Denmark star Christian Eriksen has sent his first public message since suffering a terrifying cardiac arrest on the pitch on Saturday.

He told fans he “feels better” and “won’t give up” following the horrific incident in which during the first half of the group stage match against Finland.

Eriksen required CPR when he collapsed and doctors confirmed he was “gone” for a short period before medics were thankfully able to revive him.

He was rushed to hospital for recovery.

Eriksen’s Danish teammates formed a ring around him while be was treated on the pitch but major fears that he would not recover overshadowed the match.

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Our sister title The Mirror report how Inter Milan star Eriksen thanked fans for their well-wishes in a short statement released through his agent to Gazzetta dello Sport.

"Thank you, I won't give up. I feel better now - but I want to understand what's happened," he said.

"I want to say thank you all for what you did for me."

Eriksen sent a short message to his Denmark teammates from hospital to reassure them that he was fine.

They went on to finish the match, which they lost 1-0.

Denmark team doctor Morten Boesen says his medical results have so far been normal.

"The exams that have been done so far look fine," Boesen told a news conference.

"We don't have an explanation why it happened. I can't answer that question.

"I didn't see it live, I saw it on screen when it happened. You saw the same as me. No explanation so far."

Confirming that Ereiksen had a cardiac arrest, he added: "He was gone.

"We did cardiac resuscitation, it was a cardiac arrest.

"How close were we to losing him? I don't know, but we got him back after one defib, so that's quite fast."

On the decision to finish the match he said: "I don't think the right decision was to play the game.

"We had help from a psychological point of view at the hotel last night. Everyone expressed their feelings and how they saw the situation, and everyone was pleased we did this and talked it through.

"We really appreciated the professional help we have had from the outside."

Denmark coach Kasper Hjumland relayed Eriksen's message to his teammates from hospital, saying that the playmaker had said: "I think you are feeling worse than I am. I feel as if I'm about to go training now, boys."

Hjumland added: "Christian is in good spirits and it's a huge relief for the players after all this uncertainty.

"There is no doubt that we have been on the ropes."