Romelu Lukaku admitted it was ‘difficult to play’ after hearing the news that his Inter Milan team-mate Christian Eriksen had collapsed on the pitch.
Lukaku, the former Manchester United and Chelsea striker, said he ‘cried a lot’ after being ‘scared’ about the wellbeing of his friend – with whom he won the Serie A title this season – who had been resuscitated during Denmark’s Euro 2020 defeat to Finland.
Eriksen was conscious when he was stretchered off and was reportedly able to speak to his Denmark team-mates before they returned to complete the postponed fixture later on Saturday night.
Despite this, Lukaku confessed it was tough for him to go out and play for his country, even if he scored two goals for Belgium – the first of which he dedicated to Eriksen, shouting ‘Chris, I love you’ into a TV camera – and was named man of the match in a comprehensive 3-0 win over Russia.
‘Well I’m really happy with the win but for me it was difficult to play because my mind was with my team-mate Christian,’ Lukaku said after Belgium’s 3-0 win.
‘I hope he’s healthy and I dedicate this performance to him.
‘I cried a lot because I was scared obviously.
‘We lived strong moments together for a year and a half. I spent more time with him than my family.
‘My thoughts are with him, his girlfriend, his two kids and his family.’
On the game itself, the striker added: ‘I think we’re a confident team. We put in a great performance.
‘I’m really happy for the team and hopefully we can grow into the tournament.’
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Source: Metro Sport