Denmark will be spurred on by the presence of their “heartbeat” Christian Eriksen when they play their opening World Cup match against Tunisia today.
The Manchester United midfielder is set to take his place in the Denmark side 17 months after suffering a cardiac arrest on the pitch during the European Championship.
Denmark captain Simon Kjaer, whose quick reactions last June helped save Eriksen’s life, told a pre-match press conference: “I think Christian with his qualities says everything.
“We are all happy and thankful after what happened but as a football player, he’s probably one of the best I’ve ever seen in terms of quality, love for the game and just hanging around with the boys.
“He appreciated it may be more than us. We love having Christian by our side and every minute he plays, it’s only a plus for Denmark.”
Manager Kasper Hjulmand added: “Before the Euros before everything happened with Christian, I said he was the heart and the heartbeat of the team.
“When he plays he has a fantastic way of taking a decision about the rhythm of the game, feeling the game and controlling the game with his passing, with his intelligence, with his vision and also his work ethic.”
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