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England cancel press conference after Christian Eriksen collapse in Denmark vs Finland match

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England cancel press conference after Christian Eriksen collapse in Denmark vs Finland match
 (AFP via Getty Images)
(AFP via Getty Images)

England cancelled their press conference ahead of their Euro 2020 opener with Croatia in the wake of former Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen collapsing during Denmark’s match with Finland.

England manager Gareth Southgate and captain Harry Kane were due to address the media at 6.30pm BST on Saturday evening ahead of the match at Wembley on Sunday.

The press conference, however, was cancelled after the distressing scenes involving Eriksen during Denmark’s opening match with Finland.

The midfielder collapsed on the field shortly before half-time and the game in Copenhagen was suspended.

Eriksen was been taken to hospital and on Saturday evening, and UEFA confirmed that he was awake in a stable condition before the Denmark game restarted at 7:30pm.

Kane played with the 29-year-old for many years at Tottenham, where fellow England squad members Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier were also team-mates.

A message displayed on the virtual link that had been due to host the pre-match press conference read: “In light of the awful events unfolding in Copenhagen, the FA have asked permission not to do their press conference scheduled at 19.30 CET. So the ENG press conference is cancelled. Thank you for your understanding.”

 (AFP via Getty Images)
(AFP via Getty Images)

The Football Association said in a statement: “Our thoughts this evening are with Christian Eriksen and his family, and all connected with the Danish Football Union.”

Marcus Rashford sent a prayer emoji alongside one of a Danish flag on Twitter, while fellow England forward Raheem Sterling posted: "Thoughts and prayers go out to Christian Eriksen and his family."

Ben Chilwell posted the same and Declan Rice said he was "praying for ChrisEriksen8", with Jadon Sancho also expressing that sentiment.

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