Glenn Hoddle has revealed that he texted his support to former Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen after he suffered a cardiac arrest in Denmark’s opening group game of the European Championships.
The footballing world was shocked when Eriksen collapsed during the match against Finland as the medical staff on hand at the ground looked to revive him using a defibrillator.
Thankfully, the midfielder was rushed to a hospital and was able to make a full recovery.
Eriksen’s recovery certainly seemed to galvanise the Danes, who outperformed expectations by making it all the way to the semi-finals where they eventually lost to England.
The Danish players might not be heading back home with the trophy but they certainly won many hearts with the way in which they rallied around the 29-year-old.
Hoddle, who also suffered a cardiac arrest back in 2018, praised the way Eriksen’s teammates reacted when faced with an extremely challenging situation.
The Tottenham legend told Football.London: “Well, if I’m honest, I actually didn’t see it. I couldn’t watch it. I didn’t see it. And I’ve not wanted to see it.
“I saw pictures of what happened, obviously, and I thought the Danish players and staff were incredible. They reacted incredibly well, they were fantastic and thank God Christian is still with us but it brought it all back to me. I must admit it was a tough one.
“As I say not to watch, but I knew what him and his family are going through and I know now. I texted him and said, ‘Look, if you need any sort of chat or anything, because I know what you have to go through.’
“Every scenario is different, but you have a cardiac arrest and they’ve got to get to you within three minutes and if you haven’t got the CPR, then you’re gone and that’s why I was lucky. That’s why Christian was lucky. So it’s hard for that.
“They’re [Denmark] not using it but they’re on this wave of emotion for Christian and the whole country. And I thought you know that when they won against Russia, in the stadium. Wow.
“You could see the celebrations of fans, and players and staff all unite together for Christian Eriksen it was an amazing emotion. It really was.”
Spurs Web Opinion
Whatever happens in the final, for many football fans around the world, Euro 2020 will be remembered for Eriksen’s recovery as incidents like these put the game into perspective.
The medical staff on hand deserve a ton of praise for their work and the fact that the former Spurs midfielder managed to pull through is by far the most important result of the tournament.
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