England have canceled their press conference to preview the highly anticipated Euro 2020 game against Croatia after former Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen collapsed at the Danish group opener.
The Three Lions are kicking off a tournament they hope to begin and end on Sunday afternoon at Wembley Stadium against the side they knocked out in the World Cup semi-finals three years ago.
England coach Gareth Southgate and captain Harry Kane were due to preview the Group D competition at 6.30pm on Saturday before troubling Copenhagen events took off.
Denmark’s game against tournament debutants Finland was suspended after skipper Eriksen collapsed towards the end of the first half, resulting in lengthy medical treatment and hospitalization for the player.
Kane played for many years with the 29-year-old at Tottenham, where English teammates Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier were teammates.
A message displayed on the virtual link that was supposed to hold the pre-game press conference read: “In light of the terrible events in Copenhagen, the FA has asked for permission not to hold its press conference scheduled for 7.30pm CET. Therefore the ENG press conference is canceled. Thank you for your understanding.”
The football association said in a statement: “Our thoughts are with Christian Eriksen and his family this evening and everyone is connected to the Danish Football Association.”
Marcus Rashford posted a prayer emoji on Twitter next to a Danish flag, while England striker Raheem Sterling wrote: “Thoughts and prayers go to Christian Eriksen and his family.”
Ben Chilwell posted the same thing and Declan Rice said he was praying “for @ ChrisEriksen8” with Jadon Sancho expressing that sentiment as well.