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Eriksen reflects on 'perfect' Denmark comeback as he sets sights on World Cup in Qatar

02:42 GMT+3 27/03/2022
Christian Eriksen Denmark 2 2022
The midfielder scored with his first touch on his international return, but the Netherlands held on for victory

Christian Eriksen has said he is proud to show he can still still compete at a high level despite suffering a cardiac arrest last summer at Euro 2020, which sidelined him for an extended period.

Eriksen made his Denmark return on Saturday, scoring with his first touch less than two minutes after coming on as a substitute, while creating numerous other chances.

Describing the comeback as "perfect", the Brentford playmaker indicated that he feels comfortable back with his international team-mates and is ready to help at the 2022 World Cup.

What has been said?

“I was pleased to show I can still play," Eriksen told Dutch TV.

"It feels like I’ve never been away from the team. It was a bit emotional to be back in the national team but I’ve hardly missed any games over the last 10 years so I’m like part of the family."

Speaking to Sky Sports, Eriksen added: "I felt very welcome [by the Netherlands fans]. I've been here before [for Ajax] for many years so of course they know me, but it was a very heart-warming reception for sure.

"I was happy the ball came to me and of course, it was a lovely finish. To start the comeback in international football like this was the perfect way.

"I'm looking forward to playing at the Qatar World Cup but there are a lot of games in between and I'm focused on them."

Denmark head coach Kasper Hjulmand said that it was "a pleasure" to see the popular playmaker back on the pitch and revealed what he told the midfielder before sending him into the fray.

"I said, 'Enjoy it and welcome back'," Hjulmand told Dutch broadcaster NOS.

The bigger picture

Eriksen's return is one of the most feel-good stories in world football, and his appearance with Denmark marked an important step in his journey.

The 30-year-old had made a return to professional football in February after signing for Premier League side Brentford, with his journey back to the pitch cheered on by well wishers.

While Eriksen scored in the game against the Netherlands, Denmark still went on to lose the game 4-2.

Denmark next play against Serbia on March 29.

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