Eriksen ready to defy Danish opposition to taking knee
Christian Eriksen, the former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder, is ready to ignore a political row that has erupted in Denmark by joining England in taking a knee before tomorrow’s Nations League game.
Eriksen and the majority of his Denmark team-mates want to support the anti-racism protest after he said the English Football Association asked them to back the Black Lives Matter campaign.
But there has been opposition to the movement in Denmark with Morten Messerschmidt, deputy chairman of the Danish People’s Party, saying it was “dangerous” to mix sport and politics and it should be “everybody’s team”.
Eriksen, who also took the knee before the 2-0 home defeat by Belgium on Saturday, said: “I do not see why it should be a problem. We all support the fight against all forms of racism. If it can create a little extra focus, then I think we could do it.”
Thomas Delaney, the Denmark midfielder, added that it was a “nobrainer” and said the players were ready to put up with any consequences.
Meanwhile, Eriksen says Denmark must improve after their defeat by Belgium. “We must learn from this match,” he said.