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Euro 2020 – Famous Football commentator describes his story of following the 3 Lions

In the most recent release of ‘What England Means’ fueled by BT, football reporter John Helm takes us through seven decades covering England and clarifies why he has the epithet, Stan. Euro 2020 fans can book England Vs Czech Republic Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

There aren’t many of us left who can or want to, remember the events of 29 June 1950. It was just before my eighth birthday and I was in disbelief as England’s national football team lost a World Cup match to the United States in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

Euro 2020 - Famous Football commentator describes his story of following the 3 Lions
Euro 2020 – Famous Football commentator describes his story of following the 3 Lions

The score was 1-0, but so disbelieving were certain newspapers that they printed a 10-1 England victory. As an aside, England would genuinely score ten against the US 14 years later in a 10-0 friendly win.

Little did I know back in 1950 that 64 years later I would be in the same Brazilian city to commentate on England’s 0-0 draw with Costa Rica. Sadly, that wasn’t a particularly fond memory either.

In 1950, I was a just little lad in short pants but my nickname was Stan because I used to dribble a tennis ball to school pretending to be Stanley Matthews. There are people in my local village Baildon, just outside Bradford, who still call me Stan to this day.

It was the incomparable Sir Stan who made me fall in love with both football and England. It has been documented a million times how he inspired Blackpool to a 4-3 FA Cup final victory over Bolton Wanderers in 1953.

Euro 2020 - Famous Football commentator describes his story of following the 3 Lions
Euro 2020 – Famous Football commentator describes his story of following the 3 Lions

I watched the game on my next-door neighbour’s black-and-white telly and from that day forth, like most boys, I wanted to Matthews and to represent the Three Lions.

But by 1966 I knew I wasn’t going to cut it as a professional footballer. We all know what happened that year. Euro 2020 fans can book England Euro Cup Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

I was still in the embryonic stages of my journalistic career, so miles behind in the pecking order to go to Wembley Stadium and cover England winning the World Cup.

Instead, I was busy playing for my local club side in the Bradford Cricket League; but by some miracle, both teams were hustled out for just 26 and the last wicket fell at 1450, ten minutes before the final kicked off!

Having abandoned any dream of playing for my country, by 1974, I was yearning to at least watch England in the flesh. Fortunately, by then I was covering Leeds United matches for BBC local radio and was on first-name terms with Jack Charlton, Norman Hunter, Allan Clarke, Paul Madeley, Terry Cooper, Paul Reaney and, of course, Don Revie, so my appetite was whetted even further.

Excitement mounted that summer when I was put on standby to go to the World Cup finals in Germany because one of the commentators, who shall remain nameless, had been a ‘naughty boy’ swigging down a few too many lagers. But he decided to toe the line, so I never got the call.

 Euro 2020 - Famous Football commentator describes his story of following the 3 Lions
Euro 2020 – Famous Football commentator describes his story of following the 3 Lions

I didn’t have to wait long, though. After moving to BBC headquarters in London, I was appointed as a network football producer, a role that entailed organizing coverage of all England matches at home and abroad. Euro 2020 fans can book the Czech Republic Euro Cup Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

This involved things like sorting out commentary positions for domestic and foreign broadcasters, arranging interviews with managers and players, and even once paying fines for two England players (who shall remain anonymous) for walking through the streets of Bulgaria bare-chested – a ghastly crime!

It was pure ecstasy than when in 1978 I was dispatched to Buenos Aires to cover the draw for that year’s World Cup. I traveled with Bryon Butler, the BBC Radio football correspondent, and Peter Jones, the foremost commentator of his time.

Believe it or not, there were just 12 other journalists in the room. At a rough guess, for the same event in Moscow two years ago, there was probably about 800 present. How times change!

At the 1978 World Cup in Argentina, I recall seeing one commentator’s ‘meticulously’ prepared notes. They were written on the back of his cigarette packet! Even the match day programs for World Cup games back then were pocket-sized.

I’ll also never forget England manager Ron Greenwood, who was working with us during that tournament, hiding in the back of one of our cars as a madman called Horatio took us down the wrong side of a motorway to beat the traffic on the way to the River Plate stadium.

Ron also once berated me for referring to Peter Barnes as a winger – there were no such species in his view.

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Euro 2020 – Remembering Euro 96 mascot’s Name, stimulus and history of England’s European Contest symbol

There is no Euro 2020 Championship in this summer, so 3 Lions faithful have been reminiscing about 1996. Euro 2020 fans can book England Vs Czech Republic Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

When England hosted the European Championship in 1996, a new mascot was born, following a line of iconic football tournament mascots. Italy had Pinocchio, Germany had Berni, and England made sure to create a symbol that would evoke the successes of previous teams and one that would be memorable itself.

Euro 2020 – Remembering Euro 96 mascot’s Name, stimulus and history of England's European Contest symbol
Euro 2020 – Remembering Euro 96 mascot’s Name, stimulus and history of England’s European Contest symbol

So who was the mascot for Euro 96 and what was the motivation? Objective investigates.

Who was the mascot for Euro 96?

The mascot for Euro 96 was Goaliath.

Drawing upon England’s relationship with Three Lions on their national group identification, Goaliath was a lion who wore an England shirt and was typically furnished with a ball under his arm. Euro 2020 fans can book the Czech Republic Euro Cup Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

A play on the name of the scriptural character Goliath, who was a fearsome mammoth, Goaliath was the animation encapsulation of the competition has, England. The character of Goaliath was to a great extent enlivened by World Cup Willie – the mascot for the 1966 World Cup, which was likewise held in England.

Like Goaliath, Willie was a lion, yet he wore a pullover with an association banner decorated across it as opposed to a plain England shirt.

The mascot for Euro 96 was Goaliath.
The mascot for Euro 96 was Goaliath.

European Championship mascots

There have been several mascots for the European Championship over the years and they have taken various forms. In the 1980s and 1990s, European Championship mascots tended to be animals, but the trend has shifted since the turn of the millennium towards more human forms.

You can see the full list of mascots from 1980 to 2020 below.

Tournament Mascot
Euro 80 – Italy Pinocchio
Euro 84 – France Peno
Euro 88 – West Germany Berni
Euro 92 – Sweden  Rabbit
Euro 96 – England Goaliath
Euro 2000 – Netherlands & Belgium Benelucky
Euro 2004 – Portugal Kinas
Euro 2008 – Austria & Switzerland Trix and Flix
Euro 2012 – Poland & Ukraine Slavek and Slavko
Euro 2016 – France Super Victor
Euro 2020 – Pan European Skillzy

The principal European Championship mascot was revealed in front of the 1980 competition in Italy. It was called Pinocchio and based on the classic fairy-tale character, with a long nose. Euro 2020 fans can book England Euro Cup Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

France 1984 saw the first run through a creature character filled in as European Championship mascot with a cockerel called Peno summoning the national group identification of Les Bleus. West Germany followed in 1988, opting for a rabbit called Berni – a nod to the city of Berne, where Germany won their first World Cup.

In 1992, Sweden hosted the European Championship, and, instead of taking the opportunity to make their unique mascot, they persisted with a rabbit. The rabbit was a different color and named Rabbit.

Goaliath followed in Euro 96, with the lion topic proceeding in Euro 2000, which was held across Belgium and the Netherlands, with Benelucky. The Belgo-Dutch mascot was the part devil and part lion, incorporating both countries’ national team symbols.

Portugal hosted Euro 2004 and their mascot was Kinas – a boy in a Portugal kit named in honor of the national flag, the Bandeira das Quinas (flag of the five shields).

When Austria and Switzerland hosted Euro 2008, they went for red-and-white-clad twin mascots Trix and Flix. A comparable mascot style followed when Poland and Ukraine facilitated Euro 2012, with every mascot wearing the hair shade of their separate national banners.

France continued the human style of mascot in 2016, dispensing with the cockerels that had served them in 1984 and the World Cup in 1998 (Footix) in favour of Super Victor, a child hero footballer.

The mascot for Euro 2020 – which will presently occur in 202 is Skillzy, who is a free-form football animation character.

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Euro 2020 – 4 Lions playing for Chelsea And counting

There are more members of the current England Euro 2020 squad that play their club football for Chelsea than any other side, with four, but there was a time not so long ago when we regularly contributed even more players to the Three Lions. Euro 2020 fans can book England Vs Czech Republic Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

Gareth Southgate has been paying attention to the excellent form of the young Englishmen in the Blues team in the early stages of this season, calling up Tammy Abraham, Ross Barkley, Mason Mount, and Fikayo Tomori to his England squad for the Euro 2020 qualifying matches against the Czech Republic and Bulgaria.

England vs Czech Republic Tickets -  Euro 2020 - Ruben Loftus-Cheek has been selected by Southgate in the past
Euro 2020 – Ruben Loftus-Cheek has been selected by Southgate in the past

Given that Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Callum Hudson-Odoi have both been selected by Southgate in the past and are at varying stages of their return to full fitness after lengthy injury absences, that number could soon increase to six. Euro 2020 fans can book England Euro Cup Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

That would match the number of England internationals we had at the peak of the period around 13 years ago when we frequently provided a large chunk of the Three Lions’ squad. Six was the highest number during that time, chosen by Steve McClaren for a 1-1 friendly draw with the Netherlands in November 2006, but who were they, and what are they up to now?

England vs Czech Republic Tickets -  Euro 2020 - Callum Hudson-Odoi has been selected by Southgate in the past
Euro 2020 – Callum Hudson-Odoi has been selected by Southgate in the past

Ashley Cole

This wasn’t the happiest game of Cole’s long and distinguished international career. He was selected ahead of Wayne Bridge at left-back but given the unenviable task of marking another of his Chelsea team-mates, Arjen Robben.

He also summed up England’s frustration in the second half when he picked up a booking for dissent. After a brief spell playing under Frank Lampard, and alongside Mount and Tomori, last season, Cole retired in the summer. Euro 2020 fans can book the Czech Republic Euro Cup Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

He has retained his strong links with the Blues, though, working as a club ambassador in the US and Japan as well as helping out with the younger sides in our Academy as he completes his coaching qualification.

England vs Czech Republic Tickets -   Ashley Cole was selected ahead of Wayne Bridge at left-back
Ashley Cole was selected ahead of Wayne Bridge at left-back

Wayne Bridge

An unused substitute on that Wednesday evening in Amsterdam, Bridge’s presence in the squad meant both England left-backs were Chelsea players. After hanging up his boots in 2014, he was next seen on reality television, taking part in the 2016 edition of I’m a Celebrity.

Get Me Out of Here! before decided to commit himself full-time to his second passion, poker. He now competes regularly in professional events on the international circuit.

Joe Cole

Cole showed his creativity in Amsterdam by providing a brilliant cross for Wayne Rooney to score England’s goal. He ended his playing career in November 2018, after spending time in America with the Tampa Bay Rowdies, and returned to Cobham to finish his coaching qualifications

Joe Coletakes on a new role with Chelsea as a technical Academy coach at the start of this year.

England vs Czech Republic Tickets - Lampard played the full 90 minutes against the Netherlands
Lampard played the full 90 minutes against the Netherlands

Frank Lampard

Lampard played the full 90 minutes against the Netherlands, and we’re sure you don’t need to tell what the Chelsea legend is up to these days. He is, of course, now in his first season as head coach here at Chelsea, guiding a young Blues team to a promising start to the 2019/20 campaign.

Before that, our all-time leading scorer had learned the ropes as a manager at Derby County last season, reaching the Championship play-off final with a team which included Tomori, Mount, and Ashley Cole.

John Terry

Terry skippered the England side on this occasion, his sixth time captaining his country, and played the whole match. He retired as a player last year at the age of 37 and went into coaching at Aston Villa, the club he had finished his playing career with.

He was no doubt of assistance to Abraham on the training pitch last season at the Birmingham club, as they earned a promotion to the Premier League via the play-offs. Furthermore, 4 December is the date to mark on your calendar, when Terry will return to Stamford Bridge for Villa’s top-flight fixture with Chelsea.

Shaun Wright-Phillips

The diminutive winger came off the bench for England against the Netherlands, replacing Andrew Johnson with a little over 15 minutes remaining. He retired less than two months ago, after a couple of years playing for Didier Drogba’s Phoenix Rising team in America.

He has filled his time since with appearances as a television pundit and working in various roles at another of his previous clubs Manchester City, where his son D’Margio signed his first professional contract last month.

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Euro 2020 – Remembering Chelsea’s top performers from England team

Fikayo Tomori could become the 50th player to earn a senior England cap if he makes his debut during the international break. Here are some of our best performers for the Three Lions. Euro 2020 fans can book England Vs Czech Republic Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

Our young center-back earned his first call-up to Gareth Southgate’s squad after his excellent start to the campaign, joining Tammy Abraham, Ross Barkley, and Mason Mount in the selection for the European Championship qualifiers away to the Czech Republic and Bulgaria.

England vs Czech Republic Tickets - Euro 2020 - Fikayo Tomori could become the 50th player to earn a senior England cap
Euro 2020 – Fikayo Tomori is the 50th player to earn a senior England cap and play for Chelsea

The latter trio has all been capped previously, with Mount becoming the 49th man to represent England while playing for Chelsea, and we could now see that tally become a half-century should Tomori get the nod.

Here’s the full list of those Blues who have previously appeared for the Three Lions, and we highlight a few of those who starred while representing their country. Euro 2020 fans can book England Euro Cup Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

John Terry had to bide his time for a first international cap, but he certainly made up for lost time with some typically commanding displays with mirrored those he was putting in while wearing the blue shirt.

England vs Czech Republic Tickets -Euro 2020 - Fikayo Tomori is the 50th player to earn a senior England cap and play for Chelsea
Euro 2020 – Mason Mount is the 49th player to earn a senior England cap and play for Chelsea

Three years after had debuted, he was handed the captain’s armband following some typically rock-solid performances at the 2006 World Cup which earned him a spot in the tournament’s all-star squad. JT also holds the distinction of scoring the first senior international goal at the new Wembley Stadium, against Brazil in June 2007.

Another defender whose excellence at club level was replicated on the international stage was Ashley Cole. Arguably our greatest left-back, Ash remains the only full-back to surpass the 100-cap mark for England, and he was first capped while at Arsenal after making only 11 appearances for the club.

He proved to be a natural and held down the position for much of the next 13 years across three World Cups and two European Championships.

The late Ray Wilkins’ time at Stamford Bridge was all too short, but the same couldn’t be said of his international career and only two former Chelsea players earned more caps for the Three Lions. Euro 2020 fans can book the Czech Republic Euro Cup Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

England vs Czech Republic Tickets -Ross Barkley is part of English squad during Euro 2020 qualifiers
Ross Barkley is part of English squad during Euro 2020 qualifiers

He scored one of England’s finest European Championship goals at Euro 80, craftily lofting the ball over the Belgium defense and running onto it himself before another delicate lob left the keeper grasping at thin air.

Our current head coach Frank Lampard was one of England’s star men at Euro 2004, as three goals in four matches marked him out as someone who belonged at this level. He was duly voted England’s Player of the Year twice in a row and he finished his international career with a fine record of 29 goals from 106 appearances.

Another of our Premier League title winners who starred at the international level was Joe Cole. That he won all but 10 of his 56 caps for England while at Chelsea tells you all you need to know about where and when he played his best football.

England vs Czech Republic Tickets -  Tammy Abraham is part of English squad during Euro 2020 qualifiers
Tammy Abraham is part of English squad during Euro 2020 qualifiers

After starring in the Blues’ Premier League title success in 2005/06, the No10 headed to Germany for the World Cup as a regular starter for his country and scored the greatest goal of his career in a group stage match against Sweden; controlling the ball on his chest from fully 35 yards, Cole larruped an incredible strike into the far corner.

Tommy Lawton is widely regarded as one of the greatest goalscorers in the history of English football and though he was lethal in his only full season with the Blues, that paled in comparison to his record for England at this time.

He scored 14 goals from just 11 caps during his time with us, a record which stood at 22 in 23 comes to the end of his career. An even better record was held by George Hilsdon, the first player to score a century of goals for the Blues.

He took that form onto the international stage, netting 14 times from just eight appearances for England, including eight on the country’s first-ever overseas tour. His 12 England goals in the 1907/08 season was a record until Jimmy Greaves managed one more in 1960/61.

Greaves, of course, more than merits a mention here among our top England internationals. It’s unfortunate for him that his England career is often remembered as much for a game he didn’t play in than it is for the 44 goals he netted for his country, of which 16 were plundered from the 15 caps he won while representing Chelsea.

While Greavsie missed out on England’s thrilling World Cup final win over West Germany in 1966, his replacement, Geoff Hurst, fired in the most famous hat-trick in English football history.

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Euro 2020 – Gareth Southgate in regular contact with England squad over Zoom

The England boss has been holding virtual meetings with his players, in a month where they would have normally been involved in the Euro 2020 Championships. Euro 2020 fans can book England Vs Czech Republic Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

Gareth Southgate has been doing regular Zoom calls to stay in touch with his England players. England boss Southgate has been talking to them regularly throughout the lockdown which has been well received by the players.

Southgate kept a respectful distance at first during the pandemic with the country gripped by a national disaster and players also gripped by worries about the Premier League and their futures.

But in the past few weeks, as the situation has improved, Southgate has been talking to different players, the established stars but also with fringe players and offering a few hope for the future. Euro 2020 fans can book England Euro Cup Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

Southgate has always been a good communicator and his personal touch – often talking about families and society in general rather than just football – has ensured he has stayed in touch. The worry for the England team and the Football Association has been that no-one knows yet when international fixtures will be up and running.

England vs Czech Republic Tickets -Euro 2020 - Gareth Southgate in regular contact with England squad over Zoom
Euro 2020 – Gareth Southgate in regular contact with England squad over Zoom

UEFA is adamant that the Nations League is still in their plans and, even though their next ExCo meeting on June 17 will focus on club football, things are looking much more positive for that tournament.

The feeling is that UEFA has gone out of their way to help club football so would hope if games are played in the autumn then players will be released to get internationals up and running.

Therefore, Southgate has done his best to stay in tune with his players even if it is done on a virtual basis rather than in the flesh as Euro 2020 should have been kicking off next week but for the coronavirus. League One players will be offered coronavirus tests on Friday with the EFL still facing a major dilemma.

It will be up to the players as to whether they take up the offer but League One clubs are at least going through the motions in case it restarts. A final decision on League One is now expected to be taken next Tuesday, June 9, and in all likelihood, the season will be curtailed and only play-offs will remain.

England vs Czech Republic Tickets - Euro 2020 - Gareth Southgate in regular contact with England squad over Zoom
Euro 2020 – Gareth Southgate in regular contact with England squad over Zoom

But there is still disquiet among some clubs and it would seem someone will be unhappy at whatever the outcome. Professor Jonathan Van-Tam earned praise for his speech and honesty during the Downing Street briefing last Saturday.

That probably did not come as much of a surprise to people in football as Van-Tam has, by all accounts, been outstanding on various conference calls. Euro 2020 fans can book the Czech Republic Euro Cup Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

Van-Tam took part in a players’ call with the Professional Footballers’ Association and then also with BAME players and representatives and his reassurance and remarks were “a game-changer,” according to a source on both calls.

Andrew Flintoff will co-host his last talkSPORT breakfast show on Wednesday, June 10. This column revealed on May 21 the cricket legend was standing down in his role alongside main host Laura Woods on the hugely popular radio show.

Flintoff has been a big success but his Top Gear show is preparing to resume filming while the idea was that he would be involved until football comes back.

Radio station talkSPORT are talking to Watford striker Troy Deeney about a regular arrangement as co-host alongside Woods who does the show every Monday to Wednesday. It looks like it will not just be TV viewers who will be big winners in Project Restart.

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Euro 2020 delay may be perfect for England’s young players

The mind-blowing profundity of ability implies Gareth Southgate’s divas could top at the ideal time the following summer with rivals Spain, France, and Co all maturing. Euro 2020 fans can book England Vs Czech Republic Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

Euro 2020 Championships have been pushed back to 2021 due to coronavirus. While it is frustrating, it could see England’s young squad peak at the perfect time Phil Foden and James Maddison could be the main beneficiaries of the delay. Gareth Southgate has had to deal with plenty in his three-and-a-half years in charge of the England team.

He has faced the fallout of the Sam Allardyce affair, a Euro 2020 qualifying campaign pockmarked with incidents of racism and, more surprisingly, a canteen altercation between two players — Raheem Sterling and Joe Gomez. In the middle of all that, Southgate took England to within a hair’s breadth of a World Cup final. How long ago that suddenly seems now.

It’s fair to say Southgate’s latest challenge was never on his radar. The 49-year-old is a strategist but some things you cannot plan for and one such matter is the postponement of a major tournament by 12 months. Euro 2020 fans can book England Euro Cup Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

Like the rest of us right now, Southgate would give anything to know that the European Championship now scheduled for next summer will take place.

That would be a sure sign that Europe and the world had placed the coronavirus epidemic behind them. He is a football man, however, will even now be thinking football musings.  With that in mind, it is hard not to wonder what his team may look like this time next year.

Britain would have gotten an opportunity of making the last phases of the competition this June. Playing their group games at Wembley would have provided something of a comfort blanket. Euro 2020 fans can book the Czech Republic Euro Cup Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

England remains strong at home where they are now supported by a public who buy their tickets and turn on their televisions with a little more hope and fondness.

Nevertheless, winning the tournament — speculation that had started to crop up in far too many conversations this season — would in all likelihood have proved beyond them. 

Southgate’s team has promise but it has holes in it, too. The opposition from the best of Europe would have been a little stronger than many of the teams England defeated during their run to the last four of the World Cup two summers ago.

This is not meant to sound unkind but England largely beat teams they would expect to beat in Russia, then lost to the first good one they faced — Croatia. They’ll have a tougher schedule in Euros. So maybe the next 12 months or so present Southgate with opportunity, whether he would have wished for it or not.

His team, his squad, is a young one. His most established player is Jordan Henderson and he is just 29. So he will not lose players to the passing of time over the next 12 months. On the other hand, he should see a considerable lot of them to improve and develop.

The center of the England line-up ought not to change a lot. The ‘three or four’ certain starters who Southgate uncovers to have in his brain will, more than likely, remain Henderson, Harry Maguire, Raheem Sterling, and Harry Kane.

It will be interesting to see how Kane fares during his first full season under the increasingly erratic Jose Mourinho at Spurs, but whatever happens, it would be extra-ordinary if one of the most gifted center-forwards in the world suddenly forgot how to score goals.

Outside that quartet, opportunity knocks. England needs a reliable goalkeeper, that much is certain. Hopefully, that will be an improved Jordan Pickford. The Everton keeper has vast natural talent but suffers from lapses in concentration. He is also too emotional and must rid himself of the strange notion that people want him to fail. They don’t.

His place will come under threat from Burnley’s Nick Pope, Aston Villa’s Tom Heaton, and, perhaps most seriously, Sheffield United’s Manchester United loanee Dean Henderson. Pickford has the shirt, though, so it is up to him.

A season liberated from injury ought to quicken Liverpool’s Gomez toward authentic world-class status and secure his place close by Maguire at the focal point of the guard. Either side, it would be a shock on the off chance that anyone usurps Trent Alexander-Arnold and Ben Chilwell, although Luke Shaw’s arrival to shape at Manchester United has been fascinating.

But it is in attacking positions that the field may broaden for whatever eventually passes for the next domestic season. Expect further progress from Leicester duo James Maddison and Harvey Barnes, and Phil Foden now has the extra year he needs to make an impression. Southgate loves him but this summer would have come too soon for the Manchester City player.

Mason Greenwood at United is just a teenager but looks a natural goalscorer and we do not have many of those. He should aim high next season and Chelsea pair Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount, along with Dominic Calvert-Lewin of Everton, will sink or swim when their club managers inevitably bring in competition for their places from abroad during the summer.

And what of Jack Grealish? If ever a player has performed so well in a struggling Premier League team as the Aston Villa midfielder then I struggle to recall it.  Watching him and Maddison trying to drag their teams to victory in January’s Carabao Cup semi-final at Villa Park was uplifting.

A move to a bigger club seems like the natural next step for the 24-year-old Grealish. If he stays fit and does not make it into Southgate’s squad for the first time over the coming year, something will have gone very wrong indeed.

Who would have thought that the two years following the World Cup would have been so unkind to players like Dele Alli, Eric Dier, and Jesse Lingard? Their lack of form in recent times has been unfathomable. By and by I have not yet lost confidence in Alli. At his best, he still makes my starting XI.

Undoubtedly, one or more of Southgate’s players will suffer similarly as we emerge from the darkness of this wretched health crisis and into the light of another football season.

But, unlike many who passed before him, Southgate has a depth of talent at his disposal. We haven’t even discussed here the improvement in Marcus Rashford or the burgeoning talent of Jadon Sancho. Others are threatening to push through from the levels beneath.

The holes in Southgate’s squad mentioned earlier may well be patched over time. As such, I will be disappointed if he doesn’t arrive on the threshold of next summer’s European Championship with his team priced at shorter odds than they are right now.

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Euro 2020 – BBC Sport previous Euros historical matches Rewind

We will have to wait another 12 months for Euro 2020 but the BBC is going to make sure you still get your tournament fix this summer. For three weeks from 6 June to 28 June, join Gary Lineker, Gabby Logan and Mark Chapman for Euros Rewind.

BBC is bringing for fans a series of classic European Championship group matches, followed by some of the tournament’s iconic knockout games. Euro 2020 fans can book England Vs Czech Republic Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

 Andy Carroll led the England forward line in match against Sweden in Euro 2012
Andy Carroll led the England forward line in match against Sweden in Euro 2012

You can enjoy the magic of Zinedine Zidane, the brilliance of Gareth Bale, Paul Gascoigne in his prime, and a scintillating Wayne Rooney – to name just a few. Classic matches will be available to watch across BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Red Button, BBC iPlayer, the BBC Sport website, and mobile app.

Alongside the scheduled games, there is also a chance for you to vote for your favorite Euros final, with the top three being played in full over the last weekend of June. Details on how to cast your vote and the top 10 finals to choose from will be live on the BBC Sport website soon.

Match: Sweden v England

Tournament: Euro 2012

What channel is it on? BBC Two, BBC iPlayer, BBC Sport website and mobile app

Why should I watch it? England boss Roy Hodgson had only been appointed a month earlier, filling the void left by Fabio Capello’s resignation. His task was complicated by a suspension for star forward Wayne Rooney, so towering striker Andy Carroll instead led the line in this game.

The Swedes pinning their hopes on center-forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic against England in Euro 2012
The Swedes pinning their hopes on center-forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic against England in Euro 2012

A 1-1 draw with France in their first match had provided some encouragement, and meant victory against Sweden would leave the Three Lions in charge of their fate. Euro 2020 fans can book England Euro Cup Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

The Swedes knew defeat in Kyiv would send them out – they were pinning their hopes on brilliant center-forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Match: Netherlands v Czech Republic

Tournament: Euro 2004

What channel is it on? BBC Two, BBC iPlayer, BBC Sport website and mobile app.

Why should I watch it? The Netherlands had surprisingly failed to qualify for the 2002 World Cup, but they sent a star-studded squad to Portugal for this tournament, including attacking talents such as Arjen Robben and Ruud van Nistelrooy.

Czech Republic Midfielder and captain Pavel Nedved was at the peak of his powers
Czech Republic Midfielder and captain Pavel Nedved was at the peak of his powers

The Czech Republic had finished as runners-up at Euro 96 but arguably had a stronger squad at this tournament. Euro 2020 fans can book the Czech Republic Euro Cup Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

Midfielder and captain Pavel Nedved was at the peak of his powers, Petr Cech and Tomas Rosicky were emerging as stars, while striker Milan Baros – then with Liverpool – was in the deadly form that summer.

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Remembering Harry Kane’s debut before Euro 2020

England Euro 2020 captain Harry Kane scored a fantasy debut objective with his first touch at Wembley to finish an extensive 4-0 win for England. Euro 2020 fans can book England Vs Czech Republic Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

The 21-year-old invoked one more snapshot of enchantment to add another part to his fantasy season. His strike – a back-post header – came inside 80 seconds of his appearance, adding to objectives from Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck, and Raheem Sterling to top off a genuinely stunning week for Tottenham Hotspur’s most recent saint.

England vs Czech Republic Tickets - Remembering Harry Kane’s debut before Euro 2020
Remembering Harry Kane’s debut before Euro 2020

A great part of the pre-coordinate talk was about the in-structure striker, who had been brought in by Roy Hodgson for his first taste of senior universal football. But he had to wait a little longer as Rooney, the old master, and Danny Welbeck led the way with Kane waiting in the wings. 

The game was just three minutes old when the England skipper hit the post following a deft ball over the top from Fabian Delph, although he was not to be denied for long when he opened the scoring soon after. Euro 2020 fans can book England Euro Cup Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

Welbeck, England’s leading scorer in European Qualifying, found space on the right, drove into the box and cracked an effort across goal. 

Lithuanian keeper Giedrius Arlauskis made the save with his feet, but Rooney was perfectly placed to head the rebound into the empty net for his 48th international goal, taking him to just two behind Sir Bobby Charlton’s record.

England vs Czech Republic Tickets - Harry Kane scored a fantasy debut objective with his first touch at Wembley
Harry Kane scored a fantasy debut objective with his first touch at Wembley

Before the game had reached the 20th minute, Rooney could have had his hat-trick, but was again denied by the woodwork. His well-directed header from Welbeck’s clipped cross left Arlauskis stranded, but the keeper would have been relieved to see the ball bounce out.

England ahead of kick-off against Lithuania

England was on top and was rarely threatened by the visitors, who sat six points behind them in joint-second place before kick-off. 

Deivydas Matulevicius did have a sniff of an opening just after the half-hour mark when Vytautas Andriuskevicius’s cross found him darting across the area eight yards out. Phil Jones was alert, though, and did enough to block the Lithuanian’s effort.

A Rooney free-kick, which was spared by Arlauskis on 39 minutes after a foul on Welbeck, started England once more into life. The skipper then chested a chipped pass from Jordan Henderson into the path of Welbeck, but the Arsenal man’s strike curled just over the bar from 18 yards.

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Wayne Rooney scores England’s opener against Lithuania

Their pressure eventually yielded a second goal on the stroke of half-time, as Welbeck stooped to turn Henderson’s cross from the left goalwards. Euro 2020 fans can book the Czech Republic Euro Cup Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

Wayne Rooney scores England’s opener against Lithuania

A deflection off Tadas Kijankskas in front of the keeper helped the ball roll over the line for his sixth goal of the season and England were cruising

Soon after the break Delph came close to opening his account for England, Rooney picking him out with a lofted pass towards the far post and the Aston Villa schemer met it with a crisp volley 15 yards out. Arlauskis made a fine one-handed save to keep it out.

The Steaua Buchareșt stopper was acting as a one-man wall at times and was once again forced into a strong save when Welbeck smashed another strike from the right which was just heading inside the post.

England vs Czech Republic Tickets - Wayne Rooney congratulates Danny Welbeck on his deflected strike
Wayne Rooney congratulates Danny Welbeck on his deflected strike

Wayne Rooney congratulates Danny Welbeck on his deflected strike

He could do nothing about Sterling’s first goal for England, which came just before the hour. Again Rooney was involved, crossing low into the six-yard box shortly after Welbeck had seen a penalty appeal waved away.The Liverpool man was onto it like a shot, slotting home with the keeper going the other way.

And then the moment everyone seemed to be waiting for – Kane stripped off to get ready for his England bow. It seemed like an age as he waited with Ross Barkley for the ball to go out of play. When it finally did, the crowd greeted his arrival almost as loudly as what came just 80 seconds later.

Raheem Sterling nets England’s third goal

England set off on another attack Sterling beat his man on the left to cross from the byline and the Lithuanians had not heeded Kane’s warning – 29 goals in 43 games this season – leaving him unmarked at the far post. 

His head met the ball with enough power that Arlauskis could only parry inside the upright and Kane reeled away in true Roy of the Rovers fashion. And among all the euphoria Hodgson’s men wrapped up another three points to stretch their winning run – it is the first time England has started a campaign with seven straight victories.

England vs Czech Republic Tickets - Raheem Sterling nets England's third goal
Raheem Sterling nets England’s third goal

England (4-3-3); 1 Joe Hart; 2 Nathaniel Clyne, 5 Gary Cahill, 6 Phil Jones, 3 Leighton Baines; 4 Jordan Henderson, 8 Michael Carrick, 11 Fabian Delph; 7 Raheem Sterling, 10 Wayne Rooney (captain), 9 Danny Welbeck.

Substitutes: 18 Harry Kane for Rooney, 20 Ross Barkley for Henderson, 14 Theo Walcott for Welbeck 77.

Subs not used: 23 Robert Green, 13 Jack Butland, 12 Chris Smalling, 15 Phil Jagielka, 16 James Milner, 17 Andros Townsend, 19 Ryan Mason, 21 Kieran Gibbs, 22 Kyle Walker.

Goals: Rooney 6, Welbeck 45, Sterling 58, Kane 73.

Bookings: Sterling.

Manager: Roy Hodgson

Lithuania (4-4-2): 1 Giedrius Arlauskis; 3 Georgas Freidgeimas, 6 Marius Zaliukas, 4 Tadas Kijanskas (capt), 5 Tomas Mikuckis; 15 Karolis Chvedukas, 7 Arturas Zulpa, 13 Saulius Mikoliunas, 23 Vytautas Andriuskevicius; 22 Fiodor Cernych, 9 Deivyadas Matulevicius.

Substitutes: 19 Simonas Stankevicius for Mikuckis 66, 17 Vaidas Slavickas for Andriuskeviciu 83, 11 Donatas Kazlauskas for Mikoliunas 88.

Subs not used: 21 Vytautas Cerniauskas, 2 Gedminas Vicius, 8 Egidijus Vatikunas, 10 Gratas Sirgedas, 12 Emilijus Zubas, 14 Vytautas Luksa, 16 Ricardas Beniusis, 18 Mindaugas Panka, 20 Valdemar Borovskij.

Bookings: Zaliukas, Kazlauskas.

Head coach: Igoris Pankratjevas.

Referee: Pavel Kralovec (Czech Repubic)

Assistant: Roman Slysko (Slovakia) and Martin Wilczek (Czech Republic)

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Euro 2020 – Southampton first-rate Danny Ings mirrors on gone out on an England call-up

Danny Ings said he hasn’t thought twice about missing out on an England call-up back in March. Euro 2020 fans can book England Vs Czech Republic Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

The Saints ace looked certain on to be named in Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions squad for their friendlies against Italy and Denmark – especially as both Harry Kane and Marcus Rashford were nursing injuries.

But those games were called off due to the coronavirus crisis as football across Europe shut down to halt the spread of Covid-19. Speaking to the Daily Echo, Ings said: “With everything going on, I’ll be honest, it never crossed my mind once.

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Euro 2020 – Southampton first-rate Danny Ings mirrors on gone out on an England call-up

There are things bigger than football and everything that’s going on is crazy and something you don’t expect in your lifetime. To think about the England stuff at that time just didn’t cross my mind. But to be spoken about in those terms is always a nice feeling as a player.

“I have so much appreciation for all of the work going on in this country and around the world at the moment, so I didn’t even think about England.”

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Before England’s top flight was brought to a halt, Ings had netted 18 times in all competitions, with 15 of those coming in the Premier League. His streak in front of goal helped move Saints climb away from the relegation zone following a difficult start to the 2019/20 campaign.

And the former Liverpool striker reckons he’ll do everything he can to add to his tally once football resumes later this month. The 27-year-old added: “I’ll do my best to. Hopefully, I can come back and hit some good form in the last nine games.

“I’ve been looking after myself in the best way that I can so when, and if, the time comes, I’ll be ready to give it my best shot.”

As Saints’ players continue to prepare themselves for the Premier League’s return, the Saints Foundation is still actively helping the community during the coronavirus pandemic. Euro 2020 fans can book the Czech Republic Euro Cup Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

They pledged to deliver 12,000 meals to those in need and have also been helping deliver medical prescriptions in partnership with Southampton City Council. Ings was born in Winchester and, as a local lad, knows just how important the work being done in the community is.

“It’s massive – it is huge,” Ings explained.

A lot of people only see football as the players playing on Saturday but there is a lot more depth to it. Having been part of Burnley’s community with my disability project I got to see all the hard work being done.

The work being done by Southampton is important. It’s the meals, the medication, and everything that the elderly could need. That’s all part of the heartbeat of a football club.

“Organisations like this need to be given the chance to survive because of everything going on with the economy. It’s vital.”

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Euro 2020 – Gareth Southgate will not attend any Premier League games

Britain supervisor Gareth Southgate won’t go to any Premier League games when the season restarts not long from now with just fundamental staff permitted into arenas on matchday. Euro 2020 fans can book England Vs Czech Republic Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

Gareth Southgate will chip in not to go to matches when the season resumes. Quantities of individuals going to games will be restricted to as meager as 250. It will be left to each club to choose which people are considered basic.

Euro 2020 – Gareth Southgate will not attend any Premier League games
Euro 2020 – Gareth Southgate will not attend any Premier League games

Britain supervisor Gareth Southgate will chip in not to go to matches once the Premier League season restarts in the not so distant future. Just fundamental faculty will be allowed into arenas on a coordinate day as football specialists limit the quantities of individuals going to as meager as 250 to lessen the danger of spreading the coronavirus.

It will be left to each club to choose which people are regarded as fundamental on a match-day. In any case, in the situation, Southgate and individuals from his private cabin group won’t go to games for a long time to come having finished up there is no legitimization for being available.

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Euro 2020 – Gareth Southgate will not attend any Premier League games
Euro 2020 – Gareth Southgate will not attend any Premier League games

Be that as it may, Southgate secretly recognizes that while not going to matches may make challenges, his quality at games isn’t fundamental. Rather the Three Lions chief and his staff will run the standard over his players remotely. Euro 2020 fans can book the Czech Republic Euro Cup Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

The FA approach a wide scope of camera film from matches, so his choice not to go to games is relied upon to have a negligible effect. In like manner, watching his players will be made essentially simpler by the reality all staying 92 Premier League matches will be broadcast.

In ordinary conditions, Southgate would plan England for Euro 2020 however the competition has been postponed until one year from now. The way things are, the following arrangement of global installations is set for September – however, there is huge vulnerability over those dates the way things are.

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