Euro 2021 news LIVE: England could select four full-backs for Croatia opener

Countdown to Euro 2020: daily briefing

Welcome to all the latest coverage ahead of Euro 2020 which starts tomorrow in Rome. It quickly happened. Italy v Turkey is the first game taking place at 8 p.m. BST on Friday night, preceded by an opening ceremony of some sort – presumably reduced given the pandemic. UK viewers can watch it all unfold on the BBC and online via the iPlayer.

There is a relaxed atmosphere around the English camp, underpinned by Jack Grealish’s jovial press conference yesterday where he joked about Aston Villa’s lack of set-piece quality to take advantage of his foul so regularly, laughed comparisons with Paul Gascoigne and – more bizarrely of an Italian journalist – Francesco Totti. Later, Declan Rice discussed “no fear” in the tournament and why he chose England over Ireland.

We’ll have all the latest news and updates here ahead of the tournament’s start this week, with press conferences from the camps in Scotland, Wales and England coming today.

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Euro 2020, the stage for a new generation of multinational footballers

It was a question that made many members of the Spanish team uncomfortable, but that other members of the group found understandable. Sunday, a journalist went directly to ask Aymeric Laporte if the defender felt “Spanish enough to defend the badge, the flag, the anthem”, after his recent departure from France.

The discussion would seem generally unfair, and perhaps even loaded with many embarrassing nationalist themes. The reality is that it articulates a provocative theme at the very heart of Euro 2020, which could make this tournament a benchmark in terms of interpreting international football. Laporte is one of the 17 players from these championships to have officially changed nationality.

Andrew GambleJune 10, 2021 8:48 AM

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Euro 2020 news: the tournament is “what I wanted all my life” – Grealish

Jack Grealish says “this is what I’ve wanted my whole life” as he prepares for his first major tournament with England at Euro 2020.

The Aston Villa midfielder has played his part in the competition this season and has won seven caps since making his England debut in September.

“My priority was to try to make my way through this team,” said the 25-year-old.

“I made my debut at the start of the season so being here is a dream come true. I will cherish every moment.”

Andrew GambleJune 10, 2021 8:41 AM

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News Euro 2020: Luke Shaw at left center-back on Sunday?

England manager Gareth Southgate plans to play Luke Shaw at center-back against Croatia this weekend, which could allow England to start their European Championships campaign with four full-backs in the squad .

The move could see the Three Lions start Reece James and Luke Shaw on either side of John Stones in a back three while Atletico Madrid’s Kieran Trippier and Chelsea’s Ben Chilwell act as full-backs.

Southgate’s use of Shaw was the most intriguing development in training on Wednesday, as Manchester United left-back did not play at home center. It’s also pretty revealing of England’s limited options.

Harry Maguire was out of training again on Wednesday as he attempted to recover from ankle ligament damage, leaving John Stones, Tyrone Mings, Conor Coady and Ben White as the only established center-back options .

Andrew GambleJune 10, 2021 8:34 AM

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Euro 2020 news: Allen on fitness issues and ‘ready to go’

Wales will face Switzerland in Baku on Saturday in their Euro 2020 opener, a tournament Allen feared he would miss when he ruptured an Achilles tendon last year.

The 31-year-old was given a reprieve when the tournament was postponed for 12 months due to the coronavirus pandemic.

He returned to Wales in March to suffer a hamstring injury seven minutes after his debut match against Belgium, but Allen has regained his fitness and, after participating in friendlies against France and Albania This month, he’s ready to take on Switzerland.

“I have always been confident that I would have enough time to do it right,” he said. “It is not an ideal preparation, but luckily I have had a lot of help both here with the Welsh staff and in Stoke City. I am well placed physically and ready to go.”

Andrew GambleJune 10, 2021 8:27 AM

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Euro 2020 news: Allen excited about ‘fearless’ Wales

Joe Allen is one of eight players in the 26-man squad who helped Wales reach the Euro 2016 semi-finals, while Manchester United winger Daniel James and center-back of Tottenham Joe Rodon are among the young hopefuls to inspire Wales this summer.

“They want to make their mark and show what they can do and show their talent,” Allen told BBC Sport Wales. “This is one of their great strengths. They are fearless.

“They are hungry and ambitious to do it right and they are really, really keen to show it, and I have no doubts that they will do it too.”

Andrew GambleJune 10, 2021 8:20 AM

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Jack Grealish on his failed driving license and why he doesn’t have England’s nerves ahead of Euro 2020

Jack Grealish said the nerves of representing England at a major international tournament would be nothing compared to his driving test, when he stalled the car and immediately left for practice.

Grealish is quickly becoming one of the most popular members of Gareth Southgate’s squad, not least for the ease and confidence of his style of play, which belies an international career that still has only seven caps.

The Aston Villa captain has no problem shifting gears on the pitch, but it was a very different story six years ago, when as a 19-year-old he had his test booked in the days leading up to the FA Cup final.

Andrew GambleJune 10, 2021 8:12 AM

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Declan Rice on choosing England over Ireland and “no fear” in Euro 2020

You could say it was a little taste of the standard Declan Rice wants to achieve, as well as a taste of the team chemistry that Gareth Southgate hopes will take England to the next level.

Just minutes after winning the Champions League final, Mason Mount faced his childhood friend to show him his medal.

“It was right after, from the locker room, it was buzzing,” Rice laughed. “But we have to be a little careful because people will say we’re in love. Every time we do FaceTime, all of his teammates step in and say, “You two have to stop talking to each other.”

Andrew GambleJune 10, 2021 8:11 AM

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Euro 2020 starts tomorrow!

Welcome to all the latest coverage ahead of Euro 2020 which starts tomorrow in Rome. It quickly happened. Italy v Turkey is the first game taking place at 8 p.m. BST on Friday night, preceded by an opening ceremony of some sort – presumably reduced given the pandemic. UK viewers can watch it all unfold on the BBC and online via the iPlayer.

There is a relaxed atmosphere around the English camp, underpinned by Jack Grealish’s jovial press conference yesterday where he joked about Aston Villa’s lack of set-piece quality to take advantage of his foul so regularly, laughed comparisons with Paul Gascoigne and – more bizarrely of an Italian journalist – Francesco Totti. Later, Declan Rice discussed “no fear” in the tournament and why he chose England over Ireland.

We’ll have all the latest news and updates here ahead of the tournament’s start this week, with press conferences from the camps in Scotland, Wales and England coming today.

Andrew GambleJune 10, 2021 8:10 AM

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