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W/Cup qualifiers: Terry congratulates Maguire, takes swipe at Keane after England win
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W/Cup qualifiers: Terry congratulates Maguire, takes swipe at Keane after England win

Chelsea legend John Terry has congratulated England defender, Harry Maguire after the Manchester United star became the highest-scoring centre-back for the Three Lions. The former Aston Villa coach also took a swipe at Maguire’s biggest critics. Again, Maguire put England in the lead as the Three Lions beat San Marino 10-0 on Monday to book their place in the 2022 World Cup. It was Maguire’s second goal in two matches having also opened the scoring at home against Albania last Friday. His celebration against Albania was met with heavy criticism from Manchester United legend Roy Keane, who branded him ‘an embarrassment’ and ‘a disgrace.’ The criticism followed his recent poor form for Manchester United with Keane questioning the logic behind such a provocative celebration. ...
Man Utd starlet Greenwood asked to ‘park’ England career until next year, reveals Southgate
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Man Utd starlet Greenwood asked to ‘park’ England career until next year, reveals Southgate

The Three Lions boss has explained why the talented young striker has not been selected for the latest set of World Cup qualifiers Gareth Southgate has revealed that Manchester United starlet Mason Greenwood has asked to "park" his England career until next year. Greenwood was handed his senior international debut against Iceland in September 2020 as a reward for his meteoric rise to prominence at Old Trafford, but was sent home early from that particular England camp after breaching Covid-19 rules with Phil Foden. The 20-year-old hasn't played for his country since, with Southgate leaving him out of his plans once again ahead of the Three Lions' latest set of 2022 World Cup qualifiers against Albania and San Marino.  
NFF Provides Update on Ademola Lookman’s Switch to Nigeria from England
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NFF Provides Update on Ademola Lookman’s Switch to Nigeria from England

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has provided an update concerning Leicester City forward Ademola Lookman’s international allegiance to Nigeria from England. Lookman, 24, was part of the junior Three Lions that won the Under-20 World Cup in 2017 but is eligible to play for the Super Eagles through his Nigerian parents. Despite his decision to represent Nigeria, the NFF is yet to apply to FIFA for a nationality switch because he has played for England at Under-19, Under-20, and Under-21 level. We are aware of Lookman's desire to play for us and I have spoken to him as well. However, there is a process to it," NFF chief scout Tunde Adelakun told BBC Sport Africa. "After this process, then comes the consideration and decision of the head coach [Gernot Rohr] on whether or wh...
England handed Wembley Stadium ban
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England handed Wembley Stadium ban

UEFA’s disciplinary committee has ordered England to play one match behind closed doors. The Three Lions have also been fined €100,000, following crowd trouble during the Euro 2020 final in July. UEFA have also issued a ban for a second match, which is suspended for two years. There were scenes of chaos at Wembley, as fans without tickets clashed with police and stewards, forcing their way into the stadium for the game against Italy. The capacity for the England vs Italy match had been reduced to 60,000 from the usual 90,000 due to Covid-19 restrictions. But as many fans gathered near the stadium on the afternoon of the match, stewards and police were left overwhelmed and unable to stop some storming through security cordons. England’s next home match is a 2022 World Cu...
England ordered to play behind closed doors following Euro 2020 final incidents at Wembley
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England ordered to play behind closed doors following Euro 2020 final incidents at Wembley

The Three Lions have been punished by UEFA for fan behaviour this summer England have been ordered to play without fans for their next two home matches, the second of which is suspended for a probationary period of two years. The punishment stems from this past summer's Euro 2020 final, which saw ticketless England fans clash with police and stewards as they forced their way into the stadium. With the decision by UEFA, there will be no fans at England's opening game of their 2022-23 Nations League campaign, while the FA has also been fined €100,000 (£85k/$116k) as part of the punishment  
Southgate ‘not surprised’ by Sancho’s struggles at Man Utd
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Southgate ‘not surprised’ by Sancho’s struggles at Man Utd

The Three Lions manager has called up the winger to his latest squad despite admitting he hasn't reached his best level yet at Old Trafford Gareth Southgate says he's "not surprised' by Jadon Sancho's struggles at Manchester United, with the England boss labelling the Premier League as a more "intense" competition than the Bundesliga. Sancho completed a long-waited £73 million ($99m) move to United from Borussia Dortmund in the summer window, bringing to an end his three-year stay in Germany. The 21-year-old emerged as one of the most exciting wingers in Europe at Westfalenstadion, but has been unable to hit the ground running at Old Trafford, and Southgate says he will need more time to adjust to the demands of top-flight English football.  
World Cup qualifiers: Southgate names England squad, includes Aaron Ramsdale, others [Full list]
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World Cup qualifiers: Southgate names England squad, includes Aaron Ramsdale, others [Full list]

England coach, Gareth Southgate, has included Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale in his squad for World Cup qualifiers against Andorra and Hungary in October. Ramsdale was part of the England side that reached the final of the Euro 2020 after being drafted following an injury to Dean Henderson. The 23-year-old, however, is still waiting to earn his first England cap. Other players included in the England squad are Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka, Manchester City’s Phil Foden and Tottenham’s Harry Kane. England travels to Andorra on Saturday, 9 October. The Three Lions will host Hungary on Tuesday, 12 October. See the full list of England’s squad in picture.
Sancho, Lingard and Tomori named in England squad as Greenwood and Bellingham miss out
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Sancho, Lingard and Tomori named in England squad as Greenwood and Bellingham miss out

The Three Lions are preparing themselves for meetings with Andorra and Hungary, with Gareth Southgate taking an opportunity to shuffle his pack Jadon Sancho has been included in the latest England squad despite the struggles he has suffered following his big-money move to Manchester United, while Fikayo Tomori has earned a recall having impressed for AC Milan. Gareth Southgate’s side are due to resume their 2022 World Cup qualification campaign with two fixtures during the next international break. They will face Andorra on October 9, before hosting Hungary at Wembley three days later.  
Wenger reveals he was offered England job
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Wenger reveals he was offered England job

Legendary Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, has revealed he was offered the England national team job in 2016. Wenger stepped down at the Emirates in 2018 after 22 years in charge of the Gunners. After leaving Arsenal, the 71-year-old took on the role of FIFA’s Chief of Global Football Development. The Frenchman has now told The Telegraph he could have managed the Three Lions at the 2018 World Cup. After Roy Hodgson left the role in 2016, Wenger was offered the job, he has confirmed. When asked if 2016 was the last time the Football Association came calling, he said: “Yes, I think so.”
‘I feel very Nigerian’ – AC Milan star Tomori
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‘I feel very Nigerian’ – AC Milan star Tomori

  The centre-back insists he is happy at AC Milan and is in constant communication with Tammy Abraham who joined AS Roma AC Milan defender Fikayo Tomori says he feels Nigerian owing to his upbringing as a child. The 23-year-old Canadian-born English footballer opted to represent England at senior level, and to date, he has represented the Three Lions once. The centre-back featured against Kosovo on November 17 during the 2020 Uefa Euro qualifiers. In a recent interview, the defender went on to explain the meaning of his name and his feelings.      
Why I chose Nigeria over England – Ike Ugbo
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Why I chose Nigeria over England – Ike Ugbo

Genk forward, Ike Ugbo, has explained his decision to commit his international allegiance to Nigeria over England. Ugbo was born in Lewisham to a Nigerian father and has represented the Three Lions at Under-17 and Under-20 levels. Nevertheless, in 2020 the 22-year-old chose to play for the Super Eagles at senior level. In a chat with Sport Voetbal Magazine, he said: “I chose Nigeria and right now, we’re getting the papers in order. “The chance of playing at the Fifa World Cup is part of it. I think I have more chances with Nigeria than with England. “Also, I grew up with images of the [Nigeria] national team and always followed their strikers, especially the guys who came to England.”
Southgate becomes first England manager not to make substitution in 25 years
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Southgate becomes first England manager not to make substitution in 25 years

Gareth Southgate has become the first England manager since 1996, that failed to make a single substitution within 90 minutes. This happened on Wednesday night, as the Three Lions were held to a 1-1 draw by Poland in Warsaw. Harry Kane broke the deadlock in the 72nd minute of the World Cup qualifier, before Damian Szymanski powered in a header in stoppage time. It seemed strange that Southgate had not made some changes in the second half and it was a decision left open for criticism thanks to the late equaliser. But Southgate insisted there was no need to make any substitutions, although Poland made five. Asked why he didn’t make any changes in Warsaw, he told ITV: “Because we were in total control of the game and we’d have been making changes for the sake of it, really....
UK PM Johnson condemns racist abuse of England players during World Cup qualifying win in Hungary
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UK PM Johnson condemns racist abuse of England players during World Cup qualifying win in Hungary

  The prime minister called the attacks on Raheem Sterling and his team mates during the 4-0 win in Budapest "unacceptable" Boris Johnson has called on FIFA to take "strong action" against spectators who racially abused England players during Thursday's 4-0 win against Hungary. England secured the three points in a dominant display in the World Cup qualifying match, but the evening was marred by the behaviour of the home fans at Puskas Arena. Racist chants were aimed at Three Lions players Raheem Sterling and Jude Bellingham and the UK prime minister has condemned the abuse.      
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England must win World Cup to banish memory of Euro 2020 final loss, says Southgate

The Three Lions boss has challenged his players to use their defeat to Italy as motivational fuel to go all the way at Qatar 2022 Gareth Southgate says England must win the World Cup to banish the memory of their Euro 2020 final loss. England came agonisingly close to winning their first major trophy since the 1996 World Cup at this summer's European Championships, making it all the way to the showpiece at Wembley only to suffer a penalty shootout defeat. Southgate says the best way for the Three Lions to put that disappointment behind them is to pull together and focus on qualifying for Qatar 2022, with their next Group I clash against Hungary at Puskas Arena on Thursday night.
Grealish will never be England’s Zidane says Waddle as he warns of Le Tissier trap
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Grealish will never be England’s Zidane says Waddle as he warns of Le Tissier trap

The former winger says the Manchester City star is another playmaker who does not fit the Three Lions mould Jack Grealish will struggle to become England's version of Zinedine Zidane or Gheorghe Hagi says Chris Waddle, because the Manchester City star falls into the same trap that has swallowed up playmakers before him. Calls for a man who is now the most expensive player in British transfer history became the subject of public interest during Euro 2020. Gareth Southgate oversaw a run to the final, but Grealish was largely restricted to a bit-part role off the bench and Waddle fears a £100 million ($138m) talent could go the same way as Paul Merson and Matt Le Tissier before him
Chelsea boss Tuchel explains why Chilwell has yet to play this season
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Chelsea boss Tuchel explains why Chilwell has yet to play this season

The left-back has not made a competitive appearance since the 2020-21 Champions League final against Man City Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has said Ben Chilwell is still getting up to speed with the Blues as the left-back looks to make his first competitive appearance since last season's Champions League final. Chilwell was named in England's squad for Euro 2020 this summer but did not see the field as the Three Lions fell in the final to Italy. The 24-year-old then returned to Chelsea but has yet to play for the Blues this term with Marcos Alonso preferred at left-back.  
Man Utd star Rashford gives update after undergoing successful shoulder surgery
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Man Utd star Rashford gives update after undergoing successful shoulder surgery

The England international has started on the road to recovery after addressing a niggling issue that hampered his form throughout the 2020-21 season Manchester United star Marcus Rashford has given an update on his condition after undergoing successful shoulder surgery. Rashford initially tore a muscle in his shoulder back in November 2020, but played on until the end of United's last campaign before also being selected for England's European Championship squad. The 23-year-old took in a much-needed break after the Three Lions' final defeat to Italy, and after reporting to Old Trafford for the start of pre-season, sat down with club officials to discuss how best to deal with his ongoing fitness problem.
England deserved their penalty trauma’ – Germany legend Matthaus hammers Three Lions & their fans
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England deserved their penalty trauma’ – Germany legend Matthaus hammers Three Lions & their fans

The former Bayern Munich star was unimpressed with the conduct and behaviour shown by Gareth Southgate's side and their supporters England and their supporters "deserve the trauma" of their Euro 2020 final penalty shootout heartbreak against Italy owing to their conduct throughout the tournament, claims Germany legend Lothar Matthaus. The Three Lions suffered a 3-2 spot-kick reverse against the Azzurri at Wembley on Sunday, having held Roberto Mancini's side to a 1-1 draw after extra-time. And former Ballon d'Or winner Matthaus has little sympathy for Gareth Southgate's side, with the 60-year-old particularly unimpressed with the behaviour of certain supporters.
We’ll always support you – Diddy backs England’s racially abused players
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We’ll always support you – Diddy backs England’s racially abused players

  Sean Combs, an American rapper and producer known as Diddy, has encouraged England’s Bukayo Saka, Jadon Sancho and Marcos Rashford after they missed their spot-kicks against Italy in the Euro 2020 final on Sunday. Diddy, who posted his message via Instagram, expressed pride for the players, saying they did their best to help the Three Lions reach the final. “We stand with you Kings. Proud of all your efforts on and off the field and we will always support you. Continue to inspire. Love,” he wrote. “And to the racists…” DAILY POST reports that Saka, Rashford and Sancho were abused on social media after the match which ended 1-1 after 120 minutes. The final was England’s best ever finish in Europe.
Euro 2020 final: Pogba sends message to Saka, Rashford, Sancho after racist abuse
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Euro 2020 final: Pogba sends message to Saka, Rashford, Sancho after racist abuse

  Manchester United midfielder, Paul Pogba, has sent a heartfelt message of support to three England players, Bukayo Saka, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho, after they were subjected to racist abuses following the Three Lions’ Euro 2020 final defeat against Italy on Sunday night. Saka, Rashford and Sancho, who came on as substitutes during England’s defeat to Italy, lost their spot-kicks against Roberto Mancini’s side at Wembley Stadium. England lost 3-2 on penalties against Italy after the game ended 1-1 after 120 minutes. Immediately after the game, Saka, Rashford and Sancho were racially targeted on social media. Reacting, Pogba, in a post via his Instagram account on Monday, said, “I am proud of you. You win some, you lose some. “You took the courage to take ...
Euro 2020 final: Mourinho criticizes one England player after 3-2 defeat to Italy
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Euro 2020 final: Mourinho criticizes one England player after 3-2 defeat to Italy

  Roma manager, Jose Mourinho has criticised England midfielder, Mason Mount for his underwhelming performance after the Three Lions’ Euro 2020 final defeat to Italy on Sunday night. England lost 3-2 to Italy on penalties following a 1-1 draw after 120 minutes at Wembley Stadium. Leonardo Bonucci had netted an equaliser for Italy in the 67th minute after Luke Shaw had fired England into an early lead. With the score at 1-1, the game went to extra-time, and Mount ended up being replaced by Jack Grealish in the 99th minute during the encounter. Italy eventually won on penalties after Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka all missed their spot-kicks. But Mourinho believes Mount didn’t perform well for England against Italy. Mourinho was quoted as saying b...
Euro 2020 final: Boris Johnson condemns racist attack on Saka, Rashford, Sancho
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Euro 2020 final: Boris Johnson condemns racist attack on Saka, Rashford, Sancho

  Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, has condemned the racist abuse aimed at three England players, Bukayo Saka, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho, following the Three Lions’ Euro 2020 final defeat against Italy on Sunday. Saka, Rashford and Sancho, who came on as substitutes during England’s defeat to Italy, lost their spot-kick against England at Wembley Stadium. England lost 3-2 on penalties against Italy after the match ended 1-1 after 120 minutes. Shortly after the match, Saka, Rashford and Sancho were racially targeted on social media. Reacting to the development, Johnson said those who racially abused the three England players should be ashamed of themselves. He tweeted, “This England team deserves to be lauded as heroes, not racially ...
‘We dominated England’ – Mancini hails ‘extraordinary’ Italy after Euro 2020 triumph
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‘We dominated England’ – Mancini hails ‘extraordinary’ Italy after Euro 2020 triumph

The Azzurri boss thinks his side deserved to win the Wembley showpiece, but has also admitted he feels "a bit sorry" for the Three Lions Roberto Mancini hailed his "extraordinary" Italy players after their Euro 2020 triumph while insisting that they "dominated" England in the final. Italy clinched their second European Championship crown by beating England on penalties in the showpiece event at Wembley on Sunday night. The two sides were locked at 1-1 after extra time, but the Azzurri held their nerve to win the trophy 3-2 on spot-kicks, leaving Mancini beaming with pride.
Euro 2020 final: Roy Keane criticizes two England players for allowing Saka take penalty
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Euro 2020 final: Roy Keane criticizes two England players for allowing Saka take penalty

  Manchester United legend, Roy Keane has slammed two England players, Raheem Sterling and Jack Grealish, for allowing Bukayo Saka to take a penalty against Italy during the Three Lions’ Euro 2020 final defeat on Sunday. Keane admitted he was left feeling sorry for Saka after Sterling and Grealish, who have more experience in the game, declined the opportunity to take a penalty during England’s defeat to Italy at Wembley. England lost 3-2 on penalties against Italy following a 1-1 draw after 120 minutes. Luke Shaw and Leonardo Bonucci had scored in each half during normal time. Keane told ITV: “If you are Sterling or Grealish, you cannot sit there and have a young kid walk up ahead of you. “You can’t sit there and see a young kid, 19, a child walks up in front of...
Dangerous scenes’ at Wembley as fans break through security to try to get into stadium ahead of England’s Euro 2020 final
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Dangerous scenes’ at Wembley as fans break through security to try to get into stadium ahead of England’s Euro 2020 final

Thereare security concerns ahead of what is the Three Lions' biggest match since the 1966 World Cup final England fans desperate to see their side in the Euro 2020 final against Italy have broken a security cordon around Wembley and tried to get into the stadium. Reports around the ground suggest that numerous fans have managed to break security cordons in an effort to gain access to the stadium, although just how many have done so is unclear. Sunday’s game represents England’s biggest match since the 1966 World Cup final – also at Wembley – as it is the first major final that the Three Lions have played since then.
‘This team represents the very best of England’ – Lineker urges Three Lions to ‘treasure’ Euro 2020 final
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‘This team represents the very best of England’ – Lineker urges Three Lions to ‘treasure’ Euro 2020 final

The former Three Lions striker turned TV presenter says the current squad have done the nation proud on and off the pitch Gary Lineker has urged the England players to “treasure and enjoy" Sunday’s Euro 2020 final against Italy - but believes it is just the beginning and success will soon come even if they are beaten at Wembley. Gareth Southgate’s side are preparing for their first major tournament final in 55 years, something not even Lineker achieved during his time as a Three Lions player. The former Tottenham, Everton and Barcelona forward also praised the players for the showing a "shining social conscience" off the field which represents the "very best" of England.
Mancini not feeling the pressure as Italy prepare for Euro 2020 final
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Mancini not feeling the pressure as Italy prepare for Euro 2020 final

The Azzurri boss is not getting carried away with his side's run to the showpiece event against England at Wembley tonight Roberto Mancini insists he is feeling calm and focused ahead of Sunday’s Euro 2020 final and has urged his players to follow suit as they prepare to take on England at Wembley. The Azzurri have been one of the most impressive teams of the tournament and go into the game unbeaten in 32 matches – a national record – stretching back to September 2018. However, they take on a buoyant England side in its first major final for 55 years at their national stadium in front of a crowd that is likely to be dominated by Three Lions supporters.
Euro 2020: Rooney issues warning to England ahead of final clash with Italy
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Euro 2020: Rooney issues warning to England ahead of final clash with Italy

England legend Wayne Rooney has warned the Three Lions to avoid allowing Italy to dictate the tempo of Sunday’s Euro 2020 final. According to Rooney, England must do this if they are to emerge victorious and end 55 years of hurt at Wembley. Italy boss, Roberto Mancini, will rely on the experience of Leonardo Bonucci and Giorginio Chiellini in defence in a bid to nullify the likes of Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling. Italy also have a midfield laden with technical ability and boundless energy controlled by Chelsea star, Jorginho. “I think we’re favourites,” ex-skipper Rooney told The Times. “Quality wise, England have enough and mentally you can see the players are in a good place. “My one warning would be that we can’t get caught up in how Italy play, the way they’ll try a...
Southgate: Mancini has modernised Italy at Euro 2020
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Southgate: Mancini has modernised Italy at Euro 2020

The Three Lions will need to deal with a different type of Azzurri side in the final on Sunday Gareth Southgate has lauded the work of Roberto Mancini in making Italy virtually unrecognisable from the squad he encountered in his playing days, warning of the threat Mancini's modernised system poses. Given Italy's strength, Southgate said his team must play at their best in order to have a chance of securing victory. The England boss believes the Three Lions and the Azzurri are the two best teams of Euro 2020 and deserved foes in the final on Sunday.
You dream of that moment’ – Kane motivated by chance to follow in Moore’s footsteps by leading England to glory
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You dream of that moment’ – Kane motivated by chance to follow in Moore’s footsteps by leading England to glory

The striker is hoping to be the first Three Lions captain to lift a major trophy in nearly 60 years Harry Kane says he has dreamed of getting his hands on a trophy with England as the striker said he's eager to follow in Bobby Moore's footsteps. Moore is the last England captain to lift a major trophy, having famously led the Three Lions to glory at the 1966 World Cup. And Kane can end that trophy drought on Sunday as he leads England against Italy in the Euro 2020 final in a game he's been dreaming of for quite some time.
Former Italy boss Conte outlines England’s strengths and weaknesses ahead of Euro 2020 final
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Former Italy boss Conte outlines England’s strengths and weaknesses ahead of Euro 2020 final

The former Chelsea boss is respectful of the Three Lions' talents, but believes they can be got at if Italy deploy the correct tactics Former Italy boss Antonio Conte has been assessing England’s strengths and weaknesses ahead of the Euro 2020 final – and has some advice for the Azzurri as they prepare for Sunday’s game at Wembley. Conte is well-placed to talk about English football, having won the Premier League and FA Cup during his two years in charge of Chelsea between 2016 and 2018. Prior to that he spent two years in charge of the Italian national side and believes he has identified an area of the pitch his former players can exploit on Sunday.
England vs Italy: Gernot Rohr predicts winner of Euro 2020 final
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England vs Italy: Gernot Rohr predicts winner of Euro 2020 final

Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, has predicted that England will defeat Italy in the final of Euro 2020 on Sunday. Rohr believes the Three Lions is a more complete team with a better tactical approach than the Azzurris. England needed extra time to see off Denmark 2-1 in the semi-final, while Italy qualified after a tense penalty shoot-out against Spain. When Rohr was asked which team will come out victorious at Wembley, he told Nation Sport: “Of course, England is favourite at home. “They are a complete team, physically and tactically on the top. “The fans are a big support, but I regretted their attitude to whistle the opponents, even the national anthem.” England are yet to win a major trophy since they lifted the World Cup in 1966.
Euro 2020 final: Polack reveals where England vs Italy will be decided
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Euro 2020 final: Polack reveals where England vs Italy will be decided

The former K’Ogalo tactician predicts a very close contest between the Three Lions and the Azzurri as they face off in the final Steven Polack has revealed the key areas that will decide the Euro 2020 final between Italy and England on Saturday. The Three Lions made it to their first-ever major final in 55 years after defeating Denmark 2-1 while Italy booked their place in the final to be staged at Wembley after eliminating Spain 4-2 on penalties after a 1-1 draw in normal time in the other semi-final contest. Former Gor Mahia coach Polack has explained the team that will take full control of the midfield and have a solid defensive line will carry the day.
Euro 2020: England players to donate prize money
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Euro 2020: England players to donate prize money

  England’s players will donate their Euro 2020 prize money to various NHS charities. The Three Lions take on Italy in the final on Sunday. The Football Association receive about £24million if Gareth Southgate’s men win at Wembley. Part of that money – around £9.6m – will be shared among the 26-man squad. But the players have decided to donate their winnings to help the NHS. If England however lose to Italy, the squad would get a bonus of around £8.5m. The players are already donating their match fees for each Euro 2020 game to worthy causes. “Following positive discussions with the FA, the England senior men’s squad are pleased to confirm that a significant donation from their international match fees will be made to NHS Charities Together via the #Players...
Euro 2020 final: Ex-Chelsea manager, Conte tells Italy how to beat England
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Euro 2020 final: Ex-Chelsea manager, Conte tells Italy how to beat England

Former Chelsea coach, Antonio Conte, has advised Italy on how to beat England when both teams clash in the Euro 2020 final tie on Sunday. Italy will, on Sunday night, face England in the Euro 2020 final at the Wembley Stadium. Conte said for Italy to beat England, they have to target two Three Lions players, Declan Rice and Kalvin Phillips, who brings balance to Gareth Southgate’s side. “There are two very physical midfielders like Rice and Phillips, who bring balance, but very few vertical passes, often going for the simple option,” Conte wrote in his column for La Gazzetta dello Sport. “A weak spot for England is that if their defence is pressed when building out from the back, they are not as good as Spain at escaping the press. However, if you are ultra-attacking in you...
England vs Denmark: Ex-Chelsea defender, Ashley Cole apologises to Phillips after 2-1 win
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England vs Denmark: Ex-Chelsea defender, Ashley Cole apologises to Phillips after 2-1 win

Former Chelsea left-back, Ashley Cole, has revealed that he issued a personal apology to England midfielder, Kalvin Phillips after the Three Lions defeated Denmark 2-1 in Wednesday’s Euro 2020 semi-final tie. Phillips delivered a solid display at the heart of England’s midfield as Gareth Southgate’s defeated Denmark during extra time to qualify for Euro 2020 final. But the Leeds United star had come under fire before the start of the Euro 2020. Cole was among those who questioned Phillips’ contribution on social media and suggested that the 25-year-old did not merit a place in England’s midfield. However, after England’s win over Denmark, Cole revealed that he approached Phillips to say ‘sorry’. “It’s emotional,” Cole told ITV. “I will say it live on air, I had to get...
England charged over ‘laser pointer’ shone at Schmeichel in Euro 2020 semi-final win over Denmark
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England charged over ‘laser pointer’ shone at Schmeichel in Euro 2020 semi-final win over Denmark

UEFA is investigating a number of incidents that occurred during the Three Lions' victory at Wembley on Wednesday UEFA has confirmed disciplinary proceedings have been opened against England following their Euro 2020 semi-final win over Denmark, with the use of a "laser pointer" by supporters included on the charge list. The booing of the Danish national anthem from sections of the England fan base has also fallen under scrutiny, along with the setting off of fireworks following the 2-1 win after extra-time. Gareth Southgate's side are now readying themselves for a final with Italy at Wembley on Sunday, but are waiting to discover what action, if any, will be taken.
Berbatov: Kane can tell his critics to f*ck off
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Berbatov: Kane can tell his critics to f*ck off

The England striker has helped carry the Three Lions into the Euro 2020 final, while the Red Devils midfielder starred for the French Harry Kane's performances at Euro 2020 mean he can tell his critics to "f*ck off" according to Dimitar Berbatov, who also called for Paul Pogba to replicate his form for France in a Manchester United shirt. England captain Kane took his goal tally to four in the tournament on Wednesday night as he helped the Three Lions to a 2-1 win over Denmark, booking them a place in Sunday's final against Italy. Berbatov has been impressed with how the 27-year-old has played at the Euros, believing that he has proved his critics wrong.
England vs Denmark: It shouldn’t have been a penalty – Hjulmand
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England vs Denmark: It shouldn’t have been a penalty – Hjulmand

  Denmark manager, Kasper Hjulmand, has criticized the penalty decision that saw his team eliminated by England from Euro 2020. The Three Lions won 2-1 in extra time, after the game ended 1-1 after 90 minutes. Mikkel Damsgaard opened scoring with a terrific free-kick, before England equalized thanks to an own goal from Simon Kjaer. The decisive moment of the game came in extra time, after Gareth Southgate’s men were awarded a penalty. Harry Kane’s spot-kick was saved by Kasper Schmeichel, but the Tottenham striker scored from the rebound. “We’re very, very disappointed, and it’s hard for me to talk about. “Maybe it will [be] easier for me to say how I feel in a few days,” Hjulmand said after Wednesday’s loss at Wembley. Raheem Sterling won the penalty, when he...
Euro 2020: Harry Kane speaks out after sending England to final
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Euro 2020: Harry Kane speaks out after sending England to final

  England captain, Harry Kane, has said that he would be the proudest man at Wembley when he walks in the Three Lions legend Bobby Moore’s footsteps by leading Gareth Southgate’s side out in the Euro 2020 final on Saturday against Italy. Kane said this while reacting to his side’s Euro 2020 semi-final 2-1 win over Denmark on Wednesday night. The striker converted his rebound after Kasper Schmeichel saved the initial effort in extra time after the game ended 1-1 after 90 minutes. Recall that Moore memorably lifted the World Cup at Wembley in 1966 – a triumph that remains England’s first and only major trophy. “It’s going to be an amazing occasion [Euro 2020 final] for sure. I am extremely proud of leading them out for any game,” Kane said at his post-match press conf...
Euro 2020: Former EPL referee, Walton explains why VAR refused to overturn England’s penalty
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Euro 2020: Former EPL referee, Walton explains why VAR refused to overturn England’s penalty

A former Premier League referee Peter Walton has explained why VAR did not overturn England’s controversial penalty against Denmark during their semi-final clash on Wednesday night. Referee Danny Makkelie decided to penalise Jannik Vestergaard for making contact with England forward Raheem Sterling during the extratime of the absorbing contest. Denmark took the lead through Mikkel Damsgaard’s stunning free-kick but an own goal from Simon Kjaer helped the Three Lions back into the contest. England were unable to find a way through until they were awarded a spot kick in very unclear circumstances. Peter Walton explained on ITV, “It has to be a clear and obvious error, there’s also an upper body check by the Danish defender. I think this is a penalty and VAR is checking it. ...
Kane Knocks Out Brave Denmark and Sends England into Euros final
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Kane Knocks Out Brave Denmark and Sends England into Euros final

England captain Harry Kane fired his side into their first European Championship final by slamming in the rebound to his saved penalty in extra-time, as Gareth Southgate's team eclipsed the manager's icons of 25 years ago with a hard-fought 2-1 win over brave Denmark. Southgate has carried the pain of his shoot-out penalty miss at Wembley since Euro 96 but his Three Lions wrote their own history on Wednesday night, setting up a Sunday showdown with Italy back at Wembley. It was far from straightforward, with Mikkel Damsgaard breaching England's previously watertight defence with the first direct free-kick goal of the tournament on 30 minutes after the hosts had made a fast start. But England forced an equaliser home through a Simon Kjaer own goal and while they could not get t...
Saka to replace Sancho in England line-up for Euro 2020 semi-final with Denmark
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Saka to replace Sancho in England line-up for Euro 2020 semi-final with Denmark

The Gunners star is being recalled after an ankle problem prevented him from starting in the Three Lions' quarter-final win against Ukraine Gareth Southgate will bring Bukayo Saka back into his starting line-up in place of Jadon Sancho for the Euro 2020 semi-final against Denmark, after he sat out England's 4-0 win over Ukraine with a slight knock. The £73 million ($101m) Manchester United signing from Borussia Dortmund impressed in the quarter-final, but the Arsenal star will return having also excelled in the Three Lions shirt. Denmark are tactically flexible under Kasper Hjulmand, but will likely operate in a 3-4-3 formation in the upcoming match at Wembley.
Euro 2020: Jurgen Klinsmann names country to win title
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Euro 2020: Jurgen Klinsmann names country to win title

Former Germany striker, Jurgen Klinsmann, has named England as the ‘favourites’ country to win Euro 2020. Klinsmann said this ahead of England’s Euro 2020 semi-final tie against Denmark on Wednesday night. According to him, England has a very good defence and scoring power. The Three Lions head to the game after eliminating Ukraine from the European Championship last weekend. Speaking to Goal, Klinsmann said: “For me, England were favourites for the title right from the start. “They have a very good defence and the mix is right, and upfront, they have that scoring power and greed to score goals.”
Euro 2020: Rio Ferdinand predicts country to win European Championship
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Euro 2020: Rio Ferdinand predicts country to win European Championship

  Manchester United legend, Rio Ferdinand has predicted England to win the Euro 2020 because the Three Lions are the best team in the competition. Ferdinand gave his prediction on Tuesday night as Italy defeated Spain 4-2 on penalties in the semi-final encounter, thanks to Chelsea midfielder Jorginho’s decisive spot-kick. Italy will now play the winner between England and Denmark in the Euro 2020 final on Sunday. “It doesn’t matter who has gone through here because I believe England can beat both these sides,” Ferdinand told BBC Sport post-match. “I just feel no one can compete with us right now. The confidence we have got… People might say I am getting carried away but I don’t care. “From what I have seen, England are the better team, the best team and they beat...
Maguire never feared being dumped by England during testing time for Man Utd & Three Lions
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Maguire never feared being dumped by England during testing time for Man Utd & Three Lions

The Red Devils defender made headlines for all of the wrong reasons during the summer of 2020, but Gareth Southgate has always stuck by him Harry Maguire says he "never feared for my international career" during a testing time on and off the field in the summer of 2020 that saw questions asked of him at Manchester United and with England. The Red Devils defender was arrested during a break in Mykonos last August, before then being sent off during an outing for the Three Lions against Denmark in October. High-profile misdemeanours led to calls for him to be dropped at club level and dumped by his country, but the 28-year-old defender has retained the full backing of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Gareth Southgate.
‘Every day’s a new step’ – Alexander-Arnold gives fitness update on injury which ruled him out of Euro 2020
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‘Every day’s a new step’ – Alexander-Arnold gives fitness update on injury which ruled him out of Euro 2020

The Liverpool wing-back, originally named in Gareth Southgate's squad, was forced out after he picked up a thigh injury against Austria Trent Alexander-Arnold has described each day as "a new step" as he continues to recover from the thigh injury that kept him out of Euro 2020. The Liverpool wing-back was originally named in Gareth Southgate's England squad for the rearranged tournament, but was injured in the Three Lions' warm-up friendly against Austria, forcing his withdrawal from the 26-man party. Brighton's Ben White took his place in the team, which has since reached the semi-finals, but back home their missing star says he is well on the road to recovery.
Euro 2020: Mourinho warns England ahead of ‘Difficult’ Semi-final
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Euro 2020: Mourinho warns England ahead of ‘Difficult’ Semi-final

  Roma manager, Jose Mourinho, has told England to expect a “difficult” Euro 2020 semi-final against Denmark. Gareth Southgate’s side are in the last four, after they thrashed Ukraine 4-0 on Saturday night. It is the Three Lions’ first Euros semi-final since 1996. Mourinho was impressed by England’s win and said Southgate’s side “made it look easy”, but has warned that Denmark will represent a tougher challenge. He told talkSPORT: “Denmark are solid. They also found a way to play different than the way they started. “They started of course with Christian Eriksen as a no.10 and with a back four. They are now playing with three at the back, a solid team, good players playing in the best leagues with lots of experience. “They are very positive in spite of what ha...
England vs Ukraine: Southgate reveals injury concern ahead of Euro 2020 quarter-final
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England vs Ukraine: Southgate reveals injury concern ahead of Euro 2020 quarter-final

  England manager, Gareth Southgate, has admitted that they are sweating on the fitness of Bukayo Saka ahead of Saturday’s Euro 2020 quarter-final clash with Ukraine. The Three Lions have arrived in Italy ahead of the game in Rome. Southgate’s men go into the game as favourites, looking to book their place in the last four of a major tournament for only the fourth time since 1966. However, Southgate might be without Saka, who picked up a knock in training. The Arsenal youngster who started the last two wins against Czech Republic and Germany, will now undergo a late fitness test. “We’ve just got to check on Bukayo, who had a slight knock today (Friday). “Other than that everybody is available,” Southgate said.
Euro 2020: Zinchenko names England player Ukraine need to stop
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Euro 2020: Zinchenko names England player Ukraine need to stop

  Ukraine attacking midfielder, Oleksandr Zinchenko, has named Raheem Sterling as the England player his team needs to “stop” when both countries clash in the Euro 2020 last-8 Saturday in Rome. Ukraine and England booked their place in the Euro 2020 quarter-finals on Tuesday. Andriy Shevchenko’s side defeated Sweden 2-1 after 120 minutes, while the Three Lions won Germany 2-0. “It is really difficult to score against England, they are really well organised,” Zinchenko told reporters at his post-match press conference after Ukraine defeated Sweden. “They have a really good set of footballers and the substitute bench probably costs [the same] as three Ukrainian teams. “This should not be really scary for us, this should motivate us. We need to give ourselves the hi...

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