Harry Kane’s message to Christian Eriksen as England plot defensive change against Scotland

Harry Kane is hoping to meet Christian Eriksen after the European Championship as the former Tottenham Hotspur player continues his recovery from the cardiac arrest he suffered in Denmark’s Euro 2020 game against Finland on Saturday.

The England captain, speaking ahead of tomorrow night’s game against Scotland at Wembley, said that his wife has spoken with Eriksen’s since the 29-year-old’s collapse in Copenhagen but the players have not had any direct contact.

It was confirmed this morning that Eriksen will have a device fitted in the coming days, which is “necessary due to rhythm disturbances” according to Denmark team doctor Morten Boesen.

The Danes returned to action at Parken Stadium earlier today, going in front against Belgium after less than two minutes but eventually losing 2-1.

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While the incident offered Kane and his England team-mates a dose of.perspective, he said that his focus is now solely on sealing England’s progress from Group D tomorrow night. After the tournament, however, he is keen to spend time with a player he shared a dressing room with for seven seasons.

“It’s been difficult,” Kane said. “Obviously to watch it last week and see it happen was really hard. Thankfully Christian is alive and seems to be doing well. I’ve not had any contact with him personally but my wife has spoken to his wife and from what I understand everything’s going in a good way.

“Obviously we’ve had to try and switch off from it and focus on the game but of course Christian is in all of our hearts. Not just our team but the whole football family. It’s a reminder of how quickly things can change in life. Never to take things for granted. We want to wish him well, wish him all the best. I hope to see him soon personally. Hopefully after this tournament we get to do that.”

Asked if he will pay any tribute to his former team-mate should he score against Scotland, Kane added: “I’ll have to score a goal first before I can think of anything like that. We’ll see what happens. Christian is a good friend. The most important thing is he knows we’re all thinking of him and obviously that he is getting better day by day.”

The 27-year-old was not asked about the latest twist in Tottenham’s search for a new manager.

On another bizarre day in north London, the club withdrew their plans to appoint Paulo Fonseca as new head coach.

Gennaro Gattuso is now the frontrunner to take over after the former Italy midfielder left Fiorentina as head coach this morning following a dispute with the Serie A club’s board relating to new signings. He was appointed in Florence less than a month ago.

The distraction is far from ideal for Kane on the eve of England’s second game of the tournament, although apart from Eriksen and a question about Coca Cola the captain’s views were firmly focused on tomorrow.

England manager Gareth Southgate has been boosted by Harry Maguire’s return to fitness. The Manchester United centre back is set to return against Scotland, possibly from the start despite Tyrone Mings impressing in Sunday’s 1-0 win.

“Harry will be involved tomorrow,” Southgate said. “The decision we’ve got to make is whether he’s ready to start but we’re really pleased with his progress. He’s trained with the team for four or five days now and had no reaction.

“Each session that he’s involved with he gets more confident and I think he’s on a really good path. Of course we want everybody available. It causes difficult decisions but at the moment this morning on the training pitch we had 26 players training and that’s a great situation for us to be in.”

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