Romelu Lukaku has declared his love for Christian Eriksen after he collapsed in Denmark’s Euro 2020 game against Finland in Copenhagen.
The striker, who is team-mates with the Dane at Inter Milan, scored Belgium’s opening goal against Russia before reeling away to the camera and saying ““Chris, Chris – I love you!”
Eriksen fell to the ground in the first-half at the Parken Stadium and doctors were quickly on the pitch to treat the midfielder.
Denmark captain Simon Kjaer had ran towards him, stabilised him on his back, cleared his airways and started CPR before medics arrived.
He was carried off on a stretcher and pictured with his head up.
It has been confirmed that Eriksen is awake and stable in hospital with Martin Schoots, Eriksen’s agent, being told by the player’s father that he “breathes and can speak. He’s awake”.
The match was postponed but shortly after a UEFA statement was released stating that the match, on the player’s request, would be resumed at the Parken Stadium.
News of Eriksen’s situation reverberated around the football world meaning the Belgium players were well aware of the situation.
Lukaku’s goal came after nine minutes and he initially asked his team-mates to stay away so that he could deliver the message to the camera.
UEFA’s president, Aleksander Čeferin, said: “Moments like this put everything in life into perspective. 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.”
Eriksen reportedly FaceTimed his Denmark teammates urging them to resume their Euro 2020 clash with Finland.
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.
Cesc Fabregas, who was in the BBC studio at the time of the incident, admitted that Eriksen’s situation put things into perspective.
“You realise that it is just a game,” he said.
“We need to enjoy every second and have passion for it but there are things that don’t matter anymore. More important is his health.
“Enjoy what you have in life and be blessed. That is it. This is a big shock and a reminder for all of us.”