Euro 2020 LIVE news: Southgate's Maguire headache, Wales ace Bale could RETIRE, Grealish '100% fit' for England – latest

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  • Marc Mayo

    GOOD MORNING EURO FANS

    Harry Maguire is reportedly confident of featuring in England’s Euro 2020 kick-off against Croatia.

    The Three Lions face their Group D rivals in just over two weeks’ time and are sweating on the fitness of their star centre-back.

    The 28-year-old had been ever-present for Manchester United in the Premier League until he suffered ankle ligament damage against Aston Villa – ruling him out of the run-in.

    The Red Devils’ form crumbled in his absence and he watched from the stands as his team lost Wednesday’s Europa League final.

    Following the defeat in Gdansk, United have increased their communication with the England setup and national team staff checked in with Maguire on Friday.

    According to the Mail, his progress is looking good and there is confidence that he will be fit for June 13.

    United are reportedly set to meet Maguire again on Monday for a fresh check-up, with the results once again beamed to Gareth Southgate’s physios.

    Meanwhile, Jack Grealish is “100% fit” for Euro 2020 according to Aston Villa manager Dean Smith.

    Smith said: “He is 100% fit. Firstly, we had to make sure he was ready to play for Aston Villa.

    "We wouldn’t take a risk with only four games to go, with a player of Jack’s standing and quality, unless it was the right thing to do.

    “We all believed it was the right thing to do – for him and for Aston Villa. Then once the season finished, if he gets picked, which hopefully he does, then it’s the right thing for England as well.

    “If we felt there was any kind of future risk then we would have just shut him down for the rest of the season and he wouldn’t have had the chance to go to the Euros.”

    And finally, Ben White has revealed he ‘cried for an hour’ after learning of his call-up to England’s provisional Euro 2020 squad.

    He told Sky Sports News: “I got a phone call while I was out for dinner, I didn’t really believe it!

    “[When I was] told me all the news, when I was going, it was obviously unbelievable.

    “I put the phone down, rang my mum straight away, sat down there, cried…

    “Mum was crying, my dad, had all my sisters there and, yeah, I just sat and cried for about an hour.”

  • Joe Brophy

    AL BE OFF

    David Alaba has signed a five-year deal with Real Madrid.

    The Austrian turned down a new contract at Bayern Munich, bringing his 12-year association with the German giants to an end.

    Alaba, 28, was determined to experience a new challenge, with a preference for playing in midfield.

    And after months of speculation, Madrid have finally officially announced the deal.

    The left-sided star has committed for five seasons, and will earn around £200,000-a-week.

    Alaba will be officially presented to Real Madrid supporters following the conclusion of Euro 2020, at which he is representing his country.

  • Joe Brophy

    MORE ON GIGGS

    Wales are currently in the Algarve where their pre-Euros training camp ends today and midfielder Joe Morrell says the squad hasn’t been distracted by the latest development in Giggs’ case.

    Morrell said: “We have always been quite laid-back with the situation as a squad. We have fantastic senior players who help us with that. They have run the dressing room really well.

    “We have never really looked too deep into it. Pagey has been the manager and that’s that.

    “If the situation changes then it changes. But we are focusing on what we can do and taking the messages on board from Pagey, just like we did before with the manager.

    “It’s not a case of moving on, it’s just a case of trying to keep it as similar as possible.

    “We have had the same messages from Pagey as we got from the gaffer before. It’s just the continuity that will benefit us going into the summer.”

  • Joe Brophy

    DRAGONS STILL ROARING

    Ryan Giggs' Wales nightmare deepened after his trial date was set for next year.

    The Dragons boss will face trial at Manchester Crown Court on January 24, 2022, accused of assaulting two women and coercive control.

    Giggs, who has already been replaced by Robert Page for Euro 2020, will now miss Wales’ final SIX 2022 World Cup qualifiers this autumn.

    The 47-year-old, who denies the allegations, appeared in court yesterday and was told the trial could last three weeks.

    Giggs has been bailed until a plea and trial preparation hearing scheduled for July 23.

    The Manchester United legend, who stepped aside as national manager following his arrest last November, is under contract with Wales until after the Qatar World Cup in December next year.

    Welsh FA bosses will hold talks to discuss Giggs’ future but no decision is expected with the legal process ongoing.

  • Joe Brophy

    GUIRE AND HIGHER

    Harry Maguire is reportedly confident of featuring in England’s Euro 2020 kick-off against Croatia.

    The Three Lions face their Group D rivals in just over two weeks’ time and are sweating on the fitness of their star centre-back.

    The 28-year-old had been ever-present for Manchester United in the Premier League until he suffered ankle ligament damage against Aston Villa – ruling him out of the run-in.

    The Red Devils’ form crumbled in his absence and he watched from the stands as his team lost Wednesday’s Europa League final.

    Following the defeat in Gdansk, United have increased their communication with the England setup and national team staff checked in with Maguire on Friday.

    According to the Mail, his progress is looking good and there is confidence that he will be fit for June 13.

    United are reportedly set to meet Maguire again on Monday for a fresh check-up, with the results once again beamed to Gareth Southgate’s physios.

  • Joe Brophy

    JACK POT

    Aston Villa star Jack Grealish is “100% fit” for Euro 2020 according to Villa manager Dean Smith.

    Smith said: “He is 100% fit. Firstly, we had to make sure he was ready to play for Aston Villa. We wouldn’t take a risk with only four games to go, with a player of Jack’s standing and quality, unless it was the right thing to do.

    “We all believed it was the right thing to do – for him and for Aston Villa. Then once the season finished, if he gets picked, which hopefully he does, then it’s the right thing for England as well.

    “If we felt there was any kind of future risk then we would have just shut him down for the rest of the season and he wouldn’t have had the chance to go to the Euros.”

  • Joe Brophy

    INJURY UPDATE

    England boss Gareth Southgate is facing a major Euro 2020 headache over the fitness of Manchester United stars Harry Maguire and Marcus Rashford.

    According to the Daily Mirror, Maguire is still dealing with an ankle injury and is facing a race to be fit for England’s opening game against Croatia on June 13.

    Rashford is nursing a shoulder as well as a foot problem and appears to be a little tired after a tough season.

    The United striker, however, did play in the Europa League Final, which could be a promising sign for Southgate

  • Joe Brophy

    MORE FROM WHITE

    He told Sky Sports News: "I couldn't really believe it and I don't think it's settled in yet.

    "I didnt really think that I would be called, I thought it was a bit too late.

    "I've heard you get called way before it and you know, but I obviously didn't.

    "When that call did come I was over the moon with it and shocked really.

    "No pressure, I've got to go what I've got to do, do my best and if I get game time, I've got to produce my quality and show what I've got."

  • Joe Brophy

    HAVING A BAWL

    Ben White has revealed he 'cried for an hour' after learning of his call-up to England's provisional Euro 2020 squad.

    He told Sky Sports News: "I got a phone call while I was out for dinner, I didn't really believe it!

    "[When I was] told me all the news, when I was going, it was obviously unbelievable.

    "I put the phone down, rang my mum straight away, sat down there, cried…

    "Mum was crying, my dad, had all my sisters there and, yeah, I just sat and cried for about an hour."

  • Kostas Lianos

    SCOTLAND SQUAD

    And here's the squad Scotland manager Steve Clarke has named ahead of Euro 2020:

    GK: Graig Gordon (Hearts)
    GK: David Marshall (Derby County)
    GK: Jon McLaughlin (Rangers)
    DF: Liam Cooper (Leeds)
    DF: Nathan Patterson (Rangers)
    DF: Andy Robertson (Liverpool)
    DF: Grant Hanley (Norwich City)
    DF: Scott McKenna (Nottingham Forest)
    DF: Stephen O'Donnell (Motherwell)
    DF: Kieran Tierney (Arsenal)
    DF: Declan Gallagher (Motherwell)
    DF: Greg Taylor (Celtic)
    DF: Jack Hendry (Oostende)
    MF: Billy Gilmour (Chelsea)
    MF: John McGinn (Aston Villa)
    MF: Callum McGregor (Celtic)
    MF: Stuart Armstrong (Southampton)
    MF: Scott McTominay (Manchester United)
    MF: David Turnbull

  • Kostas Lianos

    CZECH SQUAD

    Here's the squad Czech Republic manager Borek Dockal announced:

    Goalkeepers: Tomas Vaclik (Sevilla), Jiri Pavlenka (Werder Bremen), Ales Mandous (Olomouc)

    Defenders: Jan Boril (Slavia Prague), Jakub Brabec (Viktoria Plzen), Vladimír Coufal (West Ham), Ondrej Celustka (Sparta Prague), Pavel Kaderabek (Hoffenheim), Tomas Kalas (Bristol City), Ales Mateju (Brescia), David Zima (Slavia Prague)

    Midfielders: Antonin Barak (Hellas Verona), Vladimir Darida (Hertha Berlin), Adam Hlozek (Sparta Prague), Tomas Holes (Slavia Prague), Jakub Jankto (Sampdoria), Alex Kral (Spartak Moscow), Lukas Masopust (Slavia Prague), Jakub Pesek (Slovan Liberec), Tomas Soucek (West Ham), Petr Sevcik (Slavia Prague)

    Forwards: Michael Krmencík (Club Brugge), Tomas Pekhart (Legia Warsaw), Patrik Schick (Bayer Leverkusen), Matej Vydra (Burnley)

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  • Kostas Lianos

    CROATIA SQUAD

    Let's revisit the squads that England's opponents have announced so far.

    We start off with Croatia, the team that eliminated the Three Lions from the 2018 World Cup semi-finals and made it to the Final where they lost to eventual winners France.

    GK: Lovre Kalinic (Hajduk Split)
    GK: Dominik Livakovic (Dinamo Zagreb)
    GK: Simon Sluga (Luton Town)
    DF: Domagoj Vida (Besiktas)
    DF: Joško Gvardiol (RB Leipzig)
    DF: Domagoj Bradarić (LOSC Lille)
    DF: Mile Škorić (Osijek)
    DF: Dejan Lovren (Zenit Saint Petersburg)
    DF: Sime Vrsaljko (Atletico Madrid)
    DF: Borna Barisic (Rangers)
    DF: Duje Caleta-Car (Marseille)
    DF: Josip Juranovic (Legia Warsaw)
    MF: Luka Modric (Real Madrid)
    MF: Mateo Kovacic (Chelsea)
    MF: Marcelo Brozovic (Internazionale)
    MF: Milan Badelj (Genoa)
    MF: Mario Pasalic (Atalanta)
    MF: Nikola Vlasic (CSKA Moscow)
    MF: Ivan Perisic (Internazionale)
    FW: Andrej Kramaric (Hoffenheim)
    FW: Josip Brekalo (Wolfsburg)
    FW: Mislav Orsic (Dinamo Zagreb)
    FW: Ante Budimir (Osasuna)
    FW: Kristijan Lovric (Gorica)
    FW: Ante Rebić (AC Milan)
    FW: Bruno Petković (Dinamo Zagreb)

  • Kostas Lianos

    TOP GOALS

    England also have the highest chances of scoring the most goals in Euro 2020, according to Betfair.

    The Three Lions are going to have one of the most dangerous attacks in the tournament with the likes of Harry Kane, Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford, Raheem Sterling and more Gareth Southgate's squad.

    Here's how their chances look:

    England 4/1
    Spain 9/2
    France 6/1
    Italy 6/1
    Belgium 6/1
    Netherlands 6/1
    Germany 13/2
    Portugal 13/1
    Denmark 33/1
    Croatia 40/1

  • Kostas Lianos

    KYL-ING IT

    Paris Saint-Germain superstar Kylian Mbappe poses as the favourite to be named Euro 2020's player of the tournament, according to Betfair.

    France star Mbappe beats various Premier League stars, such as Manchester City talisman Kevin De Bruyne, Tottenham striker Harry Kane and Manchester United's Bruno Fernandes.

    Barcelona forward Antoine Griezmann is also high up on the bookies' expectations

    • Kylian Mbappe 7/1
    • Kevin De Bruyne 9/1
    • Antoine Griezmann, Harry Kane, 14/1
    • Bruno Fernandes 20/1

    TOP POG

    Tottenham ace Harry Kane has admitted he would like to have Paul Pogba’s skills amid reports suggesting that Manchester United want to sign him.

    Kane had a discussion with TCL Europe where he discussed areas of others’ games he would like to include into his own.

    The England captain said: “Pogba’s skills, [Marco] Reus’ amazing free-kicks, Saul [Niguez’s] perfect dribbling, [Krzysztof ]Piatek’s intuition and [Gianluigi] Donnarumma’s big arm span.

    “I think having a strong mindset is a big part of that I think.

    “I always say self-belief and hard work are the two most important things to go along with talent. Of course, you need talent to get you a certain way but the other two are very important”

    • Kostas Lianos

      HURRI-KANE HARRY

      Tottenham star Harry Kane is odds-on favourite to finish Euro 2020 as the tournament’s top scorer, according to Betfair.

      Kane has reportedly informed Spurs that he wants to leave the club in the summer after another trophyless season, which saw them missing out on Champions League qualification for the second year in a row.

      The star striker is now being targeted by Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea.

      Here’s how the England international’s chances look like ahead of the Euros:

      • Harry Kane 5/1
      • Romelu Lukaku 13/2
      • Cristiano Ronaldo 9/1
      • Kylian Mbappe 9/1
      • Karim Benzema 11/1
      • Memphis Depay 16/1
      • Raheem Sterling 16/1

      ENGLAND FAVOURITES

      England are 4/1 favourites to win Euro 2020 ahead of France after Gareth Southgate picked his squad for the delayed tournament, according to Betfair.

      Here's how the Three Lions fare compare to the rest of the opposition:

      England 4/1
      France 5/1
      Belgium 13/2
      Spain 7/1
      Italy, Germany 15/2
      Portugal 9/1
      Netherlands 11/1
      Denmark 22/1
      Croatia 25/1

      JO AWAY

      Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo has turned down a potential swap deal with Barcelona over Joao Felix.

      Reports from Spain have suggested that Barca want to sign Felix in the summer transfer window and are willing to let Antoine Griezmann, who is set to represent France in Euro 2020, go the other way.

      Cerezo said on El Larguero: “There’s no way [Felix] leaves.

      “He has to adapt, but when he takes off he’ll be one of the most important players on the planet.

      “Players aren’t machines; they have good days and bad, and he’ll have many glorious afternoons at this club”

      THAT'S RIGHT

      England manager Gareth Southgate has picked four right-backs for his provisional 33-man squad ahead of Euro 2020 and claims they are all versatile enough to cover other positions.

      Southgate said: "You’re looking at four right-backs, I just see four good footballers.

      "Kieran Trippier can play at left-back. [Trent] Alexander-Arnold can play at wing-back, I think he can play midfield. I’ve seen Reece James play on the right side of a back three, at wing-back and as a midfielder.

      "In a tournament, those flexible players who can fulfil different roles will be hugely important.

      "We don’t know how the next few weeks will play out in terms of availability and injuries, what our best system will be with the players we’ve got available. We’ve got too many questions marks as I sit here today, but that will become clearer. We know what we’d like to do, but we’ve got contingencies in place"

      MAGUIRE/RASHFORD HEADACHE

      England boss Gareth Southgate is facing a major Euro 2020 headache over the fitness of Manchester United stars Harry Maguire and Marcus Rashford.

      According to the Daily Mirror, Maguire is still dealing with an ankle injury and is facing a race to be fit for England’s opening game against Croatia on June 13.

      Rashford is nursing a shoulder as well as a foot problem and appears to be a little tired after a tough season.

      The United striker, however, did play in the Europa League Final, which could be a promising sign for Southgate

      FOR GREAL

      Aston Villa star Jack Grealish is "100% fit" for Euro 2020 according to Villa manager Dean Smith.

      Smith said: "He is 100% fit. Firstly, we had to make sure he was ready to play for Aston Villa. We wouldn’t take a risk with only four games to go, with a player of Jack’s standing and quality, unless it was the right thing to do.

      “We all believed it was the right thing to do – for him and for Aston Villa. Then once the season finished, if he gets picked, which hopefully he does, then it’s the right thing for England as well.

      "If we felt there was any kind of future risk then we would have just shut him down for the rest of the season and he wouldn’t have had the chance to go to the Euros”

      • Kostas Lianos

        TOP PICK

        Everton star Jordan Pickford is going to be England's No1 at Euro 2020, according to former Three Lions goalkeeper Rob Green.

        Green said: "It's a case of one from one. Jordan will play. Gareth [Southgate] has been very persistent and very clear with that.

        "He's one that, the way that they play, he's never made a mistake whilst playing for England that has cost a goal. I think what's good is that Dean Henderson has already made his debut so he's got that bit out of the way.

        "He's played 50 per cent of the games that David de Gea has played at United.

        "But it's not like he's played a full season there. He's had to bide his time at Manchester United so if he does get to play every week, then he'd have a louder case.

        "But we'll have to see where we are in 12 months' time. At the moment it doesn't seem to suggest that it should be pointing in any other direction really"

      • Kostas Lianos

        PRESIDENT'S MAN

        Manchester United star Marcus Rashford had a "surreal" Zoom discussion with President Barack Obama about the importance of giving back to your local community and the positive impact of reading.

        Rashford led a prominent campaign last year to tackle child food poverty in the UK during the coronavirus pandemic.

        The England international's efforts led to 1.7 million vulnerable children being supported by a £520 million government scheme and other projects have helped deliver 130 million meals.

        That led to immense praise by Obama, who said: "A lot of the young people I meet — including Marcus — they’re ahead of where I was when I was 23. They’re already making changes and being positive forces in their communities.”

        Rashford added: "It’s quite surreal isn’t it? I’m sitting in my kitchen in Manchester, speaking to President Obama. But, immediately, he made me feel at ease.

        “It wasn’t long before I realised just how aligned our experiences as children were in shaping the men you see today – adversity, obstacles and all. I genuinely enjoyed every minute of it. When President Obama speaks, all you want to do is listen”

      • Kostas Lianos

        WAN-T ARE YOU THINKING

        Manchester United fans have hit out at England manager Gareth Southgate for omitting Aaron Wan-Bissaka from his provisional 33-man squad.

        Southgate announced his shortlist on Tuesday ahead of next month's delayed Euro 2020 and didn't include Wan-Bissaka as he preferred Kyle Walker, Kieran Trippier, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Reece James at right-back.

        However, that didn't sit well with some United fans who took to Twitter to air their disagreement.

        One supporter tweeted: "How has AWB not even made the provisional England squad?

        "I get that England have a ton of good right backs but Southgate's constant overlooking of him is ridiculous."

        Another wrote: "I still think it’s a farce that AWB hasn’t been called up again."

        A third posted: "Wan-Bissaka doesn’t even make the provisional squad. We’ll get our respect one day"

      • Kostas Lianos

        BALE RETIREMENT

        Real Madrid star Gareth Bale, who spent the season on loan at Tottenham, was recently linked with early retirement.

        Reports in Spain have claimed that Bale is considering negotiating a payout from Real and could even quit football altogether after Euro 2020, where he will play for Wales.

        However, the star forward's agent Jonathan Barnett has poured cold water on these rumours with an explosive statement.

        Barnett told talkSPORT when asked about the matter: "Sorry, don’t speak about rubbish reporting"

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