To make sure you never miss out on your favourite NEW stories, we're happy to send you some reminders

Click 'OK' then 'Allow' to enable notifications

Not now
OK
Advert

'I Want To Play' - Christian Eriksen Targets Return For Denmark At World Cup In Qatar

Published 
| Last updated 

'I Want To Play' - Christian Eriksen Targets Return For Denmark At World Cup In Qatar

Christian Eriksen has revealed his still hopes to play for Denmark at the World Cup in Qatar later this year.

The 29-year-old midfielder has not played professional football since suffering a cardiac arrest during a Euro 2020 match against Finland at Copenhagen’s Parken Stadium in June.

Eriksen received life-saving treatment on the pitch for several minutes before being taken to hospital for further treatment. 

Advert
The midfielder suffered a cardiac arrest while playing for Denmark at Euro 2020 (Image: Alamy)
The midfielder suffered a cardiac arrest while playing for Denmark at Euro 2020 (Image: Alamy)

He was later fitted with a defibrillator but was forced to leave his club side Inter Milan in December due to Serie A rules which would not allow him to play with the device.

Eriksen is now training individually and is eyeing a return to club football in the hope that he can make Denmark’s squad for the World Cup, which begins on November 21.

“My goal is to play in the World Cup in Qatar. I want to play,” Eriksen told Danish outlet DR.

Advert

“That's been my mindset all along. It's a goal, a dream. Whether I'll be picked is another thing. But it's my dream to come back.

“I'm sure I can come back because I don't feel any different.

Eriksen is confident he can play for Denmark again (Image: Alamy)
Eriksen is confident he can play for Denmark again (Image: Alamy)

Loading…

Advert

“Physically, I'm back in top shape. That's been my goal and it's still some time away, so until then I'm just going to play football and prove that I'm back at the same level.”

In the TV interview, Eriksen revealed that he “died for five minutes” during the incident in June. 

Denmark captain Simon Kjaer and the team’s medical staff were later given the 2021 UEFA President's Award for their role in saving Eriksen’s life.

Kjaer put the midfielder in the recovery position and started CPR before the medical team took over.

Advert

He then gathered his Denmark team-mates and used them as a shield to keep Eriksen from the view of the media and those in the stadium.

Eriksen is without a club after leaving Inter Milan in December (Image: Alamy)
Eriksen is without a club after leaving Inter Milan in December (Image: Alamy)

Eriksen has thanked the doctors who saved his life, his team-mates and fans from across the world who sent him flowers and well-wishes during his recovery.

“At the hospital, they kept saying I'd received more and more flowers,” added Eriksen.

Advert

“It was weird, because I didn't expect people to send flowers because I'd died for five minutes.

“It was quite extraordinary, but it was very nice of everyone, and it's been a big help to me to receive all those best wishes, and people still write to me.

“I've thanked people I've met in person. I've thanked the doctors, my team-mates and their families in person.

“But all the fans who have sent thousands of letters and emails and flowers, or who have come up to me in the street - both in Italy and Denmark - I thank them all for their support I got all over the world that helped me through this.”

Former Ajax and Tottenham midfielder Eriksen is continuing to train alone but will return to group training later this month, according to reports.

The Daily Mail claim there is strong interest in Eriksen from clubs in Denmark, the Netherlands and England – including teams in the Premier League.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy & DR

Topics: Christian Eriksen, Football World Cup, Denmark, Inter Milan, Tottenham Hotspur, Ajax, Football

Rory O'Callaghan
More like this
Advert
Advert
Advert

Chosen for YouChosen for You

Football

Jose Mourinho Wins Yet Another European Trophy As Roma Beat Feyenoord In The Europa Conference League Final

3 hours ago

Most Read StoriesMost Read

Football

BBC Apologise After "Manchester United Are Rubbish" Appears On New Ticker

a day ago