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“Guilty…” Rasmus Højlund reacts to Denmark’s Euro 2024 exit with emotional message



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Manchester United’s Rasmus Højlund has sent an emotional message to Denmark fans following their exit from the 2024 European Championships.

Denmark had a mixed campaign during the 2024 European Championships as although they finished second in their group and advanced to the round of 16, they did not win a single fixture.

Manchester United duo Rasmus Højlund and Christian Eriksen started all four of their games, and the latter impressed many with a goal and two Player of the Match awards.

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Denmark kicked off their campaign with back-to-back 1-1 draws with Slovenia and England before securing their second-placed spot in Group C with a 0-0 draw against Serbia.

They then faced hosts Germany in the round of 16, where goals from Kai Havertz and Jamal Musiala saw the superior side win 2-0 on the night, knocking Denmark out of the competition.

Rasmus Højlund drew some criticism for not scoring during those four games, and following the exit, he sent out a heart-felt message to Danish fans explaining his mixed emotions.

“To be honest I didn’t really know what to expect from my first Euros,” he wrote on Instagram following the result. “Supporting Denmark during a tournament was always one of the highlights as a Dane, playing for Denmark was indescribable.

“I was so eager, and wanted so badly to make our country proud. I texted one of my friends that I felt a bit guilty. It’s a weird sentimental mix, because there’s also pride.

“Obviously we wanted to bring the cup home, but the thing that will always bring me pride, both as a footballer and a Dane: Vi er røde, vi er hvide. Vi står sammen, side om side.”

The final line in his message translates to “we are red we are white. We stand together, side by side“, which is a beautiful sentiment.

Højlund will now enjoy three weeks’ holiday before he returns to Manchester United’s pre-season training in July for his second campaign as a Red Devil. He may return in time to join United on their pre-season tour of the USA, with the first fixture against Arsenal not kicking off until 27 July.

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