The build-up to Euro 2020 continues today, with the rescheduled tournament now just 15 days away. The competition, postponed last summer due to the effects coronavirus, will see Portugal bid to retain the crown they won in France five years ago, while the French will look to make it back-to-back major tournament wins following their World Cup triumph in Russia in 2018.
Both nations are among the many participants to have announced their squads for Euro 2020, with the likes of Germany, 2008 and 2012 champions Spain, and most recently the Netherlands having now shared their squads with the world, too. England coach Gareth Southgate is among the managers to have named a provisional group for the competition, with the former Three Lions midfielder required to cut down his 33-man squad until there are 26 players or fewer remaining. He must do so by Tuesday, which is when he is expected to announce his final squad for the Euros.
One of the reasons Southgate named so many players in his provisional squad was due to the number participating in this week’s European finals. Manchester United came up short against Villarreal on penalties in the Europa League final last night, but the club’s present contingent of England internationals – Luke Shaw, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood – appeared to make it through the game without sustaining any injuries, while Harry Maguire’s ongoing recovery saw him left on the bench. Greenwood was substituted in extra-time, but seemingly only for tactical reasons, while Rashford looks to have avoided any physical damage but was the victim of racial abuse after the match.
On Saturday, Chelsea take on Man City in the Champions League final, and Southgate will again hope his England players emerge unscathed from that fixture. Follow live updates as the build-up to Euro 2020 continues.
Euro 2020: Man United’s England players survive final
Manchester United suffered heartbreak in last night’s Europa League final, drawing 1-1 with Villarreal in normal time before a goalless period of extra-time gave way to a penalty shootout, which the Premier League club lost 11-10 when goalkeeper David de Gea crucially missed.
While United’s England players will not enter Euro 2020 with the momentum and psychological boost of having lifted a trophy just two weeks out, those who played in Gdansk yesterday evening appeared to emerge unscathed – at least in a physical sense.
Luke Shaw, Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford all started, with Greenwood replaced in extra-time – but seemingly only for tactical reasons. Rashford said after the match that he had been racially abused on social media, with one of the users allegedly a school teacher.
United captain Harry Maguire was not risked as his recovery from injury continues.
United lose dramatic penalty shootout as Villarreal win Europa League
Manchester United 1-1 Villarreal (10-11 pens): Spanish side win on penalties as David de Gea misses the vital spot-kick
Euro 2020: Netherlands squad confirmed
The Netherlands’ squad was the most high-profile group to be confirmed yesterday.
Coach Frank de Boer initially named a 34-man provisional squad, which he reduced to 26.
Tottenham midfielder Steven Bergwijn was among the eight to be cut, while Man United’s Donny van de Beek got the nod.
Veteran goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg, who played in the 2010 World Cup final but only recently saw league action with Ajax Amsterdam after years as a reserve at Everton, was chosen as one of the three goalkeepers, ahead of Marco Bizot of AZ Alkmaar. At 38, Stekelenberg will be one of the oldest squad members at the tournament.
Anwar El Ghazi, Hans Hateboer, Rick Karsdorp, Jeremiah St Juste, Kenny Tete and Tonny Vilhena were the other players dropped after the Netherlands completed a mini camp yesterday.
Centre-back and captain Virgil van Dijk ruled himself out of contention last week, choosing to focus on finalising his recovery from an injury he sustained with Liverpool at the start of the season.
Netherlands confirm final Euro 2020 squad
Eight players have been axed from the initial selection
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