England pay tribute to Christian Eriksen as his old Tottenham team-mate Harry Kane gives Denmark captain Simon Kjaer a signed Three Lions No 10 shirt following midfielder’s cardiac arrest at Euro 2020
England stars showed their support for Christian Eriksen before their Euro 2020 semi-final clash against Denmark – presenting a Three Lions shirt to their opponents before kick-off as the midfielder continues his recovery from a cardiac arrest.
The world of sport was stunned last month when Eriksen collapsed to the turf during his team’s opening game of the tournament against Finland and leading to distressing scenes – although medics were able to revive him on the pitch.
Eriksen spent time in hospital having tests carried out on him to discover the cause for his shock collapse, before being discharged and assuring fans he was ‘fine, given the circumstances’.
England paid tribute to Christian Eriksen before their Euro 2020 clash with Denmark as they presented their opponents with a signed Three Lions shirt
Three Lions captain Harry Kane shakes hands with Denmark captain Simon Kjaer (right) as he hands over the shirt
The 29-year-old is continuing his recovery after being discharged from hospital
Denmark have been buoyed by support from around the world towards the player and the team at the tournament, helping them reach the last four, and the Three Lions were keen to make their own tribute at Wembley before playing them.
The pair posed for a photo with the shirt, as the matchday officials also joined in alongside them.
Kane, who played with Eriksen at Tottenham and remains a close friend of the playmaker, revealed he had got in touch with him to wish him well – but wanted to leave him to deal with his ’emotional rollercoaster’.
It was a touching gesture from England as both captains posed with the shirt for a photo
Kane played with Eriksen (right) at Tottenham and reached out to him after his collapse
‘I spoke to him after what happened to him and wished him well. He sent me a quick message back to say he’s okay,’ he told talkSport.
‘I kind of left him alone. It’s been an emotional rollercoaster for not just him but his family as well.
‘I’m sure he’ll be cheering against me on Wednesday, and rightly so. He will back his country all the way.’
Eriksen’s collapse stunned the world of football before medics revived him on the pitch
Kane warned his fellow England players that Denmark would be hugely boosted by their desire to play for Eriksen but said they would have to ‘focus on ourselves’ for the huge game at Wembley.
‘We know that it has united Denmark as a team and pushed them to be where they are now. We can’t focus too much on that. We have to focus on ourselves and what we can do.
‘Whatever happens, I hope to see to Chris soon and be in contact with him soon. The most important thing is he’s well.’