The Tottenham Hotspur midfielder will be hoping to help Denmark overcome Croatia this weekend.
Tottenham Hotspur fans know how good Christian Eriksen is, while Denmark supporters need no reminding that his hat-trick in the World Cup play-offs got them to the finals in the first place. But Sunday sees the diminutive play-maker come up against the man he ultimately replaced at Spurs in the form of Luka Modric.
Modric has been one of the tournament’s standout players in a Croatia side that has the potential to go all the way to the final.
The bottom half of the draw has been branded a ‘Best of the Rest’ following England’s defeat to Belgium, but they should underestimate Croatia at their peril, which makes their clash with Eriksen and co all the more intriguing.
The Tottenham player has already shown moments of sheer brilliance this summer, with an assist in the first group game and a sublime goal in the second. But if he can outshine Modric this weekend he could inspire his country to the quarter-finals of a competition that is as open as it has ever been.
Eriksen scored 14 goals and provided 13 assists for Tottenham this season and he is only going to get better as he reaches his peak years.
At 32, Modric is six years Eriksen’s senior and it will be interesting to see who comes out on top on Sunday. Whoever wins the battle of Tottenham men past and present could determine who moves on to the last eight and who heads home.