Christian Eriksen in emotional interview months after he “died for 5 minutes”

Christian Eriksen has spoken out about the cardiac arrest he suffered at Euro 2020 which left him clinging to his life.

The midfielder collapsed during Denmark's opening match of the tournament and was treated for nearly half-an-hour on the pitch while his teammates formed a protective ring around him in one of the images of the year.

The former Inter Milan and Tottenham Hotspur star revealed that his heart stopped for around five minutes during the ordeal, before he was thankfully resuscitated by paramedics.

Eriksen escaped with his life and miraculously avoided any permanent damage, though his playing career is now in jeopardy after being fitted with an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator.

Speaking during a candid interview on Danish TV, the 29-year-old said the reaction from fans has been "extraordinary" and has made him "very happy".

"It was amazing that so many people felt the need to write or send flowers," Eriksen said told Danish outlet DR 1.

"It had an impact on so many people and they felt the need to let me and my family know. That made me very happy.

"At the hospital, they kept saying I'd receive more and more flowers.

"It was weird because I didn't expect people to send flowers – because I died for five minutes.

"It was quite extraordinary, but it was very nice of everyone and it's been a big help to me to receive all those best wishes."

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Eriksen insisted his number one priority now is playing in this year's FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

Despite having his contract at Inter terminated last month – due to Serie A rules which do not permit players with implanted defibrillators to play – Eriksen insists his number one priority is making sure he can play in this year's FIFA World Cup.

"My goal is to play in the World Cup in Qatar. I want to play," he said.

"That's been my mindset all along. It's a goal, it's 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."

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