danes!&apos through the megaphone.
“I think so,” Hojlund told Bold.dk when asked if it was a dream to lead the fans. “I have always stood in the stands when I was little at FCK (Copenhagen) matches and national matches.
“It was super cool. It was a bit of a boyhood dream, and it was nice enough to grab the megaphone and talk to the fans out there.
“They (the older players) would like me to take on more responsibility, and I am one of the youngsters who have to step up to show my worth in the national team. It gave a boost and I&aposm happy about it.”
The Danish national side continue to have an excellent relationship with their hardcore fanbase, and players leading the post-match celebrations is a regular occurrence. Match-winner Hojbjerg did have the megaphone in hand but pushed Hojlund into the limelight.
“I would actually very much like to explain that,” Hojbjerg admitted after the win. “It was me who had to do it after the San Marino game.
“The last few days, Rasmus has told me that he thinks I mumbled a bit when I had it down in front of the fans in the Park. So now I just wanted to send him out so that the rest of us could laugh at the fact that he was the one who mumbled a bit.”