Former England international Rio Ferdinand believes Denmark’s Christian Eriksen is unlikely to play football again after being resuscitated on the pitch during Euro 2020.
Eriksen, 29, left viewers in shock after collapsing during Denmark’s opening day defeat against Finland on Saturday.
Medics have since confirmed that Inter Milan’s midfield maestro was ‘gone’ before he was given CPR and shocked with a defibrillator as his teammates offered a protective shield against onlookers.
While Eriksen has confirmed that he is in stable condition in hospital, BBC pundit Ferdinand was hit emotionally by the scenes, believing the situation could be too delicate for Eriksen to continue playing.
Speaking on his Vibe With Five Youtube show, Ferdinand said: "I don’t think he plays again, I’ve got to be honest.
"If I’m him I’m not thinking about that probably, I’d just want to be healthy for the sake of my family really.
"I got a bit emotional, I’ve got to be honest.
"Just to see that and to see the effects on his wife, the pictures of his wife or his girlfriend coming through as well, it was just so emotional man.
"It hits you and just makes you think about life, man, and the importance of really appreciating life and enjoying your life.
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"It’s just great we can sit here and he’s made comments that are now live in the media about he didn’t know what happened, he’s keen to find out what happened.
"I think they’re saying [it was] a cardiac arrest, I wouldn’t like to jump to conclusions but I think that’s the rumours that I’m hearing.
"But I just think he’ll obviously be evaluating his life post this, and just hopefully he continues his recovery in the vein that he is at the moment – which seems to be positive.
"It was a day that football stands still and you go, 'Wow!' It’s a tournament, we’re happy it’s started and stuff, but when situations like that happen you think, 'Wow, ok, just look at life'.
Eriksen’s posted a picture on Instagram earlier today encouraging his Danish teammates on as they take on Belgium on Thursday.
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