Euro 2021 team news and latest set up today – –

Euro 2021 team news and latest set up today – –

Euro 2020: Daily briefing

England begin their journey to Euro 2020 today with their Group D opener against Croatia, a rematch of the last meaningful game Gareth Southgate’s side played in a major final – when she suffered a World Cup semi-final loss three years ago.

This time around, the hope is for the Three Lions to be a more creative and larger attacking team, given that Jadon Sancho, Phil Foden and Jack Grealish have joined the squad. Southgate must choose what their fittest options are to secure the victory that is required, as England look to get off to a good start at the championships.

With Scotland and the Czech Republic yet to come, it won’t be an easy passage to the round of 16 for either of these teams if they slip into the first game and let themselves be worked up.

Croatia enter Euro 2020 after scoring just two wins in their last nine games as Zlatko Dalic struggles to find the right balance in the squad, but with Marcelo Brozovic, Mateo Kovacic and Luka Modric at the heart of team, they will provide tough opposition all the same.

A win for either team will put them at the top of the group – although it will only become evident in a few weeks time that this is really desirable, as it could pit the best in Group D against countries like Portugal. , Germany.

Kieran Trippier was Southgate’s first selection pick with the Atletico Madrid defender lined up at left-back. Captain Harry Kane starts up front with Raheem Sterling picked ahead of Grealish, Rashford and Sancho.

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Euro 2020: England vs Croatia

News from the Croatia squad is now also available in:
Livakovic; Guardiola, Caleta-Car, Vida, Vrsaljko; Brozovic; Perisic, Kovacic, Modric, Kramaric; Rébic
There are six survivors on the Croatian side who started against England in the 2018 semi-final, with Vida, Vrsaljko, Brozovic, Perisic, Modric and Rebic all in the starting XI today.
Kovacic and Kramaric, who left the bench three years ago, are also in the starting XI today.
Emmet PortesJune 13, 2021 1:01 PM

Euro 2020: update on Christian Eriksen

The Danish federation issues a statement on Christian Eriksen’s health, saying the midfielder is in “stable” condition:
Emmet portesJune 13, 2021 12:52 PM

Euro 2020: England vs Croatia

And the news of the England team has arrived!
Angleterre XI : Pickford ; Walker, Stones, Mings, Trippier ; Phillips, Riz; Sterling, Mont, Foden ; Kane.
Gareth Southgate opts for a 4-2-3-1 system. Perhaps the biggest surprise is the absence of Manchester United defender Harry Maguire, who hasn’t even made the bench.
Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho and Chelsea’s Ben Chilwell are also absent from the squad, with Southgate opting to name the two substitute goalkeepers on the bench.
No departure for Jack Grealish either, after speculation the Aston Villa forward could play from the start.
Harry Kane will lead the line as planned, with the forward among the favorites to clinch the golden shoe in the tournament.
Emmet PortesJune 13, 2021 12:47

Euro 2020: England vs Croatia

Croatia captain Luka Modric said England had an ‘unfair advantage’ due to their group stage games at Wembley.
England will play each of their group stage matches at Wembley, in addition to one of the semi-finals and the final held at the stadium, and Modric believes that gives England an advantage.
“Everyone would say home teams with a crowd, that there is a slight advantage,” Modric told the BBC.
“It’s a shame that there aren’t many Croatian fans because you always feel their presence when they’re there.
” But it’s like that. We need to focus on the ground and not worry about the environment.
There will be an authorized 22,500 seat capacity at Wembley for the first two matches of the group stage.
Modric praised the quality of the English team, however:
“I rate them very highly,” he added.
“Of course they are among the favorites of this tournament. It doesn’t mean that we don’t go there to try to play a great game and try to get a result.
“We have shown in the past that we can do it and we know how to play against England. Hope we can show it again on Sunday.
Emmet PortesJune 13, 2021 12:36

Euro 2020: England vs Croatia

England vs Croatia: head-to-head review
Games between these two camps are not very common.
Since Croatia gained independence in the mid-1990s, the couple have only met a dozen times in total.
Their first meeting took place in April 1996, which ended in a 0-0 draw.
They didn’t meet for seven years, when they faced each other in a friendly in August 2003. England won 3-1, with goals from David Beckham, Michael Owen and Frank Lampard.
The first competitive clash between the two nations took place at Euro 2004, when England won 4-2, including two goals from Wayne Rooney.
Croatia doubled against England in qualifying for Euro 2008, with the second game at Wembley particularly memorable for Scott Carson’s blunder. The defeat cost England a place in the tournament.
In 2018, they met three times, with the World Cup semi-final being the most publicized of the three.
Emmet PortesJune 13, 2021 12:28

Euro 2020: England vs Croatia

Luka Modric took aim at the English media, saying it was their “arrogance”, rather than the English players, that annoyed him.
The Real Madrid midfielder has been angered by comments about the preparations for the 2018 World Cup semi-final clash between the two nations.
Modric felt there was a certain lack of respect towards Croatia, who ultimately won the game in overtime and advanced to the final, where they faced France.
Speaking ahead of their clash today, Modric spoke about the matter again:
“This arrogance is not so much linked to the players and the national team as to the people around them,” sought to clarify the Real Madrid playmaker during his pre-match press conference.
« [It was or is more] some journalists and commentators. Recently, I haven’t read a lot of media.
“I’m looking forward to the game and don’t want to say too much about what’s going on on the other side. “
Emmet PortesJune 13, 2021 12:15

Euro 2020: England vs Croatia

Domagoj Bradaric’s stoppage goal hurt. England were just minutes away from the two-goal win they needed to save their miserable European Under-21 Championship campaign and avoid a fifth group stage exit in six attempts. Instead, they went home and Croatia moved forward in their stead.
Curtis Jones, scorer on what could have been England’s critical second goal, opposed the jubilant full-time Croatian celebrations, moving away from a member of Aidy Boothroyd’s coaching staff who was attempting to hold it back and jump into the fray. The final whistle had already sounded, of course, but that didn’t stop Jones from being sent off.
If you search YouTube for images of the brawl, you’ll find more than a few comments cheering for England’s elimination, several of them ostensibly from Croatian users and coming together around a single theme. “It comes home, it comes”, reads the most popular of them, “the team bus goes home”.
This incident in Koper on the Adriatic coast of Slovenia just over two months ago is the most recent flashpoint between two nations that have faced each other repeatedly in international football over the past 17 years. One is old and established, the other young and emerging, and yet they’ve shared a lot of history together in a short period of time.
Laurent OstlerJune 13, 2021 12:03 PM

Euro 2020: England vs Croatia

Our man on the pitch Mark Critchley has been to Wembley, and it’s shaping up to be a great day for a game of football.
Laurent OstlerJune 13, 2021 12:01 PM

Euro 2020: England vs Croatia

The Football Association called on England fans to “respect the wishes” of the players’ decision to drop the knee before their European Championship matches.
The Three Lions open their Group D campaign against Croatia at Wembley on Sunday, where 22,500 fans are expected from the stands.
England players have knelt before kick-off in recent months as a gesture against racism and inequality.
But the position has been mocked by a minority of fans in England’s two Euro 2020 warm-up matches at the Riverside Stadium in Middlesbrough – the first times the knee has been caught in the presence of supporters.
England boss Gareth Southgate and Prime Minister Boris Johnson have both called on spectators not to mock the knee as the team insist they will continue to do so regardless of the backlash.
Now the FA has stressed its position and called on those considering booing the gesture to “reflect” on the image it would project and have distanced the movement from any political movement.
Laurent OstlerJune 13, 2021 11:56 AM

Euro 2020: England vs Croatia

Our football editor, Miguel Delaney, gives an overview of the English tournament:
Perceptions of this reflection will ultimately be dictated by the outcome against Croatia, but also residual feelings towards Southgate. For some in the game, this is a perfect indication of his “indecision”, of his supposed “inability to judge a player”. For other footballers who admire Southgate, it is the impressive flexibility that has elevated so many other elements of his management.
One thing can be said for sure. There is currently no Premier XI that naturally matches England’s abundant talent. Every possible roster involves a significant compromise somewhere in the team. If you play that extra attacker that everyone is asking for, you are exposing the bottom line in a way that is almost certain to knock you out.
Laurent OstlerJune 13, 2021 11:47


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