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Christian Eriksen issues touching first statement following cardiac arrest at Euro 2020.

Christian Eriksen has uttered his first message to supporters since he collapsed on to the turf just over 40 minutes into Denmark’s opening match of Euro 2020 against Finland after suffering a cardiac arrest.

The Inter Milan midfielder needed CPR before finally regaining consciousness and being stretchered off the pitch and taken to a nearby hospital.

Morton Boesen, Denmark’s team doctor, reported that the former Tottenham Hotspur star ‘was gone’ before he was resuscitated.

Notably, less than 48 hours after the horrific occurrence, Eriksen has already issued his first update to concerned supporters via Italian outlet Gazzetta dello Sport.

Eriksen’s feelings were delivered to the press by his national team manager Kasper Hjulmand, who reported that the midfielder said: “Thank you, I won’t give up. I feel better now – but I want to understand what’s happened. I want to say thank you all for what you did for me.”

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The 29-year-old currently rests in hospital, where he is continuing his recovery in a stable condition.

The distressing views sparked tributes from several football’s biggest names, including Eriksen’s former Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho.

The Portuguese coach told talkSPORT: “I think it’s a day to celebrate, not to be sad. Hopefully football went in a direction where the organisation, the protocols the level of the doctors and the specialists, and I also believe God was looking at football in that moment.

“Everything together made Christian to be with us, to be with his family, to be alive. It was much more important than football but at the same time I believe that it also showed the good values of football.

“The love, the solidarity, family spirit. It was not just about his family it was about the football family. Football bringing people together.

“I prayed yesterday, I cried yesterday, but how many millions did it around the world? I believe many because football can bring people together.

“Yesterday, for the wrong reasons football brought people together, at the end we can celebrate Christian is alive.”

Eriksen’s Inter Milan teammate Romelu Lukaku also sent his well-wishes after nicking a brace for Belgium against Russia, just hours after the disturbance.

“I was scared. You live strong moments together,” he told ITV. “I spent more time with him than with my family.

“It was difficult to play the game. I hope he is healthy and I dedicate this performance to him.”

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