Christian Eriksen recalled to Denmark squad for first time since cardiac arrest

Midfielder collapsed during Denmark’s game against Finland in Copenhagen last year and received life-saving help right on the pitch. Eriksen was later equipped with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD), a type of pacemaker designed to prevent fatal cardiac arrest by shock discharge to restore a regular heart rhythm.

The 30-year-old signed for Premier League club Brentford as a free agent in January after former club Inter terminated his contract as Serie A rules prevent players from playing in Italy’s top flight with an ICD.

He made his Brentford debut as a substitute in a 2-0 Premier League win against Newcastle on 26 February and has since started with back-to-back wins for the Bees.

Denmark will play friendly matches with the Netherlands on 26 March and with Serbia on 29 March.

Eriksen was training with former club Odense Boldklub in Denmark late last year and in January the 30-year-old said his heart was “not an obstacle” to his ambition to return to football and compete in the 2022 World Cup. World Cup.

The Danes have already qualified for this year’s World Cup and Eriksen said it would be “a dream” to represent Denmark in Qatar.

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