Christian Eriksen revealed Denmark return after Euro 2020 collapse

In interview, Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen revealed his plans of playing for the national team at this year’s FIFA World Cup in Qatar after recovering from the cardiac arrest at Euro 2020 football matches. The 29-year-old hasn’t played in any game since suffering a cardiac arrest against Finland. Denmark went on to earn a spot at Qatar 2022 by topping its qualifying group. 

“My goal is to play in the World Cup in Qatar, that’s been my mindset all along. Whether I’ll be picked is another thing, but it’s my dream to come back. So until then I’m just going to play and prove that I’m back at the same level,” he said in an interview with Danish broadcaster DR. Earlier, Inter has terminated his contract as wearing an implanted defibrillator is not allowed in Italy.

During the opening match of Euro 2020 between Finland and Denmark, the Danish footballer suddenly collapsed on the pitch in the 42nd minute of the game. He suffered a cardiac arrest and was resuscitated before being stretchered off the field. The incident required him to wear an implanted defibrillator, a device connected to the heart that sends an electrical pulse to correct irregular rhythms.

Eriksen has spent some time training on his own at former club Odense. “My dream is to rejoin the national team and play at Parken again and prove that it was a one-timer and that it won’t happen again,” Eriksen added. “I want to prove I’ve moved on and that I can play [for] the national team again. Again, it’s up to the manager to assess my level. But my heart is not an obstacle.”

In the same interview, the former Tottenham star also spoke about how he “died for five minutes” after the collapse. It was weird because I didn’t expect people to send flowers because I’d died for five minutes. It was quite extraordinary but it was very nice of everyone and it’s been a big help to me to receive all those best wishes.”

Eriksen, who has a contract in San Siro until 2024, spent six and a half seasons with Tottenham before joining Inter in January 2020 and made 60 appearances in all competitions before the incident, scoring eight goals. Eriksen’s agent, Martin Schoots, said that a return to England for Eriksen “would absolutely feel like coming home”.

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