Christian Eriksen is set to make a return in international football matches as he has been called up to be part of Denmark squad for upcoming friendlies, the first time he has been selected since the Euro 2020 football matches collapse. Denmark, who earned a spot at Qatar 2022 by topping its qualifying group, is scheduled to have friendlies against Netherlands and Serbia.
“I expect Christian to go in and be a deciding factor for our team,” Denmark head coach Kasper Hjulmand told the Danish newspaper. “I did not expect him to play right now, realistically I thought he would be ready by the summer. However Christian is with the squad because he is the best in that position.” The 30-year-old is currently playing in Premier League side Brentford on a six-month deal.
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.
His first game after the incident came during Brentford’s friendly game against Southend where he contributed an assist in a behind-closed-doors practice match. He made his first appearance for the Bees in the Premier League as a substitute in a defeat against Newcastle United last month where he was given a standing ovation from fans and players of both sides.
Eriksen also aims to make a comeback in order to play for Denmark at the 2022 World Cup in December. The playmaker has won 109 caps for his country, the fifth on the list of Denmark’s most capped players had signed a contract which ran until the summer of 2024. “My goal is to play in the World Cup in Qatar. I want to play,” Eriksen said earlier this year. “That’s been my mindset all along. It’s a goal, a dream.”
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