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Euro 2020 LIVE: Cancelo OUT of Euros with positive Covid test, England beat Croatia, Mourinho praises Bellingham

EURO 2020 is finally here!

England have started their campaign with a victory thanks to Raheem Sterling's strike against Croatia.

While Portugal's Joao Cancelo is out of the tournament after testing positive for Covid-19.

Follow all of the latest news, build up and updates below...

  • LION HEARTS TESTED

    EXCLUSIVE: England stars all had cardiac screening tests to reduce the risk of the ­horror collapse which felled Christian Eriksen, it was revealed yesterday.

    The FA ordered thorough heart checks on the football aces leading the charge towards Euro 2020 glory.

    They would not be allowed to play unless they had passed specialist electrocardiogram tests, checking for ­abnormalities, within the last year.

    The players also had to have a detailed echocardiogram ultrasound scan within the last two years.

    FA sources said it is now ­policy to regularly monitor England’s top men’s senior stars — and also England players across every age group.

  • STERLING HAILS HIS 'BACK GARDEN' WINNER

    Raheem Sterling broke his and England’s Euro finals hoodoo with the winning goal in his “back garden”.

    Sterling, who grew up in Brent just down the road from Wembley, scored for the first time at a major international competition to give the Three Lions their first win in a opening Euros game - at the 10th attempt.

    The Manchester City winger, who has a tattoo of the Wembley Arch on his left forearm, said: “It’s a great feeling for me, playing at Wembley, it’s not far from where I grew up and seeing the stadium being built.

    “I’ve always said if I played at Wembley at a major tournament then I’m scoring, at Wembley, my back garden, I have to score. It’s great to finally do that.

    "It's great to break the duck. Today was a great team effort. We dug deep as a team and kept that clean sheet in the end as well."

  • NEV: SOUTHGATE IS LIONS' BEST ASSET

    Ex-England assistant manager and Manchester United legend Gary Neville believes current boss Gareth Southgate is the team's biggest asset at Euro 2020.

    The national side began their tournament well with a 1-0 win against 2018 World Cup finalists Croatia at Wembley.

    Speaking during punditry on ITV, Neville said: "I think we’ve got an outstanding international manager who's got unbelievable experience.

    "I thought he managed that game unbelievably today. You talk about who the best player was, it might be Kalvin Phillips or Raheem Sterling but our biggest asset is our manager.

    "The clamour in the past would have been to for Grealish and he didn’t even bring him off the bench.

    "So, he's willing to make the unpopular decisions, ones that some of us ultimately - at times - don't think he should make because he knows that group better than anyone.

    "He's had seven or eight tournaments now, as a coach now, with the U21s, as a player.

    "He's vastly experienced and I feel really comfortable with him there - as an England fan - and what he did today was really good."

  • MUAMBA: GIVE ERIKSEN TIME

    Fabrice Muamba says Christian Eriksen needs time and space to recover.

    Danish star Eriksen, 29, is stable in hospital having suffered a cardiac arrest against Finland.

    The incident had haunting echoes of Muamba’s own fight for life after collapsing while playing for Bolton against Tottenham in 2012.

    Muamba, forced to retire, tweeted: “This makes you realise how fragile life is and how quickly you can lose a loved one.

    “Like everyone, I am relieved to hear Christian is in a stable condition and that he is doing ok.

    “Credit of course must go to the brilliant medical staff who got to him so quickly and did an amazing job to make sure he was ok.

    “His team-mates who rallied around him also did a great job and should be really proud.

    “The most important thing and number one priority for us all is to give Christian and his family space and time to heal and recover.”

  • DALOT IN FOR COVID VICTIM CANCELO

    Manchester United full-back Diogo Dalot has been called up to Portugal's Euro 2020 squad.

    The 22-year-old has replaced Manchester City star Joao Cancelo who had to pull out after testing positive for Covid-19.

    Dalot is United's 12th representative at the tournament. He got the call after impressing for Portugal's Under-21s recently.

    They lost to Germany in the Under-21s Euros final earlier this month with Dalot starring as they reached the final.

    Dalot - who spent last season on loan at AC Milan - joins up with United team-mate Bruno Fernandes after the Portuguese FA confirmed Cancelo would miss out.

    The squad have travelled to Budapest ahead of their Group F opener against Hungary on Tuesday.

    And Cancelo is the only member of the 26-player group to return a positive test.

  • 'MANY REASONS' FOR RAHEEM'S CITY GOAL RUT

    England matchwinner Raheem Sterling has insisted that there are 'a lot of reasons' for his Manchester City rut.

    Having scored just once in his previous 16 appearances for the Premier League kings, livewire Sterling justified his selection ahead of Jack Grealish in the 1-0 victory over Croatia.

    He told BBC Sport: "It feels good to score.

    "I always said if I played at Wembley at a major tournament I had to score and it's great to finally do that.

    "There's a lot of different reasons why I haven't scored for my club and it's totally irrelevant now.

    "I'm here with England and I'm enjoying my football. That's the most important thing."

  • MARTIAL ‘ON TRANSFER LIST’

    Manchester United have put Anthony Martial on the transfer list because Ole Gunnar Solskjaer doesn’t like his attitude, according to reports.

    The Frenchman’s approach has been described as ‘terrible’ amid reports linking him with a summer exit from Old Trafford.

    Martial scored just seven times in 36 games last season.

    The 25-year-old was axed from the team in place of Edinson Cavani, 34, who was rewarded with a one-year contract extension in May.

    And the Uruguayan’s new deal has reportedly thrown Martial’s future into doubt.

    Speaking on the Transfer Window podcast, Duncan Castles said: “Anthony Martial is to be sacrificed should they get this new forward in.

    “Solskjaer is tired of his attitude and hasn’t been impressed with his goal production and general knitting into the team this season.”

  • AUSTRIA 3 NORTH MACEDONIA 1

    Subs Marko Arnautovic and Michael Gregoritsch struck late on to give Austria their first ever Euro finals win - against tournament debutants North Macedonia, who are world-ranked 120th.

    Goran Pandev, 37, cancelled out Stefan Lainer's Austria opener on 28 minutes.

    But 12 minutes from time Gregoritsch converted David Alaba's brilliant cross.

    And Shanghai Port's ex-West Ham frontman Arnautovic rounded keeper Stole Dimitrievski to stroke Austria's third goal.

  • JOSE 'EVEN MORE CONFIDENT' FOR ENGLAND

    Jose Mourinho says England are "ready" to win the Euros - and he is "even more confident" after their impressive 1-0 defeat of Croatia.

    The former Manchester United and Chelsea boss said: "The result is more than deserved. Everything was under control and that means a lot, especially for the first game, where people have a tendency to look to the previous results in Euros and World Cups. I think it was very positive.

    "Look at that squad and look at the work they have done for many years. [Jude] Bellingham, [Kalvin] Phillips have arrived recently but the others have years of national team [experience]. They feel comfortable, they have more than a team, they have a group.

    "I was positive before the competition started and after this victory I am even more confident about the team."

  • OZIL STILL HOPES FOR GREALISH

    The clamour to see Jack Grealish play for England at Euro 2020 has continued despite the win over Croatia - and is being led by Mesut Ozil.

    Gareth Southgate decided against playing the Aston Villa star in Sunday's opening game.

    Instead, Raheem Sterling was handed the left-wing berth and repaid his manager's faith with the winning goal.

    Kalvin Phillips slid him in to slam home in the second-half and break England's curse of failing to win any European Championship opening fixture.

  • KALVIN IS 'LIKE WHOLE AC MILAN MIDFIELD'

    Kalvin Phillips shone for England as they got their Euro 2020 campaign off to a perfect start with a 1-0 win against Croatia.

    And the Leeds ace impressed fans so much he has been compared to AC Milan's entire legendary midfield.

    SunSport's Duncan Wright gave midfielder Phillips, who teed up Raheem Sterling's winner, the joint highest player rating for the Wembley opener.

    Leeds fans often call the 25-year-old the 'Yorkshire Pirlo'. And Squawka tweeted: "Passing like Pirlo, tackling like Gattuso, dribbling like Kaka.

    "Kalvin Phillips is not the Yorkshire Pirlo, he's the entire Milan midfield."

    And when asked on talkSPORT who his standout performer was, Jose Mourinho replied: “Kalvin Phillips.

    “He is a player that arrived last season from the Championship and of course he played the whole season in the most intense and difficult league in the world.

    “He showed amazing personality. Rice was stable like he always is, but Phillips was more than stable."

  • PS-Gi DEAL LOOMING

    Italy keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma has agreed a contract at Paris Saint-Germain, according to reports.

    His AC Milan deal is expiring and he’s rumoured to be completing a medical in Paris next week ahead of a free transfer.

    According to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, the 22-year-old has agreed a five-year deal at the Ligue 1 side.

    Romano claims Donnarumma will have his medical after Wednesday, when Italy take on Switzerland at Euro 2020.

    The report also suggests he will not be going out on loan as rumoured and will challenge current No1 Keylor Navas to be PSG’s first choice stopper.

    And the Italian journalist claims the French team will try and sign a right back having also acquired Liverpool midfielder Gini Wijnaldum.

  • PS-Gi DEAL LOOMING

    Italy keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma has agreed a contract at Paris Saint-Germain, according to reports.

    His AC Milan deal is expiring and he's rumoured to be completing a medical in Paris next week ahead of a free transfer.

    According to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, the 22-year-old has agreed a five-year deal at the Ligue 1 side.

    Romano claims Donnarumma will have his medical after Wednesday, when Italy take on Switzerland at Euro 2020.

    The report also suggests he will not be going out on loan as rumoured and will challenge current No1 Keylor Navas to be PSG's first choice stopper.

    And the Italian journalist claims the French team will try and sign a right back having also acquired Liverpool midfielder Gini Wijnaldum.

  • FAN HURT IN WEMBLEY FALL

    A football fan has been seriously injured after "falling from the stands" during the England game at Wembley today.

    Witnesses saw the fan fall just as the Euro 2020 game against Croatia kicked off at 2pm today.

    An England fan told the Evening Standard: "We saw his legs go over the barrier and then he fell and hit the ground and didn’t move.

    "It seemed to take staff ages to get to him. One guy near us who saw the whole thing was crying his eyes out."

    Another fan: "I didn’t see it but spoke to some of the guys who did at half time. They were traumatised. He fell from the balcony towards the seats and the concrete."

  • MBAPPE ADMITS OLI UPSET

    Kylian Mbappe's feud with Olivier Giroud is threatening to bubble over days before France's Euro 2020 opener against Germany.

    The Paris Saint-Germain superstar admitted he 'was affected' by the striker's words in the aftermath of the Bulgaria win last week.

    Rumours of a rift in the French camp were initially sparked after Chelsea ace Giroud appeared to hit out at his teammates for not picking out his runs during the 3-0 friendly victory.

    Giroud, 34, scored twice in the final 10 minutes of the contest but remained critical of his side's ability to create chances.

    But the World Cup winner has now gone public on the spat ahead of France's first Euro 2020 game against Germany on Tuesday.

    Mbappe said: "I spoke with Olivier Giroud. Everyone knows what happened. It is true that I was a little affected by it.

    "But we are not going to make a big deal about it because we are here to represent France, that is the most important thing.

    "It is more that he said it publicly than the fact that he said it. I saw him in the dressing room and he didn't say anything to me."

  • BELL BREAKER

    Jude Bellingham became the youngest ever European Championships player after coming on in England's 1-0 victory against Croatia.

    The Borussia Dortmund star is the first 17-year-old to feature in the competition and breaks Jetro Willems' nine-year record.

    Bellingham, aged 17 years and 349 days, replaced England skipper Harry Kane in the 81st minute as the Three Lions held on in some comfort to Raheem Sterling's winner.

    Willems, who spent the 2019-20 campaign on loan at Newcastle United, was aged 18 years and 71 days when he started Holland's Euro 2012 opener against Denmark.

    Midfielder Bellingham impressed during his brief cameo, breaking up play in the middle of the park as Croatia unsuccessfully looked for an equaliser.

  • DANES HAD PSYCHOLOGICAL HELP

    Denmark players players received psychological support following Christian Eriksen’s collapse during Saturday’s match against Finland.

    The squad was able to speak to the midfielder once he recovered slightly in hospital, and it was Eriksen who encouraged them to resume the match.

    Finland clapped their opponents back onto the field before beating them 1-0, but the result will probably not matter to the Danes after what happened to Eriksen.

    And Denmark Sporting Director Peter Moller revealed the players got the chance to express their feelings after the match finished.

    He said: “We had psychological help. We had four people come to our hotel last night. Everybody expressed their feelings and how they saw their situation.

    “Everybody was really pleased that we talked the situation through.

    “This morning we had the same people come to the hotel and players could express their feelings and thoughts with professional help.

    “We really appreciate the help we got from outside.

    “The conversation with Christian had a massive impact on the players. Christian was more concerned about the other players and it was a really big boost for them to see him on the screen. It was a lovely thing.”

  • ENGLAND CAN SQUAWK TALL

    Jesse Lingard popped a parrot on his shoulder as he cheered on England'S 1-0 win over Croatia from a pub garden.

    The Manchester United midfielder just missed out on Gareth Southgate's final 26-man squad despite a stunning end to the season on loan at West Ham.

    But he was all smiles as he enjoyed a day out with friends in glorious sunshine.

    Lingard, 28, donned an England shirt with Declan Rice's name and number on the back.

    Also wearing a bucket hat and sunglasses, he posed with a parrot on his shoulder for the post to his social media channels.

    He captioned the snap: "COME ON ENGLAND!!"

    A number of happy punters waved at the camera as Lingard's camera scanned the venue where he took in the Three Lions opener.

  • WHYTE 'N WRONGS

    Ex-Scotland star Derek Whyte cried when they qualified for Euro 2020 - now he has urged them to have ‘no regrets’ as they aim to avoid another ‘glorious failure’ and tears of pain.

    The 52-year-old, now a TV pundit in the Middle East, is one of the unique few to represent his country at three major international tournaments.

    He said: “I had a decent career but I wasn’t a top, top player like a Teddy Sheringham or a Steven Gerrard, but I grew up watching Scotland vs England and it made me want to play for my country.

    “I went to Euro ‘92, ‘96 and the World Cup in ‘98. I was very fortunate to go to three tournaments within a decade and I can’t believe it.

    “I remember in ‘98 after the opening game we played Brazil at Stade de France. My oldest boy, who is now 28 but was then about four, I got a picture afterwards of me and him with Roberto Carlos and Cafu. 

    “I promised my son then that when I retire I would definitely take him to the next tournament and now it’s over 20 years later.

    “I promise you, when Scotland qualified for this one, I was crying and so emotional.

    “I watch football every week and don’t really get caught up in the emotion, but I honestly just couldn’t stop crying. I’m so happy for the country - especially with everything Covid related going on.”

  • UEFA GAVE US ‘TOUGH CHOICE’

    Denmark boss Kasper Hjulmand has blasted Uefa for giving his players a ‘tough choice’ after Christian Eriksen collapsed on the pitch on Saturday.

    The Danish gaffer also slammed the decision to resume the Euro 2020 clash against Finland later in the day.

    He said: “I think it was the wrong thing to make the decision between the two scenarios in this case.

    “The players didn’t know if they lost their best friend and they had to decide [whether to play].

    “I have a feeling we shouldn’t have played, to just get on the bus and go home and see what the next days brought.

    “It was a tough message that the players had to try and make a decision. I have a sense that it was wrong the players were put in this situation.

    “I am really proud to be the coach of a team that responded the way they did. Football showed its best face. Team spirit, compassion and love is what football is really about.”

  • ENGLAND SUB RATINGS

    Marcus Rashford (on for Foden 70) Kept defenders working, chased and did his job. 6

    Jude Bellingham (on for Kane 82)  Important interception with first touch, natural talent. 6

    Dominic Calvert-Lewin (on for Sterling 90) 6

    CROATIA RATINGS: Livakovic 6, Vrsaljiko 6, Vida 7, Caleta-Car 6, Gvardiol 6; Modric 7, Brozovic 5(Vlasic 70, 5), Kovacic 7 (Pasalic 85, 6) ; Kramaric 6 (Brekalo 70, 6), Rebic 6 (Petkovic 78, 6), Perisic 6

  • MORE ENGLAND RATINGS

    MASON MOUNT

    Ability to take ball on half-turn added an extra dimension to early England attacks through midfield. Whipped in a peach of a cross from the left which Kane almost turned home, tireless workrate lifted the side. 7

    RAHEEM STERLING (MAN OF MATCH)

    Early dart set up chance for Foden, and pace in behind scared Croatia to death. The most likely to create something for England and timed run to perfection to open the scoring. Inclusion question – answer the doubters in emphatic style. 8

    HARRY KANE

    Struggled to get involved in the game after England’s bright early spell. Linked up better as the front man in the second half.  Little threat in front of goal, will want to find more space against Scotland. 6

  • ENGLAND RATINGS CONTINUED

    KIERAN TRIPPIER

    In at left-back for his reliable defending, but committed himself to allow Vraslijko in to create opening for Croatia. Almost caught out by a sloppy header back to Pickford – solid enough but little by way of attacking threat. 6

    DECLAN RICE

    Rarely left his station at the anchor of the midfield, often only moving when Modric dropped deep to snap at his heels. Biggest test so far in international football and came through it well. 7

    KALVIN PHILLIPS

    Showed there is more to his game with excellent volley which nearly brought a goal, then held off three opponents at one to delight of crowd. Brilliant run and pass to set up Sterling for the opener and a fine all-round display. 8

    PHIL FODEN

    So unlucky to see fifth minute effort curl onto base of post but after bright start, struggled to get on the ball. Not the match for the youngster to shine, replaced by Rashford as Southgate went for pace in final 20 minutes. 6

  • ENGLAND RATINGS VS CROATIA

    JORDAN PICKFORD

    Hardly called into action in the opening half, was alert to race out to clear a poor back header from Trippier. One nervy moment in a potential mix-up with Walker dealing with a cross, otherwise competent. 6

    KYLE WALKER

    Unsual errors in control and passing in the first quarter from the experienced right-back, and continued in that vein throughout an erratic first half. Improved after the break but must do better against the Scots 5

    JOHN STONES

    Looked at ease with himself as the senior man in the back line, more than a match when tested for pace by a Perisic break early in the second half. Rarely troubled though and will build on display. 6

    TYRONE MINGS

    Settled well after nervy displays in both warm-up matches, reading the game well to make vital tackle on Perisic as he thrust into the box. A far better display when place was under scrutiny, when England needed it most. 7

  • RESULT: ENGLAND 1 CROATIA 0

    Livewire Raheem Sterling was England's 57th minute matchwinner in their impressive Euro 2020 opener against a muted Croatia side.

    For details and reaction, click on our LIVE MATCH BLOG.

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