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I don’t feel different

Blinded from view by his crying teammates, Christian Eriksen “died in 5 minutes” as Euro 2020’s millions of spectators were horrified.

Today, less than eight months after cardiac arrest on the field while playing for Denmark, he is preparing for his return to the Premier League as he begins training with his new team.

Immediately after the shocking fallout, Eriksen told the mother of his one-year-old daughter and three-year-old son Alfred that there was'no way' he was back in football.

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Immediately after the shocking fallout, Eriksen told the mother of his one-year-old daughter and three-year-old son Alfred that there was ‘no way’ he was back in football.Credit: Instagram @ chriseriksen8
A trainer performed chest compressions on sick Eriksen as the crowd was eerily silent

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A trainer performed chest compressions on sick Eriksen as the crowd was eerily silentCredit: EPA
We imagine what Erikson would look like in his Brentford home kit

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We imagine what Erikson would look like in his Brentford home kit

And loyal girlfriend Sabrina Kvist Jensen is supporting his fairy tale comeback at West London Club Brentford – which he hopes will be the first step towards realizing his dream of playing in this year’s World Cup.

Midfielder Eriksen, 29, who spent six and a half years at Tottenham, said: “If Sabrina had said, ‘I don’t want you to play anymore’, it would have been a very different situation.

“Of course, we were injured since June 12, but since then we have found our opportunity so that Sabrina can be comfortable with me going to the gym for a few hours and out on the field.

“She trusts that when I’m gone, I’ll always come back.”

Right after scary collapseEriksen told the mother of his one-year-old daughter and three-year-old son Alfred that there was “no way” he would return to football.

The distraught hairdresser jumped over the fence to be by his side as he collapsed at Copenhagen’s Parken Stadium.

According to legendary Denmark goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel – whose son Kasper was their goalkeeper that day – devoted Sabrina, now 27, initially assumed her team-mate was dead.

Former Manchester United star Peter said: ‘You could see Kasper’s reaction running up to her to say Christian was breathing, she really believed he was dead.

The Bees’ new signing will play with a pacemaker-type device known as an implantable defibrillator (ICD) – and he is the only known Premier League player to have the device, having can restart his heart.

“Worst case scenario, if it happens again, this helps me immediately,” he revealed. It is very reassuring. ”

But he is not content with just returning to top English football.

Eriksen revealed: “My goal is to play in World Cup in Qatar. Here are my thoughts so far.

“I’m sure I can come back because I don’t feel any different. Physically, I’m back to top form.”

Another person who will be delighted with Eriksen’s progress is his former Spurs teammate, Harry Kane. The England captain was “paralysed with shock” following Dane’s horrific collapse at the delayed Euros.

The Three Lions striker sent his best wishes to Eriksen while he was hospitalized. His wife, Katie, 29, also called Sabrina to offer support.

The two couples have been dating as a quartet after Eriksen signed with Spurs in 2013. They were spotted together at the Zuma sushi restaurant in Knightsbridge and a Bruno Mars concert at the O2 Arena.

The match between Denmark and Finland taking place in the middle of Euro 2020, when Eriksen fell, will forever be etched in the minds of all who witnessed.

In the 42nd minute, Eriksen – waiting for a throw-in – staggered and fell forward.

Danish players – some crying and others clasping their hands in prayer – gathered around the fallen superstar to block his view.

A trainer performed chest compressions on Eriksen as the crowd went eerily silent.

It took nearly 20 minutes for this player to be transferred to a stretcher and left the field.

Fans around the globe went into shock as they watched Eriksen soberly put his hand on his forehead.

Remember the game building process, he told Danish broadcaster DR1 last month: “I feel fine. I remember (Joakim) Maehle took the throw-in. I remember getting hit in the head by the ball and I passed it back with my shin.

“I felt a little cramp in my calf and then I went black.

“When I woke up from CPR, it was like I was waking up from a dream.

“I don’t remember a thing since I passed out. I lay on my back when I woke up. I feel they are forcing 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 was that I broke my back. ‘Can I move my legs? I can move my toes. . . ‘”

The Danish team’s amulet is clearly reminiscent of fans singing his name as he is carried on a stretcher to an ambulance.

He revealed: “I miss the white linen around me to block my view.

“I looked up and saw the fans singing. I was taken to the ambulance.

“It wasn’t until I was in the ambulance that I knew I was dead.

“I was thinking, ‘Hold on to my boots, I’m not going to play anymore’.

“I also said to my fiancée Sabrina – ‘I’m not going to play anymore, no way’.”

The Inter Milan midfielder then added: “At the hospital, they kept saying that I would get more and more flowers. I don’t expect people to send flowers because I’ve been dead for five minutes.

“It has affected so many people, and they felt the need to let me and my family know. That makes me very happy.”

The football player has had an ICD fitted and is back to normal.

‘Apart from being a superstar, he’s very ordinary’

Dr Malcolm Finlay, a consultant cardiologist at London Bridge Hospital, describes the ICD as being like an “umbrella”.

“It listens to the heartbeat, and if it’s running at an insanely fast rate, the computer will give the heart an electric shock,” he said.

As Denmark progressed through the tournament to the semi-final against England at Wembley, Eriksen admitted he was hungry to play. “I’m glad they’ve come this far, but I want to be there,” he explained.

At 29 years old, the pull of top-flight football remains strong for this supreme competitor as the months go by. As a wealthy man after illustrious careers at Ajax, Tottenham and Inter, he still feels an itch to scratch.

To get back to full fitness, he worked with a personal trainer at Swiss club FC Chiasso, an hour’s drive from his Milan apartment.

However, he was unable to continue with Inter because of the law in Italy that prohibits players from playing with heart monitors.

On transfer deadline day last week, Brentford announced that they had acquired their player on a six-month deal – the most valuable player in the club’s history.

Brentford’s Denmark coach Thomas Frank, 48, said: “Aside from being a top player and superstar, he’s also very humble and condescending. That is a great quality. Because of what happened, some of the bigger clubs were not interested in the opportunity. “

Eriksen’s arrival prompted Brentford’s jerseys to sell for 30 times the normal price as fans from South Korea, the US, Australia and Greenland hunted for red-and-white shirts.

Brentford said that for security reasons, it will not disclose details of the rigorous medical examinations Eriksen has carried out.

But Frank said: “The professionals who have met him know that everything is perfect.”

Professor Aneil Malhotra, a leading cardiologist at clubs including Manchester United, Manchester City and Leeds, called Eriksen’s return “groundbreaking”.

But former Bolton Wanderers star Fabrice Muamba, who retired from professional football after a cardiac arrest on the pitch, said he was “worried” about Eriksen’s return. Muamba, 33, who also has an ICD, collapsed on the pitch at Tottenham in 2012 and was resuscitated after 78 minutes.

He revealed on his YouTube channel: “I’m not saying it will happen again but the paramedics will always tell you it can happen.”

However, Eriksen said he doesn’t worry “for a bit” about falling apart again.

He said: “I was cleared and monitored and checked.

“I was worried that I would be scared there (the pitch) but I am not. So people can stop worrying.”

After his first practice session with the Bees today, manager Frank will assess when he can start his first game.

The club’s head coach said: “It will be an unbelievable day when he steps out onto the pitch.

“It’s a little miracle that he wants to play football again.”

Players have more time

CHRISTIAN Eriksen is not the only footballer to play with ICD.

German Daniel Engelbrecht was 22 years old when he suffered a cardiac arrest while playing for third place Stuttgarter Kickers in 2013.

The former striker said: “The love of football is bigger than the fear of death. That’s why I’m playing again.”

The ICD saved him three times – in the hospital, in a game and in training – before he hung up his boots in 2018.

He told The Telegraph: “I want to play with 100 per cent – ​​and I only have 60 or 70 per cent.

“The second point is, I go to training every day, I’m scared to death.

The third point is that my family tells me their biggest fear is calling me after practice or a game and never getting an answer. ”
Belgium defender Anthony Van Loo, 33, was diagnosed with a heart condition in 2008 but continued to play after receiving an ICD.

YouTube footage from 2009 shows him collapsing during a match before a jerk from the ICD causes him to contract and sit up.

He collapsed in a match again in 2018 and despite his recovery, he retired from football.

In 2019, former Manchester United defender Daley Blind was fitted with an ICD after feeling dizzy while playing for Ajax. He was diagnosed with myocarditis or cardiomyopathy.

The following year, his ICD blew up during a pre-season warm-up. He’s already sat down but can still step off the pitch.

Blind, 31, has continued to play, making 27 appearances for Ajax last season.

Loyal girlfriend Sabrina Kvist Jensen is backing his fairy-tale comeback at West London Club Brentford

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Loyal girlfriend Sabrina Kvist Jensen is backing his fairy-tale comeback at West London Club BrentfordCredit: chriseriksen8 / Instagram
The distraught hairdresser jumped over a fence to be by his side as he collapsed at Copenhagen's Parken Stadium

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The distraught hairdresser jumped over a fence to be by his side as he collapsed at Copenhagen’s Parken StadiumCredit: AFP
Christian cannot continue with Inter because the rules in Italy forbid players from playing with a heart monitor

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Christian cannot continue with Inter because the rules in Italy forbid players from playing with a heart monitorCredit: AFP

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