Lukaku to kick ball out after 10 mins of Euros game as gesture to friend Eriksen

Romelu Lukaku will kick the ball out of play in the 10th minute to pay tribute to Christian Eriksen

Denmark fans are planning an applause for their talisman during tonight's clash with Belgium.

Eriksen, who wears the No 10 shirt for his country, suffered a cardiac arrest during their clash with Finland on Saturday and had to be resuscitated on the pitch.

The Danes now host the Red Devils at the Parken Stadium and manager Kasper Hjulmand said earlier the game will continue during the applause.

But Inter Milan striker Lukaku wants to play a part in the tribute to his clubmate.

He said: “After ten minutes of the match we will put the ball in touch to applaud.

“Several players from our country have played with him but we will be there to win and that is the most important.”

Lukaku has asked national boss Roberto Martinez for permission to visit Eriksen in hospital as it is within walking distance of the stadium where today's clash will be played.

But it is not known yet if it will be allowed as Belgium are travelling within a bubble and the hospital is strict on visitors because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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He said: "I just got a message from Eriksen telling me he was fine, and I told him if he wanted to talk I was there.

“I will send him a little message before the game.

“I will let him spend time with his family. A lot of people will try to message him. I will let him recover.”

Belgium boss Martinez said his team will do some gesture for Eriksen at the start of the game.

He said: “Football is not the same if Eriksen is not on the football pitch.

“We hope he can make a full recovery and be back with the Denmark team and the Inter Milan team.

“The players will make a gesture at the beginning of the game.”

Manchester City ace Kevin De Bruyne missed Belgium's 3-0 Group B opening win against Russia on Saturday as he is still recovering from an orbital fracture suffered in last month's Champions League final.

But Martinez revealed the Belgium star is fit to return against the Danes.

He added: “He is fit and has the green light. The question is how long he can play. I am very happy with his progress and he is getting better every day.”

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