Euro 2020 13/6/2021. Three games in Euro 2020 today. At 14:00, on BBC One, is England v Croatia. At 17:00, on ITV, is Austria v North Macedonia. The late game at 20:00, on ITV, is Netherlands v Ukraine.
Euro 2020 13/6/2021 – England v Croatia
- Harry Maguire is unlikely to make England’s opener against Croatia despite returning to training on Friday. Gareth Southgate would have surely known this ahead of England’s warm-up games yet didn’t opt to test a back three suggesting he won’t suddenly switch to it on Sunday, though has reportedly practiced a 3-4-3 system with Luke Shaw as a centre-back in training. Tyrone Mings or Ben White should partner John Stones at the back in a four.
- Another big issue for Southgate is none of the Manchester City or Chelsea players featured in a minute of either warm-up game due to the timing of the Champions League final and they account for seven members of the squad. Many of whom would usually start for England but how many can he really put straight in.
- Jack Grealish surely has as good a chance as any to start their opener given he played in both friendlies and was arguably England’s best player in that time, albeit not from a high bar. Phil Foden will not doubt play a major role for England this summer but the fact he didn’t play in either friendly may go against him initially. Marcus Rashford could even be a surprise inclusion over both.
- Jordan Henderson made his comeback from injury in England’s 1-0 win over Romania last weekend but is 45 minutes in the space of nearly four months enough to warrant a starting berth?
- Raheem Sterling shouldn’t really get into the side on form but he has been a regular under Southgate and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him start on Sunday.
- Croatia pretty much showed their hand in their friendlies by fielding near full strength sides each time.
- There are really only three positions up for grabs heading into Sunday’s opener with England.
- Bruno Petkovic and Andrej Kramaric and in competition for one spot up front, Josip Brekalo and Ante Rebic for a place on the wing and Mateo Kovacic and Nikola Vlasic for a spot in midfield.
Euro 2020 13/6/2021 – Austria v North Macedonia
- Watford goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann will start between the sticks for Austria on Sunday.
- Midfielders Konrad Laimer and Julian Baumgartlinger are short on fitness, so are unlikely to be risked from the off here.
- Marko Arnautovic has returned to the national team setup, but may have to settle for a spot on the bench.
- Striker Ilija Nestorovski is ruled out of Euro 2020 owing to a cruciate ligament injury, which means Aleksandar Trajkovski should partner Goran Pandev up front.
- Head coach Igor Angelovski is set to field a 3-5-2 system with Leeds’ Ezgjan Alioski likely to play down the left.
- There is top-flight experience in midfield, too, with Enis Bardhi and Eljif Elmas plying their trade in La Liga and Serie A, respectively.
Euro 2020 13/6/2021 – Netherlands v Ukraine
- Donny van de Beek pulled out of Euro 2020 with a groin injury to cap what has been a dire season.
- Frank de Boer elected not to call up a replacement for the Manchester United midfielder.
- De Boer is expected to use a three-man defence, with the inexperienced Jurrien Timber potentially starting alongside Stefan de Vrij and club teammate Daley Blind.
- Wout Weghorst looks to have been given the nod ahead of Luuk de Jong to partner Memphis Depay on the frontline.
- Georgi Bushchan is now first choice between the sticks for Ukraine and should feature behind a three-man defence.
- Ruslan Malinovskiy comes into Euro 2020 on the back of a fine end to the 2020/21 Serie A season and may partner Roman Yaremchuk on the frontline.
- Andriy Shevchenko looks set to go for a three-man defence, with Manchester City’s Oleksandar Zinchenko moved to left wing-back, though he has featured centrally for the Yellow and Blue.
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