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Euro 2020 – Luka Modric isn’t getting any younger and Kieran Trippier is set to be expelled by newer stars

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.

England vs Croatia Tickets - Euro 2020 - Luka Modric isn't getting any younger and Kieran Trippier is set to be expelled by newer stars
Euro 2020 – Kieran Trippier is set to be expelled by newer stars

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.

England vs Croatia Tickets - It certainly wouldn't be a surprise if Kieran Trippier wasn't selected for the Euro 2020
It certainly wouldn’t be a surprise if Kieran Trippier wasn’t selected for the Euro 2020

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.

England vs Croatia Tickets - Euro 2020 - Modric does not appear to be the same player he was two years ago
Euro 2020 – Modric does not appear to be the same player he was two years ago

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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Euro 2020 – UEFA delays key May 27 meeting over hosting matters

UEFA has delayed an Executive Committee meeting booked for May 27 as a result of some uncertain issues concerning the scenes for the following year’s re-planned Euro 2020 competition. Euro 2020 fans can book England Vs Croatia Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

In an announcement, European soccer’s overseeing body said the gathering would now happen on June 17. The Euro 2020 title, due to be organized in 12 urban areas over the landmass, was delayed in light of the novel coronavirus pandemic that shut down soccer in March.

UEFA said the change to the gathering was brought about by “the presence of some staying open focus concerning few proposed scenes for the revamped UEFA EURO 2020 one year from now”.

Euro 2020 – UEFA delays key May 27 meeting over hosting matters

At the end of the week, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin seemed to propose the quantity of host urban areas may be decreased. Euro 2021 fans can book England Euro Cup Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

“We’ve had discussions with nine urban communities and everything is set,” Ceferin said in a meeting with beIN Sports.

“With three urban communities, we have a few issues. So we will talk about further. On a basic level, we will do it in 12 urban communities yet if not, we are prepared to do it in 10, nine or eight.”

Glasgow Confirmation:

The title has generally been facilitated by one nation or with co-has, however, UEFA settled on a multi-city approach for the most recent version. Euro 2021 fans can book Croatia Euro Cup Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

12 urban communities make up for the Amsterdam, Baku, Bilbao, Bucharest, Budapest, Copenhagen, Dublin, Glasgow, London, Munich, Rome, and St Petersburg to show-stopper that was initially expected to occur from June 12 to July 12. Glasgow on Monday reconfirmed its situation as a host in the light of media hypothesis.

Euro 2020 – UEFA delays key May 27 meeting over hosting matters

“The conventional affirmation letter was sent on 14 May to the UEFA EURO 2020 Operations Director, Sharon Burkhalter-Lau, along with all the necessary going with documentation,” said a representative for the Local Organizing Structure (LOS) Glasgow.

This followed broad conversations with every pertinent partner and accomplices associated with facilitating the competition in Glasgow since the March 17 deferment choice.

“We anticipate Hampden Park, Glasgow, and Scotland, in general, assuming a key job as co-hosts of an essential UEFA EURO 2020 one year from now.”

UEFA’s May 27 gathering would have been two days after an underlying cutoff time for European soccer associations to diagram their arrangements to finish seasons. That cutoff time has now been stretched out with UEFA recognizing that point by point plans may in any case not be completely accessible.

In any case, in an announcement a week ago, it stated: “UEFA would by and by hope to in any event get a few signs with regards to the potential route forward visualized by national affiliations and classes by that date.”

Europe’s top soccer classes were suspended in March because of the COVID-19 pandemic yet the Bundesliga continued at the end of the week while the Spanish, English, and Italian top flights are likewise wanting to finish their seasons.

The rest of the French and Dutch top-flight crusades have been prematurely ended. UEFA said at the end of the week it intends to complete the 2019-20 season by August, including the Champions League and Europa League crusades.

“We have a thought however we need to sit tight for the official board of trustees of UEFA to affirm the dates,” Ceferin said.

“I can say that the European season will be done, if everything is as it is presently, in August.”

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Euro 2020 – Tottenham star Harry Kane admits he would not have been fully fit for the competition

Britain commander Harry Kane has uncovered he would not have been completely fit for the 2020 European Championships had they occurred as booked this late spring. Euro 2020 fans can book England Vs Croatia Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

The competition was expected to be played across June and July however was returned by a year following the flare-up of the coronavirus pandemic, only days after the PremierLeague was brought to an indefinite halt. Euro 2021 fans can book England Euro Cup Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

Preceding the deferments, Kane was confronting a fight to come back to Premier League activity before the season’s end with the end goal of contending in this summers European Championships. The 26-year-old hasn’t played since enduring a medical procedure requiring burst hamstring ligament on New Year’s Day.

The forward has since made a full recuperation from his drawn-out physical issue and will be accessible to play for Tottenham if and when Premier League football returns – with a June resumption remaining the objective. Euro 2021 fans can book Croatia Euro Cup Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

Be that as it may, Kane now concedes he would have been battling for full wellness if the European Championships were all the while proceeding.  

“With all the injuries I’ve had, I’ve never rushed them,” Kane told talkSPORT.

At whatever point I’ve returned, I’ve generally felt prepared to play. I’ve generally experienced the conventions and needed to do the freedom to ensure I can do everything.  

Be that as it may, with this one, taking a gander at it now we had the Euros coming up so I surmise I most likely wouldn’t have been completely fit as far as heaps of preparing or games. So in that regard, you could most likely say it’s profited me.

“The injury feels fine, so whenever we do come back it will have had more than enough time to heal.”

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Euro 2020 – Dejan Lovren discloses when he will hang up his shoes for Croatia

Liverpool and Croatia defender Dejan Lovren has been spending the lockdown making homemade ice-cream, helping his daughter with her homework, and playing a bit of football in his backyard with his son. Euro 2020 fans can book England Vs Croatia Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

Lovren, who will turn 31 this July, spoke to daily Sportske Novosti about the current situation with COVID-19, the postponement of Euro 2020, and his future with the national team. 

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Euro 2020 – Dejan Lovren discloses when he will hang up his shoes for Croatia

“I’ll play for the national team until my knees pop! I will retire from the ‘Vatreni’ when they have to push me in a wheelchair! I’ll go on for as long as I can and until I am able to,” Lovren said. 

The centre-back also believes captain Luka Modric will not only captain Croatia at the Euros next summer but continue on even after. Euro 2021 fans can book England Euro Cup Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

“I’ll reveal something. I talked to Luka Modric. I told him, “Luka, you’re like wine, the older you get, the better you are.” And he himself knows it would be crazy to say goodbye to the national team now. How could he say “goodbye” after going through the qualifiers? Luka has the energy, he’s ready in his head, he’s a top professional. I firmly believe that they will continue to be with us. Not only at Euro 2020 but also after the Euros! I know how he thinks, he’s always with the national team,” Lovren said. 

Lovren says that postponing Euro 2020 with the current situation was a logical decision and believes Croatia will benefit from an extra year to prepare.Euro 2021 fans can book Croatia Euro Cup Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices. 

“Some national team players, like me, will probably play more games for their clubs. It’s not the same when you’re playing or when you’re not playing. For example, before the World Cup in Russia, I played the season of my life, I played in the Champions League final. I felt powerful. Maybe the delay of Euro 2020 will be good because of us players who have not played too much this season,” he added.

England vs Croatia Tickets - Euro 2020 - Dejan Lovren discloses when he will hang up his shoes for Croatia
Euro 2020 – Dejan Lovren discloses when he will hang up his shoes for Croatia

With Liverpool tantalisingly close to winning their first league title in 30 years, Lovren is keen for the season to restart. It must be completed! It would not be normal for it not to end. Finance is involved in the whole story, so it just has to end.

After all, we are now talking about ten games till the end of the Premiership. A solution will be found. I don’t know if the remainder of matches will be played in one or two stadiums, whether it will be played every three or four days. But I’m sure the Premiership will be completed in a month.

We have played 80 percent of the league, it would be really bad if it could not be completed.

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Euro 2020 – Remembering EURO 96 classics of Germany vs England

Home nation England were riding the crest of a wave at EURO ’96 – at least until they met Germany in the semis. Euro 2020 fans can book England Vs Croatia Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

Context

‘Football’s Coming Home’ – so went the song reverberating around England with ever increasing belief as EURO ’96 unfolded. The hosts opened with a nervy 1-1 draw with Switzerland but a 2-0 win against Scotland followed by a barnstorming 4-1 success over the Netherlands sent them through to the quarter-finals in style. Victory over Spain on penalties only served to reinforce the view that this was their time.

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Moller was one of the most talented playmakers of his generation

Germany’s path to the last four had been serene enough, group stage wins against Czech Republic (2-0) and Russia (3-0) preceding a goalless draw with Italy. They edged Croatia 2-1 in the quarter-finals to set up another meeting with England, against whom they had needed a penalty shoot-out to prevail at the same stage of the 1990 FIFA World Cup.

Key players

Andreas Möller: The man who struck the winning spot kick, Möller was one of the most talented playmakers of his generation. He made his name mostly with Borussia Dortmund and Juventus, winning European honours with both.A World Cup and EURO winner with Germany to boot, he’s now involved in youth development.

Stefan Kuntz: Coach of his country’s Under-21s since 2016, Kuntz was a prolific scorer in his playing days although his goal in this game was one of only six he registered for Germany. He holds the record for most German caps (25) without ever suffering defeat.

Gareth Southgate: The centre-back was reunited with Kuntz while coaching England U21s but has since been promoted to the senior job and widely praised for bringing through perhaps his country’s most exciting crop of talent for years.

His volunteering to take a spot kick underlined his character; subsequently he featured in a TV advert mocking that miss. Euro 2021 fans can book England Euro Cup Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

England vs Croatia Tickets -  Alan Shearer headed Terry Venables' side in front after three minutes
Alan Shearer headed Terry Venables’ side in front after three minutes

What happened

When Alan Shearer headed Terry Venables’ side in front after three minutes, it seemed their momentum was such that nothing would stop them. It was not long, though, before Kuntz poked Germany level from close range. Teddy Sheringham, Shearer and Thomas Helmer all went close but extra time was required. Cue agony for England.

Darren Anderton hit a post and Paul Gascoigne was just centimetres from connecting on the goal line with Shearer’s cross. Both teams had a 100% record in the ensuing shoot-out by the time Southgate stepped up for England’s sixth penalty; it was saved, allowing Möller to win it for Germany.

Reaction

Andreas Kopke, Germany goalkeeper: “None of us could walk straight. The fight over 120 minutes was insane. England deserved it just as much as we did. Luck was on my side to save one of the penalties. All the previous ones had been taken really well.”

Fredi Bobic, Germany striker: “I had goosebumps when the English fans were singing the anthem before the penalty shoot-out. It was an unbelievably tense atmosphere. We had so many injured players and we witnessed that not the best team wins, but the best squad.”

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Euro 2020 – Remembering EURO 96 classics of Germany vs England

Stefan Kuntz, Germany goalscorer: “England usually don’t reach the fifth set of penalties. When they did, my heart was in my pants. I wanted to shoot it low but it went in high.”

Terry Venables, England manager: “The players can be very proud of themselves, as can everyone who has been involved in the past five weeks. It’s a shame not to get to the final, we’ve done our very best. I thought our performance in the second half was excellent and really we had the chances to finish it off in extra time. But it wasn’t to be.”

Aftermath

Oliver Bierhoff came off the bench to draw Germany level with Czech Republic in the final before winning them the trophy with a 95th-minute golden goal. The tournament marked the end of an era for England, with Glenn Hoddle already lined up to replace Venables regardless of how the team fared.

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Euro 2020 – Ivan Rakitic Ready to Play Football Again

Ivan Rakitic smiles on the cover of Spain’s most popular sports daily Marca. The Croatia representative and Barcelona champion was given the space he deserves for his status over the past years at Camp Nou, though he spoke about football the least. Euro 2020 fans can book England Vs Croatia Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

In Spain, the main topic today is the coronavirus pandemic.Tl.portal reports that football players in Spain are preparing to return to training, but the situation with the coronavirus pandemic is still far from over – more than 212,000 people have been infected, with some 25,000 dead from the effects of this vicious infection.

Euro 2020 – Ivan Rakitic Ready to Play Football Again

So, what is Ivan Rakitic missing most during home isolation?

“Like everyone, I miss the little joys and rituals that makeup life; driving my daughter to school, breakfast in the city, physical activity, peace. In this situation, I learned a lot, but the most important thing is that I now appreciate the seemingly small things far more and moments that we normally took for granted. And, of course, family and closest friends. In this regard, isolation was particularly difficult for me, because my family and close friends were scattered throughout Switzerland, Croatia, and Spain. I thank God everyone is fine,” Rakitic said, admitting he could not imagine living in something like this:

“No one could have imagined something like this. I know that we at the club took the whole situation very seriously. We went to play the first game of the Champions League round of 16 with Napoli, already aware that anything could happen. We must now be positive and also aware that everything we do to prevent the spread of the infection is truly good for us. I learned that you have to appreciate those little details you go through every day. The simplest moments are also the most beautiful. With family, friends, people you love. This has taught us a lot.”

Euro 2020 – Ivan Rakitic Ready to Play Football Again

The situation is not at all pleasant, and it has been scary for many.

“I would not say fear is the right word, I was more caught up in some uncertainty. I’m a person who lives organized, I don’t like surprises of this type. I like to have things under control, and this has thrown my family, from Seville, Switzerland, and Croatia, into uncertainty. It is good that there are modern technologies so that we could motivate each other a lot. I admit, there were moments of anxiety, but thank God my family is fine,” admits Rakitic, who has a message of encouragement for all:

“Many around the world have suffered and they are all our heroes. I would like to express eternal gratitude to them. Humanity will never forget this, but we must not allow ourselves to be left with only ugly and negative memories. We should always be in solidarity with one another, as in the time of the corona. Let’s get the power to move forward.”

Euro 2020 – Ivan Rakitic Ready to Play Football Again

What is the future of football? In some countries, the season will not reconvene.

“Everyone has the right to make their own decision. We see that the French league, one of the most important in Europe, will not play and that must be respected. Each national federation will decide what is best for it and how to bridge this gap of non-playing. I also think that one cannot make the same decisions, that everything cannot continue at the same time,” said Rakitic, who still thinks that football holds an essential place in everyday life: 

“Football is very important to many people, and the proof of that is the money that revolves around it. I have heard a lot lately about the problems that await football if it is not played. Of course, they are economical – money, European competitions, promotions and relegation, TV rights, calendars … But, it’s not about the fans, those who have their football was taken away overnight and all those who live for football, “says Rakitic, and adds:

“I think it’s time for all the football staff to stand up and unanimously say that they are not playing football for economic reasons. We need to get young people interested in doing what they love, regardless of the millions who invest in football. For starters, one should move away from thoughts of the virus and infection, have fun with friends, find a reason to be happy. Now is the time for all athletes to unite and support those who need the most support.”

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Euro 2020 – Workout at Home Project by Croatian Football Federation Watched Over Million Intervals

The coronavirus pandemic may have temporarily stopped football, but it has not prevented footballers from exercising. The Croatian Football Federation offered video training to young football players daily, and after 35 published videos, the great success of the #vjezbajdoma project is visible and easily measurable.

Through the #vjezbajdoma (#exerciseathome) project, HNS wanted to encourage young football players to use their free time for physical activity and improve their abilities during this extraordinary situation. Euro 2020 fans can book England Vs Croatia Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

Workout videos that can be performed at home, without additional devices and aids, were published daily, and among the videos were doctors’ instructions on healthy eating as well as advice on a psychological approach to these unusual circumstances.

The video was created by Croatian senior and young national team members in football, fitness experts, coaches, coaches, and experts from other fields such as medicine and psychology, as well as several other football players from many clubs. Euro 2020 fans can book England Euro Cup Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

“From the bottom of my heart, I thank all those who participated in creating this training because we showed really great unity in wanting to bring the knowledge, skills and experience of top coaches and footballers to our large base. Many thanks to everyone who practiced with us. Finally, I would like to thank our video analyst Nikola Buzadzic, who put a lot of effort into editing these works that have lasting value for the HNS and young footballers. I am glad that in this way, we help athletes stay in shape, but I know that everyone can’t wait to return to the football fields. I hope that the epidemiological situation in the country will allow us to do that relatively soon, and until then – we will continue to practice at home,” said HNS chief instructor Petar Krpan.

The final figures are truly impressive. Thirty-five trainings were published on four HNS channels: YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, with videos viewed more than a million times. On YouTube and Facebook alone, the total viewing time is more than 5,500 hours, and on Facebook and Instagram, the videos have garnered nearly 200,000 “likes”.

“We were aware that more than 100,000 young football players were left without daily training and we wanted to encourage them to exercise as much as possible at home, in a quality way. That is why we have included great fitness trainers from all parts of Croatia and I thank everyone for agreeing to share their knowledge via video. We have also included a number of our famous footballers, as well as indoor soccer players, to inspire further those who practice with us. All recorded training will remain available on HNS channels for everyone who wants to continue training according to such high standards,” said Ivan Krakan, HNS fitness instructor for junior national teams, who started the plan with chief trainer Krpan.

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Euro 2021 – Remembering EURO 2000 Classics of Portugal vs England

England looked to have steadied themselves as Kevin Keegan’s side headed to UEFA EURO 2000, but their opening match against Portugal was an eye-opener. Euro 2021 fans can book England Vs Croatia Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

Kevin Keegan’s England had scrambled to the finals in Belgium and the Netherlands with a play-off win against Scotland, but question marks remained over their aging stars (Alan Shearer had already announced he would retire from international football after the finals).

They could count on 25-year-olds David Beckham and Paul Scholes in midfield, but Humberto Coelho’s Portugal boasted A-grade talent too, with Luis Figo and Rui Costa (in Barcelona and Fiorentina respectively) in their prime. Euro 2021 fans can book England Euro Cup Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

Key players

• Luis Figo: A revelation in Spain following his 1995 move from Sporting CP to Barcelona, the attacking midfielder received the Ballon d’Or for 2000 – after completing a hugely emotive switch to Real Madrid, where he would win the 2001/02 UEFA Champions League.

• David Beckham: The Manchester United midfielder with the Spice Girl wife was a superstar in England, though fans in Portugal thought all he could do was cross a ball. That skill alone made him a key player in the Group A game in Eindhoven.

• Rui Costa: This match featured some of the greatest midfielders of the age, with Rui Costa – amid 12 years in Italy – perhaps delivering the most outstanding display of all. He was transferred from Fiorentina to AC Milan the following summer.

What happened

Beckham had one foot in the morning’s front pages within 18 minutes, his crosses setting up goals for Scholes and Steve McManaman, but the game soon slipped from England’s grasp. Figo got one back with an eye-catching strike from distance (albeit it took a significant deflection off England’s Tony Adams).

Portugal was phenomenal from then on; David Seaman pulled off a couple of great saves but could not stop Joao Pinto connecting with Costa’s cross to level before half-time.

The interval provided little relief. Pinto skimmed the bar soon after the restart, then Costa’s ball was dispatched by Nuno Gomes to make it 3-2 before the hour-mark. England fought on but was well beaten.

Nuno Gomes, Portugal forward: “After 20 minutes, I admit I was a little bit frightened because we were 2-0 down and there was still a long way to go. We weren’t playing badly, but it crossed my mind that we could be in for a heavy defeat.”

Costinha, Portugal midfielder: “I warmed up at half-time, warmed up for the entire second half and didn’t get on, but the spirit was so strong that I didn’t mind. We were so determined and we gave a great lesson in will, humility, and ambition.”

Luis Figo, Portugal midfielder: “We were 2-0 down so I said to myself: ‘We have to take risks.’ I got the ball from Rui Costa and decided to take advantage of the space to get closer to the area. I risked the shot, despite the distance, and it came off. That goal got us back into the game and sparked a result that made history for us.”

Elsewhere that night

Holders Germany looked less than dazzling in their Group A opener, Erich Ribbeck’s team falling behind after just five minutes in Liege as Viorel Moldovan netted for Romania. Mehmet Scholl made it 1-1, but with Gheorghe Hagi pulling the strings, Romania appeared the more likely winners and Moldovan passed up a great chance after the break.

“We took a blow but we will come back from it,” promised England boss Keegan.

They did by beating an out-of-sorts Germany 1-0 in their next game, only to then bow out with a 3-2 loss to Romania in their climactic group match. Portugal would be England’s downfall again at UEFA EURO 2004, ousting the Three Lions on penalties after a 2-2 quarter-final draw.

The Portuguese papers were in raptures over the England result, meanwhile: “Fantastic! Memorable! Amazing! Class and character! Quality and courage!” wrote Record the following morning.

The positive headlines kept coming as Portugal won all three of their Group A games, then beat Turkey in the quarter-finals before a golden-goal exit to eventual winners France in the semis.

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Euro 2021 – Remembering EURO 2008 Classics of Croatia vs Turkey

Turkey-led for a total of six minutes at UEFA EURO 2008 but came within a whisker of the final after a succession of dramatic late comebacks – none greater than their quarter-final Lazarus act against Croatia. Euro 2021 fans can book England Vs Croatia Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

Even the most desperate of soap opera writers would have balked at some of Turkey’s improbable plotlines in Austria and Switzerland. Time and again Fatih Terim’s side looked dead and buried only for them to emerge, alive and well, from the metaphorical (and occasionally meteorological) shower.

Their final group game against the Czech Republic was a case in point. Needing to win, Turkey trailed 2-0 with 15 minutes left. Arda Turan gave them a sniff and, as jaws dropped among the watching public, the Crescent Stars rose. Two goals from Nihat Kahveci sent them through.

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Euro 2021 – Remembering EURO 2008 Classics of Croatia vs Turkey

Next up was a talented Croatia side who beat England in qualifying and whose own progress through a group containing Germany was serene: three games, three wins, no fuss. Euro 2021 fans can book Croatia Euro Cup Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

Semih Sentuk For so long a second-string striker for Fenerbahçe, Semih found a mind-blowing type in 2007/08 to turn into the Turkish Super Lig’s top marksman with 17 objectives. His reward was a place at EURO 2008.

Rustu Reçber Instantly recognizable with his piratic hair and strips of eye black, Rustu was 35 at EURO 2008 and providing experienced back-up for Volkan Demirel, who duly picked up a two-game ban. Euro 2021 fans can book England Euro Cup Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

Ivan Klasnic Not many people are up and running within 15 months of undergoing two kidney transplants. Still, fewer are playing football. None, before the Bremen forward had capped their recovery with a goal at a EURO.

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Euro 2021 – Remembering EURO 2008 Classics of Croatia vs Turkey

Croatia was on top throughout, with Ivica Olic crashing a shot off the crossbar in regulation time, and when Klasnic headed in Luka Modric’s cross with a minute of extra time to play, Croatia looked to have booked a semi-final against Germany. However, for the third game running, Turkey sensationally hit back.

Semih drove in, with the aid of a deflection, from just inside the area to force the first shoot-out of EURO 2008. Turkey went on to win 3-1 on penalties after 35-year-old Rustu saved Mladen Petric’s kick following earlier misses from Modric and Ivan Rakitic.

Fatih Terim, Turkey coach: “After Croatia scored, I saw players lying on the pitch and I told Arda to get the ball out of the goal and start again. I wasn’t giving up. There is something special about this team.”

Slaven Bilic, Croatia coach: “This is the third match Turkey has won in this extreme manner … it is obvious that they have quality and the X factor which you need. The game had an incredible ending, the kind you can only find in football.”

Kazım Kazım, Turkey winger: “We have enough morale and psychological strength to overcome this situation. In my opinion, Turkey’s best weapon is a belief.”

Turkey took the lead against Germany in the last four though found themselves in the all-too-familiar position of trailing heading into the last five minutes. Semih equalized but this time they were beaten at their own game, Philipp Lahm scoring a 90th-minute winner. Spain proved too strong for the Germans in the final.

Croatia endured a period of finals disappointment but a ‘second golden generation’, featuring EURO 2008 veterans Modric and Rakitic, finished runners-up at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

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Euro 2021 – Zlatko Dalic says Young players need modest and international experience

Croatia director Zlatko Dalic focused on the significance of giving youthful players game time to improve the national group for Euro 2021. Croatian national group lead trainer Zlatko Dalic referred to instructing at the adolescent level and serious introduction for youthful players as two central points that contribute towards the development of national groups.

Dalic, who took Croatia to the 2018 World Cup final, was part of online interaction with Indian coaches, hosted by the Sports Authority of India (SAI), on Friday. Euro 2021 fans can book England Vs Croatia Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

In the e-meet that included India‘s sports minister Kiren Rijiju, India national team head coach Igor Stimac and several Indian coaches, Dalic was asked about the importance of giving international exposure to young footballers.

“A lot of coaches prefer old (experienced) players and give them chances but from my side, I also know Igor (Stimac) insists that we have to give a lot of young players chances if we want to improve him,” Dalic began. 

On the off chance that you need to assemble a decent player, you need to give him a possibility. A youthful player without serious and global introduction won’t improve. Euro 2021 fans can book England Euro Cup Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

Our young players of 18 and 19 years who are going to large clubs in different nations are not getting game time there and that is the place their improvement stops. A young player has to play every week. The coach has to give him support and confidence to let him play.

He further stressed the importance of having good coaches at the youth level as well to help the grassroots level attempts bear fruit. Euro 2021 fans can book Croatia Euro Cup Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

“You know that we have a lot of players who play at the biggest clubs, they are fantastic players, there are always a lot of good talents in our country and also a lot of good coaches who work with the young players. Somebody saw Modric, Rakitic, etc and improved them.”

India national team head coach Igor Stimac, who also attended the call, added that the Blue Tigers need a bigger selection pool for coaches. 

“We have good academy coaches in Croatia, it’s the most important basic thing in football to become successful one day and that’s what we are discussing with the All India Football Federation (AIFF) at the moment because we need a huge selection to start with,  in India. To do a proper selection, we need to import 5-10 great academy coaches.”

Croatia is a country that allows dual citizenship and the national team has hugely benefitted from it. When Dalic was asked how about the same, he replied,

“In our country, we see a lot of players who are not born in Croatia but have a Croatian nationality. For example, (Ivan) Rakitic is born in Switzerland but he had a lot to offer us. So it is very important for us because they improve our football and give us a lot of benefits.”

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