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Danish international joins Premier League newcomers

Danish international defender Mathias Jørgensen became Premier League debutants Huddersfield's latest signing of the close season on Friday.

Danish international joins Premier League newcomers
Danish international defender Mathias Jørgensen. Photo: Henning Bagger/Scanpix

The 27-year-old centre back — who has spent most of his career at FC Copenhagen apart from one unsuccessful spell with Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven — signed a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee.

Huddersfield manager David Wagner said the 11-times capped Jorgensen, who has won five Danish championships, would be a huge asset for the daunting task that awaits them in the top league.

“Matthias is another very good signing for our club as we prepare for our first Premier League season,” Wagner told the club website.

“He is a very complete defender with great experience of being successful in every league he has played in, which served us well with the signings we made last season too.

“His athleticism and football intelligence will be big assets in the Premier League, for sure, and he is a super professional character, which will fit in with our current group of players very well.

“This deal makes total sense for us because Jon (Stankovic) is out of action until Christmas,” added the 45-year-old German, who has proved an inspirational choice since being persuaded to leave his role as Borussia Dortmund reserve team coach in 2015.

Other Danish Premier League stars include goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, who won the league championship with Leicester City in the 2015/16 season; Pierre-Emile Højbjerg, who transferred to Southampton from Bayern Munich last year; and Tottenham Hotspur playmaker Christian Eriksen, who has 31 league goals and 38 assists since moving to the north London club in 2013.

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‘I’m fine — under the circumstances’: Collapsed Danish striker tweets from hospital

Christian Eriksen, the Danish football player who collapsed on the pitch in his country's opening Euro 2020 game, said that he was doing "fine" in an Instagram post from hospital on Tuesday.

'I’m fine — under the circumstances': Collapsed Danish striker tweets from hospital
Danish striker Christian Eriksen tweeted a picture of himself in hospital. Photo: DBU

“I’m fine — under the circumstances, I still have to go through some examinations at the hospital, but I feel okay,” he wrote in a post accompanying a photo of him smiling and giving a thumbs-up while lying in bed.

In a scene that shocked the sporting world and beyond, the 29-year-old Inter Milan midfielder suddenly collapsed on the field in the 43rd minute of Denmark’s Group B game on Saturday against Finland in Copenhagen.

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Medical personnel administered CPR as he lay motionless on the field for about 15 minutes before being carried off the pitch and rushed to hospital. He was later confirmed to have suffered cardiac arrest.

“Big thanks for your sweet and amazing greetings and messages from all around the world. It means a lot to me and my family,” he wrote in Tuesday’s post. “Now, I will cheer on the boys on the Denmark team in the next matches. Play for all of Denmark.”

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