Atletico Madrid and England right-back Kieran Tripper has weighed in on the situation of former teammate, Nerazzurri midfielder Christian Eriksen.

Speaking to UK news outlet The Independent, the 30-year-old opened up about his reaction to the collapse of the Danish captain during Denmark’s EURO 2020 opener against Finland.

The English national team plan to gift Eriksen a signed shirt with his number, Ten, on the back as a show of support and respect, a reminder that Eriksen’s presence is felt outside of Denmark and Inter, and extends through the wider footballing community.

Trippier and Eriksen were club teammates for several years, spending four seasons together at Tottenham Hospur before each departed, for Atletico Madrid and Inter respectively.

The pair will not square off in England’s Euro semi-final clash with Denmark today, with the Dane ruled out of football indefinitely while he recovers from his health emergency, but Trippier and the English team are still aware of his presence as a part of the Danish setup.

“We were on the coach, before the Croatia game,” Trippier said about watching Eriksen’s health emergency during the Finland match, “We saw it on the screens. Yeah, It’s just good to see him.”

“Look, it’s just important that he is here with us. He’s getting better, he’s making progress.”

He continued: ““You know… it’s just hard to put into words because I’ve played with him; I was close with Christian. The most important thing is that he is getting better.”

“I messaged him. I didn’t do it straight away, I messaged him through social media. It’s private what he said. This is the time to give him privacy, with his family and his children. We just want him to make progress in his recovery.”