Back and dreams of Qatar: Danish star Christian Eriksen prepares for an emotional return to international football in a friendly against the Netherlands, just months after suffering cardiac arrest at Euro 2020
- Christian Eriksen is set to make an emotional return to international football
- He has not played for Denmark since suffering cardiac arrest at Euro 2020.
- Eriksen is expected to come off the bench in their friendly with the Netherlands.
- Denmark coach Kasper Hjulmand said it was the ‘next step’ in Eriksen’s career
Christian Eriksen is back to his old self and is ready to start a new chapter with Denmark, according to national coach Kasper Hjulmand.
The 30-year-old midfielder, who suffered cardiac arrest at Euro 2020, makes a remarkable return to international football in a friendly against the Netherlands in Amsterdam on Saturday night.
It looks like he will start off the bench at the Johan Cruyff Arena on what promises to be an emotional night as it is the ground where he began his career with Ajax.
Christian Eriksen is in line to make an emotional international return for Denmark on Saturday
Kasper Hjulmand is expected to bring on Eriksen as a substitute against the Netherlands in Amsterdam
The 30-year-old has been training with his Denmark teammates ahead of the match.
Eriksen said this week that he is looking forward to “closing that chapter and being a footballer again and being myself again.”
Hjulmand echoed those words, saying: “The first few minutes will probably be played in Amsterdam and then the next step will be where it all happened, in Parken, on Tuesday against Serbia.” So I think we’re all back to normal.
‘It’s the next step in his career. The first step was to find out if he should go back to playing football. He had many tests and everything went well. He is there and he is back to the old Christian.
“The next step was to take him to a soccer team and get a rhythm in his daily life and in games. The next step is to return to the selection.
Eriksen recently made his return to football with Brentford in the Premier League.
Eriksen has been rebuilding his best form at Brentford since joining the Premier League club in January.
He admitted he is surprised at how quickly he has returned to the Denmark fold, saying: “It doesn’t feel like I’ve been out.”
Eriksen dreams of reaching the World Cup in Qatar and defender Jannik Vestergaard said: ‘He has been the Christian I have known for the last 15 years. He means a lot to the whole group that he’s back.
“He has a calm temperament, but he has also played an important role in building our mentality, culture and the winning gene that has developed in the national team.”
Denmark will send a message of solidarity to Ukraine by wearing a kit with the Ukrainian flag, which will be signed and auctioned off for charity.