Christian Eriksen wants to play in the World Cup months after collapsing on field

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    Christian Eriksen
    Danish association football player

Christian Eriksen wants to prove he can still play soccer at a high level. Months after collapsing on the field due to cardiac arrest, Eriksen said he wants to play in the World Cup in Qatar.

Eriksen shared a clip on Twitter in which he shares his goal. The 2022 World Cup will take place in November.

"My goal is to play in the World Cup in Qatar," Eriksen replied when asked about his soccer plans. "I want to play. That's been my mindset all along. It's a goal, a dream. Whether I'll be picked is another thing, but it's my dream to come back."

Eriksen said he feels great physically, and is eager to prove he can keep playing soccer at an elite level.

Christian Eriksen collapsed during Euro 2020 match

Eriksen collapsed during a Euro 2020 match in June due to cardiac arrest. He received CPR on the field and was transported to a hospital. Denmark was forced to resume the match, which players opposed. Eriksen let fans know he was OK a few days later, and underwent a procedure before being discharged from the hospital

In December, Eriksen received clearance to train at Odense Boldklub (OB), his old team in Denmark. Eriksen was reportedly working out before he received that clearance. Eriksen, who now has a heart starter, cannot play in Italy, which has rules against players having a heart-starting device

Eriksen can play in other countries. It could take months before he's able to return to the pitch.

Christian Eriksen resumed training in December.
Christian Eriksen wants to play in the World Cup. (Photo by Mattia Ozbot - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)
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