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England v Denmark: King's Lynn rider has divided loyalties ahead of huge European Championship semi-final

“May the best team win” - King’s Lynn Stars’ UK-based Dane, Thomas Jorgensen, has divided loyalties on Wednesday for England’s huge European Championship semi-final with Denmark.

Newly-installed in the Stars’ number one race jacket, Jorgensen confirmed he will be watching the crucial Euro 2020 football clash, which kicks-off at Wembley at 8pm, with English girlfriend Samantha at home in Boston, Lincolnshire.

The Minors & Brady Stars ace said of the mouth-watering match: “That’ll be on the sofa, me and my ‘Mrs’. I’ll just let the best team win - hopefully Denmark!”

Thomas Jorgensen heads out on the parade lap. (48906558)
Thomas Jorgensen heads out on the parade lap. (48906558)

He says the plight of Christian Eriksen has brought the squad together.

The 29-year-old Denmark midfielder suffered cardiac arrest during his side's defeat by Finland in Copenhagen during the group stages and was discharged from hospital after a successful operation to fit a heart-starting device.

Jorgensen stated: “I think that’s brought the team spirit together for the Danes. They want to win for Christian, that's for sure.

“It’s horrible what’s happened to him and all good wishes to him for the future and everything. Luckily it happened to him on the pitch, if you can say it like that, because obviously he had his team-mates around who did rescue him.

“God knows what would have happened if he would have been home or on his own, it would have been much worse, probably.

“Denmark has done well – and England to be fair, with the 4-0 score over Ukraine, so it should be a tough match. We’ll see who wins.”

The Aalborg-born racer, who turns 29 later this month, said he was first aware of Eriksen’s on-pitch collapse while working in the pits, not the sofa: “No, I was actually racing in Leicester for Scunny that night.

“Somebody was on the phone and they called me over. It was live when the incident happened. I was quite shocked, I didn’t really believe it at first.

“It was awful but luckily he got on his feet again.”

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