Denmark skipper Christian Eriksen says his goal on his return to the Denmark national team was “just a warm-up” for Tuesday’s friendly in Copenhagen on the ground at which he suffered his cardiac arrest. The former Tottenham and Inter Milan midfielder who now plays for English Premier League side Brentford scored his side’s second goal in Saturday’s 4-2 loss in the Netherlands.
Christian Eriksen Speaks about his Goal
He is now set to start against Serbia on the pitch where he collapsed in last year’s Euro 2020 game with Finland. According to Eriksen, he said: “That will be even more special.” He also said: “[Saturday’s goal] was just a warm-up for Tuesday when I’ll be running in exactly the place where it happened.”
The 30-year-old, who was fitted with an implanted cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) – a type of pacemaker after his cardiac arrest nine months ago at the 2020 Euros which was won by Italy was given a standing ovation as he was introduced from the bench on Saturday. There are sure to be more emotional scenes on Tuesday, with Denmark coach Kasper Hjulmand having already confirmed that Eriksen will start the game. Denmark and Serbia have qualified for this year’s World Cup in Qatar.
The Danes finished top of their qualifying group with 27 points from 10 games – four points clear of runners-up Scotland. For Serbia, they topped their group – taking 20 points from their eight matches to finish three points ahead of second-placed Portugal.