MARTIN BRAITHWAITE has recalled the horrific moment that he feared Denmark team-mate Christian Eriksen had died on the pitch alongside him.
The Danish talisman, 29, suffered a cardiac arrest on the pitch in the 43rd minute of his side’s Euro 2020 clash with Finland in Copenhagen on June 12.
Braithwaite, 30, witnessed the moment first hand – and initially thought his pal was dead.
In a new documentary series, produced by Lucky Metal and 433, the Barcelona ace has recounted the horrific scenes from his perspective.
He said: “I have experienced one of the most terrible situations in my life.
“What was meant to be the biggest sports event in Danish history turned out just to be a nightmare.
“What happened that night shocked a lot of people.”
He then relived the most harrowing moment of all, before revealing that he turned to God in the immediate aftermath.
Braithwaite continued: “There was one moment I looked at [Eriksen] and he was gone.
I felt it was the only thing I could do in that moment. Turn to God
“When you look at a body where the person is dead, you have no doubt. You know right away. That is what I saw.”
“When I saw that I started to pray hard. I felt it was the only thing I could do in that moment. Turn to God.
“We had all the doctors working on him and that image is something that I don’t wish for anyone to see.
“It all finished with a good ending, Christian is good and stable. That’s the only thing that we could wish for.”
Eriksen has since been recovering with his family in Denmark, having been fitted with an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator.
However, it has been reported that Italian football rules mean that Inter Milan star Eriksen will not be able to continue his playing career unless he has his ICD REMOVED.
Now, according to Sky Sports Italia via Football Italia, the ex-Tottenham playmaker is due back in Milan this week.
Eriksen is claimed to be excited by the prospect of reuniting with his team-mates after helping Inter win their first Scudetto since 2010 last season.
It has been stated that he will undergo heart examinations to determine the cause of his cardiac arrest on June 12.
After the medical tests, it will then be decided what Eriksen’s next steps are and whether he can return to the pitch.