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Eriksen to captain Denmark on return to stadium where he suffered cardiac arrest

CHRISTIAN ERIKSEN will captain Denmark on his return to the stadium where he suffered his horror cardiac arrest.

The Brentford star, 30, collapsed during his country’s Euro 2020 opener against Finland at the Parken Stadium.

Christian Eriksen will captain Denmark on his return to the stadium where he suffered a cardiac arrest in Tuesday's friendly against Serbia

Christian Eriksen will captain Denmark on his return to the stadium where he suffered a cardiac arrest in Tuesday’s friendly against SerbiaCredit: Getty
Christian Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest at the Parken Stadium during Denmark's Euro 2020 opener against Finland as team-mates formed a protective ring around him

Christian Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest at the Parken Stadium during Denmark’s Euro 2020 opener against Finland as team-mates formed a protective ring around himCredit: AFP

Eriksen later revealed he was ‘gone from this world for five minutes’ but is now back playing after being fitted with an ICD.

The Dane was allowed to leave Inter Milan – with Serie A rules banning him from playing – and joined Brentford.

Now already back in the international set-up – and having scored two minutes into his return against Holland – Eriksen is excited to captain his nation back at the Parken Stadium.

Nine months on from his horror cardiac arrest, the former Tottenham midfielder will don the armband for Tuesday evening’s friendly match against Serbia.

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Eriksen said: “It will definitely be very special because I have not been to Parken since it happened.

“Now I am incredibly looking forward to being back on the field here in the Park and being a football player.

“Because that’s what it’s about for me.

“But I also look forward to the fact that after the match we can put it behind us.”

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Eriksen made his return for Denmark 287 days after his collapse during Saturday’s 4-2 friendly defeat against Holland.

The midfielder scored a superb goal just two minutes after being introduced as a half-time substitute and would go on to call it the ‘perfect’ return.

And, despite having a COIN thrown at him during his post-match interview, Eriksen looks back on his return with fondness.

Eriksen told Sky Sports: “I felt very welcomed [by Holland fans].

“I’ve been here before [for Ajax] for many years so of course they know me, but it was a very heart-warming reception for sure.

“I was happy the ball came to me and of course, it was a lovely finish.

“To start the comeback in international football like this was the perfect way.

“I’m looking forward to playing at the Qatar World Cup but there are a lot of games in between and I’m focused on them.”