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Eriksen WC Comeback: Christian Eriksen says being back at WC after collapse is ‘very special’

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Eriksen WC Comeback: Christian Eriksen says it is “very special” to be back at the WC as he looks to complete a…

Eriksen WC Comeback: Christian Eriksen says it is “very special” to be back at the World Cup as he looks to complete a remarkable comeback from his cardiac arrest during last year’s European Championship. Follow FIFA World Cup 2022 Live updates with Akashera.IN

Eriksen WC Comeback: Christian Eriksen says being back at WC after collapse is ‘very special’

The playmaker collapsed on the pitch against Finland in June 2021 and had to be resuscitated in front of a stunned Copenhagen crowd and a television audience of millions. On the way to the hospital, he told his wife Sabrina that he would probably never play football again, but he was back in action eight months later.

The 30-year-old had an implantable cardioverter defibrillator fitted, meaning he had to leave Inter Milan due to regulations in Italy. But he signed for Brentford in the Premier League and also resumed his international career.

“It is very special to be at the WC for your national team,” said Eriksen, who is now at Manchester United. “It’s something I’ve tried before and I’m very happy to be back again.

“It (the breakdown) gave me an appreciation for being alive and being with my family. I think everything else just got pushed to the side.” Denmark, who face Tunisia on Tuesday, also face world champions France in Group D and will fancy their chances after beating Les Bleus home and away in the Nations League earlier this year.

Eriksen WC Comeback: Christian Eriksen says being back at WC after collapse is ‘very special’

With their talisman back in top form, Denmark look an even stronger proposition than the team that were only narrowly eliminated from Euro 2020 in the semi-finals by England. “For me personally, it’s always good to be part of the team,” Eriksen said. “I hope I can help the team as much as I can in any way.

“I know we’ve beaten France, but usually in a tournament France is a different team compared to the rest of the year. We know what we have to do and we’re looking forward to it.

– The national team has always been strong. I think the belief in the squad and from you, the fans, was greater when I came back from the fall.” Denmark assistant coach Morten Wieghorst said Eriksen was an “inspiration” to his teammates and the rest of his country.

“In my opinion, he’s been even better than he was before the accident,” Wieghorst said. “I really believe he has become an even better player if that was possible.”

Eriksen WC Comeback: Christian Eriksen says being back at WC after collapse is ‘very special’

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