Eriksen FaceTimed Denmark teammates from hospital bed and told them to play game

Christian Eriksen reportedly FaceTimed his Denmark teammates urging them to resume their Euro 2020 clash with Finland.

The midfielder collapsed during the first half in Copenhagen, sparking distressing scenes on the pitch.

Eriksen was seen receiving CPR as his teammates formed a barrier between him and any cameras.

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The 29-year-old was down on the turf for over ten minutes before being stretched away and rushed to hospital.

Thankfully, news has now emerged that Eriksen’s condition is stabilised as he undergoes testing and receives additional treatment.

UEFA subsequently confirmed that at the players’ request the game would continue.

Denmark players formed a wall around Eriksen, with the player receiving treatment from medical officials

That statement read: “Following the request made by players of both teams, UEFA has agreed to restart the match between Denmark and Finland tonight at 20:30 CET (TBC).

“The last four minutes of the first half will be played, there will then be a 5-minute half-time break followed by the second half.”

A source close to the Danish team told German TV that Eriksen had been in contact with his team, telling them to finish the game as they look for a winning start to the tournament.

Danish FA director Peter Moller has also confirmed to broadcasters that he has spoken from his hospital bed and is well.

He said: “Eriksen is in hospital for extensive checks. The players spoke to Eriksen. Eriksen told his teammates, ‘I’m fine, keep playing.’

“It was very important for his friends to know that Eriksen was okay. They’re playing for Eriksen.”

The Danish FA director said Eriksen's teammates spoke to him before they decided to resume the game vs Finland
The Danish FA director said Eriksen’s teammates spoke to him before they decided to resume the game vs Finland

England were due to have their pre-match press conference ahead of their own opener vs Croatia at Wembley.

Manager Gareth Southgate and Harry Kane were expected to address the press, but in the aftermath of the distressing turn of events in Copenhagen, that was subsequently cancelled.

Kane played alongside the Dane in north London and developed a close relationship both on, and off the pitch.

Following the resumption of the game, Finland took the lead in the second half, with their players carrying out a muted celebration as a mark of respect.

In touching scenes at the Parken Stadium, while supporters desperately waited for updates, the two sets of fans joined in signing Eriksen’s name in unison.

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin issued a message shortly after the positive news regarding Eriksen’s condition emerged.

“Moments like this put everything in life into perspective,” he said. “I wish Christian a full and speedy recovery and pray his family has strength and faith.

“At these times, the unity of the football family is so strong and he and his family carry with them the good wishes and prayers of everyone. I heard of fans of both teams chanting his name. Football is beautiful and Christian plays it beautifully.”

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