Euro 2020 LIVE: Henderson OUT for England, Robertson calls Czech Republic defeat 'tough lesson', Cancelo Covid positive

EURO 2020 is in full swing!

And it's time for Hungary vs Portugal and the mouth-watering France vs Germany today!

England got their campaign off to a winning start thanks to Raheem Sterling's strike against Croatia.

While Portugal's Joao Cancelo is out of the tournament after testing positive for Covid-19.

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Follow all of the latest news, build up and updates below…

  • Kostas Lianos

    DALE OF THE TAPE

    Sheffield United ace Aaron Ramsdale has replaced Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson in England's squad.

    Henderson was ruled out by Three Lions manager Gareth Southgate due to a hip injury.

    Ramsdale was part of the England Under-19 squad that won the 2017 European Championship and has 15 caps under his belt for the Under-21 side.

    The 23-year-old shot-stopper has yet to earn a senior cap and is unlikely to make his debut in Euro 2020 as he will be the third choice behind Everton ace Jordan Pickford and West Brom's Sam Johnstone

  • Kostas Lianos

    HJULMAND SLAMS UEFA

    Denmark boss Kasper Hjulmand criticised UEFA and its protocols after Christian Eriksen’s cardiac arrest.

    UEFA rules allow a game to be postponed for 48 hours due to coronavirus but the same didn’t apply when Eriksen collapsed on the pitch against Finland.

    Hjulmand said: “Coronavirus allows you to postpone a match for 48 hours. A cardiac arrest obviously does not. That, I think, is wrong.

    “There is learning here. It was not the right decision to continue playing. The boys showed so much strength by going out and playing on.

    “But I do not think it was the right thing to give us and the players the choice to go out and finish play on Saturday or Sunday.

    “I felt that the players – and us close to them – were put under that pressure and were given that dilemma. It was a hugely difficult situation to be in.

    “The only real leadership would have been to put the players on a bus and send them home and then deal with it after.

    “You don’t necessarily find good leadership in the protocols. Good leadership can sometimes be to lead with compassion”

  • Kostas Lianos

    FOR PETE’S SAKE

    Manchester United hero Peter Schmeichel revealed that UEFA threatened Denmark with a 3-0 defeat if they failed to complete their match against Finland after Christian Eriksen’s cardiac arrest.

    Schmeichel spoke to GMB: “They said the players insisted on playing. I know that not to be the truth. Or that’s how you see the truth.

    “They were left with three options. One was to play immediately and get the last 50 minutes played. The next one was to come in yesterday at 12 noon and finish the 50 minutes.

    “And the third option was to forfeit the game and lose 3-0. So, you know, work it out for yourself. Is it the players’ wish to play? Did they have any choice really? I don’t think they had.

    “And as you can hear from [Sunday’s] press conference, the coach seriously regrets putting the players back on the pitch”

  • Kostas Lianos

    “FEARED THE WORST”

    Finland captain Tim Sparv feared that Denmark star Christian Eriksen was “going to die”.

    Eriksen suffered cardiac arrest during the Danish national team’s Euro 2020 opener against Sparv’s nation.

    The former Southampton player told CNN: “That picture that I still have in my head, that’s so disturbing. You really feared the worst.

    “You thought that he was going to die. It was very, very emotional and we’re just so happy and glad that he’s doing fine”

  • Kostas Lianos

     JOAO CANCEL

    Manchester City star Joao Cancelo has been ruled out of Euro 2020 after testing positive for COVID-19.

    Cancelo has been replaced by Manchester United loanee Diogo Dalot in the Portugal national team.

    The full-back tested positive for coronavirus on Saturday and is "doing well" after being placed in isolation.

    The reigning European champions said: "In accordance with the COVID-19 protocol defined by UEFA before the Euro 2020 matches, all players and members of the entourage underwent RT-PCR tests on Saturday.

    "The results, with the exception of Cancelo, were negative"

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  • Kostas Lianos

    HUNGARY VS PORTUGAL SUBS

    Hungary: Lang, Kecskes, Nego, Cseri, Dibusz, Edmundsson, Siger, Varga, Bogdan, Nikolic, Schon, Bolla

    Portugal: Fonte, Moutinho, A Silva, Lopes, R Silva, Sanches, Neves, Goncalves, Rui Silva, Felix, Oliveira, Mendes

  • Kostas Lianos

    TEAM SHEETS ARE IN!!!

    Hungary: Gulacsi, Botka, Orban, At. Szalai, Viera, Kleinheisler, Nagy, Schafer, Fiola, Ad. Szalai, Sallai

    Ronaldo: Patricio, Semedo, Dias, Pepe, Guerreiro, Pereira, Carvalho, Fernandes, Silva, Ronaldo, Jota

  • Kostas Lianos

    HEND-ING THERE

    Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson has been ruled out for the rest of Euro 2020 due to a hip injury but Jose Mourinho still believes he will become a "phenomenal" player.

    Mourinho told The Times: “I think they [England’s trio] are good goalkeepers. I don’t think they are phenomenal goalkeepers or, in Dean Henderson’s case, not yet phenomenal. When I say not yet, I say he will be.

    “I met him at United when he was a kid and I always remember him asking me to go on loan. He was saying when I come back, I come back to be the No1.

    "He told me that when he was the fourth choice. He is a kid with an incredible self-confidence and I think he is ready"

  • Kostas Lianos

    WHAT’S ON

    Today marks perhaps the most exciting day of the Euro 2020 group stage with the group of death in full action.

    Underdogs Hungary, who had the misfortune of joining three of the tournament’s biggest favourites, will take on Portugal in one-and-a-half hours at the Puskas Arena.

    And later tonight we will get to watch the most highly-anticipated game of the first round of fixtures.

    Germany and France are going to collide in what promises to be a highly entertaining encounter

  • Joshua Mbu

    ‘FREEDOM’

    Paul Pogba says he has more ‘freedom’ with France than he does at Man Utd.

    Speaking to L’Equipe, he said: “It’s true that at Juve it was different from Manchester United.

    “We were already playing with three midfielders [at Juve], in 5-3-2. I had the freedom, I had to be in the box, to attack. 

    “It was an obligation. In Manchester, I have the freedom to go into the box, but the priority is to play and defend.

    “We [France] play in 4-2-3-1, also a diamond. I am a little more in the transmission, in the construction. 

    “But I have more freedom than in Manchester to enter the box, to make runs forwards.

    “At the same time, when you have Griezmann, Kylian, you don’t want to enter their spaces, you don’t need to.

    “I would like [at Manchester United] to play more offensive [laughs]. To score fifteen goals per season is what I would like.

    “But Patrick [Vieira] said it, we must put ourselves at the service of the collective. 

    “In Manchester, as in blue, the collective will always come before the player.”

  • Joshua Mbu

    ‘WE WERE CONFIDENT’

    Scotland captain Andy Robertson said both the country and the team were confident heading into their group stage opener against the Czech Republic.

    But the host nation fell to a 2-0 defeat with Schick getting on the scoresheet twice.

    Robertson said: “It’s hard to put your finger on it just now. Everyone in the country wanted to get off to a good start.

    “We were confident, excited, and it comes down to not taking our chances.

    “You can’t say we’ve not created, we’ve had some really, really good chances that we should have done better with. If you do better on that, then it’s a different game.

    “It’s a tough lesson for us that at the highest level, at the best tournaments, you have to take your chances. Czech Republic did that, we didn’t.”

  • Joshua Mbu

    RON TOP

    The legendary Cristiano Ronaldo is taking part in his 5th European Championships!

    The football Icon has scored 104 goals for his country in 175 appearances.

    And he helped Portugal win the competition back in 2016, but got injured early on in the final.

    Eder stepped up to the plate and beat Lloris from distance!

  • Joshua Mbu

    GERMANY TEAM GUIDE

    Germany face France later on today in their Euro 2020 group stage opener!

  • Joshua Mbu

    FAMILY FIRST

    Rio Ferdinand believes Christian Eriksen is unlikely to play football again after his cardiac arrest. 

    The 29-year-old was resuscitated on the field during Denmark’s Euro 2020 defeat to Finland on Saturday.

    Medics confirmed that he ‘was gone’ before being given CPR and shocked with a defibrillator.

    Eriksen is now recovering in hospital and provided a positive update reassuring fans that he ‘is fine under the circumstances.’

    His collapse left the footballing world in shock including BBC pundit Rio Ferdinand who spoke of his emotions seeing Eriksen fighting for his life. 

    Speaking on his Vibe With Five Youtube show, he said: “I don’t think he plays again, I’ve got to be honest.

    “If I’m him I’m not thinking about that probably, I’d just want to be healthy for the sake of my family really.”

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  • Joshua Mbu

    RICE: WEST HAM FORM GAVE ME FULL CONFIDENCE

    West Ham midfielder Declan Rice has said that his fine form has given him full confidence for Euro 2020.

    He said: "I did see the comments before the game (Croatia) and of course you don’t want to talk too much.

    "You want to just go out on the field and show what you can do. I thought our gameplan was excellent.

    "We – me, Mase [Mount] and Kalv [Phillips] – have been working on our distances and Mase and Kalv pressing and me sitting just behind them and allowing them to express themselves and having the freedom to do what they want and I think it worked really well on Sunday."

    Rice has taken confidence from his strong performance on Sunday in the win against Croatia.

    He continued: "We knew we had to be at the top level and if I’d have had asked myself two years ago to go out there and perform at a high standard, of course I’d have gone out there and done it but maybe I’d have had some doubts.

    “But on Sunday, in my mind, after the season I’ve had with West Ham and the performances I’ve had with England recently I had full confidence before the game that I could go out there and perform to a high standard and I think everyone did that.”

  • Joshua Mbu

    GREALISH NOT TRAINING

    Jack Grealish is not part of training with the rest of the England team today.

    According to Sky Sports, Grealish is in the gym doing some work on his own – but it is unknown whether it is injury related.

    Dean Henderson dropped out of the squad not long ago, hopefully Southgate isn't handed another injury worry.

  • Joshua Mbu

    BREAKING: HEND OF THE ROAD

    Dean Henderson has been forced to WITHDRAW from England’s Euro 2020 squad with a hip injury.

    Sheffield United stopper Aaron Ramsdale has been called-up as his replacement.

    Henderson, 24, has returned to Manchester United after picking up a hip injury in training, with his Euros campaign over.

    The Old Trafford stopper had been on the bench for the 1-0 win over Croatia.

  • Joshua Mbu

    FRANCE TEAM GUIDE

    France are the firm favourites to win this summer's Euros, and they have the likes of Mbappe, Griezmann, Pogba and Kante to pull it off.

    The French lost on home soil back in 2016 to Portugal in the final – a shock defeat.

    Now, five years on and a World Cup under their belt from 2018, they'll look to add a European Championship to the collection.

  • Joshua Mbu

    GOOD LUCK, LENO

    Arsenal wish their No1 goalkeeper good luck ahead of Germany’s group stage opener against France tonight.

  • Joshua Mbu

    SHOULD NEV-ER HAPPEN

     Gary Neville has blasted the decision to allow full crowds into the Wimbledon finals this summer.

    The Manchester United legend let rip on Twitter after the plans were announced despite Boris Johnson's decision to delay 'Freedom Day' until July 19.

    Wembley will host half capacity 45,000 crowds for FOUR Euro 2020 games.

    Euro matches have been officially declared Covid-19 vaccine ‘pilot events’.

    This means fans who’ve been double jabbed for more than two weeks will be allowed to attend, along with un-vaccinated supporters who can show they’ve tested negative.

    Wimbledon’s men's and women's finals at Centre Court could also be played at maximum capacity under the trial.

    They would be the first events in 15 months to be packed to the rafters. 

    And the government is also in talks with F1 bosses at Silverstone about hosting next month's British Grand Prix in front of a capacity 140,000 crowd.

    But well-liked pundit Neville was furious when the news was announced.

    The 46-year-old, referencing the latest advice to wedding attendees, tweeted: "Can’t dance at a wedding but can stuff strawberries and champagne down your neck at The All England Club packed with tens of thousands crammed like sardines in a tin."

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  • Joshua Mbu

    GASCOIGNE BLONDE

    Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka surprised his wife with his new hairstyle, and he shared her reaction to Instagram.

    The midfielder is currently away on international duty with Switzerland. 

    And his new hairdo will make its debut when Switzerland takes on Italy tomorrow night.

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  • Joshua Mbu

    REDKNAPP ON TAKING THE KNEE

    Former footballer and manager Harry Redknapp stands against all forms of racism.

    But questions how long players will continue to take the knee.

    Redknapp says he was ‘all for it early on’ but ‘now maybe we have to look somewhere else’.

    Speaking to GB News, he said: “I don’t know how much longer we go with it (taking the knee).

    “Anything that can eradicate racism out of sport I’m all for it, but…. I don’t know really, I hate it when there’s people booing it.

    “It’s not a good way to start a football match or anything really, it shouldn’t happen.

    “I think that’s totally wrong that they (fans) do that.

    “I’ve been all for it early on, but maybe now we have to look somewhere else, and…. I don’t know how long we’re going to keep doing it for – it can’t go on forever can it.”

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  • Joshua Mbu

    HUNGARY TEAM GUIDE

    Hungary face European champions Portugal today at 5pm, and they're without key man Dominik Szoboszlai.

  • Joshua Mbu

    PAU-ER PLAY

    Manchester United centre-back Victor Lindelof won the man-of-the-match award after Sweden’s 0-0 draw against Spain.

    The 26-year-old shone as his side held on for a draw in their Euro 2020 opener against a Spanish side including United defensive target Pau Torres who could replace Lindelof in the Red Devils’ starting XI.

    Posting a picture of Lindelof with his star-of-the-match trophy after the game, the official Euro 2020 Twitter account wrote: “Excelled in the air, organised his defence and brought calm to proceedings.”

    Many in the comments argued Sweden’s keeper Robin Olsen should have been given the award after making several key saves.

    But Lindelof – who often gets stick from United fans – played very well as his country picked up a well earned point from arguably their toughest Group E fixture.

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  • Joshua Mbu

    HUNGARY FOR SUCCESS 

    A group of death and an injury to their best player before the tournament – Hungary are up against it at Euro 2020.

    Marco Rossi's underdog side will be without star man Dominik Szoboszlai when his team plays three semi-finalists from Euro 2016 in Group F.

    According to transfermarket, the value of Hungary's expected first XI for the tournament is a measly £47.5million.

    The central European side still have a few notable names in Szoboszlai's absence including his RB Leipzig team-mate Peter Gulacsi.

    But the rest are made up of players from teams in the Hungarian league, the Slovakian first division and even Bristol City in the Championship.

    And it is those men that will be tasked with competing against the £1.2BILLION worth of superstars at France, Germany and Portugal.

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