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Christian Eriksen: “I remember it all, except those minutes when I was in heaven,” says Eriksen on his Euro 2020 collapse; Watch full interview

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Christian Eriksen: “I remember it all, except those minutes when I was in heaven,” – In his recent interview speaks on the incident which had all the football world worried and scared. The moment the Danish player fell on the floor surrounded by his teammates and doctors giving him CPR, he opens up on the situation and what was going through his head at the time. Follow Live sports news and updates on InsideSport.IN

Christian Eriksen: “I remember it all, except those minutes when I was in heaven,” says Eriksen on his Euro 2020 collapse; Watch full interview

Christian Eriksen: Full interview

Christian Eriksen took to social media to share his recent interview from Danish TV station DR1 where he is heard speaking about his future ambitions in the upcoming WOrld Cup 2022 and he also shares his memories during his collapse in Denmark’s Euror 2020 clash against Finland on June 12th last year.

Danish TV station DR1 released clips from the former Tottenham and Inter Milan midfielder’s first interview since the incident earlier this week, with Eriksen revealing he wants to play at the Qatar World Cup later this year and insists he has no concerns of suffering another cardiac arrest after having an ICD (Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator) fitted.

Recalling the build-up to the match, Eriksen begins: “I felt great, there were no indications of anything. I felt like normal, so I didn’t see it coming at all. I remember [Joakim] Maehle’s throw-in. I remember being hit by the ball and I passed it back using my shin. I felt a small cramp in my calf and then I blacked out.”

Christian Eriksen: “I remember it all, except those minutes when I was in heaven,” says Eriksen on his Euro 2020 collapse; Watch full interview

Further on he says, “I’m on my back when I wake up. I feel them pressing on me. I struggled to breathe and then I heard faint voices and doctors talking. I’m thinking, this can’t be me lying here. I’m healthy. My first thought is that I broke my back. Can I move my legs? I can move my toes, little things like that.”

“I remember it all, except those minutes when I was in heaven.” Describing how he felt after being revived, Eriksen said: “When I woke up from the CPR it was like waking from a dream. I was far away. I don’t remember a thing, usually you remember bits of a dream, but I don’t remember a thing from when I passed out.”

“I struggled to breathe as I came to and slowly I saw the doctors surrounding me and heard voices. When our cardiologist says that I’m 30, I correct him and say hey, I’m only 29. I regained consciousness right away.”

“I remember the atmosphere,” he said. “The white linen around me to shield me from view. I look up and see the fans singing. I get carried out to the ambulance. I remember that clearly. It’s not until I’m in the ambulance that I realise I had been dead.”

Christian Eriksen: "I remember it all, except those minutes when I was in heaven," says Eriksen on his Euro 2020 collapse; Watch full interview
Christian Eriksen: “I remember it all, except those minutes when I was in heaven,” says Eriksen on his Euro 2020 collapse; Watch full interview

“In the ambulance, one of the paramedics asks our team doctor: “For how long was he out, three to four minutes?” That’s when I realise I was out.” Eriksen admits that he was ready to retire from football after realising what had happened to him. ‘In the ambulance I’m thinking: “Keep my boots, I won’t play again.” I tell my fiancee Sabrina the same: “I’m not going to play again, no way.”‘

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‘As I’m lying there, the national team calls me,’ Eriksen recalls. ‘They’re on FaceTime and want to know how I’m doing. Should they continue playing? What do I think? I tell them: “I’ll be OK. I’m going to get through this. For me it’s OK if you play.”

‘But they shouldn’t have played, not after that trauma. But that [the trauma] wasn’t me. I had lost those minutes. I didn’t know what had happened. I didn’t realise what they had seen.’

‘I watched all of Denmark’s matches, none of the others,’ he said. ‘As I private person, I was happy they got so far, but as a player I wanted to be there. I felt this was just a little thing. I could walk and felt I could run. All I had was a scar and an ICD, that’s all, but that wasn’t to be.’

‘I’m forever in love with football,’ he said. ‘I can feel they [his family] support my desire to play again. If Sabrina had said: “I don’t want you to play anymore,” this would be a very different situation.

‘Of course, we have a trauma from June 12, but since then we have found our bearings so that Sabrina is OK with me going to the gym for a few hours and to the practice field. She trusts that when I go, I always come back.’

Christian Eriksen: “I remember it all, except those minutes when I was in heaven,” says Eriksen on his Euro 2020 collapse; Watch full interview

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