England boss Gareth Southgate sent a message to Christian Eriksen after the Denmark star had to be resuscitated after collapsing during his country’s opening Euro 2020 clash against Finland. The Inter Milan midfielder dropped to the ground and needed CPR to be brought back around.
Quick-thinking team-mates and on-site medical staff rushed to Eriksen’s aid and helped him come back to life.
The distressing scenes sent shockwaves throughout football and England did the right thing in cancelling their scheduled press conference at short notice.
Southgate was due to address the media at 6.30pm BST to preview Sunday’s clash with Croatia.
But the Three Lions boss instead sent out a classy message to Eriksen, who is stable in hospital in Copenhagen.
“We are encouraged by the update from [the Danish Football Union] this evening,” Southgate said.
“On behalf of The FA, our players and staff, we send our very best wishes to Christian and those close to him.
“We pay tribute to those who went to his aid with such care to give the support he received. Our thoughts remain with Christian and his family tonight.”
Eriksen is said to have FaceTimed his Denmark team-mates after reaching the hospital and he told them to continue the match.
Finland went on to secure a shock 1-0 victory – their first ever win at a European Championship.
“Football truly put into perspective. I think the only thing I can think of remotely like that was Fabrice Muamba.
“He pulled through, let’s hope Christian pulls through as well. So distressing.”