Denmark euro 2020
Denmark’s opening Euro 2020 match with Finland will remain stacked in the memories of all who watched it for a long time to come.
The AC Milan defender was one of the first on the scene following Eriksen’s collapse and administered vital first aid upon his colleague, securing his neck, clearing his airways and beginning CPR before the medical staff reached the scene at where Eriksen collapse.
While Eriksen was unconscious, it was Kjaer who urged the team to form a protective barrier around their star man to prevent both the crowd and the television cameras from fully seeing what was happening at that moment.
Kjaer raced over to comfort Eriksen’s wife, Sabrina, who was scared as her husband fought for his life on what should have been a day of celebration.
It was am action that redefined what it means to be a captain of a national team.
“Football is a team sport, and I believe that our Denmark squad is a symbol of that,” Kjaer said. “The team spirit is our strength, and I am proud of that as captain of this great group, who can work hard but also laugh together.
“No one is above our team – even though we have one player who could deserve to hold that position in Christian Eriksen. He is really the star of our team, but he is also ‘just’ one piece in the puzzle of 11 players – or more correctly – of the full squad.
Eriksen never put himself against the team
That Eriksen was later able to post a message on Tuesday from his hospital bed declaring that he is feeling “fine – under the circumstances.