Euro 2020: Englishman Phil Foden suffers ‘minor blow’ as police warn fans ahead of final

Euro 2020: Englishman Phil Foden suffers ‘minor blow’ as police warn fans ahead of final

England midfielder Phil Foden suffered a “minor blow” and missed the team’s training session on the eve of the Euro 2020 final.

The Manchester City star, who started two games during the tournament and came on as a substitute in the semi-final victory over Denmark, missed the final training session at St George’s Park on Saturday, the FA said.

The other 25 members of the England the team has trained normally and all players – including Foden – have passed their UEFA-mandated PCR tests for coronavirus.

Harry Maguire (left) and Harry Kane appeared relaxed during the England training session
Phil Foden now “unlikely” to start against Italy, according to Sky Sports News

Sky Sports News reporter Rob Dorsett said Foden was now “very unlikely to start against Italy in the final” at Wembley on Sunday.

Italy left their training base in Florence on Saturday – and it looks like they almost left a key member of Roberto Mancini’s squad at the hotel.

The team bus started leaving without coach Gianluca Vialli before the vehicle stopped to allow the former Chelsea manager to board – but the incident would have been a team stunt superstitious Italian.

This was triggered after the team genuinely left without Vialli ahead of their second game of the tournament against Switzerland, which they won 3-0 – with the ritual then being repeated before all of their other games during the competition, according to media reports. Italians.

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Next stop Wembley: the Italian team is on the way

Ahead of their match against England, the Italians landed at Luton Airport on Saturday afternoon.

Some 65,000 fans will be at Wembley for the final, the largest crowd at a UK football match since the start of the pandemic.

The last remaining tickets went on sale on the official UEFA website on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Metropolitan Police said London “remains in a public health crisis” and urged people “not to gather in large numbers”.

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England hope to relive 1966 glory

“If you don’t have a ticket to the matches, the fan zone or officially booked at a pub, bar or club, my message is clear: don’t come to London – you might end up missing the match,” he said. said Assistant Assistant Commissioner Laurence Taylor. mentionned.

A waiting nation is set to spend millions of pounds today to prepare for Sunday’s clash with Italy for the chance to be crowned European champion.

The England football team are looking to win their first major trophy in 55 years after the famous 1966 World Cup victory.

Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling in training
Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane in training
Harry Kane (l) and Harry Maguire during a training session on the eve of the final
England players seek to win the national team’s first major trophy in 55 years

It is expected that fans will buy millions of pints on Sunday, withdraw hundreds of millions of pounds in cash – and some will even change the names of their streets to show their support for the Three Lions.

As English fans sang Three Lions (Football’s Coming Home) throughout the tournament, Frank Skinner claimed UEFA opposed plans for him and David Baddiel to perform the song on the field before the final, believing that it was “too partisan and unfair to the Italians”.

Ahead of Sunday’s final, Gareth Southgate appealed to England’s war spirit, urging supporters to be proud of his accomplishments on and off the pitch.

Gareth Southgate during a training session at St George's Park
Gareth Southgate at a training session in St George’s Park

The England manager said the nation had “much to be proud of” and urged fans to stop “looking at the negatives of our own country”.

He highlighted the wider importance of the game, with the Three Lions uniting the country as it emerges from the pandemic, encouraging diversity and taking a stand against racism.

“I think these are historic things we can be proud of,” he told the Daily Telegraph.

“It’s a wonderful privilege to be able to make a difference. “

south gate, 50, claimed he believed the ‘Blitz spirit’ was part of the reason for England’s victory over Germany in their last 16-game.

“People tried to invade us and we had the courage to hold him back,” he told the newspaper.

“You can’t hide that the energy in the stadium against Germany was because of this. I’ve never told the players about it, but I know it’s part of the story. “

Meanwhile, it was confirmed on Saturday that the FA has been fined over £ 25,000 after a laser pointer was aimed at Danish goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel in England’s victory in the semi-final.

TV footage showed a green light being lit on the Leicester player’s face as Kane lines up his free kick. Schmeichel saved Kane’s initial shot but was beaten on the rebound for what turned out to be the deciding goal.

The sanction imposed by UEFA also takes into account the boos of the Danish national anthem before the match and the setting off of fireworks by some supporters.

The Euro 2020 final between England and Italy will start at 8 p.m. on Sunday.


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