Eriksen admits response to his cardiac arrest was 'extraordinary'

Eriksen admits response to his cardiac arrest was 'extraordinary'

January 4, 2022

Christian Eriksen reveals he wants to play for Denmark at Qatar World Cup this year – as he thanks fans for ‘extraordinary’ response to his cardiac arrest at Euro 2020: ‘I didn’t expect people to send flowers because I’d died for five minutes’

  • Christian Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest on June 12 last year at Euro 2020 
  • He received life-saving treatment on the pitch before being taken to hospital
  • He has not played since, with the Qatar World Cup kicking off in November 
  • But the Dane insists he still harbours dreams of making it to winter showpiece 

Christian Eriksen insists he wants to play for Denmark at this year’s World Cup in Qatar, describing it as a ‘goal’ and a ‘dream’ nearly seven months on from suffering a cardiac arrest.

Eriksen received life-saving treatment on the pitch at Copenhagen’s Parken Stadium during Denmark’s clash with Finland at Euro 2020 on June 12 last year, as his distraught partner Sabrina Kvist Jensen looked on.

He was then taken to a nearby hospital, where he was fitted with an ICD (Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator).

Christian Eriksen has revealed he wants to play for Denmark at the Qatar World Cup this year

Eriksen suffered the cardiac arrest during Denmark’s clash with Finland at Euro 2020

Eriksen has not played at club level or his national team since, with just over 10 months to go until the winter showpiece gets underway on November 21.

But the 29-year-old insists his ‘dream’ is to return to the national team in Qatar and ‘prove’ he can play at the same level he reached before his cardiac arrest, although he admitted any decision is in the hands of boss Kasper Hjulmand.

Asked about his football plans, Eriksen said in an interview with Danish outlet DR: ‘My goal is to play in the World Cup in Qatar. I want to play.

‘That’s been my mindset all along. It’s a goal, a dream. Whether I’ll be picked is another thing. But it’s my dream to come back.

After live-saving treatment on the field, he was taken to hospital, where he was fitted with an ICD

‘I’m sure I can come back because I don’t feel any different. Physically, I’m back in top shape. That’s been my goal and it’s still some time away, so until then I’m just going to play football and prove that I’m back at the same level.’

Asked how important Denmark were in this process, he added: ‘Very important. I want to play for them at the World Cup. 

‘My dream is to re-join the national team and play at Parken again and prove that it [cardiac arrest] was a one-timer and that it won’t happen again. 

‘I want to prove I have 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.’

He has not played since but insists he still ‘dreams’ of making the national team squad in Qatar

Eriksen also said he received an ‘extraordinary’ but ‘weird’ worldwide response in hospital following his cardiac arrest, admitting he did not expect it just because he had ‘died for five minutes’.  

‘It was amazing that so many people felt a need to write or send flowers,’ he added.

‘It had an impact on so many people, and they felt a need to let me and my family know. That makes me very happy. 

‘At the hospital, they kept saying I’d received more and more flowers. It was weird, because I didn’t expect people to send flowers because I’d died for five minutes.

However, the midfielder admitted any decision remains in the hands of Kasper Hjulmand

‘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, and people still write to me.

‘I’ve thanked people I’ve met in person. I’ve thanked the doctors, my team-mates and their families in person. 

‘But all the fans who have sent thousands of letters and emails and flowers, or who have come up to me in the street – both in Italy and Denmark – I thank them all for their support I got all over the world that helped me through this.’

In a tweet in which he posted part of the interview, he wrote: ‘It’s been a while. I hope this video explains how I feel towards all the messages, letters, mails, flowers, thoughts and everything else I’ve got! Thank you for all the love.’

The Danish playmaker has been working alone at Swiss club Chiasso in recent weeks as he targets a return to club football following his release by Inter Milan.

The Serie A champions ended his contract last month by mutual consent, because playing with a heart defibrillator is banned in Italy.

But such rules do not apply elsewhere and Eriksen hopes to resume training with a European club in January after a series of medical tests last month was cleared to resume his competitive career.

Sportsmail understands he has interest from the Premier League, as well as from clubs in Denmark and Holland.

Eriksen is hoping to join a new club this month after being released by Inter Milan last month

‘It is going really well for Christian,’ the playmaker’s representative Martin Schoots told Sportsmail. ‘He had all the checks just before Christmas and the results were so good that we expect him to be involved in a group training with a team some time later in January.

‘But I would prefer Christian to talk about this himself and he will do so very soon. Christian is very ambitious. Italy is one of the only countries with these regulations. 

‘In other countries it is very different. His contract with Inter has been terminated and now we can look forward.’




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