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Christian Eriksen ‘asked Denmark players to play on’ before Finland loss as Lukaku dedicates Euro 2020 goal to team-mate

HERE’S THE LATEST ON CHRISTIAN ERIKSEN,

Christian Eriksen is in a “stable” condition and “awake” in hospital after collapsing during Denmark’s Euro 2020 opener with Finland.

The former Tottenham midfielder, 29, received CPR as he was surrounded by his worried team-mates after falling to the floor.

Medical staff raced onto the pitch to give emergency treatment to the Inter Milan ace as his team-mates formed a protective shield around him.

Eriksen was seen conscious and sitting up on a stretcher while receiving oxygen as he was taken from the pitch just after 6pm.

It’s been reported tonight that Eriksen had a Facetime call with his Denmark team-mates and asked them to play the match as “he feels better now”.

The shocking scenes happened towards the end of the first half of the teams’ opening Group B match.

Following the distressing incident the match was abandoned, but was restarted at 7.30PM (GMT), with Finland winning 1-0.

And Denmark head coach Kasper Hjulmand was understandably very emotional at the post-match news conference.

He said: “First of all, if it gets emotional, it’s been a tough night. We are all reminded of what the most important thing in life is – to have valuable relationships, people we’re close to, our family and our friends.

“We have a group of players that I cannot praise enough. I couldn’t be prouder of those people who took such good care of each other.

“He is one of my very dear friends, the way the players talked in the dressing room to decide to not do anything before we knew Christian was conscious and OK.

“We had two options to play the game [today] or tomorrow at 12pm and everyone agreed to play today.

“You can’t play a game with such feelings. We tried to win. It was incredible they managed to go out and try to play the second half.

“Honestly, there were players out there that were completely done. Emotionally done and emotionally exhausted.”

Elsewhere, England’s match with Croatia is set to go ahead today as Gareth Southgate’s players sent their “best wishes” to Eriksen.

Three Lions captain Harry Kane, who is close friends with former Spurs team-mate Eriksen, tonight tweeted: “Chris. I’m sending all my love to you and your family. Stay strong mate.”

An FA spokesman said there was “no suggestion” England’s opening Group D clash at Wembley would be postponed.

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