Prince William sends well wishes to Christian Eriksen after Euro 2020 collapse

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NORFOLK, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 05: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge visit to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn as part of the NHS birthday celebrations on July 5, 2020 in Norfolk, England. Sunday marks the 72nd anniversary of the formation of the National Health Service (NHS). The UK has hailed its NHS for the work they have done during the Covid-19 pandemic. (Photo by Joe Giddens - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Prince William sends well wishes to Christian Eriksen
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Prince William has sent his well wishes to Danish football player, Christian Eriksen after he collapsed on the pitch during the Euros 2020.


It's no secret that Prince William is a big football fan, and even he was shocked to watch the terrifying moment Denmark's Christian Eriksen collapsed on the pitch unfold on Saturday.

The Duke of Cambridge took to Twitter to send his well wishes to Christian Eriksen, and applauded medical staff for their swift response to the emergency that halted the Euros 2020 game.

Prince William tweeted, "Encouraging news about Christian Eriksen, we are all thinking about him and his family. Well done to the medical team and Anthony Taylor for their calm and swift action. W."

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The Denmark vs. Finland match came to a standstill yesterday when Christian Eriksen collapsed on the pitch, forcing medics to give him CPR while his terrified team-mates created a privacy shield around him.

While it's still unclear what caused the 29-year-old to collapse, he is said to be awake and stabilised in hospital following the shocking incident.

UEFA confirmed this in a statement, saying, "The match had been suspended due to a medical emergency which involved Denmark's Christian Eriksen. The player in now in hospital and in a stable condition. UEFA wishes Christian Eriksen a full and speedy recovery and wishes to thank both teams for their exemplary attitude."

Prince William—Future King of our country in the British line of succession—is not the only famous face to speak out on the medical emergency.

One of BBC1's leading football pundits, Gary Lineker, was on air during the incident and described it as "the most difficult, distressing and emotional broadcasts" he has ever been part of. 

He tweeted, "In 25 years of doing this job, that was the most difficult, distressing and emotional broadcast I’ve ever been involved with. Thanks to @cesc4official @AlexScott @MicahRichards for your professionalism, warmth and empathy. Get well soon, Christian Eriksen."

The retired footballer also apologised for the coverage of the emergency, which has sparked a number of complaints. And insisted it was "host pictures" and not the BBC's decision to keep filming.

"We will be back on air at 7.25 on @bbcone. I understand some of you would have been upset with some of the images shown (we were too). Obviously these were the host pictures and out of our control. They should have stayed on a wide of the stadium. Apologies."

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