I'm better than Duff, says Riise

Fulham midfielder Bjorn Helge Riise could find himself in hot water following critical reports of his team-mates, particularly Ireland's Damien Duff, in the Norwegian press.

Riise, 26, only signed for the Premier League club from Lillestrom in July for £2m.

However, the midfielder has been quick to point out perceived shortcomings in Roy Hodgson’s squad.

According to Norwegian paper Avisenes Nyhetsbyra, Riise said: “I don’t think they’ve done all that well, but they have a good reputation and come from bigger clubs than me.

“I came from little Lillestrom in Norway, but players like Damien Duff have a name and status after playing for clubs like Newcastle and Chelsea and are ahead of me.

“I believe I have better qualities and strengths as a player than he does.

“He has the speed and the experience, and a good shot, but he is not that much faster than I am, and I have a better technique, a better touch and deliver better passes than he does. And I can be used in different roles.”

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