Euro 2020 LIVE: Mourinho praise as Bellingham makes history, Cancelo OUT of Euros with positive Covid test – latest

EURO 2020 is in full swing!

It's time for Scotland today, who face Czech Republic in their first match at a major tournament since 1998.

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.

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

  • Joe Brophy

    ON THE BOX

    The television boss in charge of Denmark vs Finland has defended the coverage of Christian Eriksen's cardiac arrest.

    He insisted it was 'necessary to show distress' but also outlined the steps taken to protect the player and those involved.

    TV director Jean-Jacques Amsellem said there was 'no handbook for these incidents'.

    He told L'Equipe: "There was a slow-motion of the scene where we can see him fall really clearly, but I immediately forced my teams not to focus on him, not to film him anymore.

    "During all the live coverage that followed, I did at one moment show Danes in tears because it was still necessary to show the distress.

    "We also saw the emotions of the Finns and the crowd but I don’t think we did anything mawkish or creepy."

  • Joe Brophy

    MCSAUCE

    Andy Robertson listed Manchester United star Scott McTominay as the best dancer in the Scotland squad.

  • Joe Brophy

    FAB'S FEARS

    Fabrice Muamba begged 'please, this is not going to happen again' as he watched Christian Eriksen collapse.

    He told GMB: "I was just hoping that the guy can pull through. Christian is a fantastic footballer.

    "Aged 29, the guy still has a couple of years left in him to play at the highest level.

    "He's finishing a good season with Inter Milan and to play at a tournament in his home country was the perfect opportunity.

    "To watch it and see this happen to a fellow professional player, you are saying, 'Please, this is not going to happen again.'"

  • Joe Brophy

    WHYTE HOT

    Exclusive by Gary Stonehouse: Derek Whyte cried when Scotland qualified for Euro 2020 – now he has urged Kieran Tierney and Co to have ‘no regrets’.

    He said: “Every time Scotland get to a tournament it seems to end in a glorious failure.

    “But I’m quietly confident this year. I really like Stevey Clarke and he has not got any superstars in his squad – but what he does have is plenty of players playing in the Premier League.

    “That’s unusual from the last couple of years but as long as they do the country proud then that is all we are asking for.”

    He added: “I just want them to give it everything, have no regrets and you just never know.

    “Football is a funny old game and it might be a bit of brilliance or madness with someone getting sent-off against you in a game you are not expected to win.

    “Just make sure when you do come home it’s with no regrets.”

  • Joe Brophy

    DANISH DILEMMA

    UEFA threatened Denmark with a 3-0 loss if they failed to complete their match with Finland, Peter Schmeichel revealed.

    Their match was stopped just before half-time when Christian Eriksen collapsed on the pitch.

    He told 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 yesterday’s press conference, the coach seriously regrets putting the players back on the pitch."

  • Joe Brophy

    ERIKSEN SPEAKS

    Christian Eriksen has spoken for the first time since his cardiac arrest on Saturday.

    The 29-year-old said he feels better but wants to 'understand what happened'.

    He sent a brief message to the public in quotes reported by Italian outlet Gazzaetta dello Sport.

    Eriksen said: "Thank you all, I won't give up. I feel better now but I want to understand what happened.

    "I want to say thank you for all you did for me."

  • Joe Brophy

    DE BOER ON ERIKSEN

    The Dutch manager said: "For me it was very difficult to see those images yesterday. We saw the game live and I had to leave the room.

    "I’ve worked for five years with Christian Eriksen and as well there are some players in my team who are in contact with him or are still playing with or who had a good bond with him when he played for Ajax so it was a rollercoaster last night.

    "We had a meeting scheduled last night to talk about our tactical gameplay but we rescheduled it for the morning because I didn’t want to speak about football so we did that this morning and everybody could find his own moment and have his own space.

    "Daley was quite emotion as well. He had some problems with his own heart as you know and even now Christian Eriksen is one of his best friends so when you’re both at the tournament they have fought for it.

    "So there is a lot of emotions going through him so it definitely was not easy for us, for him especially.

    "We hear good news coming from Denmark so let’s hope that things will get well for him and now we need to continue and focus on the most important thing next to the normal, [most] important thing [that is] life, which is football. That’s what we did today."

  • Joe Brophy

    MORE FROM BLIND

    The Netherlands players were together watching the Denmark v Finland clash on Saturday and Blind said: "We were with a number of guys who also experienced Abdelhak Nouri [who was left with permanent brain damage after collapsing during a pre-season friendly while at Ajax] and also with teammates of Christian.

    "It has so much impact. It is very recognisable to me and that made it intense. Also for my family. My parents, my wife."

    Blind added: "Leave him alone. Don't speculate about his future. Give him time and space to recover. If it didn't go well, it would start haunting your head even more.

    "He now even encourages his teammates to play. That's why I decided to play myself. Also because I'm safe according to the doctors."

  • Joe Brophy

    BLIND FAITH

    Daley Blind considered withdrawing from Holland's Euro 2020 opener after seeing his former Ajax team-mate and friend Christian Eriksen collapse after suffering a cardiac arrest on Saturday.

    The former Manchester United star has been fitted with an implanted defibrillator after being diagnosed with heart muscle inflammation.

    Blind left the pitch in tears following Holland’s 3-2 win over Ukraine on Sunday.

    He told Dutch broadcaster NOS: "Yesterday had a huge impact on me. Besides the fact that I know Christian well as a friend, the situation for him is terrible.

    "Of course I have also experienced a few things in that area, so that I had to overcome a mental hurdle to play.

    "I had a lot of trouble with it, but I'm proud that I did it. Then all the emotion comes out for a while.

    "I've definitely thought about not taking part. The images and the moment had a lot of impact and I didn't sleep very well because of them. I really had to overcome a big hurdle to do this."

  • Etienne Fermie

    MORNING EUROS FANS

    England hero Raheem Sterling says sinking Croatia was like scoring in his back garden.

    The Three Lions won a Euro opener for the first time in ten attempts – while Sterling defied his indifferent season for Manchester City with his first goal in a major finals.

    The livewire striker, who topped the billing along with all-round midfield star Kalvin Phillips, said: “It’s a great feeling for me, playing at Wembley, it’s not far from where I grew up and seeing the stadium being built.“I’ve always said if I played at Wembley at a major tournament then I’m scoring, at Wembley, my back garden, I have to score. It’s great to finally do that.
    "It's great to break the duck…We dug deep as a team and kept that clean sheet in the end as well."  

    And boss Gareth Southgate enthused:  “It’s a lovely day for the English public. 

    "We’ve waited a long time for the beer gardens to open and I’m sure they’re throwing it everywhere as well as drinking it which is lovely.”

    Now this afternoon Scotland aim to make it a full house of unbeaten Euro 2020 openers for Britain, Wales having drawn with Switzerland on Saturday.

    The Scots face the Czech Republic at 2pm, ahead of Poland meeting Slovakia and fancied Spain taking on Sweden.

    In yesterday's other action, Holland beat Ukraine 3-2, the previously-wasteful Denzel Dumfries heading  a late winner after his Dutch side surrendered a 2-0 lead.

    And subs Marko Arnautovic and Michael Gregoritsch struck late on to give Austria their first ever Euro finals win, 3-1 over tournament debutants North Macedonia. 

  • Ian Tuckey

    LION HEARTS TESTED

    EXCLUSIVE: England stars all had cardiac screening tests to reduce the risk of the ­horror collapse which felled Christian Eriksen, it was revealed yesterday.

    The FA ordered thorough heart checks on the football aces leading the charge towards Euro 2020 glory.

    They would not be allowed to play unless they had passed specialist electrocardiogram tests, checking for ­abnormalities, within the last year.

    The players also had to have a detailed echocardiogram ultrasound scan within the last two years.

    FA sources said it is now ­policy to regularly monitor England’s top men’s senior stars — and also England players across every age group.

  • Ian Tuckey

    STERLING HAILS HIS 'BACK GARDEN' WINNER

    Raheem Sterling broke his and England’s Euro finals hoodoo with the winning goal in his “back garden”.

    Sterling, who grew up in Brent just down the road from Wembley, scored for the first time at a major international competition to give the Three Lions their first win in a opening Euros game – at the 10th attempt.

    The Manchester City winger, who has a tattoo of the Wembley Arch on his left forearm, said: “It’s a great feeling for me, playing at Wembley, it’s not far from where I grew up and seeing the stadium being built.

    “I’ve always said if I played at Wembley at a major tournament then I’m scoring, at Wembley, my back garden, I have to score. It’s great to finally do that.

    "It's great to break the duck. Today was a great team effort. We dug deep as a team and kept that clean sheet in the end as well."

  • Ian Tuckey

    NEV: SOUTHGATE IS LIONS' BEST ASSET

    Ex-England assistant manager and Manchester United legend Gary Neville believes current boss Gareth Southgate is the team's biggest asset at Euro 2020.

    The national side began their tournament well with a 1-0 win against 2018 World Cup finalists Croatia at Wembley.

    Speaking during punditry on ITV, Neville said: "I think we’ve got an outstanding international manager who's got unbelievable experience.

    "I thought he managed that game unbelievably today. You talk about who the best player was, it might be Kalvin Phillips or Raheem Sterling but our biggest asset is our manager.

    "The clamour in the past would have been to for Grealish and he didn’t even bring him off the bench.

    "So, he's willing to make the unpopular decisions, ones that some of us ultimately – at times – don't think he should make because he knows that group better than anyone.

    "He's had seven or eight tournaments now, as a coach now, with the U21s, as a player.

    "He's vastly experienced and I feel really comfortable with him there – as an England fan – and what he did today was really good."

  • Ian Tuckey

    MUAMBA: GIVE ERIKSEN TIME

    Fabrice Muamba says Christian Eriksen needs time and space to recover.

    Danish star Eriksen, 29, is stable in hospital having suffered a cardiac arrest against Finland.

    The incident had haunting echoes of Muamba’s own fight for life after collapsing while playing for Bolton against Tottenham in 2012.

    Muamba, forced to retire, tweeted: “This makes you realise how fragile life is and how quickly you can lose a loved one.

    “Like everyone, I am relieved to hear Christian is in a stable condition and that he is doing ok.

    “Credit of course must go to the brilliant medical staff who got to him so quickly and did an amazing job to make sure he was ok.

    “His team-mates who rallied around him also did a great job and should be really proud.

    “The most important thing and number one priority for us all is to give Christian and his family space and time to heal and recover.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    DALOT IN FOR COVID VICTIM CANCELO

    Manchester United full-back Diogo Dalot has been called up to Portugal's Euro 2020 squad.

    Man Utd full-back Diogo Dalot has been called up to Portugal's Euro 2020 squad

    The 22-year-old has replaced Manchester City star Joao Cancelo who had to pull out after testing positive for Covid-19.

    Dalot is United's 12th representative at the tournament. He got the call after impressing for Portugal's Under-21s recently.

    They lost to Germany in the Under-21s Euros final earlier this month with Dalot starring as they reached the final.

    Dalot – who spent last season on loan at AC Milan – joins up with United team-mate Bruno Fernandes after the Portuguese FA confirmed Cancelo would miss out.

    The squad have travelled to Budapest ahead of their Group F opener against Hungary on Tuesday.

    And Cancelo is the only member of the 26-player group to return a positive test.

  • Ian Tuckey

    'MANY REASONS' FOR RAHEEM'S CITY GOAL RUT

    England matchwinner Raheem Sterling has insisted that there are 'a lot of reasons' for his Manchester City rut.

    Having scored just once in his previous 16 appearances for the Premier League kings, livewire Sterling justified his selection ahead of Jack Grealish in the 1-0 victory over Croatia.

    He told BBC Sport: "It feels good to score.

    "I always said if I played at Wembley at a major tournament I had to score and it's great to finally do that.

    "There's a lot of different reasons why I haven't scored for my club and it's totally irrelevant now.

    "I'm here with England and I'm enjoying my football. That's the most important thing."

  • Ian Tuckey

    MARTIAL ‘ON TRANSFER LIST’

    Manchester United have put Anthony Martial on the transfer list because Ole Gunnar Solskjaer doesn’t like his attitude, according to reports.

    The Frenchman’s approach has been described as ‘terrible’ amid reports linking him with a summer exit from Old Trafford.

    Martial scored just seven times in 36 games last season.

    The 25-year-old was axed from the team in place of Edinson Cavani, 34, who was rewarded with a one-year contract extension in May.

    And the Uruguayan’s new deal has reportedly thrown Martial’s future into doubt.

    Speaking on the Transfer Window podcast, Duncan Castles said: “Anthony Martial is to be sacrificed should they get this new forward in.

    “Solskjaer is tired of his attitude and hasn’t been impressed with his goal production and general knitting into the team this season.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    AUSTRIA 3 NORTH MACEDONIA 1

    Subs Marko Arnautovic and Michael Gregoritsch struck late on to give Austria their first ever Euro finals win – against tournament debutants North Macedonia, who are world-ranked 120th.

    Goran Pandev, 37, cancelled out Stefan Lainer's Austria opener on 28 minutes.

    But 12 minutes from timeGregoritsch converted David Alaba's brilliant cross.

    And Shanghai Port's ex-West Ham frontman Arnautovicrounded keeper Stole Dimitrievski to stroke Austria's third goal.

  • Ian Tuckey

    JOSE 'EVEN MORE CONFIDENT' FOR ENGLAND

    Jose Mourinho says England are "ready" to win the Euros – and he is "even more confident" after their impressive 1-0 defeat of Croatia.

    The former Manchester United and Chelsea boss said: "The result is more than deserved. Everything was under control and that means a lot, especially for the first game, where people have a tendency to look to the previous results in Euros and World Cups. I think it was very positive.

    "Look at that squad and look at the work they have done for many years. [Jude] Bellingham, [Kalvin] Phillips have arrived recently but the others have years of national team [experience]. They feel comfortable, they have more than a team, they have a group.

    "I was positive before the competition started and after this victory I am even more confident about the team."

  • Ian Tuckey

    OZIL STILL HOPES FOR GREALISH

    The clamour to see Jack Grealish play for England at Euro 2020 has continued despite the win over Croatia – and is being led by Mesut Ozil.

    Gareth Southgate decided against playing the Aston Villa star in Sunday's opening game.

    Instead, Raheem Sterling was handed the left-wing berth and repaid his manager's faith with the winning goal.

    Kalvin Phillips slid him in to slam home in the second-half and break England's curse of failing to win any European Championship opening fixture.

  • Ian Tuckey

    KALVIN IS 'LIKE WHOLE AC MILAN MIDFIELD'

    Kalvin Phillips shone for England as they got their Euro 2020 campaign off to a perfect start with a 1-0 win against Croatia.

    And the Leeds ace impressed fans so much he has been compared to AC Milan's entire legendary midfield.

    SunSport's Duncan Wright gave midfielder Phillips, who teed up Raheem Sterling's winner, the joint highest player rating for the Wembley opener.

    Leeds fans often call the 25-year-old the 'Yorkshire Pirlo'. And Squawka tweeted: "Passing like Pirlo, tackling like Gattuso, dribbling like Kaka.

    "Kalvin Phillips is not the Yorkshire Pirlo, he's the entire Milan midfield."

    And when asked on talkSPORT who his standout performer was, Jose Mourinho replied: “Kalvin Phillips.

    “He is a player that arrived last season from the Championship and of course he played the whole season in the most intense and difficult league in the world.

    “He showed amazing personality. Rice was stable like he always is, but Phillips was more than stable."

  • Ian Tuckey

    PS-Gi DEAL LOOMING

    Italy keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma has agreed a contract at Paris Saint-Germain, according to reports.

    His AC Milan deal is expiring and he’s rumoured to be completing a medical in Paris next week ahead of a free transfer.

    According to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, the 22-year-old has agreed a five-year deal at the Ligue 1 side.

    Romano claims Donnarumma will have his medical after Wednesday, when Italy take on Switzerland at Euro 2020.

    The report also suggests he will not be going out on loan as rumoured and will challenge current No1 Keylor Navas to be PSG’s first choice stopper.

    And the Italian journalist claims the French team will try and sign a right back having also acquired Liverpool midfielder Gini Wijnaldum.

  • Ian Tuckey

    PS-Gi DEAL LOOMING

    Italy keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma has agreed a contract at Paris Saint-Germain, according to reports.

    His AC Milan deal is expiring and he's rumoured to be completing a medical in Paris next week ahead of a free transfer.

    Gianluigi Donnarumma, 22, is currently playing for Italy at Euro 2020

    According to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, the 22-year-old has agreed a five-year deal at the Ligue 1 side.

    Romano claims Donnarumma will have his medical after Wednesday, when Italy take on Switzerland at Euro 2020.

    The report also suggests he will not be going out on loan as rumoured and will challenge current No1 Keylor Navas to be PSG's first choice stopper.

    And the Italian journalist claims the French team will try and sign a right back having also acquired Liverpool midfielder Gini Wijnaldum.

  • Ian Tuckey

    FAN HURT IN WEMBLEY FALL

    A football fan has been seriously injured after "falling from the stands" during the England game at Wembley today.

    Witnesses saw the fan fall just as the Euro 2020 game against Croatia kicked off at 2pm today.

    An England fan told the Evening Standard: "We saw his legs go over the barrier and then he fell and hit the ground and didn’t move.

    "It seemed to take staff ages to get to him. One guy near us who saw the whole thing was crying his eyes out."

    Another fan: "I didn’t see it but spoke to some of the guys who did at half time. They were traumatised. He fell from the balcony towards the seats and the concrete."

  • Ian Tuckey

    MBAPPE ADMITS OLI UPSET

    Kylian Mbappe's feud with Olivier Giroud is threatening to bubble over days before France's Euro 2020 opener against Germany.

    The Paris Saint-Germain superstar admitted he 'was affected' by the striker's words in the aftermath of the Bulgaria win last week.

    Rumours of a rift in the French camp were initially sparked after Chelsea ace Giroud appeared to hit out at his teammates for not picking out his runs during the 3-0 friendly victory.

    Giroud, 34, scored twice in the final 10 minutes of the contest but remained critical of his side's ability to create chances.

    Mbappe was reported to be furious with the comments and RMC claimed the 22-year-old was denied the chance to hold his own press conference to share his side of the story.

    But the World Cup winner has now gone public on the spat ahead of France's first Euro 2020 game against Germany on Tuesday.

    Mbappe said: "I spoke with Olivier Giroud. Everyone knows what happened. It is true that I was a little affected by it.

    "But we are not going to make a big deal about it because we are here to represent France, that is the most important thing.

    "It is more that he said it publicly than the fact that he said it. I saw him in the dressing room and he didn't say anything to me."

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