Alex Scott choked back tears and revealed she sent an “I love you” text message to her mum as shellshocked BBC pundits tried to come to terms with Christian Eriksen collapsing.
The Denmark star fell to the ground towards the end of the first half of their Euro 2020 clash with Finland in Copenhagen’s Parken Stadium.
English referee Anthony Taylor immediately halted the game with both sets of players visibly upset and the Group B fixture was later postponed.
Cameras returned to the BBC studio where host Gary Linker and former players Cesc Fabregas and Micah Richards discussed the shocking situation along with former England women’s international Scott.
Ex-Arsenal and Chelsea midfielder Fabregas admitted he was shaking while Scott said: “I’m getting emotional, I can’t believe what everyone is witnessing.
“Football totally goes out of the window right now. You’re thinking about his family and all the rest of the players out there witnessing it as well.
“I got my phone and messaged my mum and told her I love her. It’s a reminder of how quickly life can change, just like that.
“We have to sit here and pray. The reaction from players, fans. But all we can do is sit here and hope he pulls through this and keep sending prayers.”
Fabregas said: “I don’t know what to say really, my body is shaking. All I can think about is Christian’s family and what they must be going through.
“It’s a very, very sad moment. I pray for the very best. I know how many times I go home and I’m upset after football but you realise it’s just a game.
“We need to enjoy every second and have passion for it but there are things that don’t matter. The most important thing is health and always try to be happy and enjoy what you have in life and how blessed we are. This is a big shock and a reminder for all of us.”
Rangers midfielder Glen Kamara was involved in the game, which was 0-0 at the time, and Lineker said: “It’s extraordinary circumstances. We’ve seen it a couple of times. He was just running towards the ball and stumbled.
“You could tell immediately from then players’ reaction and the referee Anthony Taylor’s reaction that something dreadful had happened.
“The crowd are in shock. Everyone is in shock in the football world I would imagine, at present, and football doesn’t matter at the moment.
It’s impossible to get any update, any news at present. We’ll try and bring it to you if we hear anything. Let’s up it’s good news.”
Former Bolton player Fabrice Muamba took to social media to offer his prayers after collapsing on the pitch during a game against Tottenham Hotspur.
And ex-England defender Richards said: ““One thing you have to have is hope. We seen it with Fabrice Muamba and he pulled through. We don’t know the news. We can’t make assumptions.”