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Southgate Encouraged As England’s Win Relieves Tension

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England boss Gareth Southgate says his side’s opening European Championship win over Croatia will “relieve some tension” in his squad.

Remarkably this the first time England have won their opening game at the any Euro tournament.

Raheem Sterling scored the only goal in front of 22,500 fans at Wembley after being set up by Leeds midfielder Kalvin Phillips.

“You know if you don’t win the first game, the pressure ramps up,” Southgate told BBC Radio 5 Live.

“We have two really difficult games left in this group and we made a good step forward today, but [there are] important steps to go to qualify.

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Lukaku Stars As Belgium Begins Euro 2020 In Style

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Romelu Lukaku struck twice as Belgium confirmed their status as one of the favourites for Euro 2020 with a confident 3-0 victory over Russia on Saturday.

Despite being without key performer Kevin De Bruyne, world number one ranked Belgium were rarely in trouble against a Russia side that struggled to impose themselves.

Roberto Martinez’s Belgium top Group B on three points, ahead on goal difference of Finland who beat Denmark in the group’s other game in Copenhagen.

Belgium are unbeaten in 10 games in all competitions and have suffered just one defeat in their last 24 outings. They have also scored in each of their last 31 games.

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Mancini Happy As Italy Begin Euro 2020 With Convincing Win

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Euro 2020 Italy kicked off the tournament in style on Friday with a 3-0 win over Turkey, but manager Roberto Mancini was not getting carried away after the match saying that Italy ‘put in a good performance against Turkey’ but reckons ‘there is still a long way’ to go to Wembley.

Italy scored three second-half goals at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome to take all three points, and Mancini was satisfied with the performance.

“We put in a good performance. We were unable to get a goal in the first half, it wasn’t easy, as it was the debut and Turkey are a very good team,” Mancini told Rai Sport.

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US Men Beat Mexico To Win Nations League

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If last night is any indication, the future of USA Soccer is in fine hands as Ethan Horvath, Christian Pulisic and Giovanni Reyna all stared as the USA beat Mexico 3-2 to win the inaugural CONCACAF Nations League.

Pulisic scored a 114th-minute penalty and substitute goalkeeper Horvath saved a spot-kick six minutes later as the United States beat Mexico 3-2 after extra time in a stunning final.

Poster boy Pulisic, who ended the 2020-21 campaign as a Champions League winner with Chelsea, scored deep into the second period of extra time after Carlos Salcedo was penalized for a foul following a VAR review.

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Arsenal, Inter Milan and Everton To Tour USA This Summer

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Despite a global pandemic and EURO 2020 taking place this summer, 2021 promises to be a big year for soccer fans in the U.S.

While we will not have the International Champions Cup we will have teams touring the U.S., plus the Gold Cup, Nations League, 2022 World Cup qualification and some good friendlies.

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The first Florida Cup will involve Premier League sides Arsenal and Everton, Serie A Champions Inter Milan and Colombian side Millonarios. All matches will be played at Camping World Stadium in Orlando.

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Sergio Ramos Left Out Of Spain squad For Euro 2020

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Sergio Ramos has been left out of Spain boss Luis Enrique’s Euro 2020 squad. The Real Madrid centre-back has been struggling with injury and has only played one game since the end of March.

His absence means there are no players from Real Madrid picked by Enrique for this summer’s delayed tournament.

Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte had his switch from France to Spain approved by Fifa recently and he makes the 24-man squad.

He is one of 10 players from the Premier League picked by Enrique, including Brighton keeper Robert Sanchez, Leeds United defender Diego Llorente and Wolves forward Adama Traore.

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Billy Gilmour, David Turnbull and Nathan Patterson In Scotland Euro 2020 Squad

Steve Clarke has sprung a surprise by including uncapped trio Billy Gilmour, Nathan Patterson and David Turnbull in Scotland’s 26-man squad for Euro 2020.

Chelsea’s Gilmour, 19, Rangers’ Patterson, 19, and Celtic’s Turnbull, 21, are all under-21 internationals but have never previously been called-up.

Liam Cooper of Leeds United and Greg Taylor of Celtic, plus Hibernian’s Kevin Nisbet, are also included.

It will be Scotland’s first appearance at a major men’s tournament since 1998.

Clarke’s side face Czech Republic (14 June), England (18 June) and Croatia (22 June) in Group D, with the first and third games at Hampden in front of 12,000 spectators.

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Karim Benzema Back In France Euro 2020 Squad

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Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has been named in France’s 26-man squad for this summer’s European Championship after an absence of nearly six years.

Benzema has not played for his country since 2015 as a result of his alleged involvement in an attempted blackmail case involving an ex-France team-mate.

After confirming Benzema was in his squad, France manager Didier Deschamps said: “The most important is today and tomorrow.

“There were important steps. We saw each other. We discussed at length. I had a long reflection to come to this decision. I won’t reveal a word of the discussion, that concerns us. I needed it, he needed it “.

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Thomas Muller and Mats Hummels Recalled For Euro 2020

Bayern Munich striker Thomas Muller and Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels have been recalled to the Germany squad for Euro 2020.

Germany manager Joachim Low has picked the pair in his 26-man squad, despite having told them in March 2019 he did not intend to select them again.

Muller, 31, has scored 11 goals and registered 18 assists in helping Bayern win the Bundesliga this season.

Hummels, 32, has won the German Cup with Dortmund.

On social media, Muller said “back again”, while Hummels wrote he was “glad to be back” and “really up for the new chapter”.

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Holland Name Provisional Squad For Euro 2020

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Defenders Virgil van Dijk and Sven Botman have been left out of Holland’s provisional 34-man squad for Euro 2020 this summer, but there is a place for Aston Villa winger Anwar El Ghazi.

The Dutch side will be captained by Georginio Wijnaldum in the absence of his Liverpool teammate Virgil van Dijk. The Dutch national captain ruled himself out of the European Championships to focus on his recovery from a long-term knee injury in time for the next Premier League season.