Danish soccer star Christian Eriksen is seven months removed from collapsing on the field at Euro 2020, but he isn't letting the scary incident dictate his future. In an interview with Danish TV, Eriksen explained his goal of returning to the 2022 World Cup in the simplest words possible: "I want to play."
The 29-year-old midfielder said he's "back in top shape" and intends to "prove that I'm back at the same level," a transformation he hopes will be enough to earn an invite to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
"That's been my mindset all along," Eriksen said. "It's a goal, it's a dream. Whether I'll be picked is another thing. But it's my dream to come back."
A 2022 World Cup trip would mark quite the turnaround for Eriksen. On June 12, 2021, he collapsed during the first half of Denmark's Euro 2020 opener in Copenhagen and went into cardiac arrest. Eriksen underwent an operation shortly after and was fitted with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) to track his heart rate.
Eriksen, who plays for Inter Milan at the club level, hasn't appeared in a match since the incident, making him eager to put it behind him.
"My dream is to rejoin the national team and play at Parken (Stadium) again, and prove that it was a one-timer and that it won't happen again," Eriksen said. "I want to prove I've moved on and that I can play on the national team again."
While Eriksen admits his inclusion on Denmark's World Cup roster isn't his decision, he said "my heart is not an obstacle." The 2022 World Cup is slated for Nov. 21 to Dec. 18 in Qatar, and Denmark is already qualified.