AP – Christian Eriksen has told his Denmark teammates to look forward to their European Championship game against Belgium on Thursday.
Three of Denmark’s players have spoken to the media for the first time since Eriksen’s collapse during Saturday’s game against Finland at Euro 2020.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg said Eriksen delivered a message via video link from the hospital that he is doing okay and that they should try to focus on playing the next game. He said seeing Eriksen smile gave him “a form of energy” and that the team will play for the midfielder against Belgium.
Eriksen suffered cardiac arrest and had to be resuscitated with a defibrillator. Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel praised Denmark’s medical staff as “heroes” who performed “a miracle”.
Forward Martin Braithwaite fought back tears as he described praying for Eriksen on the field as he was getting treatment.