Euro 2020 LIVE: England qualify and likely to play Portugal, France or Germany, Scotland OUT, Mount & Chilwell latest

Euro 2020 LIVE: England qualify and likely to play Portugal, France or Germany, Scotland OUT, Mount & Chilwell latest

June 23, 2021

EURO 2020 is rolling on at pace as we reach the conclusion of the group stages!

England, Belgium, Italy, Austria, Netherlands, Wales and Denmark are all through to the knockout rounds.

While all eyes will be on Scotland tonight as they face Croatia in a must-win clash to have any hope of advancing.

England – who face Czech Republic tonight – will have to do with Chelsea stars Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell.

Both players will have to self-isolate until June 28, having come into contact with club team-mate Billy Gilmour after the Three Lions' draw with Scotland on Friday night.

Gilmour, who won man of the match for his stunning performance at Wembley, has since tested positive for coronavirus following the game.

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  • Joshua Mbu

    HEARTBREAK

    Modric scored an absolute beauty against Scotland yesterday and dragged Croatia into the knockout stages.

  • Joshua Mbu

    SOUTHGATE'S THOUGHTS

    England manager Gareth Southgate gave his post-match thoughts about the win over the Czech Republic to ITV.

    He said: "We started really well. We were stable with the ball. We changed what we were doing overnight because of the change to personnel, so great credit to the players. 

    "We’ve been super-impressed with Bukayo, his receiving under pressure was fantastic. I think there’s more to come from us. We haven’t scored from a set play yet. 

    "They’re crucial in big matches, so we’ve got to get those nailed. We’re not fluent, but we have moments when we look a good side. There’s a lot of good things that we are doing. 

    "We’ve got most of the squad into the games. Ninety minutes for Harry Maguire, which was important. Hendo 45, which was a real step forward. 

    "A lot of positives for us. It’s great to have more supporters. Who knows whether it’ll be a good draw or not, but we wanted to win the group, to stay at Wembley, and we’ll wait and see who we’ll play tomorrow.”

  • Joshua Mbu

    YES SIR I CAN BOOGIE

    Unfortunately for Scotland, their Euro 2020 campaign came to an end.

  • Joshua Mbu

    STERLING SPEAKS

    Goal-scorer Raheem Sterling gave his assessment to ITV after last night's game against the Czech Republic game.

    He said: "There’s positives from the game. We kept the ball better, we had more attacking options. 

    "We got in the gaps really well and played some good football. We got the goal we needed. 

    "I thought I’d put the first effort away, but am happy to get my goal in the end. 

    "Saka and Grealish got in the pockets really well, turned with the ball, they were positive. 

    "It’s brilliant to have these players around you, who can create goals. Different players are needed for different matches. 

    "If you don’t concede goals, you win football matches. We just need to score at the other end. 

    "Our objective from the beginning was to win the group. Things are going to be difficult at times. 

    "It’s tournament football, and at some point you’re going to have to face the best teams. That’s the whole point, to challenge yourself.”

  • Gary Stonehouse

    GOOD MORNING EUROS FANS

    England will play Germany, France, Portugal or Hungary in the last 16 of the Euros after beating Czech Republic.

    The Three Lions' narrow 1-0 win at Wembley last night ensured they finished top of Group D, with Raheem Sterling netting the winner.

    And that means they have a horror last-16 clash with the runners-up from 'Group of Death' Group F on Tuesday, June 29 at 5pm – again, under the Arch.

    As things stand, old rivals Germany sit second in that group with three points but they still have one game to play tonight against Hungary.

    However, it could also be a meeting with World Cup winners France, or defending European Champions Portugal, led by Cristiano Ronaldo.

    And England’s fate will be decided when those two teams also meet later today.

    England goalscorer Sterling praised his side’s performance against the Czechs, saying: "I thought it was a much better performance, attacking-wise. 

    “I thought we had more fluid movement and we created some problems as well. Most importantly, we scored the goal we needed and kept a clean sheet.

    "It's tournament football, it's very different to being at your clubs. We just need to get to see games out a little bit better. We're making good progress and now it's time for a big challenge."

    There was heartbreak for Scotland though, as they crashed out of the Euros.

    Steve Clarke’s men lost 3-1 to Croatia in front of a home crowd at Hampden Park.

    And Scotland will now be exiting the competition bottom of the group.

    The result saw Croatia end up finishing second, with the Czechs taking third place.

  • Anthony Chapman

    HUNGAR STRIKE

    England look set to face one of France, Germany or Portugal in the last 16.

    But there IS still a way the Three Lions can get an easier draw against Hungary.

    FIND OUT HOW HERE

  • Anthony Chapman

    COMMENT BY CHARLIE WYETT

    Harry Maguire roared back to form just one month after ditching his protective boot.

    The centre-back put in a mammoth performance in tonight's 1-0 win against Czech Republic.

    And Maguire will be vital for England's Euro 2020 hopes throughout the rest of the tournament.

    READ THE REST HERE

  • Anthony Chapman

    MORE FROM GARETH

    "The Czechs are a really good side. They use the ball well and are really tough to break down. There is more to come from us, definitely. 

    “We have not scored from a set play yet which I know people laughed at with us only scoring from them. They are crucial in big matches and we have to get those nailed. 

    “We are not fluent but we have moments where we look a good side. Different sorts of tests. All of our next opponents will be different games. There is a lot of good things we are doing. 

    “We are getting minutes for a lot of the players. Ninety minutes for Harry Maguire was important tonight. Jordan Henderson getting 45 minutes is a step forward. A lot of positives.

    "It is great to be having more supporters in that is for sure. Who knows if that will be a good or not. We wanted to win the group and stay at Wembley and we will wait to see who we play."

  • Anthony Chapman

    SOUTH OF HEAVEN

    Gareth Southgate has had his say on England’s latest win over Czech Republic.

    He said: "I thought we started really well. We were stable with the ball. We worked on some things in training yesterday but credit to the players as they had to adjust. 

    “Without the ball we changed what we were doing because of the change in personnel. It is huge credit to the players that they were as stable without the ball as they were.

    "We hadn't finalised everything as we got the shout during training (over the players needing to isolate). We have been super impressed with Bukayo Saka throughout the month. 

    “He was excellent up at Middlesbrough and we have liked him with and without the ball. His receiving tonight under pressure was fantastic.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    HAPPY HARRY

    Harry Maguire believes England have done well to win their Euros group.

    But the defender admits the Three Lions can be even better in the knockout stages.

    Maguire said: "We've set out to win the group and we've done that. Seven points, three games. Can we play better? Of course we can. 

    “Will we improve? We'll do everything we can. Three clean sheets, been solid. The fundamentals are there and now we've got to tidy up in every part of our game. 

    “I still think there's a little bit more we can get out of each other and push each other."

  • Anthony Chapman

    BUK THE TREND

    Bukayo Saka picked up the Man of the Match award for England tonight.

    He beamed: "It was a really good performance from us. We played some really good football at times. With us already having qualified, we had more freedom to express ourselves. That showed in some of the football we played.

    "The manager told me to go out and express myself. To play how I have played for my club all season.

    “ Sometimes that means driving at the opponents and I did that and got us up the pitch. It was a good cross from Jack for the goal and Raheem was in the right place at the right time again. I was up there but not quite tall enough.

    "It is important to be here at Wembley for the round of 16. We have won here a lot. With our fans it is an extra man for us. I can only give my best when I am on the pitch."

  • Anthony Chapman

    RAHEEM DREAM

    England goalscorer Raheem Sterling praised his side’s attacking performance against the Czechs.

    He said: "I thought it was a much better performance, attacking-wise. 

    “I thought we had more fluid movement and we created some problems as well. Most importantly, we scored the goal we needed and kept a clean sheet.

    "It's tournament football, it's very different to being at your clubs. We just need to get to see games out a little bit better. We're making good progress and now it's time for a big challenge."

  • Anthony Chapman

    LION IN WAIT

    England will play Germany, France, Portugal or Hungary in the last 16 of the Euros after beating Czech Republic.

    The Three Lions' narrow 1-0 win at Wembley tonight ensured they finished top of Group D.

    And that means they have a horror last-16 clash with the runners-up from 'Group of Death' Group F on Tuesday, June 29 at 5pm – again, under the Arch.

    As things stand, old rivals Germany sit second in that group with three points but they still have one game to play, on Wednesday night.

    But it could also be a meeting with World Cup winners France, or defending European Champions Portugal, led by Cristiano Ronaldo.

  • Anthony Chapman

    ENGLAND RATINGS

    Bukayo Saka put in a starring performance as he got a go in England’s XI against Croatia.

    Jack Grealish also impressed on his first-ever tournament start.

    But did anyone have a game to forget as the Three Lions sealed top spot in the group?

    READ OUR PLAYER RATINGS HERE

  • Anthony Chapman

    FT – CROATIA 3 SCOTLAND 1

    Scotland have crashed out of the Euros after losing 3-1 to Croatia at Hampden Park.

    The result means Steve Clarke's men finish bottom of the group, with Croatia finishing second and Czech Republic third.

    READ THE MATCH REPORT HERE

  • Anthony Chapman

    FT – CZECH REPUBLIC 0 ENGLAND 1

    Raheem Sterling's goal sealed top spot for England and set up a tasty last-16 clash against one of France, Germany or Portugal.

    The Three Lions controlled proceedings at Wembley as they finished the group stage unbeaten and without conceding a single goal.

    READ THE MATCH REPORT HERE

  • Anthony Chapman

    JACK IN THE BOX

    Jack Grealish can be KEY to England winning the Euros, says Man Utd legend Gary Neville.

    The pundit said: "Gareth Southgate has got to think how to win this tournament and outplay Spain, Belgium, France. It's sensible to think we can win it a different way.

    "Jack wins free-kicks and penalties which England were good at last time [at 2018 World Cup].

    "We need six at the back to keep the clean sheets and the four in attack to go and win the games."

    "He's a player within any game to take responsibility and has the desire to get on the ball. Honestly I think he has the country in his hands.

    "They want that Wayne Rooney moment in 2004, Gazza in 1990 – I hope he delivers.

    "That mischevious smile, he believes in himself. He could [set] this tournament alight for England."

  • Anthony Chapman

    STERLING EFFORT

    England fans went wild after Raheem Sterling hit the back of the net in tonight's clash against the Czech Republic.

    Beer rained down from the air as cheering supporters in packed pubs across the country celebrated the City player's 12-minute wonder goal.

    It came just minutes after there was an audible gasp across the country as Sterling hit the woodwork just minutes into the game.

    FOLLOW THE ACTION WITH OUR LIVE MATCH BLOG

  • Anthony Chapman

    FODE FOR THOUGHT

    Phil Foden was axed for the Group D decided against Czech Republic to prevent him getting banned and not because he was nursing an injury.

    Eyebrows were raised when the Manchester City star was not even named on the England bench while two keepers were both included.

    It raised fears Foden, who started both England's opening two matches, was nursing an injury as the knockout stages loomed on the horizon.

    But boss Gareth Southgate took the decision to rule him out of his plans completely amid concerns he would be banned for the last-16 match.

  • Anthony Chapman

    SCOTLAND TEAM

    Stuart Armstrong is the man who replaces Billy Gilmour in Scotland's XI for their game with Croatia.

    Steve Clarke continues with his 3-5-2 system in the hopes of reaching the last 16.

    And he will be looking to get the better of a star-studded Croatia midfield involving Real Madrid's Luka Modric, Chelsea's Mateo Kovacic and Inter Milan's Marcelo Brozovic.

    FOLLOW THE ACTION WITH OUR LIVE MATCH BLOG

  • Anthony Chapman

    ENGLAND TEAM

    Harry Maguire, Bukayo Saka and Jack Grealish get their first starts of the Euros for England tonight.

    The trio are in Gareth Southgate's XI to take on Czech Republic, with Kyle Walker also returning to the fold.

    But there is NO Phil Foden in the match squad, while Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell are self-isolating.

    FOLLOW THE ACTION WITH OUR LIVE MATCH BLOG

  • Anthony Chapman

    POLE POSITION

    Man Utd are reportedly chasing Euro 2020 record breaker Kacper Kozlowski.

    Italian outlet Gazzetta dello Sport claim the Red Devils are set to rival Serie A giants Cagliari and Juventus in the race to sign the young Pole.

    The report adds that Barcelona have also expressed an interest but it is Borussia Dortmund that are leading the race for Kozlowski.

    The 17-year-old became the youngest player ever to appear at the Euros after coming on against Spain.

    Kozlowski broke England star Jude Bellingham's record, which lasted just SIX days, when he appeared last week aged 17 years and 246 days.

  • Anthony Chapman

    CHIL WELL

    For the next six days, England pair Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell will be isolating at the exclusive St George's Park Hotel in Burton-upon-Trent.

    They will use private areas of the four-star Hilton-owned hotel to keep on top of their fitness – with programmes created by England's coaches.

    While nutritious meals prepared by a chef who used to cook for the Spice Girls will be delivered to their luxury bedrooms.

    SEE MORE OF THE LUXURY LIFESTYLE HERE

  • Anthony Chapman

    GREAL DEAL

    Jack Grealish is set to be finally unleashed from the start tonight for England against the Czech Republic.

    Gareth Southgate is also poised to throw Harry Maguire back into a much-changed XI to build up his fitness ahead of the knockout stages.

    The Athletic claims Bukayo Saka could start too, with the Arsenal star ready to replace Phil Foden on the right wing.

  • Anthony Chapman

    PLAN OF ATTACK

    England legend Gary Lineker has urged the Three Lions to win their Euros group and not be 'so bloody cautious'.

    He tweeted: "Lot of rubbish about whether England better off losing for easier last 16 game.

    "You play to win every game. Winning gives confidence.

    "If you’re scared of playing France/Germany you’ve got no chance of winning the tournament anyway.

    "Let’s stop being so bloody cautious. Attack!"

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