Christian Eriksen is aiming for the World Cup dream after recovering from cardiac arrest

Eriksen collapsed during Denmark’s match against Finland in Copenhagen last June and received life-saving treatment on the pitch.

He now says his heart “is not an obstacle” when it comes to his ambitions to return to football.

“My goal is to play the World Cup in Qatar. I want to play. That has been my mindset all along,” Eriksen said in an interview with the Danish TV station DR1.

“It’s a goal, a dream. Whether I get elected is another matter. But it’s my dream to come back. I’m sure I can come back because I do not feel different. Physically I’m back in topform. “

Eriksen is currently without a club, but is aiming for a return to football.

At the end of last year, Eriksen trained at Odense Boldklub, the Danish club he played for as a youth football player, before joining Dutch Ajax.

The future of his playing career is currently unclear. Being equipped with a defibrillator meant he was unable to play in Italy due to Italian football rules, and the 29-year-old divorced former club Inter Milan in December.

“My dream is to get on the national team again and play at Parken (in Copenhagen) again and prove that it was a one-hour and that it will not happen again,” said Eriksen.

“I want to prove that I have progressed and that I can play on the national team again. Again, it is up to the manager to assess my level.”

This year’s World Cup takes place in November and December. After reaching the semi-finals of the European Championship 2020 last year, Denmark won on to Qatar 2022 by topping its qualifying group.

After his collapse and throughout his recovery, Eriksen said he has been overwhelmed by the support he received.

“It had an impact on so many people and they felt a need to tell me and my family it. It makes me very happy,” he added.

“At the hospital, they kept saying I had received more and more flowers. It was strange because I did not expect people to send flowers because I was dead for five minutes.

“It was absolutely extraordinary, but it was very sweet of all, and it has been a great help to me to receive all the best wishes.

“And people are still writing to me. I have thanked people I have met in person. I have thanked the doctors, my teammates and their families personally.

“But all the fans who have sent thousands of letters and emails and flowers, or who have come to me on the streets in both Italy and Denmark, I thank them all for the support I received from all over the world who helped me through this. “

CNN’s Kim Norgaard contributed reporting.

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