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Euro 2020 LIVE: Final squads confirmed; England vs Austria latest

We are just nine days away from the start of the tournament and finally know how every nation will look following the squad announcement deadline.

Plenty of surprise omissions and welcome shock inclusions, including Jesse Lingard for England – who will still be starting tonight’s warm-up friendly against Austria.

Gareth Southgate’s side have tonight the first of two games to prepare for the tournament, taking on the Austrians in Middlesbrough before Romania come to town on Sunday.

Elsewhere, both Scotland and Wales are in friendly action tonight, the latter against heavy Euros favourites France.

Meanwhile, Belgium are sweating over the fitness of Kevin De Bruyne as fallout from the confirmation of every squad continues.

We will have all the latest news from the camps – with Dan Kilpatrick and James Robson covering England – including injuries, reaction and more.

Follow all the tournament news with Standard Sport’s dedicated blog below…

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Scots staying put

Scotland have opted to leave six players behind after flying out to Portugal for Wednesday night’s friendly with Netherlands following John Fleck’s positive Covid-19 test.

David Marshall, Stephen O’Donnell, Nathan Patterson, Grant Hanley, John McGinn and Che Adams have not travelled with Steve Clarke’s squad to the Estadio Algarve.

All six have tested negative multiple times – including on Wednesday – since joining up with the national team last week and are not required to self-isolate, but Hampden bosses have decided not to take them with them ahead of the Dutch clash in order to be “ultra cautious”.

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De Boer happy for Scots

Frank De Boer says it is nice to see Scotland and Netherlands back on football’s main stage after coming up trumps on the generation game.

The Scots have finally ended a 23-year spell in the international wilderness to qualify for Euro 2020. The Dutch, meanwhile, have had to overcome their own lean spell, having missed out on the last European Championship and the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

“Sometimes it is about generations,” he said. “Maybe we didn’t have the best generation a couple of years ago. Now we have a good combination with experienced players and young talent. I think that’s why we have qualified for these European Championships.

“Scotland is the same. If you see them play, you see mature football with qualities. It’s not only what a lot of people in Holland think about Scottish football. No, it’s a really modern style of European football.

“I had my own experience in Scotland for six months and had a fantastic time. I know how involved the fans are. I played against Scotland in 94 and maybe Scotland and Holland have the craziest fans, but also the nicest fans in the world. It’s nice that Scotland is there. For all parts, it’s good.”

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Austria coach hoping to compete

Austria coach Franco Foda is hoping to see the fruits of a week’€s work on the training pitch when his side take on England.

“€We have had a very good week and are absolutely on schedule, the team has trained with a lot of commitment. We mainly worked on our possession and switching game and we want to see that against England,” he said.

“€England have a great team. They have a lot of top players at top clubs. It is no coincidence that they are considered one of the big favourites for the Euros.

“But we’ve always said we want to compete with the best … It’s about how we perform.”

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England player to stake claim? Coady

England begin their Euro 2020 preparations tonight with a friendly against Austria, giving players a claim to stake their claim for a tournament starting berth.

Jack Rosser looks at players with a chance to shine…

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Conor Coady

With concerns over the fitness of Harry Maguire, Southgate will be keen to cast his eye over other options. A return to a back-three is a possibility — a move which would suit Coady well.

The Wolves defender has performed well in an England shirt and is at home bellowing orders in the middle of a three-man defence.

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Southgate: Semi-final a minimum

Gareth Southgate says England will be considered to have failed if they do not reach the semi-finals.

England made the last four of the 2018 World Cup in Russia and London’s Wembley Stadium will host the semi-finals and final as well as some group stage games.

Asked if going out before the semis would be seen as a failure, Southgate told reporters: “Yes, it probably will. I think we’re realistic about that, we have to live with that expectation.

“We know the excitement around the team and it’€s great, we’€re now relevant. We’ve been to two semi-finals so the next step is to try to go further.”

England also made it to the semi-finals of the Nations League in 2019 as well as Euro 1996, played in England, and Southgate said expectations were greater now than during the last World Cup, even with England having one of the youngest squads.

“I’ve got to try to manage the expectations for the players. I accept the situation as a manager there’s expectation, I have to deliver. We have to deliver as a group of staff, it’s not about me in terms of if we can be successful,” he added.

“Of course it’s about me if we fail, so no problem. That’s the gig.”

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Slovakia squad

Slovakia will have to do without David Strelec at the European Championship after the young striker injured a thigh muscle in a warmup game.

Slovakia coach Stefan Tarkovic announced his 26-man squad on Wednesday, a day after a 1-1 draw in a warmup game against Bulgaria in Austria, where Slovakia has a training camp.

The 20-year-old Strelec is expected to recover in up to three weeks, too late for Euro 2020.

Strelec scored nine goals and added four assists in his 25 games in the Slovak league, helping Slovan Bratislava win its third straight title.

“I’m really sorry about David Strelec,” Tarkovic said. “It’s such a serious injury that wouldn’t allow him to play at the tournament.”

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Ronaldo targets retaining title

Cristiano Ronaldo has set his sights on winning back-to-back European Championships with Portugal this summer.

Ronaldo was memorably in tears after his side beat France 1-0 in the Euro 2016 final after limping off in the 25th minute.

Fernando Santos’ side are among the favourites to retain their crown five years on, with a squad crammed with quality, and are hoping to join Spain in being the only other country to win successive European Championships.

“I have spoken before about what an important moment that European Football Championship win was for the Portuguese team, and for the country,” Ronaldo, Official Global Brand Ambassador for LiveScore, said.

“We were so proud to be able to bring the trophy home. It was very emotional. To win it again would be incredible, and of course we go to the tournament with that as our ambition, we have a good team but also we know there are a lot of very strong teams there.”

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England team news

Harry Maguire is a major doubt for the opener against Croatia on June 13, and will definitely miss tonight’s friendly.

With 11 of his squad also involved in either the Europa League or Champions League finals last week, some of those players will be afforded a rest while others get up to speed more quickly, meaning Jesse Lingard is expected start despite missing out on the Euros squad.

On the flanks, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Bukayo could provide width with Declan Rice and Jude Bellingham in central midfield.

The likes of Jordan Henderson and Jack Grealish are expected to come off the bench as they build their fitness following long injury layoffs, while a number of likely starters for the tournament should also appear as second-half substitutes.

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Nine days to go

All the squads have been confirmed, we’re into single-digit days in our countdown.

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Grealish: ‘An absolute honour’

Jack Grealish is happy…


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