Romelu Lukaku who scored two goals in the 3-0 demolition of hosts, Russia in the Euro 2020 said the Eriksen situation had left him in tears before the game.
When he scored the opener for Belgium, Lukaku celebrated by running to the television camera and shouting “Chris, Chris, I love you” in tribute to Christian Eriksen, the Danish midfielder and his team-mate at Inter Milan who had been rushed to hospital after collapsing during the earlier game in the group.
“I cried a lot because I was scared, obviously. You live strong moments together. I spent more time with him than with my family,” he said.
“My thoughts are with him, his girlfriend, his two kids and his family,” he added.
“I enjoyed the game but for me, it was difficult to play because my mind was with Christian. I hope he is healthy and I dedicate this performance to him,” added the former Manchester United striker.
Lukaku and the Belgian team had taken the knee before the kick-off but the anti-racist gesture was met with jeers and whistles from the crowd.