Rashford pays emotional tribute to Denmark insisting “Eriksen is proud”

Marcus Rashford paid an emotional tribute to Denmark on social media after their defeat against England in the Euro 2020 semi-finals, insisting Christian Eriksen "is extremely proud" of their achievement.

The Danes were beaten 2-1 by England at Wembley on Wednesday night despite taking the lead in their pivotal last-four showdown.

Mikkel Damsgaard's free-kick game them liftoff in London, but Simon Kjaer's own goal brought the hosts level nine minutes later.

Harry Kane then scored what proved the winner for England in extra-time, pouncing on the rebound from his missed penalty to secure the Three Lions' first European Championship final.

It was a bitter pill to swallow for Denmark, who came close to reaching the final for the first time since they won the competition in 1992.

But regardless of the defeat, Kasper Hjulmand's side still enjoyed an inspirational run to the last four in honour of team-mate Christian Eriksen.

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Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest during Denmark's opening Euro 2020 outing against Finland last month, collapsing to the field and receiving life-saving treatment before being rushed to hospital.

Fortunately the Inter Milan ace made a speedy recovery that evening and left hospital a week later after being fitted with an ICD heart-starting device.

And following their defeat on Wednesday night, unused England substitute Rashford commended the Danes for making Eriksen proud.

The Man Utd star wrote on Twitter: "I’m not sure how I would have reacted to seeing my teammate in such difficulty. You captured everyone’s heart and I’m sure @ChrisEriksen8 is extremely proud of what you have achieved.

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"Heads held high. Im sure we’ll see you soon @DBUfodbold".

England will now turn their attention to Sunday's all-important final against Italy, who secured their place in the showpiece by beating Spain on penalties earlier this week.

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