Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest during Saturday's game against Finland.
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  • Christian Eriksen has shared a smiling selfie from the hospital after his on-field cardiac arrest.
  • The 29-year-old suddenly collapsed during Denmark's opening Euro 2020 game to Finland on Saturday.
  • "I'm fine - under the circumstances," he said before thanking fans for their well wishes.
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Christian Eriksen has shared a smiling selfie from the hospital as he continues to recover from his on-field cardiac arrest during a Euro 2020 game.

The 29-year-old suddenly collapsed just before half-time in Denmark's opening game of the tournament against Finland on Saturday. He was resuscitated by medics, and was eventually taken to a nearby hospital.

It was later confirmed that he had suffered a cardiac arrest.

"Hello everyone. Big thanks for your sweet and amazing greetings and messages from all around the world. It means a lot to me and my family," wrote Eriksen on Instagram on Tuesday morning alongside a photo of him smiling and giving a thumbs up.

"I'm fine - under the circumstances. I still have to go through some examinations at the hospital, but I feel okay.

"Now, I will cheer on the boys on the Denmark team in the next matches. Play for all of Denmark."

Eriksen's collapse happened around the 40-minute mark of Saturday's game at the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen, with the midfielder falling to the ground with nobody around him.

Denmark captain Simon Kjaer acted quickly, clearing his airway, and immediately starting CPR, before medics took over as the rest of the Danish players formed a ring around their teammate and comforted Eriksen's partner.

Danish team doctor Morten Boesen said the Inter Milan midfielder was "gone" when he first got to him on the field.

"When I got to him he was on his side, he was breathing, I could feel a pulse, but suddenly that changed and we started to give him CPR," Boesen said.

"He was gone. We did cardiac resuscitation, it was a cardiac arrest," he continued. "How close were we to losing him? I don't know, but we got him back after one defib 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."

Eriksen, who spent seven years at English Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur, has received messages of support from all over the world.

Among those to to send him well wishes was the former Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba, who himself suffered a heart attack during a game in 2012. Muamba's heart stopped for 78 minutes.

"The incident yesterday makes you realise how fragile life is and how quickly you can lose a loved one," Muamba wrote on Twitter.

"Like everyone, I am relieved to hear Christian is in a stable condition and that he is doing ok.

"Credit of course must go the brilliant medical staff who got to him so quick and did an amazing job to ensure he was ok."

Many involved in Euro 2020 have also shared their thoughts and prayers with Eriksen, with some players even dedicating goals to him. After scoring for Belgium hours after Eriksen's cardiac arrest, the Dane's Inter Milan teammate Romelu Lukaku ran to a camera and shouted "Chris! I love you!

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