Danish Football Union (FU) Director of Football, Peter Moller, has revealed that Christian Eriksen managed to speak with his teammates from the hospital after his on-field collapse during Denmark's Euro 2020 opener against Finland.
Eriksen was taken to the hospital after collapsing on the field in the first half of the game, and required extensive on-pitch treatment before being carried off on a stretcher. The match was temporarily suspended, and resumed more than 90 minutes later.
Moller confirmed that the players had spoken to Eriksen and were “playing the match for Christian”. "He collapsed and got help and heart treatment on the field," Moller told DR. "He was fortunately awake when he left the stadium.
"We have been in contact with him, and the players have spoken with Christian. That's the good news. He is doing well and they are playing the match for Christian. Our thoughts are with Christian's parents and his family."
Denmark coach, Kasper Hjulmand, was full of praise for his players after the game, and said: "It was a tough night. We are all reminded what the most important thing in life is and that is to have valuable relations. We have a group of players I can’t praise enough. I couldn’t be prouder of these people who take such good care of each other at such a time where one of my very, very dear friends is suffering.”
Denmark lost the game 1-0, but the coach was far from concerned about the result of the game. “All of our thoughts and prayers are with Christian and his family right now,” Hjulmand added. “Christian is one of our best players and he’s an even better person, so all my thoughts and all my positive energy go out to Christian.”