It’s match day for England as they prepare to face the Czech Republic in Group D.
The Three Lions, however, will be without the self-isolating Chelsea duo Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell, removed from the squad after coming into contact with Scotland midfielder Billy Gilmour, who tested positive for Covid-19.
This has cast doubt on Gareth Southgate’s plans as they look to beat the Czechs and dominate the group tonight, with their place in the round of 16 already confirmed after Tuesday’s results.
Yesterday, groups B and C were decided; Belgium and the Netherlands topped their respective groups with victories over Finland and North Macedonia, while Denmark beat Russia to advance and Austria beat Ukraine to also finish second in their group. .
This left Finland and Ukraine in third place in Groups B and C respectively with three points each – meaning England, Switzerland, Sweden, the Czech Republic and France can celebrate their qualification in eighth. final.
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Mount and Chilwell ‘gutted’
Chelsea’s self-isolating pair will support England on their own.
UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin said he was “grateful to the Prime Minister and the UK government for their hard work in finalizing these deals with us”.
“It is great news that so many fans will be able to watch the last three matches of Euro 2020 at Wembley,” he said.
“The past 18 months have taught us – both on and off the pitch – just how integral fans are to the fabric of the game.
“This tournament has been a beacon of hope in reassuring people that we are returning to a more normal way of life and it is a further step on that path.
“I am grateful to the Prime Minister and the UK Government for their hard work in finalizing these arrangements with us, in order to make the finals of the tournament a great success at Wembley.”
Wembley capacity increased
All ticket holders will have to meet a number of strict entry requirements, including a negative Covid-19 test or proof of full vaccination – two doses received, 14 days before the game.
While there has been no announcement on the outcome of talks between the government, the Football Association and UEFA over a workaround for the quarantine restrictions that would see up to 2,500 VIPs attending the final , this makes an agreement even more likely.
“We are delighted that more fans can now step through the Wembley turnstiles and enjoy the Euro 2020 final,” Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said.
“As we continue to move forward on our roadmap outside of lockdown, ensuring public safety remains our top priority.
“We have worked very closely with UEFA and the FA to ensure that tough and stringent public health measures are in place while allowing more fans to see the action live.
“The finale promises to be an unforgettable moment in our national recovery from the pandemic.”
Bayern statement on the Allianz Arena
BREAK: More than 60,000 people to attend the semi-finals and the final
The capacity of Wembley Stadium will increase to more than 60,000 fans for the semi-finals and the final of Euro 2020, the government has announced.
The new levels mean the stadium will be at 75% capacity for the final three games, which will end with the final itself on July 11.
Malen hopes to start
Dutch striker Donyell Malen is said to be disappointed not to start his country’s last 16 games after breaking onto the tournament scene in the last two games, he said on Tuesday.
The 22-year-old made an immediate impact following entering Group C’s second game against Austria last Thursday and started Monday’s clash against North Macedonia, being involved in the opening goal of the 3- win. 0 in Amsterdam.
The Dutch finished in the lead and are now heading for a final clash in Budapest on Sunday against an opponent yet to be determined.
“I would be disappointed if I didn’t play in Budapest, that would naturally be human, right?” he said at a press conference on Tuesday.
“But it’s the coach who decides who plays. We still have enough training sessions to try to make it as difficult as possible for the coach not to let you out.”
Grealish should start tonight
Gareth Southgate is set to give Jack Grealish a start tonight after Mason Mount was left out of the game.
Jude Bellingham was in the running to take the place of the Chelsea midfielder, but it’s Grealish who will report the Times will get the green light.
Germany team news
Germans Mats Hummels and Ilkay Gundogan resumed training on Tuesday, a day before their final Group F game against Hungary, while the participation of teammate Thomas Muller remained uncertain after only running light alone.
They had all been injured in Germany’s 4-2 win over Portugal last week.
While defender Hummels and midfielder Gundogan trained with the team, attacking midfielder Mueller trained on a bicycle with his knee slightly bandaged and jogged for a while with teammate Lukas Klostermann. , who is recovering from an injury.
Danish fans can travel
Danish fans have been told they can travel to Amsterdam to watch Saturday’s Euro 2020 round of 16, which Welsh fans are banned from.
It was reported on Monday that fans from Wales and Denmark would not be allowed to watch the game as the two nations were not on the Netherlands’ safe country list.
But Erik Brogger, director of citizens’ services at the Danish Foreign Ministry, told a press conference on Tuesday that Danish fans could avoid quarantine in Holland if they entered and left the country within 12 hours.
“You can go to football, but you have to plan pretty carefully if you don’t want to risk being quarantined in a hotel room,” Brogger said, quoted by Danish media outlet Politiken.
“It should be technically possible, but you have to plan it pretty carefully. For most people, it will probably be better to stay at home. We encourage you to watch the game at home.”
Danish authorities have said fans can travel if they show a negative PCR test dating back no more than 72 hours.
Czechs have nothing to fear
Czech Republic star Patrik Schick insists his side are aiming for victory at Wembley tonight and have nothing to fear.
The Czechs are in the final 16 after taking four points in their first two games and Schick says the mood is good ahead of their clash with England.
“It’s always difficult to play against them, but they haven’t created much so far, so they’re within our grasp. We are preparing in the best possible way, a draw is not enough, we want to win, “said the 25-year-old.