The number of matches in modern gaming is not a problem for players, talkSPORT was told.
Busy schedules have been called into question following Christian Eriksen’s cardiac arrest while playing for Denmark at Euro 2020.
There were distressing scenes when the midfielder fell to the ground in his country’s Group B opener with Finland and it was later confirmed that he had suffered cardiac arrest and was “was gone” before being revived.
Hours before Eriksen’s ordeal from which he is now on the road to recovery, the world football players’ union FIFPRO issued a warning about player exhaustion in relation to the constant flow of matches.
But England legend Stuart Pearce, who is the first-team coach at West Ham, believes the busy schedule isn’t too much for the players to handle.
He told Monday’s talkSPORT Breakfast: “Even now we play our careers and at the end of our careers you have a slight ankle problem, you have this, you have that or something else.
“I wouldn’t trade it for the world, honestly, I wouldn’t.
“It has given me so much in my career that I personally don’t think the number of games is a problem.”
On Tuesday, Eriksen revealed via Instagram that he felt “good – under the circumstances.”
He posted a photo of himself smiling and giving a thumbs-up gesture along with a thank you message.
“Hello everyone. Many thanks for your sweet and amazing greetings and messages from all over the world. It means a lot to me and my family.
“I’m fine – under the circumstances. I still have to take tests in the hospital, but I feel good.
“Now I will be cheering on the boys from the Danish team in the next matches. Play for all of Denmark.
Meanwhile, Euro ’92 winner Peter Schmeichel, whose son Kasper was playing in the goal for Denmark when Eriksen collapsed, criticized UEFA’s decision to allow the game to resume within hours only after the incident.
“They should have tried to come up with a different storyline and show a little compassion, and they didn’t,” he said.
“It would be the worst two hours of my time in football. Something terrible like that is happening and UEFA is giving the players the option to either go out and play the game or come back at 12:00 on Sunday.
“What kind of option is this? The outcome of the game is irrelevant. I mean, how can you play?