Euro 2020 LIVE: England preparation against Italy and first team news

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Euro 2020: Daily briefing

England are just two days away from their first appearance in a men’s major tournament final in more than half a century, with the conclusion of Euro 2020 seeing them face Italy at Wembley on Sunday night.

Gareth Southgate’s side beat Denmark after extra time in the semi-finals, Harry Kane scored the decisive goal on the rebound from his own penalty, took the Three Lions’ place against the Azzurri and sent Wembley ecstatic. The manager went as mad as any other supporter at the final whistle and said the energy and emotion of the occasion was incredible. “I’ve always had this kind of relationship with the fans in the clubs where I was. I guess it was everyone’s emotion, ”he said. “I knew how much it would mean for everyone to be able to be here tonight. The crowd was amazing giving us that energy throughout the game and, yes, it was a special moment for all of us. So, I’m not embarrassed to lose my mind a bit at this point.

The night before, Roberto Mancini’s Italy beat Spain on penalties to clinch their own place in the final, having perhaps been the most impressive team of all summer. While England are at home, Italy will benefit from an agreement which provides that 1,000 of their supporters will be able to travel for the match without needing to quarantine themselves.

Meanwhile, the fallout from the semi-final saw England accused by UEFA after a laser was aimed at Danish goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel during the game and there were calls to ban the supporter responsible for life. Follow all the latest Euro 2020 updates and get ready for the final below:

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Hungary punished by UEFA

The UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body (CEDB) has announced the following decision:

Matches: UEFA EURO 2020 group stage matches Hungary v Portugal (0: 3), Hungary v France (1: 1) and Germany v Hungary (2: 2), played on 15, 19 and 23 June respectively .

Charges against the Hungarian Football Association:

Discriminatory behavior of supporters – Art. 14 (2) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations

– To order the Hungarian Football Association to play its next three (3) UEFA competition matches as the host association behind closed doors, the third of which will be suspended for a probationary period of two (2) years from the date of the decision, for the discriminatory behavior of its supporters. The Hungarian Football Association was also fined 100,000 €.

– To order the Hungarian Football Association to implement the following directive in the above-mentioned matches in which it will play as the host association: display a banner with the words “#EqualGame”, with the logo of UEFA on it.

Alex PattleJuly 9, 2021 6:54 PM

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Coady does his part from the bench

Conor Coady insists he is only doing his national duty by helping England chase Euro 2020 glory from the bench.

Three Lions deputy manager Steve Holland has called the Wolves captain a Euro 2020 player despite Coady not making the tournament yet.

Holland praised Coady’s enthusiasm and leadership in the dressing room and compared him to John Terry when the former Chelsea defender started just six league appearances in his last season at Stamford Bridge.

Center-back Coady, who has five caps, however swept the praise.

The 28-year-old said: “I can’t be more grateful for something like this. It’s been a little different, the role I got, we all want the same thing and a price in the end and it’s no different if you’re playing or not.

Alex PattleJuly 9, 2021 6:38 PM

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The pride of Southgate before the final clash with Italy

Here’s what Gareth Southgate had to say last night ahead of Sunday’s final:

“I guess for me [the reaction] is not really fully recorded because I don’t read these first pages and I don’t listen to these bulletins, but I notice the drive to the stadium today, the horn, the flags on the cars , all that .

“So I’m starting to get a feel for what exactly is going on and I guess in the back of my mind I know what’s going on, but I really tried to put it aside and stay focused on it.” that we are. Make. But being able to hear Wembley like it’s tonight and know how it’s been in the country is yes, it’s an honor.

“Because we are a special country, we are historically an amazing country and I know I could not be prouder to be an Englishman. I couldn’t be prouder to have the opportunity to lead my country, so bringing happiness in this time when it has been so difficult during this time is a very special feeling.

Alex PattleJuly 9, 2021 5:13 PM

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Marcus Rashford loved embarrassing coaches, ex-coach says

According to former trainer Dave Horrocks, Marcus Rashford enjoyed embarrassing his coaches by honing his bodybuilding skills on adults, even at the age of five.

Horrocks, who coached Rashford at his first club, Fletcher Moss Rangers, said via the PA news agency: “He came to see us when he was five in football school.”

“He was a little boy who wanted to play football, have fun and get rid of the coaches as much as he could.

“There was a Premier League stat recently on how many nutmeg Marcus has made and he would do in football school for coaches.

“We would never go out and make life especially difficult for them, but one of the challenges was ‘Who can you nutmeg – but you have to call it’. He would do it to anyone in the field.

“It’s great when you have a kid who loves football so much and takes on the challenge at five or six and walks away laughing because he ‘megged’ you.

“He just liked having football. On the days I would take him to the Cliff (the former Manchester United youth team facility) and drive him home, he would fall asleep the moment we stepped out of the parking lot.

“We would pull up in his street and he would get out of the car and while I was talking to Mel (mom) and Dwain (older brother) he would go out in different clothes and kick the ball with his pals on the street. was his friend.

Omar GarrickJuly 9, 2021 4:53 PM

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Channel 4 will air the final 1966 rerun on Saturday

In case you didn’t know, Channel 4 will host the 1966 World Cup Final on Saturday night. Coverage will begin at 5:40 p.m. The special will be presented by Gabby Logan.

Here are the details presented to you in collaboration with the Alzheimer Society:

Omar GarrickJuly 9, 2021 4:41 PM

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England rugby star Ellis Genge praised Gareth Southgate’s handling of the man

Who would have thought that rugby and football would come together like this?

England rugby star Ellis Genge praised Gareth Southgate’s men’s management which enables the brightest young talents to shine on the international stage.

“What you are seeing are the next generation player-manager relationships, where you can actually be yourself instead of having to fit in,” said Genge.

“Especially from a British or English point of view, where you don’t have to fit in and be a robot in the media, you can express yourself and people receive it well.

“Certainly in the past we have been guilty of hiding people’s emotions or feelings or their true self.

“But Eddie Jones and Gareth Southgate are probably great examples of managers who can get the most out of players off the pitch, which is reflected in their performance on the pitch.”

Omar GarrickJuly 9, 2021 4:28 PM

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Don’t get carried away by emotions, says Foden

England star Phil Foden has stressed that England fans should try to stay calm and not get too involved in their emotions ahead of Sunday’s clash with Italy.

He said: “There are going to be so many emotions with the fans. The players have to stay focused and see this as the first game of the tournament.

“Don’t change a thing because we were brilliant in every game. Hopefully we can get it through.

“It would be my proudest moment. Nothing can beat victory with your national team.

Omar GarrickJuly 9, 2021 4:12 PM

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A reunion for a live performance of ‘Three Lions’

Now that looks bright and sums up the vibe across the country.

First ‘Sweet Caroline’ and now this!

Frank Skinner and David Baddiel reunite with Ian Broudie of The Lightning Seeds for a new TV performance of the famous single “Three Lions”.

The news comes ahead of England’s Euro 2020 final against Italy, which takes place on Sunday, July 11.

Details here from Louis Chilton:

Omar GarrickJuly 9, 2021 4:00 PM

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Ahead of Sunday’s big game, partners Andy Grimsey and Graeme Cushion of hospitality licensing attorneys Poppleston Allen answered key questions below for fans.

Here are some tips for you before you visit the pubs:

Q: Is singing the national anthem considered a transmission risk?

“By encouraging the national anthem to be sung at a higher volume, there is an increased risk of transmission due to louder music, when customers are encouraged to sing over it.

“Singing the national anthem indoors while sitting at your table with your group of six friends or family can be the best way to show your support for the national team. Outdoors, due to the more relaxed rules about wearing masks, singing may be more acceptable, but that depends a lot on your host’s COVID risk assessment. “

Q: In a pub / bar / restaurant, will I be able to stand up and sing, and will I have to wear a mask to do so?

“These companies that broadcast the games may ask you to sit down and not get up to sing the national anthem, in order to reduce the risk of transmission, and if inside, as soon as you get up, you have to wear a face mask, which is going to make the singing a bit more awkward.

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“We are still at stage 3 and existing guidelines on preventing entertainment that may increase the risk of aerosol transmission of the virus still apply, for example loud background music, joint dances, chants or group songs. However, Sunday night is unique and I suspect that as long as licensees don’t encourage or promote such activities, they will do their best. Indeed, if past experience is something that goes hand in hand and customer reaction to it should be enough entertainment.

So if you go out, remember to stay safe and follow the rules set by the pub owners!

Most pubs are reserved on Sundays

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Omar GarrickJuly 9, 2021 3:45 PM

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Combined Italy vs England XI?

UEFA published an article on its official Euro 2020 account, requesting your combined eleven for this Sunday’s final at Wembley Stadium.

Mine would look a bit like this: Donnarumma, Di Lorenzo, Maguire, Stones, Shaw, Verratti, Phillips, Sterling, Kane, Chiesa.

Who would be in your combined XI?

Omar GarrickJuly 9, 2021 3:26 PM


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