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UEFA Could Refund All Euro 2020 Tickets

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UEFA are reportedly considering refunding all tickets for Euro 2020 and restarting the buying process once venue capacities are announced.

Despite the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, UEFA still plan to go ahead with their original 12-nation host plan, though it is highly unlikely stadiums would be at full capacity.

The Times have reported that tickets already sold could be refunded, and the process of sales will only start again once venues have confirmed how many fans will be permitted by their national governments to attend games.

According to the UEFA website:

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Euro 2020 Draw: Germany, France And Portugal Drawn In Same Group

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One of France, Germany and Portugal may face an early exit after being drawn together in Group F for Euro 2020 in what has already been dubbed the ‘Group of Death’.

They will be joined in the so-called ‘Group of Death’ by a team from Path A/D following the tournament draw in Bucharest.

That Path A/D team could be any of Iceland, Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, Georgia, Belarus, North Macedonia or Kosovo.

While England avoided those team in the group stage, they could find themselves playing of the three in the last 16.

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England Get Croatia And Czech Republic In Euro 2020 Draw

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Gareth Southgate’s England side will warm up for the rescheduled Euro 2020 with friendlies against Austria and Romania.

The Three Lions had an agreement to play both sides last summer before the outbreak of Covid-19 curtailed the tournament.

England will play Austria on Wednesday, June 2 with Romania set for Sunday, June 6.

This summer’s tournament is still facing elements of uncertainty due to the pandemic, with initial plans to stage the competition across 12 European cities under scrutiny as respective nations battle to keep coronavirus under control.

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Euro 2020 Draw: Winners And Losers

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The qualifying draw for Euro 2020 has been made and with any draw, some nations are much happier with their opponents than others.

The likes of Italy and England will be pleased with the draw but and Holland have been left cursing their luck.

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After failing to qualify for World Cup, the Azzurri have been given a real chance of reaching this major tournament with Bosnia the only real threat in their group.

Manager Roberto Mancini was particularly happy to avoid Germany after his side were drawn in Group J, which also holds Finland, Greece, Armenia and Liechtenstein.

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England Heading To Nations League Semi-Finals

It looked like being a summer without any tournament football for England.

Up until the 85th minute against Croatia, the Three Lions were staring at relegation to the second tier of the Nations League, before skipper Harry Kane slid in the winning goal to send Wembley Stadium into raptures.

The country will be hoping for another heatwave in 2019 and England only need to win two more games to bring the trophy home.

Here is everything you need to know about the Nations League finals.

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Euro 2020: Germany Falls To Second Pot

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The 2020 EURO qualification just got a little more interesting with the news that UEFA has confirmed that Italy will be in Pot 1 and that Germany and Iceland will be in pot 2.

Joining Italy will be seeded alongside Belgium, France, Spain, Croatia and Poland.

Switzerland, Portugal, Netherlands and England are in their own Nations League pot after winning their respective groups.

The quartet are already assured of a playoff spot and will be drawn the first position in Groups A–D to ensure they each have two dates free to play the Nations League Finals in June.

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Spain Dominates FIFPro World XI Nominations

FIFPro, the worldwide players’ union, and FIFA have announced the 55 names in contention for the FIFA FIFPro World11 2018.

The FIFA FIFPro World11 is decided by the players, for the players and involves votes from almost 25,000 professional footballers from 65 different countries. During voting, they each select one goalkeeper, four defenders, three midfielders and three forwards.

This year’s list includes some familiar names, and standout statistics. Ten of last year’s World11 return to make the 55-man list, with Real Madrid the most-represented club side, seeing a full 11 players make the cut. Spain (nine) and France (eight) are the countries with the most players represented on the list.

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Southgate Vows England Will Come Back Stronger After World Cup Semi-Final Defeat

Gareth Southgate believes England’s heartbroken players will emerge stronger from Wednesday night’s painful semi-final loss to Croatia.

Mario Mandzukic’s extra time goal completed Croatia’s excellent comeback as Zlatko Dalic’s men fought back from Kieran Trippier’s brilliant early free kick to book their place in the World Cup final on Sunday.

Southgate’s side have exceeded expectations here in Russia, nevertheless the ache of this loss will still come as a crushing blow to England’s shell-shocked players.

Marcus Rashford, Harry Kane and Trippier were visibly distraught after the final whistle as Southgate went round consoling his forlorn stars.

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Is Football Coming Home?

Gareth Southgate told England’s young World Cup stars to grab their chance at glory after reaching the semi-finals for the first time since 1990.

England followed their gritty display against Colombia with a comfortable 2-0 quarter-final win over Sweden today. They will meet Croatia at the Luzhniki Stadium on Wednesday.

Headers from Harry Maguire and Dele Alli either side of half-time did the damage in Samara as England secured just their third ever World Cup semi-final.

“It’s an incredible privilege to be the England manager anyway,” the former defender said.

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Roy Hodgson Quits As England Manager – Now Who Replaces Him?

Roy-Hodgson-QuitsRoy Hodgson has resigned as England manager after his side’s 2-1 defeat by Iceland saw them knocked out of Euro 2016.

The 68-year-old had been in charge for four years after replacing Italian Fabio Capello won 33 of his 56 games in charge of the Three Lions. But critically he won just three of 11 games in major tournament finals.

“I’m sorry it will have to end this way but these things happen,” Hodgson said.

“I hope you will still be able to see an England team in a final of a major tournament soon.