Denmark talisman Christian Eriksen reportedly told his team-mates he was ‘proud’ of them after they beat Czech Republic to seal their spot in the Euro 2020 semi-finals.
Eriksen collapsed on the pitch during his nation’s first group stage clash against Finland last month, having suffered a cardiac arrest, and needed emergency treatment to save his life.
He has since watched Denmark’s other fixtures from hospital and back at home, and Italian outlet Gazzetta dello Sport claim that he sent a touching message to the squad on WhatsApp after their latest heroics.
Christian Eriksen told his Denmark team-mates he was ‘proud of them’ after their latest victory
Talisman Eriksen, pictured while in hospital in a selfie taken from his bed last month, reportedly sent the touching message after Denmark’s 2-1 win against Czech Republic
Goals from Thomas Delaney and Kasper Dolberg saw them progress to the final four of the tournament and continue their fairy-tale story, and they will next take on England for a place in the final at Wembley.
Inter Milan midfielder Eriksen is believed to have said ‘I am proud of you’ following the full-time whistle on Saturday, in his latest show of support after having a heart-starter device fitted.
The harrowing incident involving Eriksen understandably left his team-mates rocked, and Denmark lost their first two matches, against Finland and Belgium respectively.
Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest in Denmark’s first game of Euro 2020 against Finland in June
However, they rallied to beat Russia 4-1 and make it out of Group B, and followed up the milestone with a pulsating 4-0 victory against Wales in the last-16.
Defender Simon Kjaer, the man widely praised for his likely life-saving intervention after Eriksen’s sudden collapse, has admitted the moment helped bring the players closer together, culminating in their superb run of form.
‘It did something to the group. We thrive and we’re safe together,’ captain Kjaer said, via Goal. ‘We know we can trust the people around us.
‘We know that if one of us is in trouble, then someone else is there for you. It gives us security and of course it makes Christian feel good.
Denmark will next face England at the tournament after marching through to the semi-finals
Boss Kasper Hjulmand admitted the occasion was ‘magical’, having guided his team superbly
‘We can press because we know that the player next to us is there to back us up.’
Boss Kasper Hjulmand, meanwhile, described their qualification for the latter stages of the showpiece as ‘magical’.
‘The first thing I showed the boys when we met was a picture of Wembley, when we were there in the autumn,’ Hjulmand told UEFA.com. ‘I said that we were going to come back.
‘It was like we were playing in a Danish stadium because our dedicated fans came to support us in Baku. We’re deeply thankful.’
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