The Danish midfielder will represent again in the prestigious competition.
June 12, 2021 was remembered by Finnish sports fans for two things in particular. Then Finland played for the first time in the prestigious tournament and a Danish player Christian Eriksen the heart stopped in the middle of the match.
Shortened to the field, Eriksen was on the verge of death, but the quick reaction of the doctors saved the Dane’s life. During the treatment procedures, the continuation of a football career was not top of mind for many, except for Eriksen himself.
Eriksen did not return to the EC tournament. Eriksen has said that his loved ones tried to keep the man away from the professional fields, but after the surgeries, the Dane strove towards the world’s elite.
He was fitted with a pacemaker, which allows him to continue his football career in certain leagues. His career in Italy could not continue because of that, but he could in the Premier League.
Today, Eriksen, who represents Manchester United, is still the driving force of the Danish national team and the engine of the midfield. He told the media conference of the Games that the heart problems have not changed his playing in one direction or the other.
– Maybe I run a little less than before, but otherwise I’m still the same man on the football field, Eriksen says according to ESPN.
The Danish fans are grateful that Eriksen wanted to continue his wonderful career also in the national team. The Danes expect that Eriksen and his partners will not go to Qatar just to turn around, but to get good results there. At the European Championships, the country was among the top four. Denmark is tenth in the world statistics, so the team should not miss the group stage.
– We dream of something big, and at the end of the day we have to earn it. In football terms, we take it one game at a time and see where it takes us.
– It is special to play with the national team in the World Cup. That’s something I’m particularly happy about, Eriksen concludes.
Denmark will face Tunisia on Tuesday, and after that, it’s the group’s pre-favorite France. In the final round, they will face Australia.