Christian Eriksen’s first words to the public on his future after suffering cardiac arrest

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Christian Eriksen
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Christian Eriksen has issued his first public message since suffering a cardiac arrest by insisting that he “won’t give up”.

The former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder was named in Denmark’s starting eleven for their Euro 2020 opener against Finland and looked set to receive the ball from a throw in during the 43rd minute of the encounter when he appeared to stagger and then fall forward to the pitch.

Teammates called and gestured to trainers on the sideline to rush in for assistance and play was stopped immediately. 

The Dane received medical assistance where he lay on the ground with defender Simon Kjaer using his initiative to begin medical attention until the medics arrived with his team-mates and wife watching on as he underwent both CPR and the use of a defibrillator, which ended up saving his life (Sky Sports).

Eriksen remains in hospital in Copenhagen in a stable condition, but is undergoing further tests to ascertain what may have caused the medical emergency.

In a message via his agent, Martin Schoots, to Gazzetta dello Sport, he said to supporters: “Thank you, I won’t give up,”

“I feel better now – but I want to understand what’s happened.

“I want to say thank you all for what you did for me.”

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