Denmark coach Kasper Hjulmand says he is thinking about Christian Eriksen “all of the time” as they continue their inspirational journey at Euro 2020.
Thomas Delaney and Kasper Dolberg struck before half-time as the Danes beat the Czech Republic 2-1 in their quarter-final in Baku. Czech frontman Patrik Schick reduced the deficit with his fifth goal of the tournament in the 49th minute. But it was Denmark who held out to reach the final four.
Hjulmand’s squad have have grown in stature during the tournament after their horrific start when Eriksen collapsed with a cardiac arrest in their opening defeat to Finland in Copenhagen.
The Denmark coach feels the Inter Milan midfielder, who is continuing to recover following hospital treatment, will be very much in their thoughts as they dream of emulating the 1992 European Championship-winning squad.
“I definitely feel it,” Hjulmand said when asked in his post-match press conference if he was aware of the support Denmark were receiving.
“I think the whole world of football understood that second and the days after the fundamental things in life and in football, the fundamental values of football came through right at that moment.
“There are so many other agendas in football, but we all remembered why we started to play football, what values football is based on and we had a reminder of this.”
Denmark carrying Eriksen to Wembley
Hjulmand added: “I am still thinking of Christian every single day. He should have been here.
“We are happy that he survived. We carry him all the way to this match and all the way to Wembley. I think about him all of the time.
“We all understood maybe that the values of football came through – and maybe we are a symbol of it. I could not be more happy than that.
“The team showed it without being told, ‘this is the way you should act’.
“It was just unbelievable to see this team how the reaction was, how much compassion and love they gave each other, but also the Danish population.
“We are just happy and proud we can maybe just remind ourselves why we love football and what football can do in the world.”