The unexpected collapse of Christian Eriksen at EURO 2020 was huge shock (Image: Pool via REUTERS)

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Gary Lineker summed up how we all felt when he said: “This is one of the most distressing things I have ever seen.”

It was the utter unexpectedness of it that made it all the more shocking.

A young footballer, who is obviously at the peak of fitness, collapses for no obvious reason at the start of a competition which we were all looking forward to so much.

Within seconds, Christian Eriksen is being given CPR on the pitch. Within minutes, his teammates are wiping away tears.

In an instant, our lives came into perspective.

Gary Lineker was shocked by scenes on the pitch as Christian Eriksen collapsed

In a moment, we were reminded how fragile life is. We will all pray that the former Tottenham midfielder makes a full recovery.

And also that the only dramas we will witness for the rest of this tournament involve balls swishing into the backs of nets.

What we would really like to see is for England’s finest to slot a few balls into the back of Wembley’s nets on Sunday.

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We live in hope that Gareth Southgate can pull off a similar feat to the one Sir Alf Ramsey managed so spectacularly in 1966.

Because at times like these, it is only hope that gets us through.

Patience is key

For a while on Sunday, football took second place to other concerns as a young man’s life appeared to hang in the balance.

And with so many lives lost during this pandemic, we should be grateful for all we have.

Christian Eriksen's Denmark teammates gathered around him as he received medical treatment
(Image: Wolfgang Rattay/POOL/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

The sun is shining. We have the Euros to keep us entertained. We can see friends and family.

That is why we should not be too impatient to end all Covid restrictions while the Delta variant threatens 100,000 new cases a day.

Reckless Tory MPs who want to throw caution to the wind should pipe down for once.

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Of course we feel for workers in pubs, restaurants and nightclubs, whose jobs are going to be at risk.

We feel for the 50,000 young couples who had pinned their hopes on the weddings of their dreams in the next few weeks.

But the reason we were thrown into a third lockdown and the economic damage that caused was because Boris Johnson messed up the previous two so completely.

And a few more weeks under the current restrictions may be just enough to avoid a fourth.

Cracking effort

Archaeologist Indiana Jones is no stranger to old bones. But now Harrison Ford is old bones himself, he is an inspiration to us all.

On the cusp of 79, he is not only making another vigorous action movie in North East England, but cycling 40 miles a day before shooting to stay fit for the whip-cracking role.

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We take our fedoras off to you, Harrison.

While many of us are nowadays spending our lives on Skype or Teams, he is out there in the wilds on a punishing 11-hour night-time filming schedule that would daunt younger actors.

Not for him Indiana Jones and the Temple of Zoom…