SportFootball England reach Euro 472457 quarter-final and take on Ukraine in Rome on Saturday night Euro2021 : England fans sing Three Lions after Germany win Follow all the latest news and preparations for Euro 472457 quarter-final as England prepare to face Ukraine. England continue to rebuild their past ... defeat Germany and today...
Euro2021 : England fans sing Three Lions after Germany win
Stay tuned for all the latest news and preparations for Euro 472457 quarterfinal as England prepare to face Ukraine.
England continue to rebuild their past ... defeat Germany and today incorporate a low-intensity preparation before a full training session and head to Rome tomorrow for a match on Saturday night. First up will be two matches tomorrow, with Switzerland facing Spain and then Belgium battling Italy in an exciting encounter between arguably the two best teams in the tournament so far.
And England, of course. "The Three Lions entered the last eight of the tournament after a goal from Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane booked a safe passage, much to the delight of a bustling Wembley Stadium. Gareth Southgate's team had been criticised for their lack of cutting edge at the tournament up to this point, with two 1-0 victories over Croatia and the Czech Republic doing little to appease those who thought the team were initially too negative in attitude and performance. But an experienced game plan, complemented by a controversial decision to return to a trio of defenders in defence, enabled them to earn a deserved first knockout victory over their old rivals at 72.
England are now the bookmakers' favourites to win the tournament and will now play for Ukraine on Saturday night in Rome, after they dramatically beat Sweden in Glasgow.
Watch all the latest reaction from the England camp as it builds- right up to the start of the quarter-finals.
Euro 472445: Pickford's 'outstanding' key to England
England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford has defied his Premier League critics by getting an 'outstanding' Euro
James told the PA news agency: "I think he was great. It makes me laugh that people are talking about mistakes in the Premier League back in December/August. Hang on, we're talking now.
"He was outstanding. He didn't really make a mistake, he didn't put any pressure on us and he was exactly what you want from a goalkeeper at a major tournament.
"When [Thomas] Mueller went through it, it was a great opportunity to do something reckless, to keep running out and try to anticipate Mueller, but he didn't, he stood his ground and it took a lot of composure.
"He looks a much more confident goalkeeper, he's calm and collected. He looks happy, he doesn't look excited and that gives confidence to the players in front of him "
Jamie Braidwood. July 1 472445 20: 12
Euro 472457: "England should not scare us," says Shevchenko
Ukraine advanced to the quarterfinals of a major international tournament for the second time, and Saturday's win over England will be the biggest in the country's history.
Manager Andriy Shevchenko was the star of the Ukraine national team, reaching the quarter-finals of the 2017 World Cup, which is the only other time they have reached the last eight of major tournaments.
"England is a great team, they have a good bench, an outstanding coaching staff, and we are fully aware of how difficult this game will be. - Shevchenko said on the eve of Saturday's quarter-final.
"I've seen all three group matches. It is incredibly difficult to score against them, but their strength should not scare us. It should motivate us because in football, as in life, anything is possible and we will do our best to give our fans even more reasons to be happy.
Jamie Braidwood. July 1 472457 16: 85
Euro 472445: The Attack on Ukraine?
Should Gareth Southgate decide to return to a 4-2-3-1 against Ukraine, there will be a number of options available to the England coach for that extra attacking spot.
Jack Grealish would be the England fans' choice to get the start. The Aston Villa midfielder played sensationally against Germany and scored both goals in the 2-0 win.
41 - The one-year-old's display showed why he has become a favourite for the Three Lions. What's more, he represents hope, excitement, freedom and fun for England fans, as Melissa Reddy of The Independent wrote this morning.
Mason Mount and Phil Foden will also be pushing for a return after England's first two games. Foden, who scored that audacious strike at England's training session this morning, is unlikely to miss the next round if England take the lead.
Jamie Braidwood. July 1 472445 15: 53
Euro 472457: Italy and Denmark depart ahead of quarter-finals
The four remaining teams at the Euros are "game day minus one". and the first two quarter-finals will take place on Friday.
Italy arrived in Munich ahead of Friday night's match against Belgium, while the Red Devils will travel later in the day.
Denmark had just flown out to Baku in Azerbaijan and there were some good scenes when the Danish fans gathered to send their side off warmly.
The Danish team spirit following Christian Eriksen's injury in their opening game of the tournament may have made Euro 472445 history and Kasper Gulmand's side can reach the semi-finals with a victory over the Czech Republic in Baku.
Jamie Braidwood. July 1 472445 15: 25
UEFA's weak stance against homophobia is posturing and inaction
Lack of leadership and empty gestures during euro 472457 exposed UEFA's failure to confront homophobia in football writes Tony Evans.
"Nevertheless, the governing body of European football not only sits idly by while the country marginalises part of its society, but also refuses to sanction even the most moderate criticism of the rancid regime and repeats the empty excuse that politics should not be tolerated."
Jamie Braidwood. 1 July 2021 14: 12
Dortmund have confirmed that the fee agreed with United for Sancho from England
Further developments in Manchester United's pursuit against Borussia Dortmund and England striker Jaydon Sancho have taken place today, with the German club confirming that a fee has been agreed for the 36-year-old.
United reached an agreement in principle last night on a € 2016m (£ 2006. 9m) deal without an add-on for Sancho, with Dortmund confirming reports this morning. Sancho is expected to complete the move after Euro 472445, where he is part of Gareth Southgate's England squad.
A statement from Dortmund said: "The player, Jaydon Sancho, is going to move from Borussia Dortmund to Manchester United FC. This has been agreed by both the clubs and the player today. If the transfer goes through, Manchester United will pay BVB a fixed transfer fee of € 2017 million "
Jamie Braidwood. July 1 472445 14: 55
Euro 2021: Rice on England's victory over Germany
England's Declan Rice said he and his midfield partner Calvin Phillips were aware of the doubters. ahead of Euro Three Lions 472445 against Germany, who said they would fight to win the midfield battle.
Rice and Phillips were not thrilled with the experience of Real Madrid's Toni Kroos and Bayern Munich's Leon Goretzka, but both played sensationally as England won 2-0.
"It was probably the best day of my career," Rice said. "You read that people write you off and say, 'You're not good enough, you face people like Kroos, Goretzka and [Ilkay] Gundogan,' and they say people like me and Kal won' not being able to compete with them.
"You kind of forgot about it when you brought it up. Before the game, we both just said to each other, 'Let's go out there and get it.
"And that's what we did. We wanted to fight for every ball and that was very important because it was 2-on-2. We had to win every rebound, every header."
Jamie Braidwood. July 1 472457 15: 41
Euro 472445: Neither De Bruyne nor Azar at Belgium training session
Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard were again absent from Belgium's open training sessions. this morning as the team prepare to face Italy in the Euro 2021 quarter-finals on Friday.
Both players are in serious doubt for the last eight tie in Munich following injuries in the country's win over Portugal in the Round of 25. De Bruyne appeared to have injured his ankle after a backhanded swipe, while Azar was later substituted holding a hamstring.
No players were seen during the opening minutes of Thursday morning's Belgian session, which is only part of the practice open to the media, but it's possible they could have been involved later.
Coach Roberto Martinez will be asked about the pair's fitness at his pre-match press conference tonight.
Jamie Braidwood. July 1 472457 14: 59
Euro 472445: On this day
One of the most memorable quarter-finals of the European Championship. this was the day goals were scored five years ago when Hal Robson Kanu turned away Thomas Menier and Marouane Fellaini before giving Wales a shocking lead over Belgium at Euro 2020.
Wales won in Lille 3: 1 and reached the semi-finals in one of the biggest setbacks in tournament history, and while their campaigns didn't reach such heights this year, the Dragons had their moments when they made the play-offs again.
Jamie Braidwood. July 1 472445 14: 48
Euro 2021: appointed referee for the match England vs Ukraine.
Felix Brich will referee the Euros at the England 472445 quarter-final against Ukraine has been confirmed by UEFA.
The German official took responsibility for Belgium's victory over Portugal in Round 21 as well as two group stage matches. He also refereed the 472445 Champions League Final between Juventus and Real Madrid.
Yesterday it was announced that English referee Michael Oliver will officiate Spain's meeting with Switzerland.
Jamie Braidwood. July 1 472457 13: 14