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Eriksen Of Denmark, Sends Thank-You Message From Hospital Bed

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Eriksen Of Denmark, Sends Thank-You Message From Hospital Bed
Eriksen of Denmark, sends thank-you message from hospital bed 


Christian Eriksen thanked supporters for their “kind and fantastic” well-wishes after his breakdown at the European Championship in his first public letter from the hospital on Tuesday.

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Eriksen is still in the hospital after experiencing heart arrest during Denmark’s match against Finland on Saturday and had to be resuscitated on the field with a defibrillator.


“Thank you very much for your lovely and inspiring greetings and messages from all over the world.

Christian Eriksen giving a thumbs-up from his hospital bed days after collapsing during a UEFA Euro 2021 game.

Eriksen remarked in a message released on Twitter by the Danish soccer association, “It means a lot to me and my family.”


“I’m fine – under the circumstances,” he added. “I still have to go through some examinations at the hospital, but I feel okay. Now, I will cheer on the boys on the Denmark team in the next matches. Play for all of Denmark.”

Eriksen and the rest of the Denmark players have received an outpouring of support from all over the world since Saturday’s incident, including from fans of rival teams.

Denmark coach Kasper Hjulmand said the flood of messages shows that “football is the biggest social phenomenon in the world.”

“It’s the one thing that can unite most people in the world,” Hjulmand said at a news conference on Tuesday. “It brings friendship across nations, race, gender, everything. Football is one big family. … And we see this with all this recognition we get from people all over the world.”

Denmark, which lost to Finland 1-0 after the game was resumed, next plays Belgium on Thursday in Group B. On Monday, Eriksen’s teammates said the midfielder had told them to re-focus  on the tournament.

Denmark trained for a second straight day on Tuesday after taking Sunday off to process the incident.

The team was visited during the training session by Danish Crown Prince Frederik, who attended Saturday’s game and was among those to send a message of support to Eriksen.

And Hjulmand said he can tell that his players are gradually getting back the right mindset to play again.

“From the start of the training (Monday) until the end of the training, I think something happened, positively,” he said. “To get your body going again and to be on the pitch knowing that Christian is OK helped us all. … Yesterday afternoon, more and more smiles were on the faces of the players.”

But he acknowledged that returning to Parken Stadium again, where the players formed a ring around Eriksen as he was getting emergency medical treatment that saved his life, will be emotionally challenging.

“I don’t think they’re afraid to play,” Hjulmand said. “But the normal reaction to a trauma like this, you should know, it’s not only yourself. It’s also your family, maybe your kids, your wife, your parents. So the box of emotions has been opened. I think we took a big step yesterday and I think we’ll take another one today.

“Of course the time until the kickoff will be emotional, and we have to prepare ourselves for that, for entering the stadium again. Getting back to see our great fans. And up to kickoff there’ll be a lot of emotions we have to handle, and then prepare ourselves for when the referee whistles his first whistle. We will be ready to go and fight and play well and do everything for Denmark.”