The England squad reportedly underwent cardiac screening tests in a bid to reduce the risk of suffering a similar incident to Christian Eriksen’s horrifying collpase.
Eriksen, 29, suffered a cardiac arrest in Denmark’s Euro 2020 clash with Finland on Saturday afternoon, with the heroic actions of his teammates and medics – who used a defibrillator – saving his life.
Players often undergo checks to look for such conditions, and the England squad were thoroughly examined ahead of this summer’s European Championship.
As reported by The Sun , the FA does not allow players to link up with the Three Lions unless they have passed an electrocardiogram test to check for abnormalities within the last year.
They must also have undergone a detailed echocardiogram ultrasound scan within the last two years.
The report adds it is FA policy to regularly and thoroughly perform cardiac screening tests for the England youth teams as well as the senior side.
Moreover, England’s medics must all have obtained an Advanced Trauma Medical Management In Football certificate, preparing them for what to do should a player collapse or sustain a serious injury.
These heightened measures are partly in response to the terrifying collapse of former Bolton Wanderers and England Under-21 midfielder Fabrice Muamba during an FA Cup tie with Tottenham Hotspur in 2012.
The report cites a source who stated: “All England medical staff also have the highest standard of medical equipment with them pitchside to quickly and efficiently manage incidents.
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“They’re ready to react quickly and effectively should the worst kind of incident occur, both in a match and training scenarios.
“It’s an issue which is taken incredibly seriously in the light of what happened to both Fabrice and Christian. No chances are taken.”
Eriksen has since released his first message after being admitted to hospital, where he is being monitored for further checks.
Denmark’s team doctor Morton Boesen addressed the press on Sunday afternoon to say tests “so far look fine” while also admitting there is “no explanation” for why Eriksen collapsed.
Meanwhile, Germany’s team doctor Tim Meyer provided an insight into the stringent cardiac tests all those playing at Euro 2020 will have undergone.
He said: “Fundamentally, we and other nations follow two strategies: 1. We examine our players regularly for underlying health issues. The DFB (German FA) does this comprehensively and I presume that the Danish FA does too.”
“2. When such cases occur, it is vital that those involved are able to take the right steps. Doctors and trained medical personnel are on standby. We always have two defibrillators, in case one fails.”