Christian Eriksen says he is “fine under the circumstances” and posted a picture of himself from his hospital bed with a thumbs-up as his first comments since having a cardiac arrest.
The 29-year-old Danish midfielder collapsed during Saturday’s game against Finland and had to be resuscitated on the field.
Eriksen has expressed gratitude to fans all over the world for their support. “I will now cheer on the boys on the Denmark team in their upcoming matches,” he wrote. “Play for Denmark as a whole.”
The Inter Milan midfielder is now in a stable condition in a hospital in Copenhagen.
“Many thanks for your lovely and wonderful greetings and messages from all over the world,” he added. “It means a great deal to me and my family.
“I’m fine – given the circumstances.” I still need to go through some tests at the hospital, but I’m fine.”
Eriksen had to be resuscitated on the pitch after collapsing shortly before half-time in Saturday’s match in Copenhagen.
Denmark’s team doctor Morten Boese said: “How close were we to losing him? I don’t know, but we got him back after one defib [defibrillation] so that’s quite fast.
“The examinations that have been done so far look fine. We don’t have an explanation to why it happened.”
Only when they were informed that Eriksen was awake in hospital did the players agree to resume the match, with play restarting almost two hours after the former Tottenham player collapsed.
Finland won 1-0 and Denmark forward Martin Braithwaite has said the decision to resume the match was the “least bad one”.