Sun. May 22nd, 2022

Christian Erikson is Keen on playing for Denmark at this year’s World Cup less than seven months after he suffered a cardiac arrest on the pitch.

Sportsmail revealed on Monday that the Erikson eager to return to training with a European club this month, with Premier League clubs showing an interest.

Eriksen made it clear he expects to return to top-level football when speaking for the first time since the events of last summer.

Asked about his football plans, Eriksen said in an interview with Danish outlet DR: ‘My goal is to play in the World Cup in Qatar. I want to play.

‘That’s been my mindset all along. It’s a goal, a dream. Whether I’ll be picked is another thing. But it’s my dream to come back.

‘I’m sure I can come back because I don’t feel any different. Physically, I’m back in top shape. That’s been my goal and it’s still some time away, so until then I’m just going to play football and prove that I’m back at the same level.’

Asked how important Denmark were in this process, he added: ‘Very important. I want to play for them at the World Cup. 

‘My dream is to re-join the national team and play at Parken again and prove that it [cardiac arrest] was a one-timer and that it won’t happen again. 

‘I want to prove I have moved on and that I can play for the national team again. Again it’s up to the manager to assess my level. But my heart is not an obstacle.’ H

Eriksen also said he received an ‘extraordinary’ but ‘weird’ worldwide response in hospital following his cardiac arrest, admitting he did not expect it just because he had ‘died for five minutes’.  

By Nwosu Chizoba David

Nwosu Chizoba David is a soccer lover and writer. He is a graduate of Biological Sciences, presently teaching in a secondary in Lagos.

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