Chelsea forward Romelu Lukaku has revealed that he dedicated his displays at Euro 2020 to Christian Eriksen after the former Tottenham midfielder’s collapse early in the tournament.
The Dane suffered the shocking incident during his nation’s opening group game against Finland in Copenhagen, falling to the floor in the 42nd minute.
Medical staff used a defibrillator on the midfielder before he was rushed to hospital where it was discovered he had suffered a cardiac arrest..
The 29-year-old’s condition was stabilised and he was then fitted with an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator as a result.
Eriksen of course has not yet returned to action following the shocking incident and the lasting impacts are still relatively fresh.
A teammate of the midfielder at the time, Lukaku has told how badly the incident affected him on a personal level with his own performances then being dedicated to the former Spurs man at the tournament.
Talking to UEFA, the Belgian said: “Against Russia it was really tough. [During my spell at Inter] I spent more time with Christian than with my mother, my son, [or] my brother because in Italy with the training you are at the club the whole day.
“His room was next to mine, playing Call of Duty and stuff. So when [he collapsed on the pitch], I heard about it during the meeting and I started to cry. I was constantly thinking about him.
“On the way to the stadium in Saint Petersburg I needed something [to fire myself up], so I decided to play for him throughout the whole tournament. I wanted a moment of support and to show him that I was with him. I also sent him a message and I was happy he replied to me.”
It remains to be seen whether Eriksen will indeed be able to return to action for Inter at some point in the future following the incident but his ex-teammate Lukaku has continued his career with Chelsea and has netted four goals in his opening nine matches back at Stamford Bridge.