Kasper Schmeichel said he and his team were “in shock” and “helpless” when Christian Eriksen suffered cardiac arrest during Denmark’s match against Finland at Euro 2020.
Eriksen has not played since his collapse and has now been fitted with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator.
Speaking for the ITV documentary, Kasper Schmeichel – Keeping the Faith, Schmeichel said:
“We had been looking forward to the day for so long – and it all became irrelevant very quickly.
“The way Christian came down, you could see something was wrong.
“We were helpless. We were in the same boat as everyone else, we didn’t know more than anyone – we were just in the front row.
“The last thing we wanted was this image of Christian on the pitch and on World TV.
“I knew her family with her and sat close to her and we didn’t want them to see that. I couldn’t look but had to see if he was okay.
“We were told the option was to play now or play the next day in an empty stadium at 12 o’clock.
“I just wanted the game to be over and be done with it. I wanted to go see Christian.
Christian had woken up and Simon Kjaer and I were able to FaceTime with him in the tunnel.
“He told us to go play, which certainly helped, but you could see we weren’t on our own, we were in shock. We could have won the game anyway, but that didn’t really matter.