Tuesday, June 15

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‘What comes will be for the best’ – Ronaldo silent on Man Utd and PSG links amid speculation over Juventus future
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‘What comes will be for the best’ – Ronaldo silent on Man Utd and PSG links amid speculation over Juventus future

The Portugal forward was asked about his next move as the national side prepare to take on Hungary in their first group game of Euro 2020 Cristiano Ronaldo has said whatever happens this summer will be "for the best" amid reports linking him with a move away from Juventus. After a difficult season with the Serie A side the Portugal international has been linked with a transfer, with Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United both touted as potential destinations. The 36-year-old refused to commit his future to the Italian side as he prepares to face Hungary in Portugal’s opening game at Euro 2020.
Scotland boss Clarke hopeful Tierney will be fit for England clash after missing Euro 2020 opener through injury
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Scotland boss Clarke hopeful Tierney will be fit for England clash after missing Euro 2020 opener through injury

The Arsenal full-back was unavailable for the meeting with the Czech Republic after picking up a knock in training Steve Clarke is hopeful Kieran Tierney will be fit for Scotland's clash with England after missing their Euro 2020 opener through injury. Tierney was expected to be one of Scotland's key players at the European Championships, having firmly established himself as one of the top full-backs in the Premier League at Arsenal. However the 24-year-old was a surprise omission from Clarke's squad to face the Czech Republic in their first Group D fixture on Monday, and the head coach has now offered an explanation for his absence.
Covid, a goal drought and the Ramos backlash – Luis Enrique feeling the heat ahead of Spain’s Euro 2020 opener
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Covid, a goal drought and the Ramos backlash – Luis Enrique feeling the heat ahead of Spain’s Euro 2020 opener

He left out every Real Madrid player available to him, has had to deal with a Covid-19 crisis and his team are struggling in front of goal Spain have endured a rocky Euro 2020 build up and the coach’s risks have exacerbated the chaos instead of containing it. For better or worse, Luis Enrique is a stubborn man who knows what he wants. The former Barcelona manager is insisting everything is fine, from the team’s issues in font of goal to their scattered preparations after Sergio Busquets and Diego Llorente tested positive for Covid-19. Only time will tell if he is right.
Fan in serious condition after fall during England match against Croatia
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Fan in serious condition after fall during England match against Croatia

The supporter is said to have fallen from the stand early in the game at Wembley on Sunday A fan is in serious condition after falling during England's Euro 2020 match against Croatia. The supporter is said to have fallen from the stands shortly after the match at Wembley began. A spokesperson at Wembley confirmed that the person was treated and then taken to hospital.
Benzema declares himself 100 per cent fit for France’s Euro 2020 campaign after injury scare
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Benzema declares himself 100 per cent fit for France’s Euro 2020 campaign after injury scare

The Real Madrid striker has confirmed that he is back in full training with Les Bleus after recovering from a slight knock Karim Benzema has declared himself 100 per cent fit for France's Euro 2020 campaign after shaking off an injury scare. Benzema was called up to the France squad for the first time in six years ahead of their latest international tournament, but left head coach Didier Deschamps sweating on his fitness after limping out of their final warm-up game against Bulgaria. The 33-year-old was replaced by Olivier Giroud in the 41st minute of the 3-0 victory after going down under a challenge from opposition defender Ivan Turitsov, leading to question marks over his participation in France's Group F opener against Germany.
Bale ‘not worried’ about Wales goal drought ahead of Euro 2020 kick-off
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Bale ‘not worried’ about Wales goal drought ahead of Euro 2020 kick-off

The Real Madrid forward has not scored an international goal since 2019, but is ready to make an impact at this summer's tournament Gareth Bale says he is “not worried” about his goal drought as he prepares to lead Wales in their Euro 2020 opener against Switzerland in Baku on Saturday. The Real Madrid forward is Wales’ all-time leading goal scorer but goes into the European Championship without a goal in his last 11 international appearances stretching back nearly two years. However, the 31-year-old believes he is still contributing enough to the team and is confident he will find the back of the net again sooner rather than later.
‘Is this the best place for me?’ – Mbappe openly questions PSG future
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‘Is this the best place for me?’ – Mbappe openly questions PSG future

The French striker has revealed he is undecided about playing in Ligue 1 next season Kylian Mbappe has openly questioned whether Paris Saint-Germain is the right place for him, adding fuel to transfer speculation that should intensify even further after Euro 2020. The forward said he feels good at his current home, but has wondered aloud whether another location could prove even more joyous. PSG failed to win Ligue 1 this past season and were blown away by Manchester City in the Champions League semi-final. Mbappe has been strongly linked to Real Madrid in the past but would be the subject of interest from most of Europe's top clubs should he push for a transfer.
‘Juve’s in his blood!’ – Turkish defender Demiral nets historic own goal to open Euro 2020 against Italy
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‘Juve’s in his blood!’ – Turkish defender Demiral nets historic own goal to open Euro 2020 against Italy

The centre-back's game took an unfortunate turn as he scored an own goal against the country he calls home Merih Demiral was the unfortunate protagonist of Friday's Euro 2020 opener between Turkey and Italy as the tournament kicked off with an own goal for the first time ever. The big moment came in the 53rd minute following a fairly dull first half, with Turkey defender Demiral forced to turn the ball into his own net from a Domenico Berardi cross. Italy would go on to win the match 3-0 after further goals from Ciro Immobile and Lorenzo Insigne. The irony of Demiral being a Juventus player was not lost on those watching the game, who were quick to joke about the Turkey defender's connections to the Italian heavyweights.
Ex-England star James praises Pickford for riding out Van Dijk injury storm
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Ex-England star James praises Pickford for riding out Van Dijk injury storm

The Everton goalkeeper has been defended after he came under fire for his challenge on the Liverpool star Former England goalkeeper David James has praised Jordan Pickford for the way he bounced back from criticism for his role in the injury to Virgil van Dijk. After a challenge from Pickford in October's Merseyside derby, the Liverpool defender suffered cruciate knee ligament damage which ruled him out for the season and this summer's European Championships. Ex-Reds keeper James believes that Pickford suffered a dip in form because of extra scrutiny but says he is back to his best in time for Euro 2020, with the Everton man set to start for England in Sunday's opener against Croatia.  
De Bruyne Out for Belgium’s Euro 2020 Opener against Russia
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De Bruyne Out for Belgium’s Euro 2020 Opener against Russia

The Manchester City star is continuing his recovery from a fractured nose and eye socket Belgium have confirmed that Kevin De Bruyne and Axel Witsel will both miss the team's Euro 2020 opener against Russia on Saturday. De Bruyne is still recovering from a fractured nose and eye socket he suffered in the Champions League final with Manchester City, which required a minor operation. Witsel, meanwhile, has been out since January after suffering a torn Achilles with Borussia Dortmund.
Ramos too much of a risk for Euro 2020 but Pedri can be key for Spain says Luis Garcia
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Ramos too much of a risk for Euro 2020 but Pedri can be key for Spain says Luis Garcia

The centre-back is missing a major tournament for the first time since his international career started but the ex-winger feels it is the right call Former Spain star Luis Garcia says Spain will miss Sergio Ramos at Euro 2020 but admits it would have been risky for coach Luis Enrique to select him. Ramos is not part of the final squad for the tournament after the 35-year-old endured an injury-ravaged season at Real Madrid. Ex-Liverpool and Barcelona winger Garcia believes the tournament may have been too much for Ramos if he is not at his best.
This generation has made history’ – North Macedonia hero Pandev says they can cause Euro 2020 upset
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This generation has made history’ – North Macedonia hero Pandev says they can cause Euro 2020 upset

The country are preparing for their first major international tournament and their 37-year-old captain believes they can survive the group stage Goran Pandev says North Macedonia have made history by qualifying for Euro 2020 and their goal is to progress beyond the group stage. North Macedonia secured a place in a major international tournament for the first time when they beat Georgia in the play-offs. Pandev says his country should be proud just to reach the finals, but is confident they can put in a strong performance.
‘I don’t like complaining about the squad’ – Fabregas backs youthful Spain to repeat Euro 2008 success
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‘I don’t like complaining about the squad’ – Fabregas backs youthful Spain to repeat Euro 2008 success

The former Chelsea midfielder is backing Luis Enrique's side to shrug off their critics at Euro 2020 and emulate his own team's success Spain is hoping that history will repeat itself at this summer's European Championship. Manager Luis Enrique has controversially picked a squad that does not include any Real Madrid players, even omitting Sergio Ramos following a number of injury issues for the veteran defender. Instead, the ex-Barcelona boss is pinning his hopes on a young and relatively untested group of players.
A massive boost’ – Germany can benefit from Chelsea Champions League win, says Gundogan
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A massive boost’ – Germany can benefit from Chelsea Champions League win, says Gundogan

The midfielder was on the losing side of the European final but feels Kai Havertz, Timo Werner and Antonio Rudiger can boost the rest of the team Ilkay Gundogan believes Chelsea's Champions League success can benefit Germany at Euro 2020. The Manchester City midfielder was on the losing side as the Blues took home the trophy with a 1-0 win. Kai Havertz was the hero for the London club with the decisive goal, while Germany team-mates Timo Werner and Antonio Rudiger played key roles in the triumph.
The Louis Vuitton bag that symbolises Jorginho’s journey from the Brazilian coast to Euro 2020
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The Louis Vuitton bag that symbolises Jorginho’s journey from the Brazilian coast to Euro 2020

The Chelsea & Italy star has endured a colossal amount of criticism over the years, but is now finally starting to receive the credit he deserves After years of being maligned and misunderstood, Jorginho has become a Champions League winner and one of the key members of Italy's squad for Euro 2020. To understand how he has reached the pinnacle of the game despite constant criticism, one simply has to look at his journey to the top, and the numerous obstacles he has overcome along the way. Jorginho grew up in the unfashionable town of Imbituba, Santa Catarina in the south of Brazil, and was inspired by his mother Maria Teresa Freitas to take up football.
‘No more experiments’ – Kroos calls for Germany to improve tactically ahead of France showdown
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‘No more experiments’ – Kroos calls for Germany to improve tactically ahead of France showdown

The midfielder has warned Die Mannschaft that they cannot afford to make any mistakes against the world champions at Euro 2020 Toni Kroos has called for Germany to improve tactically ahead of their European Championships showdown with France. Germany will open their Euro 2020 campaign with a Group F clash against France, who reached the final of the tournament in 2016 before winning the World Cup two years later. Les Bleus are being billed as favourites to win the continental trophy, and Kroos has warned his Die Mannschaft team-mates that they will have to execute the perfect game plan in order to pick up a positive result on Tuesday night.
Pogba hasn’t held talks with Man Utd over his future, saying: There haven’t been any concrete offers
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Pogba hasn’t held talks with Man Utd over his future, saying: There haven’t been any concrete offers

The midfielder has played down talk of a contract extension at Old Trafford while insisting his focus is locked on France's Euro 2020 campaign Paul Pogba claims that he has not yet held talks with Manchester United over his future and hasn't received "any concrete offers" from the club. It has been reported that United are eager to open extension talks with Pogba as he enters the final year of his current deal at Old Trafford. However, the Frenchman, who has been heavily linked with Real Madrid in recent times, says he hasn't had any contact with his current club since the end of the 2020-21 campaign.
England star Henderson should be Man Utd number one, not De Gea – James
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England star Henderson should be Man Utd number one, not De Gea – James

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is facing a decision over who will be his first choice goalkeeper and David James tells Goal who he would choose for the role Former England goalkeeper David James believes that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should pick Three Lions shot-stopper Dean Henderson as Manchester United’s long-term number one. The United boss has faced a dilemma over his goalkeeper situation, with David de Gea under pressure since Henderson returned to Old Trafford after impressing on loan at Sheffield United. Both goalkeepers are away at Euro 2020, but Solskjaer is expected to choose a full-time incumbent for the role for next season, with the possibility that United could cash in on whoever loses out over the summer.
Werner ‘will show who he really is’ at Euro 2020 after ‘up and down’ season at Chelsea, says Boateng James Westwood
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Werner ‘will show who he really is’ at Euro 2020 after ‘up and down’ season at Chelsea, says Boateng James Westwood

The German defender is confident his compatriot will shine at the summer tournament despite a testing first year in English football Jerome Boateng has backed Timo Werner to "show who he really is" at Euro 2020 after an "up and down" season at Chelsea. Much was expected of Werner at Stamford Bridge following his £47.5 million ($67m) switch to Chelsea from RB Leipzig last summer, but he did not adapt to English football as quickly as supporters hoped. The 25-year-old struggled to replicate the prolific form in front of goal he showed at Red Bull Arena, but still played a key role in the Blues' run to Champions League glory and Boateng expects to see him back to his best for Germany at the European Championships.
Chelsea veteran Giroud bags brace in France victory over Bulgaria
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Chelsea veteran Giroud bags brace in France victory over Bulgaria

Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud scored a double as France claimed a 3-0 win over Bulgaria in their final Euro 2020 warm-up match. The reigning world champions fielded a strong team with Kylian Mbappe, Karim Benzema and Antoine Griezmann in attack. Barcelona star Griezmann broke the deadlock with an acrobatic bicycle kick with 29 minutes on the clock. Giroud came off the bench to score a clinical strike before sealing a brace seven minutes later. Les Bleus open their Group F campaign at Euro 2020 on Tuesday, 15 June with an exciting tie against Germany.
France suffer Benzema injury blow as forward limps off one week ahead of Euro 2020 kickoff
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France suffer Benzema injury blow as forward limps off one week ahead of Euro 2020 kickoff

The forward appeared to be injured in a clash with Bulgaria defender Ivan Turitsov during the first half at Stade de France. France striker Karim Benzema limped out of Tuesday's friendly against Bulgaria in a worrying sight for Les Bleus. The Real Madrid star has been recalled to the national team after a six-year absence and is poised to play a starring role for his country at Euro 2020. But that could now be in doubt after the 33-year-old picked up a knock in the first half against Bulgaria.
‘Not good enough’ – Southgate warns England need defensive improvement ahead of Euro 2020 opener
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‘Not good enough’ – Southgate warns England need defensive improvement ahead of Euro 2020 opener

The Three Lions' campaign starts against Croatia on Sunday but the coach warns they must be in better shape than they were against Romania on Sunday Gareth Southgate has warned that England have "a lot of work" to do before their first game of Euro 2020, highlighting their defending as a key area that needs improvement. After getting the better of Austria last week, the Three Lions beat Romania 1-0 on Sunday in their last friendly before the tournament begins. Southgate's team will open their Euro 2020 campaign with a match against Croatia at Wembley on June 13 and the coach fears they are still not good enough in some aspects.
‘It is about Chelsea’ – Tuchel unconcerned after Kepa dropped by Spain
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‘It is about Chelsea’ – Tuchel unconcerned after Kepa dropped by Spain

The goalkeeper has been left fearing that he will miss out on Euro 2020, having been ever-present in his country's squads recently Thomas Tuchel has dismissed any personal concerns Kepa Arrizabalaga may have after the goalkeeper was dropped by Spain for the first time since joining Chelsea. Kepa has lost his spot at Chelsea to Edouard Mendy over the last few months, with the £22 million ($31m) summer signing from Rennes amassing an impressive 20 clean sheets in 31 appearances for the Blues, including 10 in his last 12 appearances. Mendy's rise has limited Blues record signing Kepa, who joined in a £71m ($99m) deal from Athletic Club in 2018, to just nine appearances this season. But Tuchel has called on the 26-year-old to keep focused on his work for his club.
Tuchel explains why Chelsea kept wonderkids Gilmour and Anjorin instead of loaning them out
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Tuchel explains why Chelsea kept wonderkids Gilmour and Anjorin instead of loaning them out

The previous manager was famed for giving academy youngsters a chance and the German coach is hoping to continue that trend Chelsea had loan offers for both Billy Gilmour and Tino Anjorin on transfer deadline day but Thomas Tuchel admits that he wanted to keep them after seeing them in training. Gilmour was open to a loan move as he is keen for first-team minute in order to bolster his chances of making Scotland's squad for Euro 2020, which will now take place in the summer of 2021. However, Tuchel was impressed by the youngster, along with Anjorin, who increasingly found himself training with the first team under the previous manager Frank Lampard. “That was maybe the most comfortable transfer period in my life as a professional coach,” Tuchel told reporters. “I was in only a fe...
Euro 2020: Fixtures to teams, tickets to players, host cities to dates
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Euro 2020: Fixtures to teams, tickets to players, host cities to dates

The road to Euro 2020 is almost complete, and Goal has the complete guide about everything you need to know for next summer's tournament Euro 2020, the 16th edition of the flagship UEFA competition, is being styled as a celebration, with games being held across Europe to mark the 60th anniversary of the first ever tournament (though it will strictly be 61 years). The European Championships qualification stage is now complete, despite the future of the tournament was cast in doubt and postponed an entire year thanks to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. Euro 2020 features 24 teams - 20 from automatic qualification and the remaining four decided through the play-offs.
Woeful France hit 10-year low in terrible Turkey performance
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Woeful France hit 10-year low in terrible Turkey performance

The world champions failed to have a shot on target in a 2-0 defeat to Turkey, the first time in a decade years they have hit that mark France may be the world champions but they hit a 10-year low in failing to muster a single shot on target in a one-sided Euro 2020 qualifying defeat to Turkey on Saturday. Turkey won 2-0 thanks to first-half strikes from Kaan Ayhan and Cengiz Under, though the margin does not tell the entire story of the performance from a very poor France side. Despite racking up 559 passes of the ball, compared to Turkey's 322, Didier Deschamps' side could not muster a single shot on target, and had just four efforts overall as they were well corralled by Turkey when they did attack.

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