Christian Eriksen: ‘Damn nice’ to see Denmark star smiling and laughing, says team-mate Kasper Schmeichel

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Denmark’s Kasper Schmeichel has spoken of visiting Christian Eriksen in hospital, remarking that it was “damn nice” to his team-mate smiling and laughing.

Eriksen remains at Copenhagen’s Rigshospitalet and has been described as being in a good and stable condition after collapsing during the first half of Denmark’s Euro 2020 Group B opener against Finland on Saturday.

Danish team doctor Morten Boesen said on Sunday that the Inter Milan midfielder - who spent seven years at Tottenham between 2013-20 - suffered a cardiac arrest at the Parken Stadium and “was gone” before being quickly resuscitated after one defibrilliation.

As well as obviously for Eriksen himself, the emergency was a harrowing experience for the rest of the Denmark players, many of whom were in tears as they formed a protective ring around their stricken team-mate as he received prolonged treatment from medics on the pitch.

But Leicester goalkeeper Schmeichel says seeing his friend apparently in good spirits in hospital has now helped him after such a distressing situation.

“It was damn nice to see him smile and laugh and be himself and just feel that he is there. It was a great experience and something that has helped me a lot," he told reporters on Monday.

Having been given the option to finish the suspended match either later that evening or at noon the next day, Denmark did resume the game against Finland after being assured that Eriksen was okay, losing 1-0 after Joel Pohjanpalo’s header.

With coach Kasper Hjulmand and players since expressing regret over that decision, there had been question marks over whether the Danes would be able to continue at Euro 2020, with Group A matches to come against Belgium (on Thursday) and Russia (next Monday) in Copenhagen over the next week.

However, Schmeichel believes this Denmark squad have the togetherness and the strength necessary to do something special at the tournament for Eriksen.

“We’re still in the tournament,” he added. “Now, we have to try to see if we can win this and do it for Christian and do it for all the fans who sat with us and were just as powerless in the situation as we were.

“I have no doubt that this team has the unity, the strength to be able to come together and go out and do something special.”

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