Danish professional footballer Christian Eriksen posted a picture from his hospital bed with a thumbs-up as he made his first comments since suffering a cardiac arrest.
The Denmark midfielder, 29, collapsed in Saturday’s game with Finland and had to be resuscitated on the pitch.
Eriksen thanked fans from around the world for their support.
“Now, I will cheer on the boys on the Denmark team in the next matches,” he wrote.
The Inter Milan playmaker is now in a stable condition in a Copenhagen hospital.
“Big thanks for your sweet and amazing greetings and messages from all around the world,” he added. “It means a lot to me and my family.
“I’m fine – under the circumstances. I still have to go through some examinations at the hospital, but I feel OK.”
‘He was gone’
Eriksen had to be resuscitated on the pitch after collapsing shortly before half-time in Saturday’s match in Copenhagen.
“He was gone. We did cardiac resuscitation, it was a cardiac arrest,” Danish team doctor Morten Boesen said.
“How close were we to losing him? I don’t know, but we got him back after one defibrillation so that’s quite fast.
“The examinations that have been done so far look fine. We don’t have an explanation as to why it happened.”
Saturday’s incident happened as a throw-in was played towards Eriksen near the end of the first half.
His distressed team-mates surrounded him and the shocked supporters at Parken Stadium were visibly upset as the player was treated.
Boesen said Eriksen was unconscious when he reached the player on the pitch.
“When I got to him he was on his side, he was breathing, I could feel a pulse, but suddenly that changed and we started to give him CPR,” he said.
“The help came really fast from the medical team and the rest of the staff with their co-operation, and we did what we had to do and managed to get Christian back.”
Only once informed that Eriksen was awake in hospital did the players agree to resume the match, with Finland going on to win 1-0.