Euro 2020: 'He was gone' - team doctor confirms Christian Eriksen suffered cardiac arrest in terrifying collapse

Denmark's Christian Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest, when he collapsed during his side's Euro 2020 opening match against Finland, his team doctor has confirmed.

"He was gone,” Morten Boesen has told a news conference, adding that Eriksen remained in hospital for further tests after his collapse.

“We did cardiac resuscitation, it was a cardiac arrest. We got him back after one defib [defibrillation]. 

"The exams that have been done so far look fine. We don't have an explanation to why it happened."

Eriksen, 29, collapsed suddenly in the 42nd minute of the match, while running near the left touchline, after a Denmark throw-in. As a hush fell over the 16,000-strong crowd, his team mates gathered around him, while he was treated on the pitch and then carried off on a stretcher.

The Danish players had been in contact with Eriksen via video conference, says Danish football association director Peter Moller.

Eriksen does not remember much from Saturday's collapse and is eager to get back on to the pitch.

"He would like for us to play on," Hjulmand says . "He said he feels like he could go out and play again. 

“Christian feels best when he's got a football close to his feet."

Hjulmand quotes the midfielder as saying: "I think you are feeling worse than I am. I feel as if I'm about to go training now, boys.

"Christian is in good spirits and it's a huge relief for the players after all this uncertainty," Hjulmand says. "There is no doubt that we have been on the ropes."

The Group B game was halted, and eventually restarted an hour and 45 minutes later. Finland went on to win 1-0 with their only attempt of the game.