Van de Beek out for Holland, Germany hit SEVEN past Latvia, Ben White called up to England Euro 2020 squad

GERMANY have made a big statement of intent by hammering Latvia 7-1 heading into Euro 2020.

Meanwhile Man Utd's Donny van de Beek has been ruled out of the entire tournament for Holland.

The Dutch are already without injured captain Virgil van Dijk and goalkeeper Jesper Cillessen, who tested positive for Covid.

And on the home front, Gareth Southgate has confirmed Ben White will replace the injured Trent Alexander-Arnold in his 26-man England squad.

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  • Jake Lambourne


    Paul Gascoigne has revealed that he brutally snubbed Chelsea in 1995 when he left Lazio for Rangers.

    He told talkSPORT: "I remember speaking to [then Lazio boss] Dino Zoff and asking him what clubs were interested in me at the time and he said Chelsea.

    "I said ‘I ain’t going there, what’s the other one?’ He replied Aston Villa.

    "And I said I ain’t going there either, and then he said Rangers. So I’m walking out of the door and I turned around and said ‘I ain’t going to Queens Park Rangers’.

    "No, Glasgow Rangers. I slammed the door and said to Dino get them over quickly.

    "I remember [Rangers boss] Walter Smith turning up and going ‘let me tell you about the club’.

    "I went ‘no, let me tell you what I’ve got in the fridge…. and I came out with two Budweisers. He said ‘you’re signing, aren’t you?!'"

  • Jake Lambourne


    Phil Foden paid tribute to Paul Gascoigne by recreating the England icon's famous haircut from Euro 96.

    The Manchester City star has fans hoping the new look will help him inspire the Three Lions this summer the way Gazza did 25 years ago.

    Foden – who has already been compared to Gascoigne in terms of playing style – took things to a new level by unveiling his fresh trim for the Euros.

    Ahead of England's first Group D game against Croatia on Sunday, the 21-year-old revealed he has bleached his usually dark locks blonde.

    And in case any fans were in doubt about the Gascoigne reference, Foden captioned a picture on his Instagram story: "Euro 96 vibes."

    Phil Foden's latest haircut has been inspired by Paul Gascoigne's Euro 96 look
  • Jake Lambourne


    Ben White was travelling home to Brighton on Sunday night when he got THE phone call.

    Gareth Southgate’s name appeared on the screen.

    The central defender had left Middlesbrough in a car provided by the FA and was 90 minutes into the 300-mile journey south.

    Yet after a quick conversation, which White will remember for the rest of his life, he mentally tore up his list of potential holiday destinations and turned his attention to Wembley.

    Then, he prepared for a quick turnaround in Brighton before heading to St. George’s Park this morning to meet up with his new international team-mates.

    After a jubilant phone call to his parents, Carole and Barry, the rest of the trip to the seaside on Sunday flew by as his head was now firmly in the clouds.

  • Jake Lambourne


    EXCLUSIVE – Sam Johnstone is so chilled he would treat the Euros exactly like a night game at Barnsley.

    At least that is what Slaven Bilic believes following the keeper’s classy England debut in Sunday’s 1-0 friendly win over Romania.

    Bilic said: “Sam is not a loud guy. He is very calm and doesn’t speak a lot. He is one of those guys that gives you confidence with his calmness.

    “He is relaxed but not sleepy. He is totally in a zone and in the beginning I was telling him to be louder.

    “But after that, I noticed he is one of those who can calm a team down with his attitude. He is not fazed. For him it would be the same if it were a Monday night in Barnsley or a match at Euro 2020.

    “It comes from your character but also from when you are at a big club and always being scrutinised.”

  • Jake Lambourne


    Aaron Ramsey has declared he is raring to go for Wales ahead of Euro 2020.

    Speaking of repeated injuries during his time at Juventus, he said: “It’s been a frustrating couple of years to try and get any consistency going. Different environments, different methods and things like that.

    “It’s not something I’ve been used to because I was at one club for a very long time and I think adapting to that took a lot longer.

    “I’ve had to change a few things but now I feel like I’m in a good place. I’ve definitely worked hard over the last few months to get my body back into a good place.

    “I’m a proud Welshman who wants to play for Wales and help my team as much as I can. For me to have missed a few games over the last few years has been very frustrating and difficult for me.

    “Hopefully now that’s behind me and I can look forward to all these games in the European Championships.”

  • Jake Lambourne


    Wayne Rooney will make his playing comeback in the 2021 edition of Soccer Aid.

    The popular charity match is set to take place on Saturday, September 4 in front of what could be a full house at Manchester City's Etihad Stadium.

    The Derby manager, 35, was part of the England coaching team in last year's match as fans raised a record £9.3million for Unicef.

    And he will feature alongside Manchester United alumni Paul Scholes and Gary Neville plus Jamie Redknapp, Fara Williams, David James, Ashley Cole, Kelly Smith and Emile Heskey for the home team.

    Jamaican sprint legend Usain Bolt is signed up to the World XI side with Roberto Carlos and Patrice Evra.

    Rooney said: "Pulling on an England shirt is always special, so I’m absolutely delighted to be doing that again in Soccer Aid for Unicef this September."

  • Jake Lambourne


    Man Utd midfielder Donny van de Beek has been ruled out of Euro 2020 through injury.

    The Dutch international's injury caps off a difficult season where he has struggled first starts under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

    A statement from the Holland National team said: "Donny van de Beek misses EURO 2020. Van de Beek has to let the European Championship pass by.

    "The midfielder is struggling with an injury. As a result, he is not available in time for EURO 2020.

    "Frank de Boer will not call a replacement for Van de Beek. Get well soon, Donny!"

  • Jake Lambourne


    Harry Kane is dreaming of a stunning Euro 2020 trophy double as the England captain wants to lead his country to victory in the final at Wembley on July 11.

    And he is also on a mission to add to his personal collection of gongs by once again bagging the Golden Boot.

    He said: “As a striker, if you are scoring, you are helping the team. That’s always my aim — and to win.

    “Of course, I’d love to win another Golden Boot. More importantly, I’d love to be lifting that Euros trophy.

    “Whatever way we get there, whether it’s me scoring or others, it doesn’t bother me as long as we are winning games.

    “That’s why we play football on the hihest stage, to be involved in the biggest games. Once most guys are on the pitch, instinct takes over.”

  • Jake Lambourne


    Rio Ferdinand has slammed fans who boo England players taking the knee as ‘ignorant’.

    A number of supporters at the Three Lions’ Euro 2020 warm-up friendlies jeered the pre-game gesture.

    Ferdinand told his YouTube channel: “These fans, these ignorant people going to these games, they haven’t got a clue.

    “They don’t know what the players are kneeling for. It’s not a political stance.

    “All these people saying, ‘BLM is a political movement’ – [the knee] is nothing to do with [BLM]. So take that out of your mind.”

  • Etienne Fermie


    England star Marcus Rashford believes that the Three Lions' squad players can add an extra 'spark' to the first XI.

    The Man United forward is one of a number of attacking players vying for a place, and he believes that everyone will contribute.

    He said: "Don't get me wrong, everybody wants to be in the first XI – but I think from my experience of being in tournaments you need a squad.

    "You have to have players capable of coming on at different moments and giving that extra spark. I think in our squad we have that all over the pitch, so to be honest it (starting against Croatia) is not at the front of my mind.

    "We go there as a squad that's trying to win a tournament. Whether or not you're starting in the first XI you've still got a massive role to play if we want to win the tournament.

    "You're being deluded if you expect 11 players to win seven games – and you're playing games in a short space of time. The squad's going have to be utilised and to be honest I'm excited and looking forward to it."

    Marcus Rashford is confident in all of the options that Gareth Southgate has at his disposalCredit: Getty
  • Etienne Fermie


    Germany battered minnows Latvia in their final Euro 2020 warm-up match last night.

    Joachim Low's side go into the tournament full of confidence after dismantling the 138th placed side in the Fifa Rankings.

    Atalanta star Robin Gosens got the goal-fest started in the 19th minute – with Ilkay Gundogan and Thomas Muller strikes making it 3-0 before the half-hour mark.

    A Robert Ozols own goal swiftly made it four, before Serge Gnabry put Die Mannschaft 5-0 up on the stroke of half-time.

    Timo Werner and Leroy Sane efforts put the Germans 7-0 up, although Aleksejs Saveljevs grabbed a consolation with 15 minutes remaining.

  • Etienne Fermie


    Manchester United and Arsenal have been warned that England star Ben White will cost £50million, according to reports.

    The Brighton defender, 23, enjoyed a fine debut Premier League season this term.

    And he was rewarded for his form by replacing the injured Trent Alexander-Arnold in England's final 26-man squad for Euro 2020.

    Brighton are unsurprisingly desperate to keep hold of the Three Lions star beyond this summer.

    And to do so, the Daily Mail say the Seagulls have slapped a £50m price tag on the Dorset-born defender.

    United continue their hunt for a long-term partner for Harry Maguire with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer keen to cement a solid defensive pairing this summer.

    And Arsenal have lost David Luiz so may well be on the hunt for a new centre-back – but cannot offer European football next term.

    Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool, Roma, Paris Saint-Germain and Borussia Dortmund have all also been linked with White.

    Brighton have slapped a £50m price tag on their England defender Ben White
  • Joshua Jones


    Ben White is the final piece to Gareth Southgate's England puzzle as he's been confirmed as Trent Alexander-Arnold's replacement for Euro 2020.

    The centre back will wear the No22 jersey at the tournament.

    The Three Lions boss will be delighted to see Harry Maguire running again in training, yet he remains a doubt for the Euros opener against Croatia.

    One player who is more confident about playing this summer is Paul Pogba, who believes France are in with a great chance of winning the tournament.

    Pogba told Eurosport: "We have a PlayStation team but it will remain a PlayStation team if we don't win a trophy.

    “Being world champions and having a team like that, we will be expected to do even more.

    “We must remain humble. I want to give this message: it's not a foregone conclusion. We hear a lot of talk but we keep our feet on the ground."

    And the Germans are also looking buoyant after hammering Latvia 7-1 in their final warm-up game.

    France and Germany play each other in their opening match of the tournament on Tuesday, June 15.

  • Thomas Blow


    When we think of Euro ’96, several beautiful images come to mind – Gazza’s goal, Pearce’s ­penalty and all of the win against Holland.

    But two unpleasant images pop up too – one being a heartbroken Gareth Southgate after his penalty miss in the semi-final against Germany.

    And, from a month or so before that, the photos of the infamous night out in Hong Kong.

    Teddy Sheringham, his clothes inexplicably in shreds, was one of many faces staring out of our front pages along with a spirit-soaked Gazza, obviously enjoying an almighty pre-tournament bender.

    Click here to read Adrian Chiles' interview with Teddy Sheringham

    England ace Teddy Sheringham reveals what REALLY happened behind the scenes at Euro 1996

  • Thomas Blow


    Ukraine have won their final warm-up game, hammering Cyprus 4-0.

    Two goals from West Ham winger Andriy Yarmolenko, one from Man City star Oleksandr Zinchenko and one from Gent striker Roman Yaremchuk were enough to secure the win.

    They're up against Austria, Holland and North Macedonia in Group B.

  • Thomas Blow


    Germany have beaten Latvia 7-1 ahead of their opening Euro 2020 match against France on Tuesday, June 15.

    And the goals came from seven different players, with ex-Manchester City star Leroy Sane getting the last.

  • Thomas Blow


    Germany are currently beating Latvia 6-0 in their final friendly before Euro 2020.

    Joachim Low’s side face France in their opening match of the tournament on Tuesday, June 15.

  • Thomas Blow


    It's been SEVENTEEN years since Wayne Rooney took international football by storm at Euro 2004.

    The then 18-year-old scored four goals and got England fans dreaming of glory with some superb performances.

    Injury in the quarter-final against Portugal ended his nation's chances – but most still remember it as Rooney's finest summer in an England shirt.

  • Thomas Blow


    Ex-Manchester United star David May is dissapointed Marcus Rashford has gone to the Euros.

    The England star reportedly needs surgery after the tournament is over but May would have liked for the player to get the problem sorted sooner rather than later.

    He told United's debate show: "Me, personally, I would have loved him not to have gone to the Euros.

    "But I know as a footballer – as a player – you want to be in those tournaments."

  • Thomas Blow


    Ben White has been called into the England squad for Euro 2020.

    The Brighton defender, 23, comes in as the replacement for Trent Alexander-Arnold.

    Liverpool right-back Alexander-Arnold was left ‘gutted’ after injuring his thigh in the closing stages of the warm-up friendly against Austria last week.

    That ruled him out of the tournament and he now faces up to six weeks on the sidelines.

    And Gareth Southgate chose White to fill the 26th spot in the team.

    White will wear the No22 jersey at the tournament, the number originally given to Alexander-Arnold.

  • Thomas Blow


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  • Thomas Blow


    Manchester United are close to agreeing a deal for Jadon Sancho, according to The Times.

    Borussia Dortmund are believed to have dropped their asking price to £80million – and United are reportedly willing to pay that amount.

    The deal is also believed to include £20m worth of add-ons.

    Will the rumoured transfer disrupt England's preparations for Euro 2020?

  • Thomas Blow


    Ex-Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has tipped France to win Euro 2020 – calling them the 'super' favourites.

    Here's what Wenger had to say…

  • Thomas Blow


    Russia have been left furious by Ukraine’s Euro 2020 kit that includes a map of their country including Crimea.

    Ukraine unveiled their new yellow strip on Sunday ahead of the start of the tournament.

    It includes a map of their nation on the front of their shirt.

    Much to Russia’s anger, the Crimean peninsula is included in the design.

    Also on the kit are the slogans ‘Glory to Ukraine!’ and ‘Glory to the heroes!’

    The pro-Russian separatist-controlled regions of Donetsk and Lugansk also feature in the silhouette.

    Russia annexed Crimea in 2014, considering the area to be part of their territory.

    Though this has been rejected internationally, with the United Nations still recognising Crimea as being part of Ukraine.

  • Thomas Blow


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