The coronavirus pandemic has decimated the summer’s football schedule. The Euros have been postponed and will take place from June 11-July 11 in 2021. The flagship tournament was pushed back to allow domestic seasons to finish. Euro 2020 fans can book England Vs Croatia Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.
Here, Sportsmail takes a look at what players could suffer from the postponement of Euro 2020. The coronavirus pandemic has flipped around the football schedule and for some huge name stars, it could tragically speak to the start of the finish of their sparkling universal professions.
UEFA was forced to make the tough decision of postponing the Euro 2020 by a year, with the flagship tournament now scheduled to take place between June 11 to July 11 in 2021 after the coronavirus outbreak threw a spanner in the works.
Not only will the postponement of the Euros have a knock-on effect for the countries competing, but for the players themselves it could throw up a harsh new reality.
Many players will have potentially been eyeing up this summer’s showpiece event as their swansong on the international stage but with an extra year of miles on the clock, some may now be denied that opportunity.
Here, Sportsmail takes a look at what players are in danger of missing out on next summer’s Euros and having their international careers ended abruptly…
Kieran Trippier – England
England manager Gareth Southgate is blessed with an array of talent at right back at the moment, with both Trent Alexander-Arnold and Aaron Wan-Bissaka widely regarded as the future for the Three Lions. Euro 2021 fans can book England Euro Cup Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.
Their rapid rises are certainly set to spell an end to Kieran Trippier, who moved abroad last summer to join Atletico Madrid from Tottenham as he sought a fresh challenge.
Liverpool right-back Alexander-Arnold, who has played an influential role for the Reds as they close in on their first-ever Premier League title, has started England’s last two games and looks set for a long and successful career with the Three Lions.
Meanwhile, Wan-Bissaka has proved a fantastic signing for Manchester United since his £50million move from Crystal Palace last summer and will look to battle it with Alexander-Arnold for a starting spot.
It is last chance saloon for Trippier, who missed out on the UEFA Nations League Finals last June, to revive his international career and it certainly wouldn’t be a surprise if he wasn’t selected by Southgate for the Euros in 2021.
The FA announcing earlier this month that they will be investing Trippier over an alleged breach of betting regulations in regards to his transfer to Atletico will not have done him any favors either.
Luka Modric- Croatia
Rewind two years ago and Luka Modric had just scooped up the Ballon d’Or and The Best FIFA Men’s Player awards after a sensational year for both club and country, guiding Croatia to the final of the World Cup, where they lost to France.
But fast forward to the present day and Modric, now a veteran in the game at 34, does not appear to be the same player he was two years ago. Euro 2021 fans can book Croatia Euro Cup Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.
His position at Real Madrid under Zinedine Zidane is no longer certain, as the next generation of stars, including Fede Valverde, are coming through and forcing their way firmly into the starting XI plans.
Furthermore, Modric’s chances of game-time could be restricted even further if Madrid end up signing Paul Pogba, who could form a midfield triumvirate alongside Valverde and the ever-impressive Casemiro.
A summer move to the MLS has been touted but regular football in America’s top-flight may not be competitive enough to earn a place in Croatia’s squad.
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