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Christian Eriksen heads Denmark’s World Cup squad

Tottenham Hotspur's influential midfielder Christian Eriksen was among the 35 players named in Denmark's preliminary World Cup squad announced on Monday.

Christian Eriksen heads Denmark's World Cup squad
Christian Eriksen in action for Tottenham Hotspur. Photo: AFP PHOTO / Geoff CADDICK /Ritzau Scanpix

The 26-year-old playmaker was Denmark’s talisman during qualifying, scoring 11 goals in 12 qualification matches, including a magnificent hat-trick to crush Ireland in the qualification play-off second leg in Dublin.

He strengthened his standing as one of Tottenham’s leading players during the 2017-18 season, which concluded on Sunday, contributing 14 goals and 12 assists as the North London club came third in the English Premier League, securing Champions League qualification.

A number of other UK-based players, including goalkeepers Kasper Schmeichel of Leicester City and Jonas Lössl of Huddersfield Town, Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen and Southampton’s midfielder Pierre-Emile Højbjerg were also named in the preliminary squad.

The Danes are up against France, Australia and Peru in their first round next month in Russia.

World Cup squads must be reduced to 23 players by June 4th.

Denmark preliminary World Cup squad

Goalkeepers: Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester/ENG), Jonas Lössl (Huddersfield ENG), Frederik Rønnow (Brøndby), Jesper Hansen (FC Midtjylland).

Defenders: Simon Kjær (Sevilla/ESP), Andreas Christensen (Chelsea/ENG), Mathias Zanka Jørgensen (Huddersfield/ENG), Jannik Vestergaard (Borussia Mönchengladbach/GER), Andreas Bjelland (Brentford/ENG), Henrik Dalsgaard (Brentford/ENG), Peter Ankersen (FC Copenhagen), Jens Stryger (Udinese/ITA), Riza Durmisi (Real Betis/ESP), Jonas Knudsen (Ipswich/ENG), Nicolai Boilesen (FC Copenhagen).

Midfielders: William Kvist (FC Copenhagen), Thomas Delaney (Werder Bremen/GER), Lukas Lerager (Bordeaux/FRA) Lasse Schöne (Ajax/NED), Mike Jensen (Rosenborg), Christian Eriksen(Tottenham/ENG), Daniel Wass (Celta Vigo/ESP), Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Southampton/ENG), Mathias Jensen (FC Nordsjælland), Michael Krohn-Dehli (Deportivo La Coruña/ESP), Robert Skov (FC Copenhagen).

Forwards: Pione Sisto (Celta Vigo/ESP), Martin Braithwaite (Bordeaux/FRA), Andreas Cornelius (Atalanta/ITA), Viktor Fischer (Copenhagen), Yussuf Poulsen (RB Leipzig/GER), Nicolai Jørgensen, (Feyenoord/NED), Nicklas Bendtner (Rosenborg), Kasper Dolberg (Ajax/NED), Kenneth Zohore (Cardiff/ENG).

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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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