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KYLIAN MBAPPE was reportedly left fuming after Olivier Giroud publicly criticised him for failing to pass.

The PSG star was so angry with the Champions League winner's comments after the friendly with Bulgaria that he reportedly wanted to call a press conference to explain his point of view.

And things didn't turn out much better for France's other striker Karim Benzema, who went off injured.

Meanwhile Denmark and Romania are set to announce an increase in the number of fans that can attend their Euro 2020 games – to 65 and 50 per cent respectively.

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  • Thomas Blow

    GIROUD FIVE AWAY

    Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud needs just five more international goals to match Thierry Henry's record (51) and become France's joint-leading scorer.

    Can he do it at Euro 2020?

    Credit: EPA
  • Thomas Blow

    BEN ROBERTS EXCLUSIVE

    When Robert Sanchez was handed his shock Spain call-up, the goalie made sure to pay tribute to 'second father' Ben Roberts.

    Brighton’s goalkeeping coach has been instrumental in helping Sanchez go from a gangly teenager who could not speak English to one of the most exciting stoppers in world football.

    Roberts’ tough-love approach created a deep trust between the pair and prepared Sanchez for the big time.

    The 23-year-old had not played a single Premier League appearance 12 months ago but now is going to the Euros fighting for the Spanish No1 spot.

    Roberts, who also developed Nick Pope, told SunSport: "When Rob got his first Spain call-up, I had a tear in my eye, to be honest."

    Click here to read Tom Barclay's interview with Ben Roberts

  • Thomas Blow

    EARLIEST MEMORY

    What's your earliest Euros memory?

    Was it Wayne Rooney's stunning performance at Euro 2004?

    Or was it England failing to qualify four years later, perhaps?

    There are just so many to choose from!

  • Thomas Blow

    EURO ESTATE

    A housing estate in Bermondsey, London has been covered in England flags ahead of Euro 2020.

    Must have taken them ages to put up!

  • Thomas Blow

    WARM-UPS DONE

    All 24 qualified teams have played their final warm-up games ahead of Euro 2020.

    The tournament will OFFICIALLY start tomorrow evening at 8pm (UK time) when Turkey face Italy at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.

    Then there will be three games on Saturday:

    • Wales v Switzerland (2pm)
    • Denmark v Finland (5pm)
    • Belgium v Russia (8pm)

    BRU-GOAL

    Bruno Fernandes scored two and set another one up as Portugal hammered Israel 4-0 in their final warm-up match before Euro 2020.

    There were also goals for Cristiano Ronaldo and Joao Cancelo.

    Portugal are the defending champions following their 2016 success.

    HOW FAR WILL PORTUGAL GO?

    Reigning champions Portugal have been handed a nightmare start to Euro 2020, drawn against world champions France, 2014 World Cup winners Germany and Hungary.

    But, having also won the Nations League in 2019, they've won the last two European competitions.

    Can they defend the Euros this summer?

    GOOD MORNING FOOTBALL FANS

    Real Madrid star Karim Benzema looks likely to compete at Euro 2020 despite the knock he suffered against Bulgaria.

    Benzema sustained a knee injury and hobbled off the pitch in tears, which raised concern over his fitness ahead of the summer’s Euros.

    However, France manager Didier Deschamps is confident the star striker is going to be fit in time for Tuesday’s opener against Germany.

    Journalist Mohamed Bouhafsi backed Deschamps’ claims as he said there is 'no worry 'for Benzema who will return to training in 72 hours at the latest.

    Bouhafsi tweeted: “No worries for KB9! Karim’s muscle deflated that night and the pain was less.

    "Nevertheless, the star of #Real was not scheduled to train this Wednesday. He will resume his training path within 48 to 72 hours maximum."

    Meanwhile, Manchester United star Harry Maguire was the only player missing from England’s training yesterday.

    The Three Lions kick off Group D against Croatia at Wembley on Sunday and Gareth Southgate had all of his players available for practice except for Maguire.

    The United centre-back is set to miss the Euros opener with an ankle ligament injury he suffered at Aston Villa last month.

    The 28-year-old is continuing rehab and there is no official word yet regarding a return to full fitness.

    And Croatia do not intend to take a knee ahead of Sunday’s Euro 2020 opener against England.

    That is according to The Athletic, who claim the 2018 World Cup runners-up do not plan to carry out the gesture to promote racial equality.

    The Three Lions have confirmed that they will take a knee ahead of all games in the Euros.

    England carried out the gesture during their two warm-up games against Austria and Romania despite boos from a minority of the crowd.

    And finally, Spain and Sweden’s Euro 2020 opener against each other has been thrown into chaos after four players returned positive COVID-19 tests.

    La Roja stars Sergio Busquets and Diego Llorente were put into isolation after being diagnosed with coronavirus.

    Janne Andersson’s side also suffered a similar set back as Dejan Kulusevski and Mattias Svanberg also tested positive.

    The Sweden duo are also isolating and the Group E fixture – due to be held in Seville on Monday – is now in serious jeopardy.

    BENZEMA BOOST

    Real Madrid star Karim Benzema looks likely to compete at Euro 2020 despite the knock he suffered against Bulgaria.

    Benzema sustained a knee injury and hobbled off the pitch in tears, which raised concern over his fitness ahead of the summer's Euros.

    However, France manager Didier Deschamps is confident the star striker is going to be fit in time for Tuesday's opener against Germany.

    Journalist Mohamed Bouhafsi backed Deschamps' claims as he said there is "no worry" for Benzema who will return to training in 72 hours at the latest.

    Bouhafsi tweeted: "No worries for KB9! Karim's muscle deflated that night and the pain was less. Nevertheless, the star of #Real was not scheduled to train this Wednesday. He will resume his training path within 48 to 72 hours maximum"

    • Kostas Lianos

      SCOTLAND PREDICTION

      Stuart McCall has predicted which Scotland aces are going to stand out at Euro 2020.

      McCall believes the likes of Arsenal star Kieran Tierney, Manchester United player Scott McTominay and Liverpool ace Andy Robertson are going to shine bright.

      He told Not the Old Firm: “I think the good thing is looking at the squad, it’s quite young.

      “We have four top class players – Andy Robertson at Liverpool, Kieran Tierney at Arsenal, John McGinn at Aston Villa and Scott McTominay at Manchester United – and they are all quite young”

    • Kostas Lianos

      BR-ITE PROSPECT

      Arsenal have joined the transfer race for Brighton ace Ben White during the summer transfer window.

      According to the Daily Mirror, Gunners manager Mikel Arteta is a “big admirer” of White after his impressive Premier League campaign with the Seagulls.

      The centre-back amassed 39 appearances across all competitions and earned an England call-up by Gareth Southgate ahead of Euro 2020.

      However, the 23-year-old has also attracted interest from the likes of Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester United

    • Kostas Lianos

      LUKE OUT

      England manager Gareth Southgate is considering using Manchester United star Luke Shaw at centre-back.

      That is according to the Daily Telegraph, who claim Southgate is facing a defensive dilemma ahead of Sunday's Euro 2020 opener against Croatia.

      Southgate is reluctant on using a four-man defence without the injured Harry Maguire, who is still recovering from an ankle injury.

      Therefore, the Three Lions head coach is thinking about deploying a back-three with Shaw at left centre-back next to John Stones and Kyle Walker

    • Kostas Lianos

      COAD HIM REVED UP

      Wolves captain Conor Coady revealed that England boss Gareth Southgate's speech before the tournament gave him "goosebumps".

      Coady told talkSPORT: “The whole talk from the gaffer and what we talked about was incredible.

      “It was something we didn’t expect. It gave me goosebumps watching the video and hearing him. He spoke about our own legacy and creating memories for people of this country.

      “What we’ve all been through this year and what we’re all looking forward to now over what we hope is the next four or five weeks. He spoke about the sun shining on ourselves”

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    • Kostas Lianos

      TRIPPIER BID REJECTED

      Manchester United have submitted a bid for Atletico Madrid ace Kieran Trippier.

      However, Atletico have rejected United’s opening offer for the former Tottenham player.

      That is according to Football Insider, who report the Red Devils offered roughly £10million for the England international.

      Reports suggest the Manchester giants have been keeping tabs on the right-back as head coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is considering trying Aaron Wan-Bissaka in central defence

    • Kostas Lianos

      CROATIA STANCE

      Croatia do not intend to take a knee ahead of Sunday's Euro 2020 opener against England.

      That is according to The Athletic, who claim the 2018 World Cup runners-up do not plan to carry out the gesture to promote racial equality.

      The Three Lions have confirmed that they will take a knee ahead of all games in the Euros.

      England carried out the gesture during their two warm-up games against Austria and Romania despite boos from a minority of the crowd

    • Kostas Lianos

      HE’S BUK

      Arsenal ace Bukayo Saka trained with the rest of the England squad after missing Sunday’s friendly against Romania.

      Saka suffered a hip problem and was rested by Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate ahead of Euro 2020.

      The same though didn’t apply for Manchester United ace Harry Maguire who was absent from practice, as mentioned below.

      Maguire is still recovering from an ankle ligament injury he sustained at Aston Villa last month

    • Kostas Lianos

      SHAW REDEMPTION

      Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand believes confidence and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer are the secret behind Luke Shaw rediscovering his form.

      Ferdinand told the Daily Express: “Confidence. A manager that believes in him.

      “He may have changed a few things in his personal life as well, be it preparation.

      “Whatever he’s done he’s done remarkably well. He’s shown great character, which you need in times of adversity and I think he’s done really well”

    • Kostas Lianos

      MAGUIRE UPDATE

      Manchester United star Harry Maguire was the only player missing from England's training earlier today.

      The Three Lions kick-off Group D against Croatia at Wembley on Sunday and Gareth Southgate had all of his players available for practice except for Maguire.

      The United centre-back is set to miss the Euros opener with an ankle ligament injury he suffered at Aston Villa last month.

      The 28-year-old is continuing rehab and there is no official word yet regarding a return to full fitness

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    • Kostas Lianos

      IT KANE HAPPEN

      Manchester United hero Rio Ferdinand believes Red Devils stars will be asking Harry Kane for his thoughts about a potential transfer to Old Trafford during England’s Euro 2020 preparations.

      Ferdinand told the Daily Mirror: “Yeah that happens. That happened when I went to the World Cup with Nicky Butt, Becks [David Beckham] in the United team. Talked about me coming to United.

      “That was speculation in the paper. That happens, every tournament, every get together. Players talking to players. I’m sure managers have said ‘speak to him for me and find out what he’s like’.

      “Butt just said to me ‘would you come United?’. And I said ‘yeah I would. I want to win trophies’. That probably filtered back to the manager, they know if they want to make a bid or not. That’s how it works.

      “All players are like fans. If you were in a squad with a player who you think is brilliant and you want him to come to your club you’d be saying ‘come on, mate. Come to us. Get on to your club and your agent and try to manoeuvre a move to get to us”

    • Kostas Lianos

      SPAIN VS SWEDEN CHAOS

      As mentioned below, Spain and Sweden's Euro 2020 opener has been cast into doubt after a total of four players returned a positive coronavirus test.

      UEFA have prepared a protocol ahead of this summer's competition which would allow a fixture to be delayed by up to 48 hours should a team have fewer than 13 available players.

      If a national side is unable to fulfil a fixture within that time then their opponents will be awarded a 3-0 victory.

      However, the exact guidance on what would happen in the extreme circumstance of neither side being able to field a team is unclear.

    • Kostas Lianos

      SPAIN VS SWEDEN UPDATE

      Spain and Sweden's Euro 2020 opener against each other has been thrown into chaos after four players returned positive COVID-19 tests.

      Furia Roja stars Sergio Busquets and Diego Llorente were put into isolation after being diagnosed with coronavirus.

      Janne Andersson's side also suffered a similar set back as Dejan Kulusevski and Mattias Svanberg also tested positive.

      The Sweden duo is also isolating and the Group E fixture – due to be held in Seville on Monday – between the two nations is now in serious jeopardy

    • Kostas Lianos

      SOUTHGATE OPEN LETTER

      England manager Gareth Southgate has issued a passionate open letter to fans ahead of Euro 2020.

      Southgate wrote a long piece for the Players Tribune where he insisted that all of his players, and those who didn't make the cut, are immensely honoured and proud to represent their country.

      The 50-year-old added that his players should not "stick to football" and believes they have a "duty" to interact with the public on important matters such as equality, inclusivity and racial injustice.

      This comes after a loud minority booed England players for taking the knee during the last two friendlies against Austria and Romania

    • Kostas Lianos

      NEVER SAY NEVES

      Wolves ace Ruben Neves has been linked with a £35million move to Arsenal in the summer transfer window.

      Neves’ club are willing to drop his asking price as they seek to refresh their squad following the arrival of new boss Bruno Lage.

      The star midfielder has been touted as a potential replacement for the departing Granit Xhaka, who is likely to join Roma.

      Neves is currently preparing for Euro 2020 with Portugal

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    • Kostas Lianos

      ENGLAND SQUAD

      Let's revisit the squad England boss Gareth Southgate has put together ahead of Euro 2020:

      Goalkeepers: Dean Henderson, Sam Johnstone, Jordan Pickford

      Defenders:, Ben Chilwell, Conor Coady, Reece James, Harry Maguire, Tyrone Mings, Luke Shaw, John Stones, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker, Ben White

      Midfielders: Jude Bellingham, Jordan Henderson, Mason Mount, Kalvin Phillips, Declan Rice

      Forwards: Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Phil Foden, Jack Grealish, Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka, Jadon Sancho, Raheem Sterling

    • Dylan Terry

      TWO DAYS TO GO

      We are almost at the 48 hours to go mark before the European Championships start.

      Turkey vs Italy kicks the tournament off at 8pm GMT on Friday night.

      The first England game is then on Sunday at 2pm when they begin their campaign against Croatia at Wembley Stadium.

      Credit: Getty

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