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Eriksen ‘very happy’ to be back with Denmark team

MARBELLA, Spain, March 24 – Christian Eriksen said on Thursday he was “very happy” to join the Denmark squad, just nine months after suffering cardiac arrest.

Eriksen joined the national team again ahead of friendlies against the Netherlands in Amsterdam on Saturday and Serbia in Copenhagen on Tuesday.

“I am very happy and happy to be back with the national team. It’s been a while so I’m very happy to be back,” said the midfielder in Marbella, where the Denmark team trains.

Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest in Denmark’s opener against Finland in Copenhagen last June.

He had to be resuscitated on the pitch, lying unconscious for several minutes under the horrified gaze of the stunned crowd and millions of viewers around the world.

Eriksen spent several days in the hospital and had a pacemaker implanted to regulate his heart rate.

Eriksen, who scored 36 goals in 109 appearances for Denmark, terminated his contract with Inter Milan by mutual consent in December amid Italian league rules banning players with pacemakers.

He made his club return on February 26 for English Premier League side Brentford.

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Eriksen said he was “lucky with the doctors and I was lucky with the diagnosis.”

“It’s going well to get back to playing again and that of course gave me the impetus to get back to the life I had before.”

The cardiac arrest, added Eriksen, was “difficult for everyone….we had a lot of conversations, of course, to walk around and talk about everything that happened”.

“But since then, time has really tried to heal everything and it’s going well. So obviously when it’s going well and the time comes with it, then it’s a really good mix and it really helps.

Denmark coach Kasper Hjulmand said Eriksen’s return was “a good feeling, of course we are happy to have him here”.

“It was a great moment yesterday when he came into the squad, so it’s great to see him back.”

Denmark qualified for the World Cup in Qatar at the end of the year. After Eriksen’s cardiac arrest, Denmark reached the semi-finals of the Euros where they lost to England.