Euro 2020 wallchart: Free printable PDF with Euros fixtures and TV … Fri, 11 Jun 2021 11:00:00 +0100-All the latest news and features ahead of the opening match between Turkey and Italy in Rome.
De Bruyne to miss Russia game
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Starmer accuses Johnson of failure of leadership in anti-racism row
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Fan zone screening in north-west go ahead despite Covid concerns
Euro 2020 fan zone match screenings in the north-west of England are set to go ahead despite concerns around the high Covid rates in the region.
The rising rates are linked to the spread of the Delta variant. The variant first discovered in India is thought to spread more easily and be more resistant to vaccines.
Tickets are sold out for fan zone events at EventCity in Trafford, Greater Manchester. EventCity is the largest exhibition venue in Northern England and will be hosting screenings of all three of England’s group games this month.
A spokesperson for Trafford Council said: “It is great that events like this can be held again so fans can cheer on England to success.
“The event is outdoors and is permitted under the current regulations. However we are aware of the need to minimise the risk of Covid transmission, particularly with the Delta variant.
“Therefore, we have been working very closely with the organisers of the fanzone event to make sure it operates in a Covid-secure manner and that the Covid regulations are followed.
“We will continue to monitor the situation, both in terms of the Covid rates and the ability of the event to remain Covid-secure. Above all, we want fans to be able to enjoy themselves in a safe and responsible way.”
On Tuesday, Greater Manchester and parts of Lancashire were declared a Covid “enhanced response area” with new guidance announced as well as increased testing capacity and military support.
It comes after Lancashire’s public health director Dr Sakthi Karunanithi warned the screenings could become “super-spreader events”.
The highest rates in Greater Manchester are among 16- to 29-year-olds, who have mostly not been vaccinated, and while the rate across the region is 175 cases per 100,000 people, there are relatively low rates of hospitalisations, with 31 people in intensive care.
The mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, warned fans to “minimise” the number of people they watched Sunday’s game with in order to keep transmissions down.
Burnham said: “If you look to this weekend with the weather looking good in Greater Manchester, which is great for everybody with the football coming, we would say minimise the number of people you watch the match with. Watch it outside if you can.”
The government is expected to announce on Monday whether England’s next lockdown easing will go ahead as planned on 21 June.
Updated at 11.20am EDT
Spain’s players have been vaccinated against Covid at their training centre today as they continue their preparations for Monday’s opener against Sweden. Those who have experienced side effects a few days after receiving the jab may question the timing.
Members of the Spanish army administered the vaccines to the squad and coaching staff, the Spain team said in a statement, a day after finally agreeing with the government to inoculate players following a fierce debate on whether they should be allowed to jump the queue ahead of citizens.
Spain’s preparations for the tournament were thrown into chaos when captain Sergio Busquets tested positive for the virus on Sunday, forcing the team to isolate and training individually to minimise the risk of further infections.
Defender Diego Llorente also tested positive but has since returned negative results and is due to return to the fold later on Friday after further tests.
“We know it’s a sensitive issue but it went well, we’re privileged and lucky to have been chosen to be vaccinated,” midfielder Thiago Alcantara told a news conference on Friday shortly after receiving his jab.
“We had to do it now because of the situation we’re in and we have to accept that the game is only three days away and while it is good news that we’ve had it, we hope we don’t have any side effects by the time of the match.”
The issue was also debated earlier in the week in parliament, where far left deputy Aina Vidal criticised the move by declaring: “A group of 11 men kicking a ball have skipped the queue ahead of professionals who have saved lives”.
Unlike other countries which have opened up vaccines to all adults, Spain is gradually working its way through age groups and is now focusing mainly on people aged 50-59, with some regions making a start on 40-49 year olds.
Updated at 9.36am EDT
Scotland players will take the knee at Wembley
Scotland players will take the knee in solidarity with their England counterparts when they play at Wembley in Euro 2020.
The Scots had confirmed on Thursday they would continue standing together in opposition to racism before their European Championship games.
But the reaction to their decision – both negative and positive – has prompted a partial rethink 24 hours later.
Scotland will still stand before their Hampden Park games but make an exception for their Auld Enemy encounter in London on June 18 as a gesture of togetherness with their opponents, who were booed by some of their own fans when they kneeled ahead of two warm-up games at the Riverside Stadium in Middlesbrough.
Head coach Steve Clarke felt their announcement that they would stand against racism had been “politicised or misrepresented” in some quarters.
“In light of divisive and inaccurate comments being perpetuated by individuals and groups, whose views we denounce in the strongest terms, we have reflected today as a group,” Clarke said.
“We remain committed to our principles of taking a stand but we must also be unequivocal in condemning the opportunistic false narrative being presented by some.
“We have therefore agreed that we will show solidarity with our counterparts in England, many of whom are team-mates of our own players, and who have found themselves on the receiving end of abuse from fans in recent international matches.
“We will continue to take a stand – together, as one – for our matches at Hampden Park. For our match at Wembley, we will stand against racism and kneel against ignorance.”
Updated at 9.42am EDT
“Erthygl hyfryd gan Elis James,” says Matt Dony. “Surprisingly moving, too. Obviously, the Euros has hung over the end of the season, and I knew it was coming, and I was vaguely looking forward to it, but it always felt kind of distant. I’m suddenly hugely, unabashedly excited. The summer of 2016 was a massive highlight in my football life. But, I’m also aware that part of the magic was that everything was new and unexpected. This time around, it’s going to be an anticlimax, isn’t it? The group is horrible. There would be no shame in exiting at the group stage, but it will feel like a failure compared to last time. Sometimes, you wait a long time for a follow up, and it’s brilliant. Tool took 13 years to release Fear Inoculum, and it was magnificent. On the other hand, Chinese Democracy. Oh dear.”
Matt isn’t lying about the impact of 2016. I have fond memories of his increasingly, erm, unfettered emails during that semi-final against Portugal.
Updated at 10.39am EDT
Euro 2020 countdown: build up to the big kick off – as it happened Fri, 11 Jun 2021 11:00:00 +0100-Euro 2020, or Euro 2021, is here and you can download our free wallchart to follow all the fixtures and results for Wales, England, Scotland and the rest over the …
Euro 2020 is finally here as the delayed tournament gets under way in 2021.
Wales are hoping to replicate their success at Euro 2016, which saw them go all the way to the semi-finals.
England are the favourites, while Scotland are also involved in the major tournament.
Football fans around Europe will be following the results unfold over the next month and you can document what happens with our free printable Euro 2020 wallchart pdf here.
Just download, print and get it on your wall at home.
The tournament is made up of six groups of four teams, as follows:
Group A : Turkey, Italy, Wales, Switzerland
Group B : Denmark, Finland, Belgium, Russia
Group C : Netherlands, Ukraine, Austria, North Macedonia
Group D : England, Croatia, Scotland, Czech Republic
Group E : Spain, Sweden, Poland, Slovakia
Group F : Hungary, Portugal, France, Germany
Where are Wales' Euros games being played?
Saturday 12 June: Wales v Switzerland (Baku)
Wednesday 16 June: Turkey v Wales (Baku)
Sunday 20 June: Italy v Wales (Rome)
Where are England's Euros games being played
Sunday 13 June: England v Croatia (Wembley)
Friday 18 June: England v Scotland (Wembley)
Tuesday 22 June: Czech Republic v England (Wembley)
Where are Scotland's Euros games being played?
Monday 14 June: Scotland v Czech Republic (Hampden Park)
Friday 18 June: England v Scotland (Wembley)
Tuesday 22 June: Croatia v Scotland (Hampden Park)
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Euros Euro 2020 countdown build up to the big kick off – as it happened