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Euros news LIVE! England vs Germany build-up; Spain and France latest

The knockout stages at the European Championship are well underway, with Belgium and Czech Republic joining Demark and Italy in the last eight. Spain, Croatia, Switzerland and tournament favourites France will today be looking to follow them.

Netherlands, who had Matthijs de Ligt sent off for a handball in the 55th minute, and Portugal were the big names to fall on Sunday, with Dutch head coach Frank de Boer facing similar questions over his future after a group stage which promised much fizzled out against the Czechs.

Belgium beat 2016 champions Portugal thanks to Thorgan Hazard’s goal, but will be sweating over injuries to the likes of Kevin de Bruyne and Eden Hazard ahead facing Italy on Friday evening.

Meanwhile, England continue to build up to their own mammoth last-16 tie against old rivals Germany at Wembley on Tuesday.

Follow all the latest Euro 2020 news and updates in our daily live blog below!

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Xhaka looking to make history

Granit Xhaka has urged his Switzerland team-mates to make history by beating France today.

The Swiss have never beaten France at a major tournament and they meet them today in the last 16 of Euro 2020.

“Our coach is very calm and relaxed,” said the Arsenal midfielder. “We analysed France today, we know where their weaknesses are and what these are.

“We want to punish their weakness and stop their qualities as much as possible. The team is giving a good impression, they are relaxed and calm.

“It is a big match for us, for the whole of Switzerland, for the whole staff. It’s a big match for us all and we can write history.”

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Bale not retiring

Gareth Bale has cooled talk that he is set to retire from international football.

There had been speculation the 31-year-old was set to retire after he stormed out of an interview when quizzed about it following Wales’ 4-0 loss to Denmark on Saturday.

But he told S4C: “I want to continue to play. People ask stupid questions all the time, but obviously I love playing for Wales. I’ll play for Wales until the day that I stop playing football.

“We’ve just started the World Cup campaign, and we need to take this experience into that. I feel like we have a very good way of playing when we play well and we need to keep that confidence high, keep playing football and I think we can qualify for the next World Cup.”

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Good morning!

It’s day 18 at the Euros, with two more last-16 ties coming tonight.

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Wales’ Gunter brands Euro 2020 set-up ‘a joke’

Chris Gunter has written an emotional message to Wales fans via his Instagram account following yesterday’s 4-0 thrashing by Denmark in Amsterdam.

Contained within the typically heartfelt post is criticism from Wales’ most-capped player of the Euro 2020 tournament set-up, which he labelled as “a joke”.

“So the journey of this month has come to an end. We did not deserve that score line but who said life was fair,” Gunter wrote.

“It hurts like mad, but to be hurting with some of my best mates and best muckas I’ve shared a changing room with for years on years makes it a little easier. And to share it with a nation who all feel the same makes it even easier.

“Written off before a bag of air was kicked, 3,000 miles from home. Every nation had fans wherever they went. You and us deserved more from this joke set up of a tournament, but who said life was fair.

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“Have a cry, but then smile that we were dining at the top table yet again. And smile even more that we’ll be back, and we’ll be the ones with the full stadium belting out our anthem that we all deserve.

“This country is in safe hands with the squad we have, believe me. I’d go to the trenches with every member of this team and staff.

“Be sad, but be proud. There’s only three million of us, but we are the lucky ones, and don’t you know it. Suck it up, keep your chin up. We’ll be alright, trust me on that.

“Genuinely thank you for all the support and love. See you soon. Gunts.”

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Germany not worrying over penalties, says Havertz

Meanwhile, amid all the usual talk of penalties and Euro 96 on these shores, Germany and Chelsea star Kai Havertz insists Joachim Low’s side are not focused on the possibility of a shootout at Wembley…

“We are going into the game wanting to win it over 90 minutes,” he said at a press conference earlier.

“It could of course go to penalties at this stage of the tournament so we have to be prepared. Obviously after training we hit a few penalties to see who the better penalty takers are.

“But it is not the biggest issue of the game. The 120 minutes before that could be far more important and putting too much pressure on yourself (with penalties) is not good.”

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He added: “It would be wrong to underestimate them. We know England well. They have some of the world’s best players and, yes, they also have room for improvement.

“But England have not yet conceded a goal in the tournament and they have so many individual qualities. You have to respect them but we are also a team with good players. For me and the entire team it will be a special game.”

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Chilwell and Mount still training separately for England

It seems that there are no fresh injury worries for England as things stand ahead of Tuesday’s huge last-16 showdown with Germany at Wembley.

24 members of Gareth Southgate’s squad are training on the Sir Bobby Charlton Pitch at St George’s Park today, with Chelsea duo Ben Chilwell and Mason Mount still working separately away from the main group.

The pair’s 10-day isolation goes up to and includes Monday after they had contact with Blues team-mate Billy Gilmour, who tested positive for Covid-19 after England’s 0-0 Group D draw with Scotland at Wembley on June 18.

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Bale: I will play for Wales until I quit football

Gareth Bale says he will continue playing for Wales until he retires from football altogether.

Questions over the Real Madrid forward’s international future have inevitably ramped up after yesterday’s 4-0 last-16 drubbing by Denmark in Amsterdam.

Bale has long been his nation’s most important player and has 96 senior caps to his name, leading the all-time scoring charts with 33 goals and captaining the side.

The former Tottenham star, who turns 32 next month, walked out of a post-match interview when questioned about his Wales future on Saturday.

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However, he then told Welsh TV channel S4C: “I want to continue to play.

“People ask stupid questions all the time but I obviously love playing for Wales.

“I will play for Wales until the day that I stop playing football.”

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Croatia’s Perisic to miss Spain clash after positive Covid test

The headline news at Euro 2020 this morning concerns Ivan Perisic, who has tested positive for Covid-19 and will miss Croatia’s last-16 meeting with Spain in Copenhagen tomorrow evening.

Indeed, the influential Inter Milan forward would also miss the quarter-finals and semis, should Zlatko Dalic’s side advance that far, after entering a mandatory 10-day period of self-isolation.

No other Croatian players have tested positive as things stand, with the squad due to fly to Denmark today.

“Medical staff isolated Ivan from the other members of the national team,” Croatia said on Saturday evening.

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“And immediately and thoroughly informed competent epidemiological authorities about the situation, providing evidence of complying with all the necessary measures aimed at protection against the spread of coronavirus.”

The loss of 104-cap Perisic is a major blow to Croatia, with the versatile star having played all but nine minutes of their three group stage matches and scored against both the Czech Republic and Scotland at Hampden Park in Glasgow.

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Sunday schedule and how to watch

Here is today’s match schedule at Euro 2020 as the Dutch look to continue their exciting winning run at their first major tournament since 2014.

There is then the small matter of a heavyweight showdown between no1-ranked Belgium and defending champions Portugal in Seville…

Netherlands v Czech Republic – ITV, 5.00pm

Belgium v Portugal – ITV, 8.00pm


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